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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Storybook Cottage Entryway and Lantern Reveal

The small entryway at Storybook Cottage measures just 6’ by 7’.

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This gives you an idea of the overall space. We so appreciate the generous baseboards…


…and lovely crown molding.

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The walls were painted “Cottage White” by Behr. It is a warm cozy white. The ceilings and trim throughout the house are “Du Jour” by Valspar. A crisp, clean white.

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This was the light fixture that came with the house. As I said in a previous post this room receives very little natural light and the yellow glass shade did nothing to improve the dark situation.

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I first thought I would paint the lantern I found at HomeGoods a bright Chinese red.

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I am so very glad that I instead created a verdigris finish.

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The lantern provides a clear white light at night. So much better than the yellow cast of the previous fixture.

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It also has a bit more character than the original light too.

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But I did add a touch of red to the space for the month of February through books. A simple sculpture done by my mother, Karen, a 50 cent Royal Albert bowl with antique skeleton key are corralled in a sea grass tray from Ross.

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Over the weekend I found a fabulous mirror at an estate sale that I am now trying out in the space instead of the painting.

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More on the mirror Friday. But let me know which vignette you prefer.



marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love, love, love the mirror, it is perfect and the light turned out so pretty. Things are really coming along and it all looks amazing.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oooh, I love that mirror, Laura! I think it fits the space a bit better than the picture so I would go with that. Love how the lantern turned out.

Rita C. said...

You're really doing a fine job of turning your house into your home, Laura. I think the mirror will end up being what you like best there, for the reflective light value, as well as the practical value (most people like to check themselves coming and going).

Marianne said...

I agree with the two previous comments! The light quality that the mirror brings is lovely.

Linda said...

That looks really pretty, Laura. : )
Our "entry way" is barely 4'x4' (truly "tiny house" living here)
Kind regards,

Jan Tanis said...

I love the mirror, rather than the picture - such a wonderful reflection of the light!! You did a fantabulous job on the Lantern...and I noticed you did add some of the verdigris finish to the inside - looks great!!

Auntie Em said...

What a great looking light fixture. It looks like it just fits perfect in size and the finish is amazing!
And now, I have to say I am not struck on the mirror. While I love the reflection of the light with the mirror and any woman will tell you it's a must to have a mirror next to a door, I am not sure about this one. Its a beautiful mirror and I am sure it is perfect in your home, but something about the gold next to the light fixture throws me. The orchid and the basket with the treasures is so peaceful and reflective. I think that is why I like the soft painting over the mirror, Maybe a mirror with a green or better a wooden frame to match the table. Sorry, if my thoughts are in any way offensive. And maybe it looks different in person. Please forgive me for being so outspoken. :/

Karena Albert said...

Laura I love a beautiful mirror in the entry, beautifully done!!

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Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I really like the mirror. You did an amazing paint job on the lantern.

Vel Criste said...

Perfect! Truly love how the lantern turned out!

Angela said...

The painting looks good, but that mirror is great!

Marianne said...

The mirror is very nice, but I don't think the entry is the place for it.

Katie Mansfield said...

I'm having the same yellowing effect in my kitchen at night. It was fine when the room was beige. Now it isn't too pretty. I love the new lantern. Did I miss how you took a lantern for a candle and turned it into a light fixture? Great project. I love the new mirror.

GSGreatEscaper said...

I love the mirror. I think the scale is better, and the curvature is better than the rigid rectangle of the picture. I love how it reflects both the natural light from the door and the artificial light from the lantern, and it also disguises somewhat the shadows cast on the wall by the corner supports of the lantern. The picture is lovely, but too small for the space. I think it would be better somewhere else!

Kelly Deal said...

Beautiful Laura!

ellen b. said...

I think I prefer the mirror. It uses up the space better.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

You have really packed a punch into a very small space. It looks great! The lantern turned out wonderfully well and the mirror provides the icing on the cake!

Jennie Schumann said...

I love how you changed the lantern. If you look at the Behr web site, the light turquoise is one of the suggested partners with the cottage white and it looks beautiful!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

You created a very welcoming entryway. The lantern is great.

Jaybird said...

It looks lovely, and your lantern is WOW!!! You did such a great job with it!
Everything seems to be coming together and your home is warm and welcoming!

sandy said...

Love the mirror!

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

I have no true entryway. It's just shared space so to me you have a very nice entryway! That light fixture turned out really great- love the color and texture. I agre the light it provides looks a lot better than what had been there. Little by little you're creating a home with your personality stamp on it and it's looking marvelous (like Billy Crystal would say)!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Laura, wo this entry way looks so pretty and I love the pretty light and chandelier! Have fun decorating your house!

Terri Steffes said...

I don't have an entryway, so I am simply adoring yours! I had one in my Jefferson City home. Sigh. I don't think I was ready for the scaled back life. Love the lantern. Welcoming!!