Monday, August 8, 2011

Room by Room Entries & Foyers Party by Cottage and Vine

This was my first post about my entryway back in May of this year.
I live in a 1939 side-hall colonial which originally had white siding and a white door. I decided to change the color of the outside to a pale yellow and for a soft but noticeable contrast, this blue door. The color of the door is somewhere between Marlboro Blue and Blue Hydrangea by Benjamin Moore

The Entryway
I love the effect of the blue against the yellow walls. The walls are American Cheese by Benjamin Moore, where it is described as a "happy yellow-orange". This side of the house gets less sunlight and this shade of yellow lights up the foyer during the day.

Ignore the runner going up the stairs - 10 years old, faded and well-worn it needs to be replaced. The bench is one of my favorite finds. The tiles drew me to it.

This mirror is one of my first consignment store purchases. I loved the unusual shape and this space needed a mirror and some curves!

Cactus from the local Trader Joe's where I shop often.

Another favorite, really good purchase from a trip to India - this multiple votive holder.

I received flowers in this stunning royal blue vase from a dinner guest many years ago. It's a sizeable piece.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this post. Over time, I shall elaborate on how this space fell into place and continues to evolve...stay tuned.

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Good Design Finnish Style

There are many lessons one could learn from the design of this small Finnish apartment. How to  -
  • design on a budget,
  • be minimalistic, 
  • incorporate pops of color, 
  • create a wall of inexpensive artwork,
  • create a kid-friendly space,
  • use mismatched furniture in decor, 
  • make a small space look larger,
  • set up visible, organized storage.
Take a look..

Open plan dining, living, kitchen. Love the mismatched chairs.
helsinki fine finnish dining chairs

Origami, a bird and a bunch of straws.
helsinki fine finnish oragami

Basic black-and-white theme allows the use of a pop of color (small doses) here and patterned rug and blue-tipped chair legs.
helsinki fine finnish white chairhelsinki fine finnish chair rug

helsinki fine finnish doorway

helsinki fine finnish tricycle

For an organized look, books and DVDs stacked by color and size.
helsinki fine finnish bookshelf

Magazine pages and postcards taped to the wall serve as inexpensive, easily-changeable artwork.
helsinki fine finnish notecards

helsinki fine finnish record player

Design with kids in mind.
helsinki fine finnish flags

helsinki fine finnish bedroom pillows

helsinki fine finnish windowsill
Gleaming white floors help light reflect creating an illusion of a larger space.
helsinki fine finnish floor

Black contact paper on cabinet front.
helsinki fine finnish drawer detail

Neat light fixture
helsinki fine finnish dining room
Aall images via Dwell photos Petra Bindel

Overall a welcoming, family friendly, cheerful, unique space with a ton of  charm. My favorite element would be the taped artwork and the simple but interestingly effective ceiling light fixture. Do you like the style of this apartment?

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