Friday, September 20, 2013

Tweaking the Entry

As I sit here typing, I am listening to a sound I haven't heard in a long while...
Rain. My backyard here in the city actually has a small lake in it:
As you can tell from the picture, the drought and the puppies have been hard on my poor yard. The grass is gone pretty much right off the patio. It's a trade off though - sweet pups or grass...and I'd rather have the dogs as they bring me such joy. Anyhow, the grass can be replaced when they calm down. :o)


Here at the farm, I am tweaking my entryway. I'm still trying to get it to look "right". It's hard as it's all part of the living room - and that is not all that big. You can see a good picture of it here. Right now it looks bare and I'm having a hard time making it feel warm and welcoming.  I know it's a process, but sometimes my frustration level goes up. I do have a plan in my head for when we move and bring the rest of our furniture up but until then I am tweaking and hoping to hit on a good balance.This is what it looks like right now:
With the door closed:

With it opened:



Anyway, I pulled all the pictures off the wall, patched the holes in the paneling and touched up the paint. I wanted to use this old window:


So I cleaned it and brushed the peeling paint off then propped it up on the table. Next, I draped a leaf garland around it, then hung my little twig wreath from the window latch. The tabletop also got refreshed. I kept the chickens but added a sunflower spray and just simplified what else was on it. 



Twig wreath:
 

The chalkboard plate also got a new message: Please Hurry Fall!  Yes, please. The heat is wearing me out. I'm looking forward to that first cold front that blows through and drops our temperatures down into the 70's and 80's. (Hopefully tonight!) Hey here in the South, we take what we can get! :o)


I've decided I need a runner in front of the entry table so I'm off to Home Depot to see if they have one that goes with the rug I got for the living room. I'm thinking it will help pull the two spaces together and make the entry table feel like it's not floating in space. 

So, that's where it's at for now. This little guy wants you to have a happy Fall:


Oops! I guess I need a bow or something to hide the fine looking hook. :o/

And these two are waiting to welcome you too:


So how do you make your room without an entryway feel like it has one?

:o)
Cecilia