An absence of news from our building site can only mean one of two things.
- Everyone is so busy working on our house that they have no time to write.
- There is no news.
I’m trying to remain patient. The Nice Wolf has brought up the subject of contingency plans, you know somewhere to sleep when you don’t have a house, but I’m not entering into it yet. Instead, I’m doing what I do best, admiring pictures – developing the vision for House By The Water. Some might call it burying my head in the sand.
So with my room inspiration formula well established by now, I set out to select my Top 5 entries/hallways. I’ve collected pictures of many beautiful home entries, but our entry should reflect our home style and finding “modern Australian with a touch of earthiness” soon narrowed down the contenders. As I look at more and more beautiful homes it can get confusing at times, but I’m trying hard to stick to my self-imposed “brief”.
Hmmm, yes, only 4. Nevermind. How hard can a hallway be?
Our entry and hall has a great design with a linen cupboard tucked away to the side and even some wall space to hang hats and bags that is out of sight as you enter the house. Functionally, aside from being a passage way, it will be the shoes on/off space. We are a shoes off family. It comes from having lived in Canada. Wear those snowy, muddy boots inside and you are going to get a thwack. Once I got a taste for this, there was no turning back. The reduction in grub (read floor cleaning) is huge when you are a family of 5. Plus, we like to be barefoot. It’s one of many reasons we are installing timber floors throughout our house. Currently The Three Little Pigs sit on the floor to remove their shoes and shoes are every where. So a bench for sitting is in order and most of the ground floor linen cupboard will be dedicated to shoes.
We have a beautiful antique buffet cabinet that we bought in Tasmania on our honeymoon. It won’t fit in our new dining room with no walls, so I’m going to house it in our hall. Accommodating that and a bench to sit on are my only prerequisites for this space. We have a void space above our entrance that is calling for a long feature pendant. If money was no object, I’d hang several oak pendants. In reality, I’m planning to install some kind of traditional fishing basket or net here as pendant lighting.
Definitely a few extra styles sneaking in there. Perhaps I should just add “a hint of coastal” to my brief. “Modern Australian with a touch of earthiness and a hint of coastal” is getting a bit long winded. How about “Aussie surf and turf”?
Have you given yourself a decorating “brief”? Can you name your style? Or is it just me watching too many home renovation shows?
Does your home entrance reflect the mood and style of the rest of your home?
Got any secrets for avoiding a large pile of shoes and school bags beside your front door?