Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Welcome To My Entryway and Foyer

I am such a slacker. I don't know why I commit to doing things that span over any length of time-- I always start out with a bang and then slowly fade away. I am weeks behind on my Show Us Where You Live Assignments. My entry way is finally clean so here you go...

Or Thursday or Wednesday...WHATEVER!

Welcome to my house. Now obviously, this picture was taken earlier this year. I don't have any other pictures of my house and it's dark right now so this will have to do. My house is a little strange in that I don't have a front door. I have two doors on the front of my house. If you walk up to my house, there is a door to the left and a door to the right. It's always entertaining to sit in the kitchen and see which door people choose to come to! They always looked totally confused.
This is the door on the left. It is also the door that we always use when we come in the front of the house. If you come to visit, come to this door.
This is what you see when you first walk in the door. There is a small landing. If you walk towards the picture on the wall and turn right, you can take stairs that lead to the second floor.
This is the picture on the wall--it is a picture of my cousin's daughter when she was a baby. I love the old frame that I found at South Moon Under.
This is the view if you go up the stairs. At the top are framed black and white photographs that my favorite photographer, Carol Anstett, did for us.
This is the view if you turn to the right as you come into the entry way. You walk down two steps and you are offically in the "mud room"
There are 3 photos in bead board frames that I took in California. Here is a close-up of one of them--a cactus.
Next up, you will pass the cubbies. They NEVER look like this...I cleaned them up for the picture, but usually, they are covered with everyone's junk. The boxes are supposed to hold their hats and gloves so they always know where they are. HA, you never know what you might find in one of them!
This is my absolute favorite thing that I did when we renovated. This is a chalkboard calendar that my friend, Kelli Nemer, painted for me. Baltimore is famous for its row houses so she painted them across the top. This is the first thing that you see when you walk in from the garage.
A close up - rather than use chalk, I found chalk board markers and they are much better. No chalk dust to clean up...although it is a pain to erase after it's been on there awhile. Nothing that a few Magic Erasers can't take care of though. As you will notice, my calendar is not too crazy right now...wait until September when there are several things on every day!
This is the door on the right. It leads to our formal entry way. By the way, we NEVER use this door. Do not come to this door. This door is extremely hard to open!

When you walk in you see the stairs that lead up to the second floor. Yes, I have two sets of stairs that lead upstairs with a long hallway that connects them. It makes for some fun chases through the house.
This is the view of the entry way from the dining room.
Another painting above my closet that was done by my friend, Kelli.
This photo is on the landing of the stairs. It is a picture of Kellen jumping off a dock in Lake Anna last summer. It is my favorite picture of him because it totally catches his personality.
This is the view as you go up the stairs. The Master Bedroom is to the right as you go up.
We have a landing at the top of the stairs. We have more Carol Anstett pictures here. Did I mention that Carol Anstett is my favorite photographer?
This is the start of the long hallway. I have framed pictures along the hall--the big frames are pictures from specific trips that we have taken. One contains pictures from Bermuda, one from Lake Anna and one from the Grand Canyon. Is it obvious that I am obsessed with pictures?
This is one of my favorite pictures of the twins. Carol Anstett took it when they were 3 as they walked down our driveway. No one asked them to hold hands--this is just the way that they have always been together.
Thanks for taking my entry way/foyers tour. Go here to see others.

1 comment:

Kari said...

Oh my gosh, I love your house. The cubbies, the chalkboard, the photos, the tile - it's beautiful. I'm suppose to be going to bed and I'm stuck on your blog - haha. I'm going to get back on tomorrow to look more closely at it all. The chalkboard idea is awesome :o)

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