Tuesday, July 28, 2009

~ Doors of Welcome, Cheap Tricks Revisted!

This is a re-post of one my favorite tricks that we have come up with in our house.
I still haven't replaced the sofa which is now in Sweet Daughter's family room. It is a symbol of how many things are in transition and in need of getting done around here, and it strikes me as very amusing.
See Y'all Soon!

One architectural element that always draws me to a house is an arched front door, with a half-round top. They are so welcoming. We have discussed moving the door out so we could have this. But I'm always looking for a less expensive way of getting the look I want. We were able to give the illusion of the door being rounded with a little bit of woodworking tricks.

The paintings throughout the house are almost all by Sweet Husband. Although we are both artists, I enjoy his work more than I mine. I concentrated on interior design for years but now I'm getting rather itchy to create some art again. But first I'd like to just get this place done!

During the last year I repainted the LR by adding two layers of glaze. It looks the same to my daughter, but I can see a BIG difference. OK, not big, but different. The new rug came from a seller on Ebay whom I have purchased from before. It has the perfect blend of the limey greens and ochre yellows that I wanted. Everything else was chosen from the rug colors. But the rug was chosen from the colors I already was using!

We added additional moldings at the bottom of the walls when we were working on arch top for the door. My husband did all the woodwork and really loves doing it even when the angles sometimes try to beat us.

The sofa and coffee table might get replaced sometime if I ever find something else I really love. They have both been with us for years. So far nothing has jumped out at me except a smaller table. I'm not sure if a smaller one will serve as well. So for now, they old ones stay.

The silk drapes were added last year. They were ready-mades that I inter-lined and made the top valances for. I'm really pleased with them and they will probably be here in 20 years. We will see.


  1. I love the pic of your door in that smaller picture on your sidebar. I like a rounded top door too; I usually see them in pictures of Tudor homes {another love}.

  2. What a neat faux idea!! Thanks for sharing, I just may have my hubby do that to ours!

  3. That looks great. The trim work is beautiful, very well done.

    Off to explore some more.

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  5. love those tricks! we're remodeling and I am painting our foyer and living room in a soft gold color too! i'll be going for a spanish look

  6. Thanks for sharing your home and ideas with us...this room has a beautiful feel...I wouldn't change a thing...those drapes do look fabulous...

  7. You concept of welcoming is inspiring my work surely. Thanks buddy for this. I owe you. Check this one to let me pay back Home Staging Photos


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