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  1. Little changes make a big difference! I love the light chest now and the light floors with the dark wood accents~ your gallery wall takes me back to art school days~you have made the sketches elegant in this framed grouping~very inviting now!

    1. Yep, art school days indeed! I actually didn’t even bother framing the originals. In fact my intent was to print them on fine art paper, but I did the layout with xeroxes and wound up just using them… lol!

  2. Renovating Rebecca says:

    Looks so beautiful! I love the mirror!

  3. Wow. Just…wow!!! Double wow, in fact! What a huge difference! Not only enlarging the space, but lightening it up the way you did. It’s gorgeous! The furnishings and accessories are gorgeous! My cousin lives in a home with a tiny vestibule-like space like you had. I wonder if she’s ever considered getting rid of that in favor of opening it up? I’m going to send her a link to this post so that she can see the major difference it makes.

    The new banister looks terrific, and I love the stairs with those carpet rods!!! So elegant! I’ve been rallying for the same here. I just think it looks so cool with some of the stairs’ wood exposed.

    SO in love with the door hardware and that bureau with the pretty chairs flanking it!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thanks Alycia! I actually remember seeing someone post last week about a tiny vestibule, which is what reminded me to do this post. Was that you? Did you post somewhere about that? I actually have some older “before” pics from when we first moved in, which are really shocking, but didn’t have time to scan, but they do show the layout better. I highly recommend this type of change for your cousin, though. If she has the space in the adjoining room, it is so worth it. Our theory was, we weren’t using the part of the room by the staircase anyway. Thanks for the enthusiastic compliments!!

  4. OH. My. GOSH!

    WOW wow wow wow wow. This is an amazing transformation, holy moly I absolutely adore it.

    WELL DONE, ma’am!!

  5. PS

    Your artwork is incredible, too – you have subtly highlighted it perfectly.

  6. I love the antique bench and the painted chest. I love vintage and antique things, they’re so gorgeous. I think putting them all together is what make each piece stand out. I love it.

  7. Looks fabulous! I’m wondering what the to in our hallway and that marble is beautiful. Thanks for sharing – Jennifer

  8. This is just so gorgeous and elegant. And that lantern…oh my goodness! Your art is beautiful!

  9. Oh wow, not that inspires me! I have been trying to talk the hubster into taking out the wall in ours…Seeing yours tells me I was right. It would look even bigger and brighter.

    Beautiful entry!

  10. Lory, this is just beautiful. My grandmother had chairs with the roses similar to what is pictured in this post. She loved that look! Newest fan/follower here.
    Sinea from Ducks ‘n a Row

    1. Thanks so much, Sinea! Very much appreciated… 🙂 I actually have chairs in the living room that were my grandmothers. You’ll see those in a post soon.

  11. It is gorgeous! Knocking down those walls made a huge difference. I love everything you have done!

  12. I love that little white chest. I can’t wait till we move and I can redo things (again!) 🙂 It came out great and the colors and accessories go well together.

    1. Thanks Bernadette! Yes, I sometimes think of moving just to have an opportunity to re-do things… 🙂 (But then I’d miss the things I already re-did!)

  13. Melissa Smith says:

    It looks amazing! & I love your decor, mostly your artwork hanging.

  14. So beautifully elegant! All of your choices come together perfectly.

  15. What a brilliant idea – and I’m in love with how you decorated it – the mirror – the dresser -and that chandelier – GORGEOUS !!!

  16. What a gorgeous entry!! Actually your entire home looks absolutely beautiful and I’m so pleased to see someone else with yellow walls. 🙂

  17. What a beautiful entry, Lory. That flooring is just gorgeous. My living room runs the entire width of my house, with the front door smack in the middle. Would love to have a separate entry.

    1. Thank you, Marilyn! Yes, having the tiny entry really drove me crazy. In your space, do you have your room divided on either side of the door, like with separate conversation areas? If so and the space is large enough, you may be able to decorate it so that it feels like an entry foyer.

  18. We were out of town all last week, so I didn’t get to visit many of you, but I had a great time going thru the links picking features this week. Amazing what lies behind those little thumbnail photos that are posted! Here are just a few of the wonderful links from you all last week, that are full of vintage Fall and Halloween inspiration.