Reveal: Entryway, July 2013

Building our entry door has completed our simple, thrifted, and handmade entryway.


First stop on this virtual tour, our small hallway, with only one item currently:


When we floored the living room in January, I had to replace a section of subfloor that was soft.  I removed the subfloor and while I painted our canvas floorcloth, my daughter painted on the scrap subfloor cutout, and turned it into art.  :)


Right around the corner is our console table:


It's simple, and we haven't "styled" it, yet.  We have plans for some of the items, and things may move around with time.

This area was empty before.  Now it's functional, costing me $90 out of pocket, including a splurge item.  :) I guess that's not too bad.


See the white vase and photo frame that reads $0? The white vase is from the family storage area downstairs.  The item inside is actually an old walis ting ting (Philippine broom) that was falling apart.  I washed it, turned it upside down and stuck it in the vase.  It reminds me of Pensacola Beach.


Like the grass growing through the white sand in this photo of me and my 34 week old (in gestation) daughter.  Did you notice my tangled hair too?  Haha!  :)  Mrs. Carrie Keigley took these photos for me at no cost.  It was part of her service to Safe Harbor Women's Resource Center in Pensacola, Florida.  :)  Bless you, Mrs. Keigley and blessings to Safe Harbor!


The black and white photo of my daughter was taken by Mrs. Keigley at no cost to me again, as a documentation of my first Mother's Day, when my daughter was 4 months (out of the womb).  =D  She printed this one for me and I framed it in this frame my mom bought for a project I started when I was 12.

My favorite of Mrs. Keigley's photos from that day:

Seeing these photos again make me miss Pensacola.  I loved living there for one year of my life, and 6 months of my daughter's.  :)


This little guy was a gift with a $20 splurge purchase I made at our local Farmer's Market.  At the time, the farmer's market was a 5 minute walk across the street from our home, to the only high school in the nation that is situated partly on a beach.


My splurge was for this locally handmade shell inlayed with mother of pearl and wood pieces (on the outside).  It looked so pretty on the table and agreed with my "Sea Garden" idea, so I traded a 20 for it.  My husband puts his loose change in here.  The larger coins my daughter deposits into her piggy bank.  :)


I saw this mail holder in family storage as well, so it was free for me.  I've said this once before when talking about the mellow yellow side table, but I must reiterate, family storage is my favorite place to shop.

I keep mail I need to read or that needs to go out the door in here, a pen (with a lost cap) and my little notebook with my To Do list, shopping list, and ideas.


The beautiful purple blooms that were on this orchid plant fell a few months ago, so we are expecting blooms to return again soon.  The last time it bloomed, the flowers stayed for over 2 months.  :)  I water the orchid with ice cubes as part of an experiment testing information from Paiko Hawai'i.  :)  So far, so good.


A testament to real life functionality, I keep all sorts of random things in this bin.  My original plan was to put magazines from the mail, or larger items we need to take outside (like bags, umbrellas, etc), but right now it's storing a leftover wood dowel, batteries, a picture frame I need photos for, and even a broken belt that I wanted to re-purpose.  It's my "visual to do box" for now and even my "leftovers" bin for little projects.


Lastly, I built the herringbone top console, one of my husband's favorite pieces of furniture in our apartment, and the entry door, one of my favorites.  :)

Thank you for visiting with me on a brief reveal tour of our entry way and part of our small hall.  It's funny how the smallest of spaces can be so personal; a reflection of the hands that have curated the things within.


15 comments:

  1. What a lovely post! Your entryway looks beautiful. It tells a story too, with every piece having a history and lovingly placed, so that good feeling is there every time you enter your home. Love the pictures of you and your daughter too, just beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Joanne. :) I love knowing the stories behind things, places, and ideas. Without the story, it is hard to know the human value of something, for me.

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  2. I LOVE how your scrap piece of subfloor turned into art! And turning that broom into something to pop in your vase = genius

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    1. Thank you, Katelyn. I just have the hardest time throwing large things away, which can become very bad. Haha. :)

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  3. I really loved this post, I too like to know the story behind, and your entry way looks fantastic! I came across your blog on Handy Man, Crafty Woman (which I also love) and I'm visiting from knockitoffcrafts.blogspot.com.

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    1. Thank you for commenting and visiting, Kim. :) Stories are the fabric of our lives! =D

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  4. what a gorgeous bowl, and love the toddler art! coming by from diy by design.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. :) Looking up your site and DIY by Design too.

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  5. beautiful! and I love your colors. your 3 year old is a natural at painting :)

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    1. Thank you, Jamie. :) She surprised me. We love having that wonderful remembrance on our wall. Thank you for commenting!

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  6. Love your entryway. The table is perfect. I would love it if you would share this over at my link party that is going on right now.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for your comment and invitation, Lauren. I'd be happy to join the party!

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