After our 6-months-in-Jozi anniversary we finally tackled the entryway. Working away a morning and an afternoon with some elbow grease, a little paint and basic tools we took our entryway from this:
To start, I stumbled upon this pin and used it as inspiration. We painted the wall a metallic gold color. I spray painted (sprainted?) the mirror black and the shelf white. I bought the little marble box at Home Goods along with the gold tray (the tray was white and was also sprainted). I made my plain Alvar Aalto E60 stool into a chevron stool for some texture, and my cheap Mr. Price rug into a patterned blue rug. I picked some beautiful pink flowers from our garden (thanks to which I’ll never have to go to a flower shop again…except maybe in winter, and only maybe). The flowers really steal the show.
I love that one day’s work can make such a dramatic before and after. One note about the paint is that I like it more during the day when the light is flooding in and making the wall sparkle, than at night when that energy-saving bulb leaves something to be desired. There’s not much room but maybe I should think about adding a candle or two. The different textures and patterns create visual interest, while the flowers provide a focal point. If you’re renting and your landlord doesn’t allow you to paint, then patterns and colors on rugs etc and flowers can do the job of colored walls.
P.S. That ancient looking thing is the security phone to the gate. Our house is 50 years old!