Christmas is coming and I haven't started decorating yet.. It seems that the Christmas mood hasn't found me yet. But that doesn't mean I am not greatful for what this year has brought to us.. I am grateful for my family, for us all being healthy and together, for the days we spent and those that are to come. And, of course, I am grateful for you, those who read my blog and share ideas with me!! This sounds like a Thanksgiving post, doesn't it??!!:)))
In particular I am grateful for the house we are building. We started building it almost five years ago, we had a lot of plans and hopes, we thought we'd finish sooner, but here we still are, living in an apartment with two rooms and two children. It's not easy, each day is a challenge,we try to grow and teach our children love, patience and compassion. It does not always work, but we try!!:))
Now, back to the house!! It's up and almost running, meaning that we painted the walls, have floors, windows, doors, plumbing, electric and whatever else it needs, the heating system is almost half way done, we've come a long way since 4 years ago when we didn't even have walls!!
Staring the blog really helped me be more focused, more house-oriented, so to speak. I know now better what I want and what I thrive for. A few days ago I went to the house to assembly some shelves and a small dresser from Ikea for the girls' bedroom. While the girls and their father were out playing in the snow, I snapped a few photos and I'm going to talk to you about my furniture plans..
Here are a few shots from the entrance (excuse the mess, cleaning supplies everywhere!!) and that padding on the floor is keeping our shoes clean when entering the house:
Here you can see the space I'll be working with on the left of the window.
If only the window were placed in the middle...
In the first photo you see the right side of the entrance. Under the window I'll have either an intricate vintage console table or a ultra-modern slim black console. Under the console I'll have an upholstered bench or 2 x-legs stools, only I don't think I'll find them in Romania.. and on the left side of the window I'd like a floor mirror, which I won't be able to lay on the floor with two small children, so I'll hang it on the wall. If I choose to put some baskets under the console I'll use a chair (or two) in front of the mirror. Inspiration photos:
Jennifer Ferreira Design
Just my cup of tea!! Black and white and that floor mirror....
Sean Michael Design
Interesting console table, I'll choose a dark color as my walls are white.
Here is the floor mirror, I won't be able to use it behind the console as there's the window, but I'll lean it on the left of the window.I absolutely adore x-benches/stools!!
I'd go for a symmetrical look with two chairs, but the window is not centered..I could use the large mirror to create balance, though.. What do you think?
An example of a large floor mirror hung on the wall, I'd go lower, though!
In this photo you see the left side of the entrance.
That's the place for a large piece of art above the heater. It's gonna look great!! Above it all we'll choose a chandelier that will be a showstopper!! Something like this:
photos via Corpuri de iluminat
Right in front as you enter the house are the stairs. We already have the wood for the stairs, we stained it black, we only have to nail it to the stairs and I think it will look very classy, something like this:
Here are our stairs now:
They have a nice design, right?!
Both for the exterior doors and for the interior ones we chose a dark colour, wenge. Yes, I know, it shows dust and dirt and all, but get used to it, I like black!!:)) In the second photo of the stairs you can see the bathroom door and the beginning of the upstairs hall. On the left in that last photo I'll put my mother's dresser that I'm planning to paint with Annie Sloan's Emperor's Silk paint!!
The red on this dresser is Emperor's Silk! It's gorgeous!!
Now, back to the first floor, as there are things to talk about there, also!! Here's a shot of the floor and the tiles at the entrance. They are both grey, the floor is Quick-Step Laminate Flooring, they are not wood floors, but they are resilient and very sturdy. We've had them for more than half year and they don't have a scratch on them!! The ceramic floor tiles are exterior tiles, we chose them for their industrial grey loog, they seem a bit rusty ( they look like they have a little orangy rust on them, and I like that).
This is the place under the stairs , we're going to have some custom-built-in storage space here.
I don't know what that blanket is doing there, though!!:))
So this is all about the entrance and the stairs at our house! I hope you liked it, and if not, I want your suggestions to help me create a home we'll love!!
This is the first part of a miniseries I'm preparing for you- THURSDAY HOUSE TOUR- part two is coming soon (first floor bathroom+living room+kitchen). Stay tuned!!
I'm waiting for your input on plans for my house!! Have a great day!!