7th House on the Left

Back to Black

posted by Ashley  /  52 Comments

Last week I was walking through the foyer and realized that whenever I walk through that little area, something just bugs me. Like, a lot. It doesn’t make me happy; it just stresses me out. I’ve never felt this area to be “done” nor have I ever really “loved loved” what we put together during what seemed to be a whirlwind of a project. It’s been a good temporary solution while we spent some time realizing what we really wanted to do. Really, I was just happy to have anything at all filling up the otherwise empty area. The foyer isn’t big by any means, but it can still house a small table just fine. I’m currently on the lookout for something to replace the existing one, and I’m thinking about finding a new home for the lamp (either in our house our someone else’s house entirely – not sure yet).

Foyer (Part 1) / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I look at that and immediately think “circus”. To be honest, I’m still not totally sure how to get the “circus” feeling out of this area. All I know at the moment is I love the pendant light fixture (it makes more of a statement in person) and the sliver of a gallery wall to the right of the door. That’s about it. Everything else is on the chopping block. Since we took this picture, I’ve moved the basket under the table to the living room and taken the books on the top shelf back to my office. The vintage umbrella stand is now being used as wrapping paper storage (which makes me happy every time I see it), and the rug is currently folded up the foyer closet. I really do like the rug, and might even bring it back later somewhere else in the house. But for now, it’s just too much for my mind to handle.

Realizing how much frustration this little area has been causing me, I mentioned to Greg that I thought we needed to bring the foyer down a notch and start over. So, being the oh-so-thoughtful husband that he is, he pulled out a paint brush and the same paint we used on the two back doors (Black Suede by Behr) and got to work. About three hours later (including two coats and drying time), our front door now has a new, classier, lease on life.

Door Color: Black Suede by Behr / 7thhouseontheleft.com

Even though all we’ve done is paint the door and move the rug, it already feels less “trend shack” and a little more on the subdued and classic side of the spectrum. Since the umbrella stand isn’t there anymore, I’m thinking about picking up a few more frames to bring the gallery wall sliver down to the floor to make it look a bit more finished. We’re also contemplating getting some chunky aged brass door hardware. Greg actually came up with that idea, and I think it will make the hardware stand out nicely against the new, dark color.

All of that to say… sometimes we make mistakes, and guess what? That’s okay. We just scale it back, pick out what we actually like, take a breather and start over. I’ve got to be honest and say it’s quite a bit nerve-wracking to make mistakes on the internet for thousands and thousands of people to see. You’d think after blogging for three years, I’d be over that by now, but, I’m not quite there yet. Hopefully you guys will continue to stick with us as we live and learn.

Even though we aren’t quite sure what direction this foyer will go in the future, here are a few inspiring spaces that we’re really digging:

Foyer Inspiration / 7thhouseontheleft.com

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These inspiration photos are classy, grown-up, and as far from circus-like as possible. On top of that, have the whole rustic/modern thing going on we love so much. We definitely want to incorporate some fun eclectic accents mixed in here and there, but we’re going to be much more selective this time around. We shall see where that takes us!

Hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! It’s been a long, long time since we’ve posted a Dead Ringer Deals (almost a year!). These are so much fun to search for and it’s always a great reminder that there’s a good chance you can get the look for less and have some change to spare for buying even more goods for the house. Or… it’s just nice to splurge once in a while.

Dead Ringer Deals / 7thhouseontheleft.com

Deal One / Riviera Chair ($225) / Biarritz Arm Chair Set ($216)
Deal Two / Salvaged Mansard Scroll Mirror ($289) / Rhonda Wall Mirror ($119)
Deal Three / Heirloom Scissors ($29) / Iron Utility Scissors ($18)

It’s the last Monday of May, so you know what that means… three day weekend! With our schedules being so hectic the past month or so, we’re welcoming this 3-day weekend with open arms… and a glass of lemonade hoping the sense of relaxation will stick around for a while.

A List of Home Decor Memorial Day Sales / 7thhouseontheleft.com

Along with the extra 24 hours for rest and relaxation, comes some pretty great online sales. Every year, it seems that I get clued in on the good sales on Monday night, after all the good stuff is already out of stock. That being the case, I thought it would be fun to compile a short list of the good home-related sales that have come across my radar the last day or so.

Serena & Lily  // 20% off everything // CODE: SUMMER20

Home Decorators // Free Shipping on Everything

Pottery Barn // Up to 60% off on Hundreds of Items

Art.com // 35% off sitewide // CODE: PNAT97

OpenSky // Save an additional 30% on everything

Kohls // $10 off any purchase of $25 or more // CODE: HONOR10

Furbish Studio // 15% off everything // CODE: SUMMERTIME

World Market // 10% off everything // CODE: MAYPASS

JC Penney // 15% off everything + 10% off furniture, mattresses and blinds // CODE: SUNNYDAY

Bruke Decor // Spend $100 and Save 15% (CODE: FLAG14), Spend $250 and Save 20% (CODE: RED2014), Spend $500 and Save 25% (CODE: WHITE2014), or Spend $1,000 and Save 30% (CODE: BLUE14)

Brown & Barkley // 15% off everything // CODE: SUMMERFUN

Good sales and long weekends are great, but the real meaning of Memorial Day is to celebrate the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We are so thankful for the soldiers who have given their lives for our freedom. We hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day. Happy weekend, folks!