An Updated Foyer

One of our main goals for this year is to ramp up the curb appeal of our home. While we wait for the plans to come together, we've been focusing on a smaller, more manageable project also dealing with first impressions - a foyer update. Over a series of months we've been making small changes as we find the right items, hoping for an overall larger "wow moment" in the foyer. We're starting to get there and I, for one, am loving the look we've created. 

It should be noted that this space is ridiculously hard to photograph at the best of times, so imagine how I struggle now that we've added the massive French inspired gilt mirror. Oh, but it's worth it for the amount of light that now bounces around the previously dark space.

Next we swapped out the lamps, exchanging the previous distressed turned wood baluster style lamp for this whimsical bird and branch gilded lamp. The antique English chest and gilt mirror are both large imposing pieces, the new lighter lamp keeps the whole space from feeling too heavy.

Finding just the right pieces for the vignette was a seriously time-consuming affair, but there's nothing I like more than a collected look, so it had to be done. I especially love how the ultra feminine covered urn with button finial contrasts with the black and white bone in-lay tray. The unique orchid was a gift for Valentine's Day, still going strong. And, of course, a brass pineapple to bring it all home. 

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Inspiration Monday

It's Monday - hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We scheduled in a whole lot of nothin' and enjoyed every minute of it. Including a good hour pouring over magazines with my Saturday morning coffee, which led me to this beautiful home from the April issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.

There's so much to see and take in, it's hard to know where to start. The pool with arbor style cabana, the stepping stone patio, the lush planters, the connection between inside and outside living. Love it all. 
But what really got me going were the similarities between the veranda featured in the magazine and the back porch addition we completed last year. 

Ok, perhaps similarities is a bit of a strong word…but they do both have long spaces spilt between living and dining, with extra wide stairs and pergola inspired supports for the roof. Perhaps the biggest, most obvious difference, is the roof itself. We have a white polycarbonate covering while the inspiration picture features a beautiful metal roof with skylights. 

So, here's the truth, we are not happy with our polycarbonate roof. It leaks. At every seam. The entire porch is soaked with every rain.  Now, this bothers some of us (John) more than others (me), but it's important to recognize that it's not all about me (what?!?!?) so we are now researching a metal roof. 

I'm not going to lie, I wasn't super excited about this potential project, but the inspirational image changes everything. Now I'm on board, 100%. Fingers crossed it's a possibility and that it can work with our existing structure.

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Dining Centerpiece Ideas

Finding the perfect centerpiece for the dining table can be tricky. Especially if it's a space seen often, but rarely used. It must look good at a moments notice, while requiring no maintenance on a daily basis, but also having the ability to be "dressed up" for a special occasion. 

Two of my go-to favorites are: Ginger Jars and Soup Tureens. 
Both look great alone (as shown above) 

 or beautiful stuffed full of plants or fresh cut flowers. 

Here's a great example of a simple tureen housing a humble fern, but the combination together makes a huge statement. Of course the tablecloth helps a little :)

A sweet and feminine, highly patterned tureen chock full of peonies and hydrangea - beautiful.

Hello, new soup tureen. I have big plans for you. Sadly, those plans do not involve my home, but I know you will make a certain someone very happy. 

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