Sunday, February 15, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday

Be sure to check out all of the other postings over at Susan's here;)



I didn't have anything prepared so put I this together in quick order despite the fact that there have been a few more changes that I haven't taken pics of yet...This is was the original builder entry light...plain and simple with very beige walls




In this picture you see the difference lighting can make;)





This was how we originally had the entry set up...use what you have until you can put it all together..




View from the other direction...I wanted a new hall table and was having trouble finding one until...

I found this one...It has copper inlaid in the front and leather straps to look like belts coming down the front...the bonus was that it also has storage space to hide stuff;)





Found a mirror that matched it quite well style wise...were on a roll now!

That stark white door in the background just wasn't cutting it so...a half a quart of black paint and voila a whole new feel...now what isn't shown in pics is that the glass on the sidelites was changed to a patterned glass that looks really nice and removed the white muntins...

I really liked this piece and still do;) and it was liked so much that it was used as an inspiration on the Rate My Space TV show...we were the last episode of the first season and had a blast doing it!






View now from the front door...Still want to stain the stairs a darker color possibly change the spindles to wrought iron...always a work in progress...

I think G-mans' honey DO list is getting longer by the minute;)

Hope you enjoy all the posts shared during this Met Monday;)

Hugs French xoxox



64 comments:

xinex said...

Hi Lisa, Love the transformation. I really like that chest too, very exotic looking, and the hanging light....Christine

Susan said...

Love the subtle changes you made.... made a huge difference...the new light, the black door....very pretty!

Susan

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Lisa, what a great transformation. I love the new entry light.. I remember seeing you on Rate My Space.. you looked like you had a lot of fun..aren't all of our homes a work in progress? Darling my "to-do" list is so long I'm beginning to wonder if I'm ever going to get anything marked off..maybe I should stop "adding" to the list..lol
hugs ~lynne~

janet said...

hi Lisa, i did my first Met Monday, but havent pulled it all together yet, no butterfly, still need to figure things out. I love this chest when i first saw it and still do, then i love your whole home...beautiful as always
thanks for sharing
hugs and hope you are feeling better soon
janet

prof en retraite said...

Hi French! No wonder that piece was used as inspiration...it's gorgeous! Love the new lights! Beautiful transformation...Debbie

Natalie said...

I was cracking up at myself because as I scrolled down to each pic I thought to myself "ooo, I love it"...then "ooooo, I love it more!" and so it went.

I like the idea of darkening the stain on the stairs/railing.

Your home = gorgeous!

-Nat

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

That new lighting made such a difference! Love the door painted black - it gives such elegance to the entry. And, you're right, that furniture piece is perfect there. laurie

pcb said...

Love the black. If you check out the other posts, there's one (too lazy to go back; I've looked and commented on so many!) where the steps and railings were painted black. Looked awesome.

Lady Katherine said...

I love the wall color, the chest is beautiful! It was just begging to be painted black! You made a great make over!

Cass said...

It is hard to turn that kind of an entryway into a warm and welcoming space, but you did it!

It's lovely! It looks as if it glows.

Cass

Really Rainey said...

That is a beautiful side table! I love finds like that... very unusual! And your door... Painted black... wow, really pretty... and brave... and it just looks so sharp with everything else. Nice!
*Rainey

kiakai / Kelly said...

I've never seen these before pics. You'll have to show me more! Wow, big changes. I love it! Did you notice I messed up my whole post. I'll tell you the story later. UGH!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I LOVE it!! That pice is soo great! And the whole entrance is beautiful...as is the peek into your home!

Chris said...

French, all I can say is AMAZING..I loved seeing the huge difference you both made in your entry way.You have a beautiful home. You're so lucky.

Hugs,
Chris

artis1111 said...

Love all you do. Ok G Man take a break!!! heheh Kathy

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful transformations. I've been considering painting the inside of our front door. Thanks for the inspiration.

Linda said...

You are right about lighting...makes a huge difference..really like the entry change. Amazing what the black door did to jazz things up. If black ever goes out of style, I'm toast because I love it. Well done! Linda

santamaker said...

It's thrilling to make a small change that gives you such a big impact. That hall table is wonderful. Congrats on being on RMS!

Bo said...

Hi Lisa...I've been heavily involved with the other man in my life (grandson) & I'm just now getting by...You were on RMS & didn't tell us??? I don't watch the show but I sure would have if I had known you were "starring"!!!
Your ideas for your home are amazing...such good taste you have!
;-) Bo

Raxx - A day in the life said...

I love your style so much, the transformation is amazing! What a wonderful and fitting entry!

Kim said...

That is a fantastic transformation...so warm and inviting. Exactly what a foyer should be.

Susan said...

I love the chest and the front door!. The new lighting is perfect!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

It's amazing how much that black paint changed the look of the door! Looks terrific!

Sarah said...

Your home is gorgeous! That entryway is stunning and the light made such a huge impact.
Sarah

Raggedy Girl said...

Your entry is really beautiful. Everything you did made it better.

Happy Presidents Day To You
from Roberta Anne

marty39 said...

I also saw that episode on RMS. Great episode, I really enjoyed it. Your changes may seem small, but the difference is huge. I love the door painted black. Your new chest is just gorgeous, what a great piece and looks perfect in the entry. Love it. Hugs, Marty

squawmama said...

Good Morning French.. Love your entrance to your home... It is so elegant now... Your home is just lovely and it is always fun to see pictures of it... Thanks for sharing with us... Love ya

(((HUGS)))
Donna

LaurenFaythe said...

I love the new door color, and the warmth in your entryway now. The light fixture makes a huge difference, and that console...!(I also like the cushion on the wicker.)How fun for you to be on Rate My Space!

nikkicrumpet said...

Amazing how some simple changes make such a dramatic impact. I love that table too! And I'm not surprised at all that someone on RMS wanted to use your gorgeous home as inspiration. It would have been crazy if they hadn't!

Jill said...

Lisa what can I say? Your house is beautiful and the new touches just added a bit more beauty!

ellen b said...

Oh what great spaces you have and you've transformed them to be so full and warm. I really like all you've done...

Fifi Flowers said...

It's all about first impressions! LOVELY!

Mary / Mariah said...

You did great in your entryway , it's so pretty . I love looking at your home .
Sorry I haven't been here lately , my time is taken up by so many things .
Have a goo day .
Mary

DesignTies said...

My living room was an inspiration room on Rate My Space too!!!! Wasn't it a blast doing the shoot for the show?! :-D

LOVE the black front door. I did something similar in our house that will probably be my Met Monday post next week. Hope you'll drop by and check it out :-)

I also love that hall table. The mirror works really well with it, and the whole vignette is great :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

salmagundi said...

Beautiful changes! That black door really made a huge difference. Love it all. Sally

Donna Marie said...

Complete perfection Darling French! Painting your door made big difference! I love love that chest! The mirror fits perfect!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Donna M

Kim Chalfant said...

Love all the changes you have made. Looks fabulous!!!!

marty39 said...

Lisa, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such gracious comments about my Summer LR redo. I am really a fabric person and feel like you can transform anything with a little paint and fabric. Glad you're getting the fabric bug. Hugs, Marty

Mama said...

I really enjoyed seeing this step by step French. I loved your entryway on RMS and TV of course, but seeing it all evolve like this was perfect. Hope you have a wonderful week, hugs, Kathy.

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hey French!
Love the black door! What a great touch - adds tons of drama to the entryway. Love the new hall table too! Great choices!
Smiles,
Alisa

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

frenchie, you always do a wonderful job no matter what project you are working on. I too have joined the blog world...come and see me sometime.

~♥~ Monica S said...

Beautiful French! I really like your style.. and where you're headed with it!! I love wrought iron too!! And that new piece of furniture is JUST my style!! I have to look for something similar! :-)

Monica

Melissa Miller said...

Hi French! ;)
Wait a minute...Don't I remember your home from RMS?
Weren't you even on an episode? It has always been one of my favorites.

I love your pretty entry!
The new lighting and table are beyond fabulous.
Love the family room and the furniture in that room as well.
I do think the iron spindles would look gorgeous. I want some too but we are moving later this year so I'll wait until the next home.

WONDERFUL MM POST!
~Melissa ;)

Tamara Jansen said...

I LOVE that cabinet! Gorgeous look :)

Linda said...

Lisa, great changes. Just little things like that can make such a difference, like the light fixture.
Love it!
Linda Q

Chari said...

Hey Girlfriend...

Well...for a quick "put together" post...it was fabulous, my friend! I do love the new beige wall color versus painter's white...and your new light fixture is beautiful...what a transformation!!! Girl, I watched you and honey on Rate My Space...you should have seen and heard me! I hollered at Russell to come quick...was squealing and jumpin'...shouting, "Look honey...look...look...there's my friend Lisa!!!!!" Hehe...was too cool, my friend!!! And yes, I just adore your entry cabinet...it's gorgeous!!! I have followed you and your home faithfully...through RMS and have enjoyed seeing your talents and creativity in action...your home is fabulous!!!

Thank you for stopping by today...it's always such a pleasure to hear from you!!!

Love ya,
Chari

kahlanne said...

I can see why it was on RMS. I love the chest and the mirror and the lighting and the bench...well, all of it! Great job!

Michael said...

I love seeing the progression...the hall table is stunning. I can see why RMS used it for inspiration!

~CC Catherine said...

Hi French! I'm traveling and am in PA now...at my Mom's! Showing her my blog and wanted to stop by yours quickly. ;) This is a super transformation! What a difference a light switch up makes, eh? And...the chest is so cool! Very stunning, the entire look! ~CC Catherine

imjacobsmom said...

French, I was loving each transformation as the pics went on down the line. I think that painting the door made the biggest impact. I love your chest - I remember that from RMS! ~ Robyn

Cottage Rose said...

I just love every thing you did, the black door is so great, love the new chest table OK I just love it all.

Hugs;
Alaura

Shelia said...

Wow, Frenchiness! What a difference! I love your home and you're so great at decorating it! I wanna live with your!! lol Oh, and now you're famous! I didn't know your piece was used on RMS! How fantastic!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Okay, what the hell is a muntin? I love love love that table in the foyer. It is sooooooooo interesting-looking. Like it's got its own personality, kwim?

Justine :o )

Helen said...

Hi Frenchie! I SOOOOO remember your entry on RMS because we share the same large yellow ceramic urn. Love the look and feel of your home.

Envoy-ette said...

Oh- so much better! Love that black door! I've been wanting to do it, but the Hubby won't listen. I'll just put his nose on your pictures and he'll cave! How could he NOT like it NOW?!

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

French Fry~ It just keeps getting better n' better ~ and prettier n' prettier! Hugs, Linda

claudie said...

Hi French
Oh boy... I have moldings to still put up in our little house and it seems to take forever. My honey do list for hubby is also very long.
Love all your changes as always.
Happy Belated Met Monday.
Love Claudie
xo

Tootsie said...

I love it! looks fantastic!
hope you are well...thanks for the words of encouragement!

Twice as Nice said...

Changing the color of the room and door and adding just a few of the right pieces made such a difference. It's a room you would never tire of and makes such a great entrance for guests. Perfection once again!

Buffie said...

I'd SO feel right at home in your house! Beautiful!

Buffie :)

Elizabeth said...

I love the new table,Lisa! it looks great and has storage, there's nothing better!

Tracy said...

OMGosh! I saw that RMS episode just the other day...I check in on your blog all the time and didn't realize that was you when I saw it. Awesome!
Tracy

lvroftiques said...

What a wonderful transformation! And it has really evolved over time. Isn't it funny though how something as simple as painting a door can change the whole feeling of a space? Well I've always thought your home was gorgeous! And I've really enjoyed seeing it again! Vanna

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Lisa...wow...love your entry. I can see why that piece was picked as an inspiration piece...it's beautiful! You have such an eye for things...really beautiful transformation! Susan

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