Entryway Makeover Updates (including lighting, ceiling medallions, moulding, art, wallpaper, paint)

Wowzers!  We have made a LOT progress in our entryway for the Adventure Refresh.  It helps that I got a head start, but STILL you guys.  This space is really starting to shape up…what started out as a last minute design scheme is starting to be quite lovely!

Note: Most of the products listed are sponsored.  I love working with fabulous companies and their quality products to bring you unique and beautiful rooms

Playing Catch Up?

If you missed last week’s BEFORE PICS I promise that you will want to circle back and check it out.  These images help you appreciate just how much progress we have made so far.  Let me warn you though….It was bad….like really, really bad.

Click HERE if you want to skip ahead to the big reveal

    Now that you are up to speed, let’s savor this week’s accomplishments.

 I am thrilled to be working with Hudson Valley and Architectural Depot again.  I still can’t get over the lighting and ceiling medallion combo we put together in my daughters’ upholstered bunk bed French bedroom last month.

Did you know that the Hudson Valley Lighting Group includes other great brands like Troy and Mitzi?  I recently realized that almost every updated light fixture I own can be found on their website. Yep, I’m apparently a really big fan.

Plus, if you are in the market for ceiling medallions or other ways to add charm and personality to your home (corbels, shutters, fireplace surrounds….the list goes on and on) then Architectural Depot is just the place for you…Or at least it has been for me.  The four Architectural Depot ceiling medallions I’ve installed are all so pretty.

OK…NOW BRACE YOURSELVES:  There is some incredibly stunning lighting going on here!



What did I tell you?  It’s good, right? I’m kind of dying over this Ashleigh Chandelier from Mitzi paired with the Versailles Ceiling Medallion from Architectural Depot.  I love me some “old” mixed with “new”.  It’s kind of my jam and I’m floored by this combo!  You may have noticed, but I seem to be crushing on large, white, bulbous chandeliers in this new home. Let me tell you though, there is something special about the Ashleigh Chandelier.  The bulbs have just the right amount of “frosting” to give it an almost magical and etherial look.  Plus, the brass is just such a pretty pop against my freshly painted white walls.  One thing to consider: the scale of this piece is probably better suited for a dining room table, vs entryway lighting.  Can you picture it with the Versailles Ceiling Medallion over your dining table? Because I sure can imagine it over mine.



While this pairing may be more petite, it also packs a big punch, stylistically. I love the way the white Stella semi flush pops against the freshly painted black  Apollo Ceiling Medallion from Architectural Depot.  See, more bulbous lighting…I’m kind of obsessed.

But to prove to you that I’m not a one trick pony, I would like to introduce you to the Hudson Valley fixture that I have installed at the top of the stairs…by “I” I actually mean my husband, who has proven to be an amazingly handy fellow this week.


If you are in the market for something affordable, beautiful, and timeless then the Rye Flush Mount could be right up your alley.  Since it sits at the top of the stairs, I knew this fixture would be in the same vignette as the Ashleigh.   I knew that whatever I picked shouldn’t compete with the drama of the Ashleigh + Versailles combo. In my search for  something classic and understated, I (with the help from my friend Jess from Domicile37) found the Rye Flush Mount.


 I was a bit tardy submitting my Minted.com order (due to last minute design changes), but Minted was so lickity-split-fast. While I’m stoked about the entire collection I received, I had to show you a sneak peek of this one (Human One: Anton) because he’s my favorite. He reminds me of my Grandpa Charles (that’s what we are naming him BTW), and he adds so much soul to our space.  My 10 year old daughter is skeptical, but I think she’ll come around in the end.  If she doesn’t, I guess one of my other kids will get to inherit Grandpa Charles instead 🙂

Pardon the carcinogenic, paint gun produced dust.  This place is literally a construction zone.


I took a couple of days last week and hung this fun black and white Simplemente Puntos  wallpaper from Milton and King.  This is the same company who sells my outrageously gorgeous dining room wallpaper, but this one is more subtle and subdued by comparison. I’ll be writing a blog post explaining why I went with this wallpaper in this space.

I’m excited to get it all styled up for you soon.


I don’t want to spill the beans on the Metrie 1- 13/16 Panel Mould, because I can’t believe just how pretty it is looking.  We are ALMOST done cutting, calking, and painting the trim, but we still have this little area left to tackle.  Ok, ok…we also have  a few more boxes we need to reconfigure by the front door… but it’s looking truly looking AHHHMAZING! and I can’t wait to show you next week.


The handrails and kick plates on the stairs have been a labor of love for the last six months (off and on…but mostly off :).  Velvet Finishes paint has been very useful in the process. I will write a post about the process soon, but I used VF in Luxurious for the railing. It’s a soft black with a cool undertone and it looks gorgeous on my railings. To seal this and the kick plates, I covered it all in with two coats of Protect.  I was worried that it wouldn’t hold the test of time, but after six months it still looks fab…except for the place we dropped the heavy scaffolding from two stories high yesterday…that left a little knick…go figure 🙂 .

Something fantastic also came in the mail this week from a little Etsy shop called The French Evolution.  It was a birthday gift from my mom and they came directly from France…How rad is that?

Door Hardware

A couple of days ago I realized that my old door handles are bringing this space down.  I reached out to Grandeur Hardware because I was completely blown away by their gorgeous options.  The hardest part about this process was picking which hardware to go with.  In the end I opted for this classic look with a medium sized brass backplate.  I can’t wait to paint the doors and get these installed.

OK my friends. While you check out the links to all of these fab products, I will be racing to the finish line next week…FEB 28th!  Will there be enough time????

Source List

1. Versailles Ceiling Medallion from Architectural Depot

2. Apollo Ceiling Medallion from Architectural Depot

3.  Rye Flush Mount from Hudson Valley Lighting

4. Ashleigh Chandelier from Mitzi

5.  Stella From Mitzi

6. Human One: Anton from Minted

7. The Layers Beneath from Minted

8. Simple Ink Series 4 from Minted

9. She’s Blooming from Minted

10. Simplemente Puntos Wallpaper from Milton and King

11. Malachite Table DIY

12. Metrie 1- 13/16 Panel Mould

13. Grandeur Hardware Entrance and Passageway Handles

14. Luxurious and Minimalistic Paint from Velvet Finishes

The To Do List

Feels good to cross some of these items off my list BTW:

Paint the stairs in Luxurious and Minimalistic Paint from Velvet Finishes

Hang Metrie 1- 13/16 Panel Mould

Hang  Simplemente Puntos Wallpaper from Milton and King

Paint two story ceiling and walls ?

 Install Ceiling Medallion | Apollo Ceiling Medallion

Hang  Ashleigh ChandelierRye Flush Mount |  Stella

Hang Human One: Anton The Layers Beneath | Simple Ink Series 4 | She’s Blooming from Minted

DIY a Malachite Table

DIY rug runner?

Remove Stair Finials and replace with an Antique Brass pair being shipped from France! I bought it from TheFrenchEvolution on Etsy

My curtains are back-ordered so I’m trying to find a plan B

We may or may not get our floors refinished next week

Ok, enough about me…Go check out these other SUPER talented bloggers. I was loving each of their design plans last week and can’t wait to see their progress.  Check back here on the 28th for the BIG REVEALS!  No really, don’t forget.  FEB 28TH!

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