Sail Away

6.16.2009

Well, our foyer is ready for summer! Of course, summer weather here is still a little iffy/not consistent...and I'm still wearing sweaters, real shoes, a fleece and have a space heater at work because it is so cold in our office, but...I added some seasonal summer decor to our 2 story entryway. So at least when I'm in the hallway I feel warm and ready to hit the beach:)



We have this awesome transom window above our front door that I love (only 1 other house in our neighborhood of around 70 homes has one - and that house is red too!). Its such a charming spot to take advantage of...I've been adding things to the windows depending on the season - mini pumpkins in the fall, Christmas ornaments at the holidays, starfish over the summer. Plus you can see these little unexpected treasures from both inside and outside.



{On a side note, I've been considering painting the inside of our front door black. The outside is black, and I feel like the door gets lost surrounded by all this nice white trim and even more windows. I'm thinking it might be nice to have a bit more drama here in the entryway. Thoughts? Would a color other than black look better?}



I also added this model ship to the top of our bookcase (currently serving as an entryway table until we find one we like). I sort of confiscated it from my mom when she didn't want it anymore, but decided I wasn't crazy about the hunter green hull - that's bottom of the boat for all you land-lovers. (I like green, but forest is not my favorite shade...see blog title..also see the chartreuse glass on the shelf).




So I decided it couldn't hurt to the paint the bottom of the ship a color that fit in more with our style. I had some leftover Benjamin Moore Danville Tan (a beige with a green undertone) from when I painted our living room last fall...I've since painted over it again, decided that shade wasn't right for the space, but maybe it would be good for out little boat:)



This took me all of 15 minutes. And most of that was waiting for one side to dry so I could paint the other. It took 2 coats...and I didn't even sand it first!!!


Here's the new black, red and tan ship. What do you think? It's a subtle difference, though now there's a lot more contrast along the hull with the new lighter paint color on the bottom and the black on the top. Hmmm, looking back at the before and after I guess I don't think the hunter green was all that bad. But I still like the Danville Tan just a bit better.







Now if we could just get my dad's boat in the water and do some real sailing! Yay for summer:)

28 comments:

  1. Looks great! I love the starfish in the windows, not many people would think to decorate there!

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  2. I love the bookshelf decor- Nice work! And I think your door would look really nice black- I love me some contrast!

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  3. Your exterior house color is perfect. I love how the starfish look in your windows. Such a creative idea! I'm going to look for spots in my house where I can change out little objects like that with the seasons. My house always seems stuck in Autumn mode. Thanks for inspiring me to decorate for Summer.

    I think your idea of painting your interior door black. I've been meaning to do that to my back door in the kitchen. It's on the to do list for the next few months.

    Emily
    timelesspaper.com/blog

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  4. Love it Sarah! I really love the starfish in the window too!

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  5. Hello! Stopping over from Kimba's. Love your window - wish I had one! Everything looks great!

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  6. Hi, there! Just found you through Kimba's ASPTL blog -- WOW, you have a great eye!!

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  7. Me, too, just over from Kimba'a! If you don;t mind I'll look around! Love your foyer, esp the window! My front door does not face out, which really bothers me.
    ~Nancy

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  8. I painted the inside of my front door black. I LOVE it. The hall is smallish, not too much light, but enough that the black works. HOWEVER, I painted my single sidelight black too and hated that. I repainted the sidelight white, kept just the back of the door black and it is so much better. You have two sidelights, much more symmetrical so painting the sidelights would work for you. Hope this helps.

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  9. Cute blog! Came over from Kimba's. She always finds the best new blogs. I haven't met you before either, where do you all come from?!

    And yes, on the black painted door inside. It looks great done that way, I think you'd love it. Just the door. I'd love to do it too, but my hubby is against it so it's not worth arguing over.

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  10. I heart your window above the door! I love simple special details like that. Also saw a post somewhere on blogland of a door painted black on the inside and it looked great!

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  11. LOVE it. A treat for you and your neighbors.

    And YES - paint that door. I've done it in every house we've lived in for the last 10 years....here's the latest one:

    http://olderandwisor.blogspot.com/2008/11/black-friday.html

    Sometimes you just need to see it, right? Your house is fabulous. I'm totally inspired ;)

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  12. Hi Sarah!

    Just wanted to pop in and tell you how much I love your blog! I featured this post in my Linky Love post today.

    Kimba

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  13. Love your starfish. It's a lovely welcoming touch. I think the black would look fantastic. You should go for it.

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  14. Yay to you for getting noticed by Kimba - you do have a great eye for this stuff! =) Just came over from ASPTL. I think that the door would look fabulous in black. You're right, it does get lost in all of that.

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  15. Came over through Kimba, congratulations! Love your house and blog... Got so carried away looking though it that I didn't realize what time it was...my son ended up having a late bedtime tonight (I think he was excited)!
    PS- I love black doors!
    ~Meg

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  16. Nice! My grandma had a transom window above both of her doors. I love them so much. We still own that home. Wish I could just take the walls and put them here.

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  17. Came from Kimba's! We have a transom and I have been thinking of getting some etched glass vinyl decals for the squares. Love the starfish!! (I put felt ghosts and bats in ours at Halloween!) :)

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  18. Visting from Kimba's. What a great idea to put the starfish in the window. Looks terrific.
    As for the door, Shannon over at Bless Our Nest just did hers black & has a post about it somewhere not too far back. Go take a look, it turned out great.
    Have a great weekend.

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  19. Hi ya! I'm stopping by from Kimba's. Oh how I love your door windows! They are wonderful!! What a great idea to display things in them. I bet the mini-pumpkins in the fall are adorable. So loving your blog!

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  20. Yes-- i love your idea for the black inside door.

    Summer has taken its time coming to Utah as well, first time i have enjoyed an entire spring spring.

    First time to visit you...and doesnt look the last I am sure.

    TTFN~~claudia

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  21. Love the transom window! I can't believe you are still wearing sweaters in June. That is so far from my thinking in this 100 degree heat wave here. I will definitely be stopping by your blog again.

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  22. PAINT THE DOOR! I just did my interior side a few weeks ago and i do love the contrast. my husband and i had talked about it months ago and on a whim, while my boys were napping, i pulled out the can of oil paint and just went for it. my husband came into the entry and gasped ... he didn't remember agreeing to it! oops. we now have a black door and there really is no going back. all to say, make sure you guys agree on it before you start painting!

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  23. Kimba sent me...and I'm so glad she did.

    I have a giant sailboat that comes out to spend summer on my mantle but I've never liked the color of the hull.

    You've given my the courage to go ahead and paint it. Thanks!

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  24. I too have the window above the door and I love this idea! Just wanted to tell you I linked you today!

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  25. I think I have to make some changes in my house so I need change the paint I'm gonna use blue just like the color of my pill of Generic Viagra.

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  26. I'm only 4 years late here but thanks for the inspiration! Hubby and I just built a house and I'll be doing the starfish in my master bath transom which faces the street. So excited to have some visual appeal there finally!! :)

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  27. Thanks for the inspiration. I've repinned back to your site on Pinterest/homedepot on the "Doors and Windows" pinboard.

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