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My Favorite Room: Fran of Green Street

Wednesday, August 17, 2011



Today we have Fran of Green Street here to talk about her favorite space.  I am especially grateful that she could squeeze in a visit with us today.  Fran and her husband are expecting their second baby and planning a move to Vienna, Austria.  Welcome Fran!



Thank you Rene for inviting me to participate in your series!  Is it me or is it hard to pick a favorite?  I've been going back and forth trying to select my favorite.  I finally decided I would share my favorite space.  I'm not sure you would officially call it a room, but it's an important space because it is the first thing you see walking up our stairs and it is the entryway to all the rooms upstairs.


This space was a labor of love - from painting the stripes to the painstaking task of finding a cool flush mount ceiling light (for very low ceilings).  Practically everything in this space was furnished with items I already owned except for the 'For Like Ever' poster and the ceiling light.  


This used to be a really bland and boring hallway/landing, but now it is a warm, cozy and unexpected space that makes me really happy every time I walk upstairs.  Here is the before:


If you're interested in how the stripes were painted on the wall, you can go here.  I was pleasantly surprised at how the stripes made such a big impact in a small space.  By looking at the before picture, I never thought my upstairs hallway/landing would eventually become one of my favorite spaces!!  It's amazing what a little paint and a couple of details can accomplish!

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Fran, the landing is so light and airy now.  I can see how this could be your favorite space.  Thanks so much for being my guest today!  To visit Fran's blog go here.

21 comments:

  1. So lovely. I'm in the market for new doorknobs for our interior doors and I really love the finish on hers. Also, that poster is amazing! Who'd have thunk a poster could look so great?

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  2. This is a great hallway!! I am in love with those stripes and that poster. I will definitely go and check out her blog!

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  3. OOh...I love it!! The stripes are subtle but perfect:)

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  4. i love this room, too- it is the one that made me start following fran!

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  5. It's a beautiful update and I love how neutral it is but at the same time warm - and those gladiolas (sp?) are really great. Just the pop of color for that hallway. The stripes are awesome and such a great way, economical way to update a room for not much $$ at all.

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  6. What a beautiful space! I love the color and the striping! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I love it!! The stripes make all the difference! What a great space!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  8. Oh, I just love it. I have been thinking about doing stripes in our upstairs hallway {we have similar colors}. You may have swayed me. So pretty.

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  9. I really love the stripes. They make an uninteresting pass through a real focal point. And Fran's styling is just spot on!

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  10. It's lovely, and I think it's great that you picked the hallway for your favorite spot. Goes to show that even the most unconventional spaces can be decorated to make us smile!
    Camille

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  11. Such a pretty landing. I love the For Like Ever poster! I have similar striping in my master bath and love the neutral but interesting effect.

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  12. Very pretty! I love the neutral palette. It's very fresh and inviting. The stipes are fun! It's always nice to have a fresh vase of flowers, too. Fran has done a lovely job.

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  13. So beautiful...now I want all my beige back....I need to stop reading blogs.

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  14. Such a fun series! I'm off to check out Fran's blog, based on this pretty makeover, I'm in for a treat!

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  15. I love Fran's upstairs hallway. She did such a great job with the stripes and the eye-catching "For Like Ever" poster!

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  16. Wow! Very pretty, nice and crisp!..Christine

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  17. I have loved this little hallway for along time! So glad to see it again!

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  18. You have created such a great little space where it would be easily forgotten...The stripes are wonderful and of course a little light and fresh flowers always add so much to any space. I've always loved the Like forever poster.

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