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My Favorite Room: Annie of Lovely Things

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Today I welcome Annie from the blog Lovely Things.  Annie is here to share her favorite room which happens to be her entryway.  Thanks for joining us Annie!

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Rene at one of my favorite blogs, Cottage & Vine has invited me to guest post on my favorite room in the house...I am so thrilled to be included in her "Favorite Room" series.  I actually had not even thought about what my favorite room is until I received her email.  It took me about two seconds to decide that it's my entryway.  Here's what I love about it . . . Both my front door and entry from the garage converge into the same space, so everyone drops their stuff in one spot.  Which is actually kind of perfect because you only have to have one space to organize and everyone knows exactly where they can find their backpack, jacket, shoes, keys...whatever it is they are looking for...there's a space designed for it.


But first...my entryway begins outside...I adore herringbone so we added the brick, the lighting is by Bevolo as well as the mailbox.  Lighting is like the icing on the cake...it has to be perfect.  I wrote more about it here.



Once inside...this is the first thing you notice.  I designed a quarter round shelf just for this lamp.  In my old house I had a tiny, but tall black table that was about the same surface size and I had the same lamp by Jamie Young.  This little lamp is lit all the time and its 15 watt light bulb welcomes us home.



We use white religious candles to line the walkway and the steps whenever we have guests...It always makes people feel welcome.




One thing in a small house that is very important is to have a place for everything.  I knew we needed a space for cell phones, keys etc. and this little cubby was the perfect solution to avoid having it all end up on the kitchen counter.


Our entire interior is pretty much black, white and neutral so it's fun to add a little color with things we are using for the beach, the pool or just going out.  1.  Summertime blues and stripes, 2.  Black and tan, 3.  Yellow and green and 4.  Shades of red.



Fourth of July is a really big deal in our neighborhood...there's a parade, a bluff BBQ, sand castle contest and our house is on the path that everyone sees...so we have a lot of flags and a lot of red, white and blue.


We used to have a beautiful bar set up in our living room all the time.  I loved the look of the different bottles and glassware, but in a beach house with kids, it just didn't seem right anymore.  This little cabinet is perfect and no one even knows it's there.  I didn't even put knobs on the door.




This photo was taken last winter when flip flops disappear and Hunter rain boots and jackets take their place.  It's probably not a coincidence that all our jackets, sweaters, sweatshirts are in shades of black and gray...it goes with the neutral colors in the house, so anything else ends up on the hooks just outside in the garage.  It took my husband about a week to discover that his orange and brown Northface was relegated to the garage hooks...sorry honey.


So come on in . . .  the door's wide open!  Thank you Rene!


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This post is making me miss summer already!  Your entryway has so many great details that I notice something new each time I see it Annie.  Need to remember the candles next time we have company.  And, what I would give to have that little cabinet!  Thanks so much for sharing your favorite space today!

To see more of Annie's blog & home go here.

18 comments:

  1. Beautiful entry, such a gorgeous home!

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  2. What a beautiful entryway! Love the herringbone brickwork! The candles up the stairs is such a gorgeous touch - what a nice way to make her guests feel special! Too funny about banishing the orange jacket. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Beautiful entry and home! The liquor cabinet is great! I didn't notice until I went to her site and saw her Halloween post that the front door is a dutch door...I've always wanted one!

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  4. Love this series and all the beautiful spaces you feature!

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  5. Beautiful home. I just love the front of that house. And I need that cubby as well. Wow. Great idea.

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  6. I love this home. I have always loved to have "a place" for everything. Great ideas here. Beautiful home.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  7. I love Annie's house and all her great ideas - and love reading her blog. I'm so glad you got her to post this ;)

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  8. Oh my goodness! I love every square foot of it! Thanks for introducing her, Rene.

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  9. Wow!! Amazing herringbone brickwork! And all the little details in that house are stunning! I would happily live in that house!!

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  10. If I got to walk into this entry everyday, I'd be a happy girl! Love all of the use of black.
    Camille

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  11. Just beautiful! I have always wanted a welcoming front area like that, especially the stairs. I LOVE the candles.
    Thank you for sharing and I hope you are having a great week!
    xoxo

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  12. Wonderful! The entry is so welcoming...
    xo
    Robin
    All Things Heart and Home

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  13. A very inviting entryway. I do love the effect of the religious candles..the warm glow. Great post!

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  14. Thank you Rene for including me in your "favorite room" series. I am honored and grateful to be apart of this series. And thank you to all those that left comments!

    xo
    annie

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  15. SO awesome! Annie, I love your all your design choices in this space, especially that phone charging/keys cubby. It's genius.

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  16. Beautiful...I am so in love the the entry way and the herringbone bricks!!! Oh yeah and everything else also.

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