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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My Marble Entry!!

When I posted my guest bathroom many of you mentioned that you would like to see the rest of the entry hall. I thought I should show you my entry. So here is a little peek of what you are about to see!!
I am such a tease!! I promise there is more to be seen. I am also going to join Emily Clark for a “Reader participation Post” on, you guessed it!!
Entry Halls
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I would like to thank Emily Clark for doing a, “Reader Participation Post” on Entry Halls today. Be sure and visit her blog to see more of her readers entries. You will love Emily’s blog it is one of my daily reads. Shall we begin the tour of my entry?

Welcome to my home. As you step up to my porch you will see a full glass French door with sidelights. I had to convince both hubby and my contractor that this would look great and give me the look I wanted. I Won!!  Come on in!
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As you enter you will be stepping into my entry hall. It is not very large 6x12, but plenty big for a little California suburban ranch. You will be stepping onto a Carrera marble and absolute black granite floor. I waited for over 20 years for this floor and it was well worth the wait. I chose to border the floor with the granite and add only a few diamonds to add a little drama.
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In this image you can see the door and the wainscoting done by my hubby. Since it is a little California Ranch I wanted to add some character with molding and wainscoting. As you look straight ahead you will see the hall closet. The future plans for this door is to put mirror on a French door to mimic the front door. This is on my someday list!!
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If you make a left you will see the guest bathroom where I did a black and white checked floor, a real dream come true for me.
entry hall to guest bath
You can see in this picture how the floors join and why I chose to use a border to tie it all together.
entry hall
This is the entry looking from the step-down living room. In this picture you get a clear view of the floor and all the moulding work my hubby has done for me.
In this picture you also get a good view of the hall table. It is an antique French piece with a black marble top that has veins of gold and white. I was told by my marble man that it is no longer quarried and it is pretty valuable . He offered me 3 times the price I paid for the whole table. It has an iron base with metal decorations that have bits of old paint still showing. It is a favorite of mine.
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You can see the table top in this image. The hall mirror is also an antique.
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This is a close up of the corbels and moulding from the living room side. I picked up the sage green color of the wallpaper and put it on the ceiling. The walls are French vanilla and the moulding is Swiss coffee white.
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We added the ceiling medallion and a light fixture that resembles something from the forties.
This is taken at night I love the way the floors glow.
(sorry for the blurry picture)
Future Plans are:

  • change overhead lighting and add sconces to the side of the mirror.

  • New wallpaper (shhh! Hubby does not know about my plans yet)

  • Mirrored French door for the hall closet
So you can see with some planning and waiting you can get what you want, eventually!! It only took me twenty years!!

I hope that you have :
“Enjoyed the process” Of:
Touring my entry hall


Jules said...

What a fabulous entry! I love the overhead light though, so convince me, what do you want to change it to! If you change the wallpaper are you going black/white stripe?!!!!!!!!xx

Design Esquire said...

What a stunning entry! You've done such a beautiful job.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...


I love your welcoming entry and foyer. What gorgeous flooring you chose. Looks great now, but know your plans will make it even better.

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous foyer! I followed you from Emily Clark's post. Would love to know where you got that beautiful ceiling fixture. Please?


Tricia said...

I love it all Kathysue, especially that French table. You have fabulous taste my friend!

Lauren said...

Kathysue- GORGEOUS!!!! Oh my goodness so beautiful!!

Cashon&Co said...

wow. that IS beautiful! And you're right, it does glow at night. know what else i love? that sculpted tree outside your front door! What is that? It is so cool! You have a very elegant but architecturally interesting home! So pretty!!!!!

vignette design said...

I love your entry Kathysue! It is so you with the black and white marble! It is true that good things come to those that wait!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Kathysue, I have always loved your entry, hard to believe you could improve on it. Your home is just stunning the way it is. Hope you are getting some much needed rest. Hugs, Marty

Muffy said...

Gorgeous house! I love the floors you did!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Just gorgeous! I adore the balck and white! I have been dying to add a black and white floor somewher in my home...it goes so well with my Mackenzie Childs;)!

The table you have in there is scrumptious...I love the curvy legs and the top is oh so yummy! The whole space is beautiful!


Averill said...

Beautiful, Kathysue. Love the floor and all the moldings -- can't wait to see what new wallpaper you pick!

nannykim said...

Nice--I would love the french door with sidelights. I also love the flowers you can see as you are entering.

Pinky said...

What a beautiful entry! I am jealous of that gorgeous floor!!!!!!!!!!!! Hubby did a great job on the mouldings too. The table is perfect! Glad you didn't sell it! XO, Pinky

Emily A. Clark said...

Thanks for the link, Kathysue! I'm so glad to see more of your porch, too. I could tell your landscaping was beautiful through the door of the one picture you sent the other day :)

Leah said...

Wow looks incredible, I am super in love with your black and white floor! Amazing!

ashlina {the decorista} said...

oooh. i love looking for good wallpaper. oh so fun. black and white stripes anyone??? heehee
and love your entryway molding. so pretty.
and always yay for the porch. :)

Ange said...

Hi Kathysue. Wasn't that fun to be on Emily's post and weren't there some gorgeous entryways, yours being one of my favourites!
The only drawback I'm finding with using the kale is that I keep telling my teenage son to go and have a shower, then I realise it's not him that smells.....it is from the cabbage family I guess,lol.

Marcus Design said...

I loved seeing you over at Emily's blog today!! Your home and your entry are stunning! I love the marble floors, and I love the exterior of your home!!
PS. I like that you mention your hubby doesn't know about your wallpaper plans yet, makes me feel ok about my plans that my hubby's not aware of yet either :)

Marcus Design said...

Thanks for your comment Kathysue, I think we have more in common than we think!! I married my high school sweet heart too, we've been together for 12 years now, and I am still learning how to patiently plan and orchestrate my projects, hee hee! I throw hints out here and there for a long while until he warms up to my crazy ideas!! So funny!

xinex said...

Of course you already know how much I love your entry, KathySue. You know what else I like? The candelabra on the gorgeous antique foyer table....Christine

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a beautiful entry and the floor is gorgeous!
xo, Sherry

Unknown said...

I'm late to the party today, dear friend. I've loved taking the tour of your home. The marble floors are so elegant, and beautiful. Everything has the look of 'lived-in perfection'. (that's a new term I just made up!)
It's a real place to be happy.
Have a great Thursday!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

I've always wanted a porch! Your entryway area is divine, Kathysue! xo

Courtney said...

Your marble and granite are to die for!! Absolutely gorgeous & I love that you brought in pieces with such character! :)

Privet and Holly said...

Gorgeous in every way!!!
I absolutely love the
marble-top table....
And your husband is
very handy with moulding!
xx Suzanne
PS: My mom and I were talking
about your last post and love
the acronym "GW!" That is what
we are calling it, from now on : )

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Kathysue! You know I love your entry hall...just gorgeous! It was worth the wait! And your antique French table is fabulous...love it! I'll bet that your guests gasp when they come in and see your entry for the first time! Happy weekend, my friend!...hugs...Debbie

Acanthus and Acorn said...

It already looks good and once you break it to the hubs what you have planned....lots of blogger envy is my prediction!!!

FTRB said...

It looks lovely, Kathysue! And thank you so much for your very thoughtful comment yesterday. It's been really helpful to get everyone's thoughts so I really appreciate it!

Unknown said...

Looks really great! I love all the granite & marble on the floor...I love natural stone.

I bought this nice granite medallion for my entry way from http://architecturalarttile.com

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

I am wanting to change my front door too, something very much like yours with all the light coming in. Your foyer is just beautiful and you can tell that you really love your home. Our home is 24 years old and it gets better with age... I don't understand these people that will not put any $$$ into their home and just keep gettting something new. I also love the green ceiling, you have done a great job. Thanks for sharing.

Stephanie said...

You have a beautiful home!