Sunday, October 3, 2010

Hallway Makeover

Its a beautiful, cool Autumn day here and I have a pumpkin candle burning next to me.  Ahhhh ...  Last week was one of the busiest weeks for me that I can remember in a very long time so the nice day with nothing to do is a relief. 

I wanted to share some progress on my upstairs hallway.  A while back, I'd purchased some lamps on clearance at Pottery Barn.  It took me a while to get them up because I had to modify them to be hardwired and I needed some time to do this as well as put them up.  Well, here they are ...

I absolutely love the lanterns.  I also painted the hall the palest of blues.  I still need to paint the closet doors and ceiling.  Prior to this, the walls were the same yellow as our living room.  I like the yellow in the living room, but I didn't like the feel of it here.  I wanted a serene feeling when you came up to the bedrooms and I think I achieved that.  Here's the "before".

More D.C. Big Flea purchases are two photos I picked up that were taken by a local photographer.  National Cathedral ...
(Sorry about the glare!)

... and the Potomac River.

I had initially planned to just use black and white family photos in the frames above but after perusing all the beautiful photos this vendor had, I liked how both of these photos had the same serene blue feel with the little hint of orange from the sun. 

I did end up using a couple of frames I had and printing some photos for them.  I could have painted the frames to match those on the opposite wall but I don't mind the wood color or the fact that its different from the table.

This little vase was a gift from Pottery Barn that I've had for years.  I've used it for flowers, and potpourri but I decided to fill it with sea glass.

I have to wait until December for the runner I ordered but I think it will really complete the space. 
Now, back to my lazy Sunday.  I hope this week is a lot slower for me than last. 
Hope you all had a great weekend!

Linked to Style Feature Saturday on Perfectly Imperfect.


  1. I love your new lamps - are they glass or fabric. I can't tell from the photo, but look a bit more like fabric. I have to agree you hit the serene note in your hall now.

  2. Your updates look nice, and I'm really loving the sea glass.

  3. Love the soft blue color and the lamps are fabulous. Looking good. Hugs, Marty

  4. Hi Melanie,
    You're a very capable woman! And your house always looks so beautiful to me! Happy week to you! :)

  5. Hi,

    I live in a Victorian home with the narrowest of halls, and they're always dark. What a great idea you just gave me. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. I have those same hanging vases! If you ever get bored and want to change it up again I've discovered that those old glass electrical insulators fit perfectly in them, and then you can put tealights in them, and have them be hanging candleholders.

  7. Your hallway is LOVELY! It has a calm, serene fell to it. The photos that you purchased are really beautiful, too!
    Hugs, Cindy

  8. I agree - I love the light blue. The yellow was nice, but the light blue is better. Also loving the new Pottery Barn light fixtures!

  9. I love it.

    My name is Cheri and I am from Its So Very Cheri and the DIY Club. I am signing up to follow and would love to have you do the same.


  10. Beautiful!
    I love the palest of blue walls and i am in love with the little sea glass display,
    Love Kristina x

  11. Lovely! I really do love your peaceful and open! Thanks so much for linking up to Style Feature Saturday! -shaunna :)


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