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Drop Zone

Tuesday I shared my little caffeine induced project that happened last Fall.

updated foyer 2

Yep. I finished painting our foyer last Fall and I’m just now getting around to sharing.  Where are my manners?   I’m really sorry… it’s just first there was Noah’s birthday, then Thanksgiving, and by the time Christmas rolled around I really didn’t think you wanted to hear about our Lemon Chiffon foyer.  It really doesn’t have a holly jolly look to it.

But now that we are in January and coming out of a terribly frigid cold spell here in Birmingham so why not turn to something a little cheerful and happy looking.  Where are you Spring?

Any way we painted all the walls in the foyer Sherwin Williams Lemon Chiffon except for one.


Sorry for the bad lighting but painting was a spur of the moment decision by ML and me last Friday night.  We really know how to live it up on the weekend, right?  So for the past few months this wall has remained green… until now.


Four coats later we are happy to have a white wall.  Why white?  And what do we plan to do with it?

Remember last year when I shared our dream house we found in a Parade of Homes here in Birmingham.  Well besides that house we also toured around twenty others.  Another weekend that we really lived up!  With no thought of moving we decided to take note of features in these new houses that we felt like we could replicate in our own 1970ish townhouse.  One re-ocurring feature we noticed was built-in lockers of some kind in the mud room or the back entrance.   We really liked the idea of having a place to drop everything but have neither a mud room or main back entrance to our house.  The more we thought about the more we liked the idea of turning the area where our coat rack was into a faux locker area.


So, I turned to Pinterest and pinned a few inspiration pictures to help me collect my thoughts.






(This photo didn’t have a source so if anyone knows who it belongs to I would love to give them credit for it)

It would be nice to have that much area dedicated for the sole purpose of being a drop zone but we just have a small area at the foot of the stairs.  Which is ok because we love a good challenge.


Our “locker” area will for the most part be non-dimensional (meaning we aren’t building out actual lockers) since it sits at the base of the stairs.  Instead we plan to frame out the outline of the lockers using 2x4s.  I know it sounds a little confusing but hopefully it will make a lot more sense once we are able to share pictures of everything nailed to the wall.  It will look most like the first pinned picture above.

We painted the entire wall white since we aren’t actually building lockers… and because I’m also running a little low on Lemon Chiffon.  I really like the entire wall painted white though… except for it makes me want to paint my door a crisp white now.

So, while we are busy nailing, painting, and adding a few hooks tell me what you have planned for this weekend.  Any DIY projects?  Are you catching a good movie?  There are a ton of them out right now!  Maybe you just plan to kick your feet up and watch the latest Downton Abbey episode.  That’s definitely on my to-do list. I still haven’t seen last weeks episode and I’ve been looking forward to it for practically a year now!

Please be kind and if you want to pin any of the inspiration photos pin them from their source so that the owners can receive credit.  

If you liked these inspiration pictures and would love to see more check out my Mudroom board on Pinterest.  

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A Caffeine Induced Project

As each day passes we are getting closer and closer to bringing Esther home from Hong Kong.  We are expecting a phone call any day now letting us know that we are approved to book our trip later this month. In the meantime, I’ve been doing a little nesting around the house to prepare for her and make things easier once we get home.  This also includes wrapping up some odd and end projects around the house.

Before I get to the project we worked on this past weekend I need to back up and fill you in on another project I sporadically did last Fall.

One morning last Fall I woke up tired… pretty much like every morning because let’s face it how many mornings do moms really wake up good and rested.  That particular morning though I decided to make some coffee.  Not for ML and me but for ME!  Yep!  I pretty much drank half a pot of coffee by myself that morning… and I hardly ever drink coffee.  Which means I was wired!

So there I was looking through Pinterest that morning while waiting on Noah to fall alseep and an idea hits me…. I should repaint the foyer!  At the time it was a warm green.stairs


Not only should I repaint but I should repaint it while Noah is napping and surprise ML when he gets home.  Easy enough.  We had some extra paint on hand and I was just itching to get something accomplished that morning with all the energy I had and housework would be to easy of a challenge to tackle.

So, after she fell asleep I pulled all our paints out to see what would work.  I decided to go with Sherwin Williams Lemon Chiffon.  The same color we used in our kitchen.

sherwin williams alpaca, kitchen cabinetsupdated foyer 2

In pictures it clashes with the golden colors in the living room but don’t stress about that because I have plans to repaint that room as well. One thing leads to another you know.  Anyway… back to the caffeine induced project at hand.

So during the course of two nap times that day I repainted the wall and trim in the foyer that day.  It was amazing!  I wish I could be that focused everyday.  Seriously… I would be a chore tackling, blog posting, DIYing machine people!

updated foyer

I love the new brighter, bolder, and livelier color.  It really extends our kitchen… even though I don’t have a picture to prove to you.  Using the same color in consecutive rooms unifies them and visually makes the space look bigger.  Its a great design trick to keep up your sleeve.

And what about Michael Luke?  What did he think?  I’m happy to report that he loves it and is onboard for the vision for the rest of the room.  It’s not like me to make design choices without consulting him first. I mean… its OUR house.  We had sort of talked about changing the room up and since I didn’t have to spend any money for this little painting adventure I knew that worse case scenario I could just repaint the room.  Ahh!  The beauty of paint.

All of this brings us to our project ML and I worked on this past weekend.  What is it?  I’ll give you a hint… I didn’t show all the walls in the foyer.  We just might have a little something special planned for them. 🙂  Hopefully, I’ll be back later this week to share it with you.

Ever had a bunch of coffee and ended up with a super productive day?  Do you act on your design ideas as soon as they hit you?  Or wait and mull them around in your brain for a while?

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