Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing a few exciting home updates to our Oceanside pad. BEHOLD, for we have big plans for our awkwardly sparse entry room.
If you follow our blog, you know that my husband and I purchased a bungalow home in North County San Diego back in January of this year. We've slowly begun transforming the house and it's taken some time. We've finally gotten around to the front entry room, which in fact used to be the living room of the house when it was built in 1949. The awesome addition in the back with all the windows was done later in 1978. Since such a beautiful room was built in the back of the house, the entry/front room has become a design struggle.
Here are my issues:
1. Can't quite make it into a formal or informal living space because it blocks the walkway into the "great room" with all the windows.
2. Leaving it sparse and blank feels unfinished, not to mention echo-ey.
3. I prefer not to make it into an entertainment room because that would feel weird upon entry.
4. Feels like a dark cave, hardly getting any natural light.
When Michelle came to visit a few months back she said, "Vanessa, why don't you knock out the left wall and open up to the kitchen?!" Genius. Oh, the reasons I love Michelle Nichole.
I'm taking you into my ADD brain to show you our short-term and somewhat long-term (6 months out) plans for the entry room, which I'm destined to transform into something stylish and functional.
1. This room is so dark so we decided we'll be brightening up the walls with Dunn Edwards "Classic Grey" and tinting it 50% Lighter. This will make a huge difference, adding a modern touch/color to the walls and brightening up the space. I'm on the hunt for some interesting art above the fireplace and behind the right nook. I am thinking something surf-related for the Judeman.
2. This is the wall that is shared by our kitchen on the other side. We're planning to open the top half of the wall up and create a bar area, so our guests can hang out with us while we're cooking or entertaining. I'm starting to render out what the remodel will look like in sketchup. We're thinking open shelving made from reclaimed wood, caeserstone countertops, re-painting the cabinets a light grey with brass hardware.
3. What the finished product will look like. Reclaimed wood bar and matching open shelving. YES please!
4. Our home was built many years ago and in those days, they were not built with a ton of storage. The previous owners installed these Ikea PAX wardrobe systems to suffice. We've used them a ton but decided after much debate, we would part with this one, as it takes up some hefty space. We're moving the beautiful mid-century console to this wall in its place (shown in photo above).
5. Please excuse the bad lighting and photo. I took this, this morning and felt like I needed sunglasses to capture an angle where you could actually see the entry table. We snatched this table at the Crate & Barrel outlet recently. We're going to be replacing the shades with natural woven/bamboo shades - but that will take some time. For now, we'll enjoy our 4 year old Ikea plant.
LASTLY, we finally hung our Crate & Barrel cage pendant in our dining room last night. Hooray for more light!
Enjoy your weekend and I'll have more updates soon!