Loft Update: Entry Progress

Like I mentioned before, in the survey (which is still open for responses in case you haven't had time yet) many of you asked me to share the process of decorating my apartment. I promise, there's not much to share at this point. I sold almost everything that was in current rotation before we left Delaware. So our current apartment is pretty full (read: slightly overflowing) of vintage pieces that need major TLC and other sort of mismatched items. I'm SO ready to get moving on my own house though, that I'm committing myself to at least one home project a week. The plan is to share these with you every Friday. I know you're just as happy to see the process as seeing the pretty 'after' images, so thanks for hanging in there with me while I show you my less-than-perfect spaces.


So, for our first project, why not start with the entry?

We live in a sort of industrial building that's zoned for live/work (great for taxes and getting commercial address shipping rates!). It's definitely not a luxury building with a fancy lobby (though I do like the art installation in our lobby). And we don't have a doorman - that's what that telecom thing is on the wall next to the door. It's how we buzz visitors in.

The last tenant owned a real estate brokerage firm that had only five or six employees that worked here during the day and then he slept here at night. You can see the end of one of his conference tables in this shot. This is the beforest of before shots - from the first walk through.



We haven't changed anything fundamentally here. The wall color is the same still (Benjamin Moore's Alabaster, which I really like for the space) and the lighting hasn't changed yet, though it will.

Remember this dresser that I'm using as a console? I found it right before we left Delaware. It was $20 at Canterbury Antiques. It was not cute in its before state - it was that nasty yellowy cream that they loved to use on bedroom sets in the 50's and 60's.



Sadly, it sat untouched in our entry for the first couple of months. Finally, at Christmas time, I busted out the paint quarts already in my stash and decided on this pretty emerald green color. I thought it was Ralph Lauren, but it's actually a Behr color, called Billiards Table. It's really pretty. One of my new favorite colors.



Some of you have asked about where I do my projects now that we live in an apartment. I do most of my painting in the office area on top of two canvas drop cloths with the windows open. I haven't done any spray painting this winter, but when the weather is nicer, I can do painting projects up on our roof. It's sort of a pain to move things around, but whatever, it's not that big of a deal.

If you remember from my post about our floor plan, there is a wall of windows on one side of our apartment and that's all we've got for natural light. So it's pretty dark up here by the entry at most times of the day. It was really hard to get a shot of the newly painted console that reflects the true color. This one is the closest to real life.




Do you know what I recently started using and loving? Ralph Lauren Regent Metallic paints. I had a quart of Parlor Gold (a really bright gold color) and used a damp rag to sort of wipe on a bit of the gold paint on the hardware, just to brighten things up. I also touched up the giant wall mirror, which I got at Brimfield a couple years ago for $50.



You can see one of my vintage pieces in need of help there to the left. It's a really pretty wing back chair (it looks a lot like this one) that I need to reupholster. Today I was trying out Kelly Wearstler's Katana and I think I like it.

My favorite painting is hung above the chair. Around the corner I put up a couple of these Anthropologie hooks that I got on sale.



I think I need to pick up one more though, so we all have one. We have a coat closet, but these hooks have been really nice for the girls' school bags.



The leopard rug is the newest addition to the space. I LOVE it. It's from Ballard and its indoor/outdoor.



We've already had a situation where Evie squirted an entire one of those baby food pouches on the rug (bright orange sweet potatoes!) and it cleaned right up.



Things about the entry that need to change:

- The lamp needs a new harp so that the shade fits right. It's too low right now. (PS I got this Blanc de Chine lamp for $1 at Spence's Flea Market in Dover! The shade is a pretty gray burlap, I got it at Target a couple months ago)



- I bought that artwork with the coral matting at a great store in Williamsburg called Junk. That store needs it's own post. It's really amazing. Back to the artwork though, I mostly bought it for the mat and the frame. It was like $8 or something so I didn't feel guilty. I think I'm going to take the watercolor out and replace it with something more modern and with different colors.

- Maybe switch up the boxes on the tabletop for something different. At the very least I might paint the woven box.

- Tomorrow I'm going to Target and hope to pick up one of these great copper boot trays in the Smith and Hawken aisle.

- All of our tall umbrellas broke. I need to get a couple more for our monogrammed umbrella stand.

- We need a fun overhead light fixture. Probably a flush mount, since the huge dining room chandelier will be less than 10 feet from the entry. (ah, city living!) I wish my budget could expand to fit this Visual Comfort star light.

- I'm considering wallpaper. I'd have to get creative about how and where to stop the paper, since I wouldn't want to do the entire north wall, which runs the length of the apartment.



Happy weekend! It feels good to be back in the saddle again. :)

105 comments:

Nichole @ Parlour said...

Looking great! You live in Fin. District don't you. We are going to look at a couple of places there tomorrow. Do you like it?

Anonymous said...

YAY! Jenny's back! Whoot Whoot! Looks beautiful, Jenny. I love it all. That rug is so great!

Jenny at LGN said...

Nicole, we're sort of north of the financial district. It's great downtown. I'm sure you'll love it.

Thanks, Anon. I love the rug too!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Love what you did with that chest, the color is beautiful and the the contrast with the yellow and coral is fantastic :)

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Everytime I read one of your apartment posts, I get so jealous!! Your apartment is already looking so fabulous and I LOVE the colour of your dresser- also adoring the leopard rug. Beautiful all around!

Hannah Smithson said...

You have such a great eye for color. I love that console! Looks so great with that rug (I just put it in my shopping cart on Ballard's website!)

THANK YOU!!!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you found that blanc de chine lamp for $1. That's insane. Thinking I need a road trip to delaware!!!

Rambling Renovators said...

Great post Jenny! I love seeing how you bring a room together. You mix seemingly disparate pieces so well. And then I take a step back and try and understand why your composition is so appealing... and I see how your tulips pick up on your coral mat and the coral tones in your favourite painting! Same with the black & white accessories. You make it all look so effortless. And beautiful of course!

patrice @ duplicity furnishings said...

Love the post and pics...especially your console table!

pve design said...

Lovely! I would also love that chest painted a deep navy or licorice. Your entry looks so welcoming.
pve

Elisa @ What the Vita said...

The color of the table is gorgeous and goes so well with all the gold. So beautiful!! And I can't believe that great lamp was only $1! What!

Natalie said...

I'm a long time lurker, first time commenting but I had to say that I LOVE that color you used on the dresser/console!

A.S. said...

How exciting! Love it!

Brooke said...

Jenny you are a design genius. It never looks like you are trying too hard. That's what I love the most about you.

Thanks for listening to our survey responses and posting more of your process. These are truly my favorite posts. Looking forward to next week!!

sara@augustfields said...

jenny...yes! i love it! that color on the dresser is fabulous. and the lamp....ahhh....so great. thanks for the update!

Anonymous said...

I love that you put a burlap shade on that lamp. I never would have mixed styles like that, but I love what it does for the whole look, adding that texture!

GREAT JOB, as always.

xxooxx
Sara Greene

Shannon said...

that entry table is absolutely GORGEOUS. and for $20! i'm so incredibly jealous!!!

i *lurve* it!!!

alanna rose said...

I really like your style, the colors are so fun! We have some of the Ballard rugs in our hallway and I love them too - the kids mess them up and I just rinse them off in the bathtub (plus they are cheap!). :)

Carol@SofasandSage.com said...

I'm loving your blog since finding it. This post is fantastic,and I agree with the comment that your style seems to be effortless. The color on the chest is a knock out.

Rebekah said...

it looks so great! I love the color on the dresser!!

Sherri said...

Oh, Jenny, this is gorgeous! How can you say this space is not finished!? If it was in my house, I would be calling the magazines! Come and see my beautiful entry!!!

Love it.

kayduh said...

I have 2 of those copper boot trays from Target, one for the front door and one for the back and I love them! So cute and also great for containing all the snow and salt that we track inside all winter.

Sara Mueller said...

It looks amazing! I want the chine de blanc lamp. I have been wanting one for a long time. I can't believe you found one for $1. Incredible! Great job.

Anonymous said...

I love long and thoughtful Jenny posts! Back in the saddle, indeed!

Samantha said...

The color on the dresser is just fabulous! Looking forward to seeing all of your apartment posts.

Alainna said...

Love it! You never cease to amaze me with how you can take "trash" and make it a treasure in an elegant treasure trove!

thelittlesister said...

I have been lurking every day since before your move and have probably read through every single post you have written since you started your blog, just passing the time, waiting for you to start posting projects again. Needless to say, I was so happy to see your post today. I find your ability to turn so-so items into treasures so inspiring!

Emily A. Clark said...

Beautiful, Jenny! Classic you :)

I need to work on finding a place for some leopard in my house. . . Can't wait to see more.

Splendid Sass said...

Look great!
have a nice weekend.
Teresa

Michelle @ Ten June said...

Wow, Jenny. This is incredible! You are blowing me away here! I CANNOT wait to see what else you've got up your sleeve.

Anonymous said...

You are my favorite blogger and designer. You have such a FUN sense of style! It's like effortless, but still on-trend. And COLORFUL! Makes me happy. And it must make you smile to come home to every night!

Keep it coming! Love it!

Anonymous said...

LEOPARD!!! Love it! Must have it!

Erfs said...

Lovely! You've given me the furniture painting bug!

Julia said...

Love love love!! Your style is truly fabulous, thanks for sharing your work-in-progress!

Barbie said...

So good to have you back. I am really looking forward to the Friday posts now! You've got great stamina!

courtneyoutloud said...

I love the color of the table and I think you have given me inspiration in my own home!

Anonymous said...

She's BA-ACK!!!

Love it all.

Chris and Brooke Jarrett said...

What type of paint did you use on the piece? I just noticed that it didn't look like you sanded it before painting, so I was curious. Love the entryway! It is fabulous....as all your designs are!

Jenny at LGN said...

Brooke, the paint is latex semi-gloss. I didn't really need to sand it. I just cleaned it really well and did multiple, light coats with drying time in between. Works like a charm every time.

xx

Anonymous said...

UGH. I love/hate you. You make everything seem so easy! "Oh, this entry? I just threw it together today. No biggie." :)

I wish you could come over to my place and just throw the whole thing together!!

Hugs from Australia.
Shannon

Shannon said...

I just love everything you've done. The color you picked for the dresser is absolutely perfect! Love the painting too!!

Laura Burciaga said...

Thank you for posting that survey and for taking into consideration our thoughts!! I've always enjoyed this blog, so I think it will be even better! Love your home, would love to live in an urban apartment. So different from my suburban ranch home.

Lisa said...

I love this entryway. Love it.

Terese said...

Bravo! I feel so indulged with this post! I think I like your own projects for many reasons. 1) It feels so real and not distant and out of reach so I can live vicariously through you. 2) I like most of your readers just adore you and love to see your life. 3) Your ideas are so awesome, inspiring, and helpful and I love seeing a project that is 100% you without client input. The dresser is my fave. I love how you bring it all together. The mixture of colors, patterns, and textures is such eye candy! Is Evie walking now? I can't even imagine her that grown up!!
xoxo

Anonymous said...

I have to admit that I had my doubts when you said you were going to paint that dresser green in a previous post, but my god, it is GORGEOUS! I love everything about your entry...the colors, the rug, the artwork. Can't wait to see more!

modernchemistry said...

love your blog. truly. one thing i especially enjoy about your style is the use of color! you blend colors in ways i never thought of...but in the end product, it always works. what an inspiration you are!

Jamie Van Noord said...

Thank you for your wonderful inspriation! I enjoy reading your blog daily, thank you for your wonderful work for us to read!

Naz said...

I think the mirror is gorgeous and I totally enjoy the mixture of styles.

Lindsey said...

LOVE it! So much inspiration in your own home :) Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the tip about the paint! I will have to try it out soon!

Julia said...

Jenny,

Your entry looks great! Loving the colors and textures. Great job!

Julia

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, this is so simple and really beautiful. I wish this was my entry! I'm sure guests get so excited when they come in!!!

Great job, Jenny!

Gabriella said...

Where is that black and white box from??? I love it!

Joshua + Ashley said...

I almost never comment, but what a fab entry way! So chic! I love the chest color!

Kim said...

Love to see how adding color can make the whole spot look "finished". Also liked hearing your ideas to "tweak". We move around alot as well and am in the process of our own interior facelift. Time to update and upgrade!!! I feel like my friends think I'm nuts because I'm unloading furniture and accessories because they "just don't work" for our new space.

Jenny at LGN said...

Hi Terese!!! I miss you guys! Up for another photography project? This one's in Hingham.

Gabriella, the black and white box is from HomeGoods! I bought it last year for about $15, I think. I love it. Would you believe it is real bone inlay? That box would be a couple hundred in a shop. I wish I would have bought more to sell to clients!

Kim, I totally know what you mean about wanting to offload every time you move. It feels so good to have a fresh look in a new space! Also, though, there's something really nice about a few special pieces making their way into my home every single move and new chapter. Happy weekend!!

xx

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Yay, this is just what we needed! I just love the way you use color and patterns, so inspiring. It's already looking beautiful so it's going to be AMAZING when it's finished. I'm particularly loving the dresser color with the mirror.

Julie B. said...

I've been waiting for an apt. update! thank you!! Looks great!!

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

nice job. i love that you're not going so modern in your modern space. it warms things up.

quick question. i read what paint you use, but do you use a roller or paint brush. i seem to spray paint everything because i like the smooth finish. since it's winter that can be difficult. any suggestions on getting a smooth finish with regular latex paint. thx.

Jenny at LGN said...

Hi Alison! Thanks for your comment. I agree about the idea of not going to modern in this space. It would be really cold with all the white. I'm happy how the color looks on all that white though!

I always, always paint the same way: cut in on all the corners and awkward parts first with a (very important!) HIGH quality 2 inch, angled brush (I like Purdy brushes) and then I use white foam mini rollers for all the flat surfaces. Makes for a smooth, professional looking finish every time!

Hope that helps
xx

hana said...

welcoming & beautiful, jenny!

i'm so glad that you used my recommendation to go to JUNK! i walk by it everyday to/from work and so i definitely agree... it needs it's own post entirely. a treasure trove of many possibilities!

remember seleta's quote "progress over perfection." your progress sure looks amazing though! xo

Bryn said...

Fabulous Jenny! I love it as always! I can't wait to see more... I see a teenie tiny peek of furniture in the back that I'm swooning over.

Married In Chicago said...

Wowsa! I'm SO impressed. The space looks awesome!

kcinteriors said...

Wow! I love the color you chose with the chest and the gold on the hardware is the perfect touch. Great work!

la la Lovely said...

Looks great! I love the color you painted the dresser. I have those same hooks (but they keep coming out of the wall when we hang book bags, etc - maybe need to figure out how to anchor them better) and the same bag :-)
The indoor/outdoor rug is a great idea!
xo Trina

jessicarsommer said...

Oh My Jenny! So happy to have stumbled across your blog! Oh this is looking wonderful, beautiful! Thank you for sharing!!

xo Jessica Rae
{Lovely Ugly Design}
http://lovelyuglydesign.blogspot.com/

katie jo said...

I AM IN LOVE!!! Thank you thank you thank you for this post. Your finds almost seem unbelievable. How did you find that lamp for a buck? Dresser for $20?
Do you think you will be able to find that great stuff for so cheap in NYC? Know any good shopping tips for San Francisco area?

Anonymous said...

Great post!!! *Thank you* for showing us your home and your projects again!!!

theconciergemom said...

Wow- love the color you chose for your entry table. I have one of the boot holders in gold from Ballard and they are great for catching dirt, etc. Thanks for all your great ideas!

rap and tric said...

love this! i am struggling with our entry- i was scared that a BIG mirror (even tho its a mirror) would make the ceilings feel lower or smaller- this looks great- and the gold and turquoise are very fresh together.

Carrie said...

Wow! Your entry looks AMAZING! I love everything about it. Can't wait to see more.

Andrea Johnson said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! Wow I love it! It makes me want to add more colour to my entry way.

Meaghan said...

LOVE it alllllll!!! I totall have those anthropology hooks and I L-O-V-E them too and I've def wanted tha stupid leopard rug for my dining room for years (not kidding). Did you get a new camera? Pics look great!!!
Xoxo

Melissah said...

I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia - I loved your blog, I found it very inspiring. This is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
scrapbook-melissah.blogspot.com
You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it.
Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!
Cheers
Melissah

paula said...

looks gorgeous jenny. don't wear yourself out ;)

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

Yay! So glad you're "back in the saddle"! LOVE the color on the console and I'm so jealous of your lamp!

Danielle said...

I painted my desk almost the exact same color...it was BM in North Sea Green! It's a lovely color, but I made the mistake of painted my bathroom it and it is way to dark for a small bathroom...at least for my taste! Looking forward to seeing all of your projects...I'm in the same boat over here with dressers, a desk and tons of chairs that need some serious TLC! I think I have a serious addiction to fixing up furniture!! Hope you have had a lovely weekend!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

You have an eye for pretty and a talent for bringing things together, plus a knack for finding deals! Can't wait to see more!

LindsB said...

yeah, you posted it!! I just LOVE how your entry looks, its giving me inspiration to get moving on mine and start jazzing it up a bit.

The green is perfect, love the color so much!!

LKA said...

You are so incredibly talented! You always inspire me with the things you have created and the looks you pull together flawlessly. Keep it up and thank you!!!

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful! I live in NYC and feel like it is void of inexpensive antique/flea market/junky-type stores. Everything is fancy and overpriced or else way too modern if you have somewhat traditional taste. Thank you for the recommendation of Junk in Williamsburg. Love hearing where you shop! And I've painted plenty of furniture in my living room...

Cherie said...

Beautiful combinations in your entry! I am going to check out that color and find "some" way to use it! The copper boot tray is "a find," just when I was looking for one for our entry. artfully crafted and so much happiness radiates. Obviously, to all of us, too, your readers.

Rachael said...

Thanks for the great post - reminiscent of vintage Little Green Notebook! :) It's actually strangely comforting to hear that designing is also a process for you too. Things are looking great though! Thanks for sharing.

Olives and Daisies said...

Love the color of the dresser! Its so rich, and I can't wait to see the rest of the house!!

http://olivesanddaisies.blogspot.com/

Heather Pranitis said...

Wow! I love it. Can't wait to see more...

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

Looks beautiful! The color on that console is really gorgeous. I love the combo of colors you used!

Patricia said...

Wow... Cantebury and Spence's in one post! When I go to those places all I see is crap, crap, crap. But now I'm going to try to look at it through your eyes. You know - kind of a "what would Jenny do?" Everything looks amazing!

Rebecca @ gibbgabb said...

Love the console! And all of your fun finds...it's looking so good!

casey at loft and cottage said...

love. the. color!!

Anonymous said...

LOVE this post. It is fun to read something personal. Entry looks fantastic. I have been eyeing the Anthro hooks, but wish I cold score them on sale and am jealous of your umbrella stand.

Katie @ Noodle and Boof said...

love it! that rug is great...love the turquoise

Ginger said...

There's the Jenny we love! Thank you for sharing that wonderful, inspiring update. Love the blue paint on the chest. Hope you and your family are enjoying your new chapter so far.

Anonymous said...

i love that color on the dresser. funny thing....i have about 5 paint chips taped to my desk (i will be painting it soon) and i just so happened to accidentally find your blog, and this particular post!
anyhow, i think i might be a copycat and use your color!! LOVE it.
and i also LOVE the black door (i think its black??) great contrast with the wall, and the hooks from anthro!! have you thought about painting the closet door to match???
cant wait to see more of you makeovers!!

-jessica

Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny,

Your blog is my favorite! Is the Ballard rug the black or brown leopard?

Jenny at LGN said...

Anon - I bought the leopard Ballard rug in black. I'm still loving it, even after two snowstorms!

xx

Rachel said...

It looks really great!! Check out this light on Living Livelier today. I think it would look great in your space. And it's on sale!!

http://livinglivelier.blogspot.com/2011/01/capiz.html

(there is a link to the light in the post)

Marisa said...

Looks amazing! I just bought the same hooks on your inspiration. Question though - did you use anchors in the wall for the hooks? It looks like you have dry wall, which is what I have. Thanks!

Marisa said...

This looks great! Question - did you need to use anchors in the wall for the hooks?

Jenny at LGN said...

We did use anchors. My friend has these hooks and the screws fall out all the time. So far so good with the anchors.

Jenny at LGN said...

Oh, and we also used black drywall screws. The black color matches the antiqued brass really well! Much better than bright chrome or shiny brass.

Johanna said...

First time reader on your blog and I love it. I think this entryway is a great use of color. Love the arrangement on the dresser. Well done! And animal print looks so chic paired with color and gold accents!

Marisa said...

Thank you, Jenny! I put the hooks up this weekend and they look great. Thanks also for the tip to use black screws.

Stacy @ Design Something Better said...

The Behr Billards Table is so gorgeous! Beautiful entry!

modern jane said...

Jenny! This is amazing! I'm going to grab that color chip and file it away! :)

Fleur @ Interior Design Surrey said...

I absolutely love this. I love the colour and the fact you remodelled it from something that was so inexpensive and dull. Now it looks really exclusive and expensive. I have an old three drawer console that I found in a second hand store. I painted it white but it looks quite dull, however I think this colour would suit it better as it's a similar shape and size. Thank you for sharing.

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