In another post quite a while ago, I talked about placeholders (here).
You know, those things you use in your decorating that you don’t truly love. They just fill in a space you don’t have anything better for at the time. (Am I the only one who does this?)
The problem with placeholders is that (at least for me) they often overstay their welcome.
They just kind of hang around for a while, and before you know it, you barely notice them anymore.
You forget you don’t love them.
This rug was one such placeholder.
I bought it for our Kansas City entryway because it coordinated with the dining room rug right next to it. It definitely looked better there.
But I never truly loved it (I’m so glad rugs don’t have feelings or I would feel bad saying that).
I also never loved this chandelier.
In fact, I didn’t really love anything about my foyer.
Pretty much everything in it was leftover, and there was no place for guests to hang a coat or lay down a purse.
So about a year ago, I started to make some changes. It’s been a slow transformation, but it’s really coming along.
First I painted the chest I have there, which used to have painted flowers on it (unfortunately I did this before blog so no before pictures).
Then I replaced the leftover art hanging around the mirror with a few things I found here and there, like this antique printing block:
. . . and these Arhaus plates:
One day I decided I could no longer stand to look at the rug. So I shopped online and found this one:
Next, when I saw this picture on the blog “Our Fifth House” . . .
I realized I had a little stool in my basement I could easily re-upholster using some toile fabric I already had.
These fabulous hooks turned up while I was shopping for artwork with my mom . . .
and I found this cool “doorbell” at Arhaus and knew it would be perfect for the narrow space next to the inside front door.
Which left the chandelier.
I was considering something more modern, like this:
I also considered a lantern-style fixture, something kind of like this:
In the end, while shopping at the Ballard Outlet in Cincinnati recently, I found this extra-large, open lantern for a steal:
And that helped make the decision for me. (Sometimes that’s how I operate, because budget counts!)
So last week we had the light installed, and the last big item was officially checked off of my list.
But honestly, the whole thing still looked a little bland.
Until I just happened to find something I’ve always wanted:
While at an architectural salvage place I’ve always wanted to visit, I found this salvaged piece and knew it would be perfect above one of the transom windows in my foyer.
It is perfect!
Here are a few shots of the whole area, which finally feels like me, and not just a collection of leftovers.
If I had done nothing else but replace this rug, I would have been happy. Sometimes it’s just time to say goodbye to something you don’t love. What about you — do you have any areas in your house that are full of placeholders?
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