Entrance Vestibule Packs a Punch Reveal

It sounds so pretentious – entrance vestibule.

That’s what the realtor called it and I’m sticking to it!

It’s tiny – so why not add pizazz with dark walls.


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Before – Oh, the Horror!

Mint green front door, red painted tile, peach paint and floral wallpaper – a decorating don’t!



Back to the After!

I just love this cute little room that leads to another door into the foyer.

Welcome – may I take your coat – very Downton Abbey!


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A Target $5 clearance lamp, world’s biggest finial and a thrift shop jar filled with shells found at an estate sale (they guy threw them in for free).


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Hang your hat on a vintage doorknob.


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Every room needs some color – this red Asian chest is just the ticket.


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Found the worlds biggest finial at a store closing sale.


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I drove through the neighborhood trying to decide on a front door style.

 Here’s what I came up with – love the huge window and the grain of the Spanish cedar.

Mental note – don’t wander around in the buff.


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Fan-shaped marble tiles.


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My dad’s friend gave him this German city sign before I was born.


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A clear glass schoolhouse light looks great against rich brown walls – and ceiling!

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  1. Beautiful job! It looks amazing!!!

  2. Kelly, you have some of the coolest spaces in your house. Now I want a vestibule…and the biggest finial on the planet, that things is so cool! Oh, and the door knob hooks. So many great finds!!

  3. What an amazing space to greet your guests! Love those doorknob hooks and fan shaped tiles and German sign and clear schoolhouse light!

    And the front door is perfection …



  4. This is such a great little space and your decor touches have made it! That mirror is beautiful, and I’m also a fan of the world’s biggest finial. Nice selection on the door, tile, paint, light fixture…

  5. It is beautiful and you really know how to pick light fixtures. The tile is perfect! My goodness, everything is perfect. Love it all!

  6. it looks awesome! love the color pop and LOVE that mirror! it’s the bestibule vestibule!

  7. Wow! That is an amazing transformation. I love the fan shaped marble tiles and all the light neutral colors. Te space looks so much more welcoming and bigger. Enjoy your new room!

  8. Kelly,

    I love that mirror. *sigh* I always wanted a vestibule. Just so I could be out and about and tell people I had one. :)


  9. It looks beautiful! Love the door, the tile, the light… such a lovely and welcoming combination.

  10. I am Enchanted! I especially love the little city sign. Gorgeous mirror, clearance? Target? Which one is the ugly item in this room? I love them all!

  11. Kelly,
    We have a side entrance vestibule aka the Siamese sisters sunroom. Trying to decide which feature I like best — the fan tile, that gorgeous front door and hardware, the school house light, the giant finial or something you didn’t mention, THAT mirror! Love ALL of it. Such a wonderful way to welcome your guests.

  12. Not pretentious at all… So practical to not let the outside air into the whole house when you open the front door. We wanted an air-lock or double entry like that in our house, but couldn’t fit it. I LOVE the tile… it takes my breath away. The remodel is wonderful. So elegant, peaceful, and welcoming.

  13. I like the light fixture Kelly… it’s so pretty. But I love the flooring. It reminds me of a mermaid. Like fish scales 😉 So magical.

  14. I LOVE that tile! It is so gorgeous!

  15. It looks gorgeous! I love, love, love that tile, and your accessories and paint color are just perfect! Oh, and the school house light is adorable! Very nice vestibule indeed!

  16. Gorgeous! Love the marble floors! Such an unusual tile. Love the chest and the way you’ve accessorized it! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Definitely “Downton Abbey”-esque! It looks absolutely gorgeous Kelly! I seriously cannot believe it is even the same space as that “before” photo. That was some kind of crazy color combo. LOL! You really did such a wonderful job and all of the details are wonderful. Thanks for sharing it at Inspiration Friday!

  18. It looks so much better! Love those marble tiles and the light fixture.

  19. LOVE the worlds largest finial, the door, the mirror, the floor..heck I love it all! Great job girl!

  20. The quadrafoil mirror is wonderful. You accentuated the space perfectly.

  21. Hi Kelly, Great transformation. I love the tile floors and the red chest is wonderful.
    Hugs, Sherry

  22. I LOVE IT!!! I love everything, the giant finial… the red cabinet… the beautiful mirror…
    I LOVE The schoolhouse lamp!!! Where did you get it? I need two new lights for my hallway, these would look great!
    You did a beautiful job, love the door… Love EVERYTHING!!
    Will become a follower!!!

  23. Looks great…LOVE the door :) Laurel

  24. I seriously can’t get over those fan-shaped marble tiles!! Fabulous!! The entire space is just beautiful.

  25. Gorgeous!

  26. Kelly, this space looks so RICH! Of course, I expect nothing less from you… you have such exquisite taste. Love the unique tiles on the floor, I’m coveting your school house light and the German sign. I’m very sentimental over German things since my paternal grandfather was German…and my Dad has strong German features.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  27. Oh, loved everything, especially that wall-hanging with the vintage glass doorknob hook thingies 😉 :) That’s really vintage lovely :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  28. Oh I was just having the best time in my mind trying to picture the world’s largest lamp with that finial on top or the world’s biggest curtain rod with that finial and its companion on each end. “Curiouser and curiouser.”

    You did an amazing job on your vestibule! I LOVE all your choices!


  29. Love it and what a transformation! Your door is beautiful–I actually thought it was original when I first saw it. Also love the mirror and chest and the vintage doorknob rack is such a great idea! I just posted about our entryway redo too but ours was not as dramatic as yours. http://www.urbanorchardinteriors.com/entryway-update/ Great job Kelly!

  30. What a gorgeous space! I love the flooring so much. It is beautiful. Where did you get that amazing mirror? Megan ~ your newest follower :)

  31. Kelly what a lovely space now! I love the tile you chose and your front door is gorgeous!! Love that mirror too! Thanx for joining THT!:) Hope your weekend is a grand one.

  32. I’ve been looking ALL over for a cabinet like that to make into a vanity. The ones i see are way over-priced (I guess that style is hot in California now). I’m going to have to resort to faking one here soon, which will stink. I love that piece and the foyer looks “smashing, darling”

  33. This looks wonderful. I absolutely love the front door, the tiles, and that mirror! Great job!

  34. Love everything about it but especially the mirror and tilework!!

  35. Love lOve loVe lovE! Bythewayjenngray.blogspot.com

  36. Kelly, it was so hard not to say anything to you last night when we were chatting/commenting, but I’m so excited to tell you that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations! If you choose to accept the award, you can find the details on my blog.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  37. What a pretty entry! I love that awesome door! There’s just nothing like old doors. The huge finial, mirror, and door knob hanger are super cool!

    Have a lovely weekend!

  38. I am in love with those floors. I have never seen that fan shape before … it is gorgeous! Wonderful job! Missi

  39. It looks beautiful! I’m especially in love with the mirror! Can you please tell us where you got it?

  40. I love those marble tiles (really all of it but that’s the part where I actually have something to say other than “looks good, I love it”). Kelly from View Along the Way just called scallops and the new chevron, so you are totally on trend:)


  41. love it all BUT…the tile is the kicker!! clearly, you are a tile hound like me!

  42. looks awesome, kelly! love the light, tile, and door sooooo much!!! i may just get that light for my foyer too…is it from Schoolhouse Electric?

  43. Oh it is indeed a vestibule and it is gorgeous. Love the brown walls and the red chest. Perfect. The huge finial and mirror are fabulous pieces. Looks amazing. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  44. This a beautiful post. I enjoyed seeing all the neat things.

  45. Excellent share
    Thanks for the information.

  46. I love it. What a great welcome. The tile floor is gorgeous and I’m super jealous of your finial. Have a great Thursday!

  47. I would just love saying “vestibule”. Yours is amazing! Thanks for linking up!

  48. AMAZING Kelly! Love the light fixture and the mirror and the floor….and well …all of it!! Thank you for linking up to Uncommon! Happy to have you! :)

  49. Stopping by from the Uncommon linky party–this looks fabulous! Really love all of it! That German sign adds a beautiful personal touch!

    I’m a new follower!

    Barbara @ http://chase-thestar.blogspot.com/

  50. where may I ask did the mirror come from, I love it!!

  51. What a beautiful makeover, Kelly! I love the fan shaped tiles – they are so fun! You have added so much charm with all your personal touches and the front door is gorgeous!

  52. Love your entry. I especially love that floor. Great work!!

  53. Your vestibule is fabulous (especially the tile!), but I am writing this comment to tell you about your German sign. These signs were hung on the outside of train compartments so when you were on the platform you could tell you were boarding the correct train. The cities listed are all the stops the train would make, so your sign is from a train that started in Dortmund and ended in Munich and stopped in all the towns listed in between. I spent my junior year abroad in France in the 70’s and I remember train signs like that!
    Your home is charming and I’ve really enjoyed looking at your blog!

  54. Love this space!! I love the flooring!! And your door… I love your whole house!! You have such a wonderful style!! Love!!~ Lori

  55. Where did you get the tiles? I love them and I have searched everywhere with no luck :(


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