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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Room Reveal: The Front Hall

Hello dear friends.  I can't speak for fellow bloggers, but I will tell you a deep dark secret of mine.

Sometimes I wake up and I can't think of a darn thing to write about.  The weekend was a wash-out.  I don't have any pictures to share of our weekend escapades.  No movie or book reviews.  Basically, I watched one boring political ad after another.  I answered the phone every twenty minutes with recorded announcements from the candidates being blared at the other end.  But the end is finally here.  TGIED!  Thank God It's Election Day!

 I remembered that I still haven't finished my home tour.  I have yet to take photos of the Mister's office, our den, or our front hall.

So without further adieu, come on in.





This is a pic from when the former owners were in residence.

We painted the area as well as added more molding.




We also replaced all the sconces.  The existing ones were very old and had pull chords. 
















This is my new favorite thing from the shop at The Enchanted Home
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Five years old and contemplating my future as a trophy wife/supermodel.  The desk was my sweet little grandma's.  


The new guy on the block from Salem.


The bell jar is from The Enchanted Home, as well.






Thanks for stopping by.  Next time I'll make some cookies!





Happy Tuesday!








Mom, can you please stop taking pictures and play with us?


Katie Clooney
Katie Clooney

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.

46 comments:

  1. Election day and what is an at home for the day teacher to do, but read blogs and plan for future lessons. Notice read blogs came first. Anyway the hall looks stunning...love the color and fixtures. The painting of the ducks reminds me of my favorite book of all time...Make Way for Ducklings...it was the very first brand new book I owned and how appropriate that it takes place in Boston ...my childhood home and now not far from your new adopted home state....sorry about the New England politics...remember it was the Boston rabble-rousers who started a revolution that formed the foundations of our country...the sun'll come out tomorrow and the ads will go to sleep. The portrait of you as a child is lovely.

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  2. Holy cannoli, your home is ready to be published! Looks SOOOOO GORGEOUS! I am so happy a few of my products were able to part of this fabulous home! They look stunning and truly do them justice. I am impressed on top of being a trophy wife you are indeed a talented designer too:) Congrats on a job well done!!!

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  3. PS So agree about the nonstop bombardment of political patheticness (making up the word) ...it is disgusting how low they will go. Enough!

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  4. I am so tired of the ads for our senate race in NC - every ad is an ugly battle between the two. I just love a beautiful, gracious entrance hall - sets the tone for the entire house, and yours is both. Adore the color and the doors are amazing! Those are the sweetest faces!!

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  5. Beautiful entry, Katie. Love how you have done it over and made it your own. That is a dear little picture of you at 5 years old. Elections can end soon enough for me. We have been on the national news with our governor's election more times than I can count. I will be happy to see the end of it-one way or the other-xo Diana

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  6. Very pretty and we coming. I love the soft light from the lamps and I think I would have purchased the home just for those leaded windows!

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  7. Great looking entryway!
    TGIED!!! But I think after today and after all of the political commercials are pulled, starting tomorrow, we are going to bombarded with CHRISTMAS commercials!

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  8. Katie the entryway is beautiful the new moldings were just the thing the room needed. Don't you just love the items from the enchanted home, have bought a few things from Tina, and just love the quality of her items. I had to smile as I was reading the post, I can just imagine Chow running down the hall rugs flying, I am sure it is one of his favorite places to play. so pretty thanks for sharing.

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    1. You sure know Chow well. His favorite thing to do is to run thru the house and jump on the throw rugs and make them slide. Have a great week, Cindy!

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  9. Love your house! The foyer is beautiful. Would you be willing to share where you got the gorgeous mirror in the vestibule?
    Also love the oil painting of you as a child.

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    1. We found the mirror in a consignment shop here in Mass. Have a great week.

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  10. This is all so lovely Katie and perfect decor for a home in New England. The entry is stunning! Give yourself an A plus!!! Gorgeous details!!!!

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  11. Katie, thanks so much for sharing the gorgeousness of your home! Can see what the Mister saw from day one. Love how you've been able to incorporate family heirlooms in to your new home. And what a sweet portrait of you! Just love it all.
    Denise

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    1. Thanks, Denise. See you tomorrow!

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    2. KATIE, your entry is GORGEOUS and looks as if it should be on the cover of a magazine. Tina's bell jars.. love those and we bought a few for the new place;] and I hope to share them soon. What a difference it makes to add the molding and your rug is perfect. You are indeed a super .. model/trophy-wife type;) Where are the paparazzi in all this? I just know they are behind the scenes somewhere .. probably eating cookies:) xxL

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  12. So gorgeous and elegant! The portrait of you is precious. I had an older friend tell me when I first had a baby that five years old is the perfect age for a portrait. They still have those cute baby features, but have started to look like their grown-up self as well.

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  13. Your house is beautiful Katie, bravo pour la d├ęcoration! And I like American cookies so much...

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    1. Thank you sweet Caroline!!! I appreciate your kind words!!

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  14. You have lovely taste; you did justice to your beautiful, traditional New England home. Thank you for sharing photos.
    ~Paige

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    1. You are entirely welcome, dear Paige. Have a wonderful week!

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  15. Your home is stunning! I am swooning over the blue-and-white pieces. Over a decade ago MoonPie and I downsized and in a moment of menopausal insanity I gave my extensive blue-and-white collection to my daughter. (Did I think I was going to die soon?) I wish I had given her the sterling silver instead. Blue-and-white is happiness that you get to see all year and never needs polishing. After five years MoonPie and I discovered that we simply couldn't live in a small area with each other after all and we upsized again. Now I have room for it again, but started a different colleciton. *heavy sigh*. The white ironstone just doesn't do it for me like my blue-and-white collection did. I'm still cursing the movie "Something's Gotta Give" for making me think it could.

    I can't wait to see the rest of your tour.

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    1. Dee ... Love your blog. I am putting it on my blog roll. Your writing style is great. All my sterling silver is hidden away so I don't have to polish it. Have a great Thursday.

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  16. Every beautiful trophy wife deserves a beautiful trophy home and you sure have one! Even the picture of Chili and Chowdah with your kitchen in the background could grace the cover of Traditional Home magazine. Love, love, love everything!

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    1. You're simply the best. You made my day!! Have a great Thursday and Friday!

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  17. Katie your entry is fabulous!! I love everything about it that you have created!
    Wow I am with you on the political ads, finally over! That money spent should go to charity anyway!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  18. Katie, your entrance hall is just gorgeous and I love your portrait. I'm so tired of all the political ads, makes me not want to vote for any of the crooks...I mean, politicians!

    I'd love for us to be neighbors too...but we might get in a bit of trouble shopping! Bet we'd have a good time just visiting and talking too!

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  19. Love every single thing! Gorgeous!!

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    1. thank you sweet thing... have a great week!

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  20. So beautiful, very warm and welcoming! Can you share the paint color you used? I know it looks different in everyone's different lighting, but I'm paint color obsessed.

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    1. Joan... The Mister is looking for it. Email with your email and I will send it to you as soon as we can find it. Kind of tells you the state our cellar is in. Have a great week and thank you for your kind words.

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  21. Your home is lovely! Love the pieces from the enchanted home as well.

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  22. I am GLAD it is over myself. Your home is exquisite, I mean it.

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  23. Katie,
    I'd much prefer to hear your voice on the phone.....than all those pre-recorded messages leading up to election. (As if they are going to be my deciding factor!) So much fun to see where Chowdah and Chili rule!
    I think Tina over at The Enchanted home should sponsor you. Just sayin.
    pve

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  24. Beautifully redone! It exudes warmth and I love the addition of molding and the focus on some antique treasures. Lovely!

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    1. Thank you dear Cheryl Ann. Hope you have a great Thursday and Friday!

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  26. Love your beautiful entrance hall! I think my favorite is the painting of five year old you! So sweet!

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  27. Your hall is beautiful. Would like to sink my toes into that creamy rug. And the new light fixture is really wonderful. Now would you please go play with those two cuties!

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    1. Thank you sweet Kansas girl for your kind words! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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  28. Your hallway is STUNNING!!! I love everything thing from the blue & white lamps, to the portraits, to the paint & moldings!! Simply beautiful!! I think hallways are very important; they set the tone of the home. Sorry I have been MIA; it's been fall crazy here. I will e-mail you. All the "kids" are gorgeous! xoxo, Dawn

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    1. Dawn... So glad to hear from you. I started to worry something was going on. So glad you were just busy.

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  29. Beautiful! My very favorite, though, is the portrait of five year old you. So precious! I'm thrilled, as all of America is, that the election is over and we will have a break from political ads...for a minute and a half until they start up again for next year.

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  30. Beautiful!

    Hugs,
    Kat
    (BTW...thanks for visiting me. Come back ant time.)

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  31. Helloo Katie my dear...good morning from across the pond
    Well, Im going to confess I am taking some inspiration to work today, your hallway is FABulous. What a great project, and full of things I love, and lots of Enchantedness from our wonderful Tina. It's beautiful.
    You must be so happy and excited for your family to be all together soon, your pretty girls will love those cute doggies so much.
    Have a super weekend ( shopping no doubt :))
    xxx

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  32. Beautiful, beautiful in every way and so welcoming too-I spied some gorgeous blue walls, yummy they are!
    I hope you are enjoying a fabulous Sunday!
    xx-
    Jemma

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