I’ve realized if you build a house with the intent of having “the house that all the kids hang out at” that this is exactly what will happen! I guess it really is a” if you build it they will come” kind of a deal – which has been so fun and it makes me smile watching the kids enjoy this space that we spent a million hours dreaming and scheming over. I will say, however, that corralling groups of kids everyday has seriously cut into my ability to blog. I promise I’m trying to squeeze it in so that I don’t leave you hanging, but I want to soak up every minute with these kiddos before they are too cool to hang with mom.
I did snap a few pics of our entry way while they were still snoozing the other morning (side benefit of spending hours in the pool everyday – they are actually sleeping in and it’s amazing!). It is totally bare bones right now, and I need your ideas for what to hang here.
I’m thinking about hanging our family gallery wall from our old playroom above the bench (see it here), but I’m having major new wall anxiety (it’s a thing), and the idea of putting a million nail holes in my pretty board and batten walls is stopping me in my tracks.
There is also this big blank wall going down the stairs, I was hoping to hang our big American flag here (see it here), but it was actually too small looking. Can you tell I have no idea what to do with this space?? I think I’m burnt out on decision making after designing every inch of this house, and I need to just let it all marinate for the summer and hope inspiration strikes in the fall.
One decision I didn’t need help in making is choosing this gorgeous blue slate tile for our entry way. I partnered with BuildDirect again on this flooring, and I absolutely love it. I wanted to go with really classic and natural finishes that would stand the test of time in this house so this Janeiro Slate Tile was a no brainer. BuildDirect had this tile in black and blue, but I chose the Montauk Blue color, and I love how it plays with the white walls and the warm wood of our floors.
We went with the Versailles Pattern (I used this same tile, but a different pattern in the mudroom/laundry room, which I’ll show you soon). It took a bit of extra figuring out for the guys to lay, but it turned out so cool. I went with a light grey grout for a bit more contrast. I should mention a big tip on this flooring is the tile guys sealed it before they grouted it so that the grout was easier to remove. Because this a natural stone, we will have to seal it again every so often.
I need to find a rug for in here yet too, but I almost don’t want to cover up the pattern. Obviously, I need some sort of rug in here though. I snagged this bench at a flea market for $15 last summer and painted it black. Our coat rack from the last house looks right at home here, and I managed to keep my fiddle fig alive all winter at my parent’s house even though he really hated it there. He looked pretty sickly the whole time we were there, but he is finally perking up! Also don’t mind the trees out the front door that are now finally planted (more to show on that front in the coming weeks!).
Ok, so hit me up with some ideas of what to hang above this bench!
Tile – BuildDirect Janeiro Slate Tile
Light Fixture – Wayfair
Paint Color – Extra White by Sherwin Williams