An Entrance with a view,

Just like Dorothy’s famous line in Jerry Maguire, “You had me at Hello”our home had us at this:

When you walk in the front door, that’s what you see. Magazines laying all over the coffee table. Murphy’s blanket covering one of my white chairs. Windows that need to be washed. Oh yeah, the view of the lake (pond). It’s not big or deep but it’s a water view that looks great when you walk in our front door.

On the left you see my yard sale dresser, all fancied up with Annie Sloan chalk paint.  I am going to paint this mirror, again for the I don’t know how many times.  It’s on the makeover list, the list that floats around in my head that keeps me going from one project to the next…without finishing most of them.

Speaking of unfinished projects.  I found this lamp recently (this year) at Goodwill for $7.99, it’s the largest lamp in the house. It reminded me of one of the Stray Dog lamps. I need to do a little refreshing, to get it up to Stray Dog par (like that will ever happen-Stray Dog par-giggle).

One project that I did finish—I am still loving all my beachy finds from our trip to Amelia Island earlier this summer.

Even though, I’ll be making some changes in this area soon (I use the word soon—loosely),

this will always be the view

Stay tuned for clean windows, new paint color, Stray Dog lamp make over…the list goes on and on and on!

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  1. says

    Your home is so beautiful Debbie!! That view is stunning, even through windows that you say are dirty. (I can’t see that, though.)
    Love the chalk paint on your dresser and beautiful columns and architecture.

  2. says

    I would die for that view on a daily basis, but I’ll settle for seeing it when I stop by your blog :)

    That lamp is fabulous!

  3. says

    Hahaha….no, I love what you do. I see why this home had you right away! I love the view. You are drwn right into your lovely home.I had to chuckle as we have the same chairs and sofa, oh and a thing for shells huh? Have a great day!

  4. gina says

    Wow! What a view! Your entryway is beautiful. I was not familiar with Stray Dog but you are right, that lamp you bought looks a lot like one. I have a lamp base from my childhood (late ’60s) that we got in SF. Very Stray Dog worthy. I see a project coming on :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

  5. says

    Oh Debbie! Your home is so beautiful! I love your view and those columns are just gorgeous. So fun to get to see more of your lovely home! :-)

  6. says

    Gorgeous! You’re right, I would have certainly bought the house for the pond view alone. So tranquil. You’ve done a lovely job of keeping everything simple and elegant so as to complement the view.

  7. says

    Stunning view. How welcoming too. Tell me about your white slipcovered furniture. I recently purchased a sofa from IKEA and am really have issues keeping it clean. I’m just about to give up and get a darker slip. Any advice? Yours looks so nice…I wasn’t sure about adding a matching chair but after seeing this post I think I just may have to.

  8. Linda@Coastal Charm says

    Beautiful view…now do people really have clean windows? Ha Ha:) Love all your coastal touches.


  9. says

    Your home would have had me too. So beautiful and inviting. I love the open feel, and your decorating style. I’m still house hunting. I’m waiting for that heart tugging moment.

  10. Christine @ Stonehouse Living says

    Hi Debbie,
    That is a stunning view from your entry, it is just beautiful.
    What a joy it must be to see the changes in the seasons throughout the year.
    Can you post some fall pictures? I would love to see the fall colour…
    I love your slip covered furniture, so crisp and clean!!
    All the Best,

  11. says

    I have a question…this is not my first time I’ve seen chalkpaint mentioned. I am so intrigued…could you tell me a tad about it? Best application/use?
    I would have fallen in love with the view at hello as well…water bug is my middle name.


  12. says

    What a great view to see everyday! I know about the list thing. Mine is so long and then I change it. I some times think I will never finish it.

  13. says

    Wow! Your home is amazing! I love the open feel it has and how the wood floors are set differently! I wanted to do that when we were laying ours but was afraid to tell the floor guys when they came. :)

  14. says

    That gorgeous view would have had me too! Your home is lovely, everything is so cozy and warm. I just got back from Statesboro after spending a week and a half there with one of my best friends. She has lived in the Irongate sub. for almost 15 yrs and was a prof at GA Southern. She retired and is now teaching at Eastern U in Lexington KY for the next 4 yrs and then will move back. to GA . We had a blast going to all our favorite shops there and in HIlton Head. I really enjoy going spending time there! I am your newest follower and will be visiting often!

  15. says

    it’s so nice to ‘meet’ you too…i do adore your entryway…very warm and welcoming…thanks for joining the fun at fridays unfolded!


  16. says

    Your home IS Gorgeous! and I love the view also. That ASCP dresser is amazing. Love your starfish display in your entrance. Your “list” sounds like mine, ha ha. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF. xo Debra

  17. says

    Okay that view is fabulous! Who cares about the unfinished projects when you get to look out at that everyday! Your home is so lovely Debbie, almost as beautiful as the sweet lady who lives there. 😉 Thanks for sharing with us at Inspiration Friday!


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