House Tour, the hallway

January 17, 2012

A finished room to show! 

This room is the hallway that leads to our bedroom.  It sports new wall paint and new fabric for the window seat cushions and pillows.  It's part of our redecorating plan and really is the first room to be finished.
 This room has had several color reincarnations since we bought the house in 1985.  It once was sunny yellow and then raspberry pink.   I love these mellow neutral tones for a quiet change.

The hallway goes from the entry way to the master bedroom.  We bought the house from the original owners, and when they built the house (1942), this hallway was private, with doors that closed it off from the entry way.  It made this hallway more of a part of the bedroom, but we wanted this to be open as the windows face the front yard.  We removed the doors and enlarged the windows as our first project in 1985.

The original house plans call this hall a gallery.  The wall on the right had NUMEROUS nail holes from where dozens and dozens of pictures had been hanging.  I have arranged Pottery Barn black and white frames for our family pictures.

We use the storage in the window seats and cupboards for old clothes and toys.

This glass case was purchased elsewhere, but last time in Pottery Barn I saw these in 3 sizes.
At the end of the hall is a bank of drawers that gets used every day.  They hold my purses, belts, scarves and shawls.  Our bedroom is just on the other side of the door and I consider this little holding area to be my last minute spot to finish dressing and grab my purse.  It's almost a part of the bedroom.

Smaller family pictures are on the shelves above the drawers.  I love this space so much.  It leads to our bedroom, so is private, but open to the entry so can be seen when you first step into the house.

I love the way it looks at night when you walk up to the front door.

Having a hallway like this is an unusual and charming feature in a home.  I love it for being beautiful and unique and is one of the reasons why I love my house so much.  My husband will have to carry me out of here, feet first.

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  1. Love your hallway, especially the window seats. I can see why it's a favorite spot of your home.

  2. So beautiful - everything is just perfect. I've never seen a floor plan with a hallway like this, and you've really made the most of it. Thank you for sharing it!

  3. Don't mind me staring through the windows! I am not stalking, just admiring your precision in picture hanging!

    1. I'm glad you noticed! (stalking is ok just this once)

    2. That last picture, hahaha, I really didn't intend it to look so scary!

  4. Kristen, what a great idea with the photos! I really like your color scheme. I am drawn to such colors nowadays. Before I had reds and yellows in the house. This year I am planning to change a few things.
    Thank you very much for sharing!

  5. Your house is beautiful! The entrance is just so welcoming :) thanks for the tour!

  6. beautiful! thank you for sharing!!

  7. So beautiful! I love a hallway like this. It's perfect with benches and storage. I love your gallery wall and also your idea of displaying a bust in the lantern. Great job!

  8. Oh my gosh amazing! I would LOVE a hallway like that!!! Came over from It's Overflowing... and following you now!

  9. What a beautiful space! I love your neutral colors - the hounds-tooth window seat cushions are my favorite!

    Thank you for joining the party!

  10. Your house is truly beautiful, and I love your decorating style. Keep the picture tours coming. This is my favorite blog to follow!

  11. Your hallway is gorgeous! Beautiful fabric choices and gallery wall, as well! And to think it is so functional!

  12. Love it to pieces!! Thanks so much for linking up to Overflowing with Creativity!! Have you entered my giveaway yet?

    XO, Aimee

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