Let’s do a little recap for those who have recently started reading the blog. We moved to a new home last month and I made a couple of brave choices when choosing the paint color.And btw, I found a very easy way of choosing the right paint color. I painted one living room wall deep green which you can see in the Living Room Reveal, I did last month. I painted one entry way wall navy blue and I know some of you have been waiting to see how that turned out.
Finally the entry way is now complete and I am quite happy with how it looks. So without any more beating around the bush, lets get to business.
So lets see the BEFORE first.
And now the AFTER
Quite a transformation, right? (I realized it as well when I was looking for the ‘before’ picture) and I am very happy with how it all came together. I had been drooling over the color Navy for a long time and this wall just seemed perfect for it!
Lets see some more pictures (from every possible angle! lol)Though I absolutely ADORE fresh flowers, they are quite expensive in Doha and hence I settled for these silk flowers. They are quite decent and I just put some water in the vase to fool people 🙂
I saw this round foyer table at Pottery Barn and fell in love. I was lucky that it was the last piece (and a bit damaged- with a few scratches) and therefore reduced to a 70% off – an instant love at sight (errr.. price!)The book shelf (from my old apartment) and these two chairs are both from Pan Emirates. I get a lot of surprised looks when I tell people that, but Pan Emirates does carry some great pieces in their rustic collection and for great prices. (On a side note: I once saw a side lamp at Pan Emirates which was exactly the same as the one at Marina Home and for a big price difference!)
The gorgeous rug came as a gift from Pakistan from my uncle (wohoo!!) and the cushions are my own DIY project that I printed on plain Ikea cushion covers.
For the walls I decided NOT to buy any art but to put my own photography up (err, I think I have taken some decent shots). I got the photos printed and put them up in Ikea frames. My husband and I are both very emotional people – the only difference between us is that he is emotionally intelligent and I am NOT! (not even close, lol). Everything in our home has a meaning.. some association… some personal story attached to it.
And that’s why I chose to put my own photographs rather than someone else’s art. The three pictures on one side are photographs of Karachi, Pakistan and other three are from Qatar (my second home) – this was done for obvious emotional attachment to these two cities 🙂
Lets take a closer look at whats on the bookshelf and you will know what I mean by. ‘everything has a story behind it’, even the decoration pieces!
This was a pure coincidence, but I guess we love holding on to traditions and cultures and in this case, traditional rides.. be it a Qatari dhow or a Pakistani Rikshaw.
Our family’s Willow Tree figurines collection that started with a gift for my husband (when he became a new dad) and has now grown with us to the whole family. The irony is that my daughter has developed a cat allergy – so the family pet will now have to be a puppy!
This Swarovski collection was my husband’s idea and represents the journey of our married life. This is how it grew (from Left to Right)
- Us, an anniversary gift,
- the pram came on my first Mother’s day (when I was expecting our first child)
- then came the little girl..
- our first home in The Pearl..
- and then came the boys
I LOVE these and my husband gets really upset if our nanny mixes up that order while cleaning 🙂
Just because, that’s our favorite Disney movie and this Enchanted Rose was a DIY project. After the blogpost the store selling these roses, started selling them like this -with fairy lights and a glass dome/jar. (and No, I didn’t get any royalty for that idea! hehe)
I fell in love with this chandelier from The One, and had been eyeing it for a long time. But I had to do a lot of convincing, as my husband was totally against getting it. He was like ‘Whats the need?’ (need?! who NEEDS a chandelier?? No one.. it just makes the space look pretty! I didn’t need it, I wanted it!)
Luckily for me the store went on sale for a few hours and I just got an excuse to justify my purchase. (I feel extra happy when I get a bargain and my husband fails to understand this feeling of mine! hehe)
And before I sign off, lets zoom out again and have another look at the Entry Way Blue wall!
Let me know what you guys think! I am eagerly waiting 🙂
Ciao and have a great weekend!