Friday, March 23, 2012


The entrance to my home has been a work in progress for basically the entire two-and-a-half years that we've lived here. Although thats actually not entirely true, as it implies that some "progress" has indeed been made. Which it has not. The key, at least in my mind, to the changes I wanted to make was replacing the table under the giant Chinese painting:

It's a perfectly fine table, but way too small for where it was, as you can see here:

I don't know why I was incapable of taking a better picture than this, but even in this crappy photo you can see that the table doesn't work. But I couldn't figure out what in God's name I should replace it with. Everything I even remotely liked was thousands of dollars, and most of what I saw that was affordable was either hideous, too deep for the space, and usually both. Then, the clouds parted, angels sang, and rays of light straight from heaven shone down on this:
It doesn't look like much, I know, but that's kind of the point. I was hoping it would serve as a place to put my pink chinese lamps and the foo dogs, I could stack coffee-table books underneath it, and it would sort of disappear. 

I found this table, oh, about 9 months ago. It costs $309, free shipping. And yet despite spending so much money that Ted had to put me on an all-cash-allowance system for the foreseeable future, I never seemed to have the funds for the table. This MAY be an example of what Ted is talking about when he says things like "irresponsible, careless spending" and "thoughtless management of money."

Anyway, two weeks in to the new family budget system, I had enough money to purchase the table. And it arrived this week, on the same day, in fact, as the lampshades for the pink Chinese lamps. Everything was coming together.

And come together it has. Here what the space used to look like when you walked in the front door:

Crappy iPhone Photo of Old, Sad, Ungracious Entryway
 And here is what it looks like now:

Lovely DSLR photos of Happy, Gracious, New Entryway
But let's take a closer look at the details, shall we? The table's much longer, which makes a lot more sense, while also managing to be two inches less deep, leaving more space to walk: WIN/WIN!

I finally found shades to fit the pink lamps (after three tries) and I love them almost as much as I love the lamps themselves.

The bottom works for stacking books, and while the wires hanging down from the lamps isn't my favorite look in the entire world I am more than willing to overlook it for now.

Even the Foo dogs look happier, don't you think?

No? Maybe I'm projecting. Here are some more random shots just because I am so happy with the way everything turned out:

And one more shot from the front door:

Of course, now I see a million other issues that need to be addressed ASAP, but that's for tomorrow's post. Happy Friday, mofos! I hope your weekend gets off to an awesome start :)

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March 23, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Love it! What a difference the right table makes. I got an entry table this week too.

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