Thursday, February 2, 2012

The happy entryway




Happy happy joy joy! A punch of sunny yellow tones for the darkest corner in the house. Plus, my Feng-Shui book says that a yellow / golden entryway is essential for the well-being of one's home.
I had the budget of a worker ant, but plenty of time and enthusiasm. I drew the retro pattern on the walls myself, mixed my colors by hand and spent three week-ends painting the faux wallpaper.



Good thing that the entryway is just a small nook, as you can see below:






What about the furniture? I reached deeply into my zero budget and came up with the lovely IKEA hat rack and hooks, that I already had. I painted them too, added the cheapest floor lamp I could find - about 9 euros (because the overhead light doesn't work) and called it a day.









After almost a year, I found in a warehouse the perfect stool. Retro organic shape in edible colors: my love for Kubrick's film sets has been satisfied!



And last but not least, the essentials: shoe cloths, shoe shine, dust brush.
Plus a little something for the pet friendly home: the pet hair roller & brush. Yay!





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144 comments:

  1. Love the peppiness of the yellow color. It adds a fun element.

    Dora's Unique Touch
    http://chandradey.blogspot.com

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  2. Thank you, Dora :) I'll soon have some butterflies on the wall, just like yours :)

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  3. Wow! I came by to say thanks for leaving such a helpful comment on how to soften my painted curtains and found THIS! What an amazing space!

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  4. Thank you very much, Katie :) Good luck with your sweet chocolate room!

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  5. Well, I had to go on and feature your entryway today! :) It's so fun! I love it!

    http://craptastickatie.blogspot.com/2012/02/five-feature-friday-24.html

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    1. Wow, Thank you so much, Katie! I cannot believe my eyes! This is a great honor! And the best morning surprise - since I live in a different time zone :))

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  6. Thanks so much for popping by my blog and leaving me such a lovely comment about my Ikea Lack hack!!!

    And your entryway? All I can say is WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! I am totally blown away at how amazing it is - so colourful, bright, and yes, very joyous indeed! Congrats on a job well done!

    Take care,
    Christina
    www.designingbynumbers.com

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm glad you liked my happy project :) I love your blog, your ease with things and your practical talent! Count me in for future visits :)

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  7. this is amazing!!!! i saw it at craptastic and i am off to check out more of your blog! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Cassie :) I hope you found more stuff you like; you are welcome to stop by any time you want!

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    2. I’m sorry it took me so long to get to your « Impossibility Challenge » post – this thing called “work” got in the way! But I’m here now and it’s great to read about your EntryWay makeover. I think it's great - and did you really paint all that wall yourself?! Awesome! I think it looks briht, cheerful and welcoming.
      Congratulations on making your impossibility possible!

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    3. Well, I am delighted that you really like it. Yes I did spend a lot of time painting the walls, but only because I can't really paint or draw - so I had to do it slowly...
      Your crochet hat looks stunning on the camel and the sheepysheep. Perhaps you will make a collection out of it!

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  8. This entry is more than happy: it's wonderful. I rally like your home and I like Romania too, I stayed there 3 times!

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    1. Thank you for the support! I hope you had a lovely time in Romania. If you want to visit again, my door is always open! And right besides the door you will find the happy entryway :))

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    2. multumesc!!! it was a great time there, with a lot of Italian and Rumanian friends. I also did my graduate thesis about your wonderful land and its terribel history. Then, I also speak a little Romanian... ;)

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    3. Your Romanian sounds just great!

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    4. mmm, I think I forget all my Romanian, I speaked it, and don't speak unfortunately!

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  9. I pinned it http://pinterest.com/pin/230316968413340209/

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    1. My,my! Thank you, I am overwhelmed! I really am and I hope I can return the favor. Unfortunately I don't have a Pinterest account. Do you happen to know how I could get invited to join?

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    2. I try and I did all myself, without any invite, I didn't know it was necessary...

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    3. Well it is necessary now. But it's OK, I will get there :) Thank you again for your support and kindness!

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    4. I can try to invite you, I think I need only the email address

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    5. It's ok, I got an invite 2 days ago.
      I will try to find you on Pinterest, I just don't understand exactly how it works. Yet!

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  10. Happy is right! What a fun and lively space - I don't think you could leave the house feeling grumpy with a room like that. :-). I love the stool - it's perfect in there, and the color is fantastic.

    Thanks so much for linking up to my first Room Evolution party - hope to see more!

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  11. Thank you, Jenny, for your support and your lovely comment! I love that your party focuses exactly on rooms :) I hope that in time I'll have new projects to add up to your Room Evolution Party!

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  12. Wow - I am impressed. Love the painted walls - so bright and cheery. Great idea to paint that Ikea rack!!! So glad you linked up to our Impossibilities Challenge - new follower here!
    Kelly

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    1. Thank you, Kelly, I am overwhelmed! I'll try to live up to the expectations and come up with new projects for the Impossibilities Challenge :)

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  13. Holy Cow! This really is a cheery entry! That paint technique is awesome. What a wonderful space.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the challenge!
    Karah

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    1. Karah, thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. You host a wonderful party, I wanna link again!

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  14. Love the paint design and it's such a cheerful little entry. I've been trying to think of a great way to organize our coats and such, this is wonderful!

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    1. Thank you, Erin! I am happy if I can provide any inspiration. I had the same problem, with all those coats, hats, scarves, bags and pet hair rolls piling up in the entryway. In the future, I might add a very slim shoe cabinet.
      PS: Everything on your blog looks so yummy! You're doing a great job :)

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  15. wow i love it! It makes me happy just looking at it!

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    1. And your comment makes my day! Thank you!

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  16. Way cute! I'm not a bold color person, but I love that!
    You should join me for Handmade 52!
    http://raisingoranges.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm so happy that you like it (even if it's not your style).
      Thank you for the invite, Katie! You can already find my entry at no.17.

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  17. What a fun cheery entry way. I love it! Thanks so much for linking up to Feature Friday Linky Party!

    http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2012/02/feature-friday-linky-party.html

    Have a Great Weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Danielle, I am really really moved by your comment and your support :)

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  18. This happy entry way has been featured at my Saturday Splendour Party today! Thanks so much for sharing and come grab a button :)
    Megs
    www.megandmums.com

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    1. Again, Thank you so much, Meg! It's an honor to be featured. To be honest, it's my first project ever on link parties and I never dared dreaming of being featured.

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  19. Wow! I love everything you did here! Thank you for sharing this at simply creations link party!

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  20. Thank you for making time to visit, Jacqueline! And for following me - I feel a little pressure now to come up with new stuff, worthy of your interest :)

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  21. OMG I LOVE your hand painted wallpaper. It AWESOME! It was definitely worth the wait!! Your area is beautiful. I'm going to pin it on pinterest. Also, I feel your pain. I just did a paper bag floor...check it out!

    http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2012/02/paper-grocery-bags-elmers-glue-rit-dye.html

    Also, I'm your newest follower! Looking forward to seeing more of your amazing talent.

    Marilyn
    4you-withlove.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Marilyn! Feel free to pop by any time :)

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  22. Oh my gosh, this really is a happy entryway! I don't even have an entryway... I hate it... I am going to have to create one somehow. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi, Jennifer, thank you for the kind comment:)
      It's quite easy to create a small "landing strip" by the entry door, don't loose hope. I know you can do it! (After all, my entryway is just a tiny little nook)

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  23. I REALLY love this entry way SO much!! It's so cheery...and I love the budget too!! :)

    I featured this on my blog today:
    http://christinasadventures.com/2012/02/sunday-features-59.html

    And I pinned it too!
    http://pinterest.com/christinasadven/20-below-features/

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    1. Thank you so much, Christina!!! I just saw some traffic from your Pinterest board - you are fantastic!

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  24. That IS happy! I love the bright colors and just really dig your sense of style. I am a new follower visiting from Be Different Act Normal. Vicky from Mess For Less

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    1. Welcome, Vicky! I love your happy mess so much, and the kids, and the wrap bubbles and its multiple uses! You DO know how to take it easy :))))

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  25. Love the charming color, so fresh and sunny look.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Terrie:) I loved your crafts and I'm your newest follower!

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  26. Looks AMAZING!! I can't believe you did all those colours by hand! Such patience!But worth it!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you, Jill, for hosting! I can't draw freehand, so I actually copied the outline with a pen and THEN I started to fill in each bubble with color. But I was very enthusiastic and I only felt exhausted during the 3rd weekend :)

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  27. You painted the walls by hand... amazing!!! We have one of those stools, but in white; an original from the 80s. Love the IKEA hat stand and hooks.

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    1. Thank you, Pam:) That is the Tam Tam stool, but I can't buy it in my country, so I got a China knock-off.

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  28. I will be featuring your sunny entry way on Thursday at Bacon Time! Thanks for linking up.

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    1. Thank you, Mindie! I'm blushing... I think I lost my head with joy!!!

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  29. Gorgeus!!

    Please come and see my yellow entry. Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Your pics are wonderful! Thanks for commenting!

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  30. WOW! You did a amazing job! I would love for you stop by and link up at my linky party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/

    Mrs. Delightful
    Ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for inviting me, here I coooome!

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  31. Wow! This is absolutely adorable! I cannot believe you painted those walls by hand and how long it took! The little space is so fun & bright!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! If I could draw free hand, the whole thing would have taken only a few hours...

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  32. Faux wallpaper?!?!?! AMAZING!!!!! I swore it was wallpaper!! I want a HAPPY HAPPY entryway too!!!!

    Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer :)

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    1. Thank you, Christine, you host a fabulous party! (I just didn't have a wallpaper budget...)

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  33. This is so beautiful! A job well done. Makes me want to brighten up my house a bit.

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    1. Thank you! Spring is coming, you should do a little project of your own. if it's too colored, you can always paint over :D

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  34. Love this! I'd love for you to link it up to my party. You earn a chance for free jewelry just for linking up: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/02/will-craft-forfree-jewelry.html

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  35. What a beautiful job! I can't believe you painted all of that. Well done!

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  36. Ahhh you hand painted that yourself? You are a rockstar! I totally thought it was paper or fabric or something because even doing that with a stencil would be impressive with all of the colors. But by hand- amazing!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah! I can see you're a master of paint yourself :)

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  37. I can't believe you painted that all by hand - it looks AMAZING!

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  38. Wow - That looks so awesome!! Nice job! I'm impressed that you hand painted that!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Romance on a Dime's Take it on Tuesday blog hop. Unfortunately, when you linked up, for some reason we can't see the beautiful picture. Would you mind linking up again?

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  39. This is beautiful & I'm so impressed. Thanks for linking up at Giggles, Glitz & Glam.

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  40. Love it! Wish I'd seen this before I redid my back hallway. So cute. Saw your link on U & Me.

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  41. Wonderful!! I love the colours and the bright, happy look you've achieved. So pretty!

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  42. I.LOVE. it! I'm very impressed with all that you did yourself. Love the yellow. Thanks so much for sharing this happy entry at Show & Tell.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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  43. oh my gosh, that is SO stinking cute! and happy! couldn't be happier if it tried!

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    1. I'm so happy that you really like it :)

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  44. Wow! That is a super bright and cheery entryway! What a welcome to your home!:)

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  45. loved it, very accessible :-) Visiting late from MYM, hope that you can return the visit too.

    http://www.adventurousjessy.com/2012/02/catching-up-some-tickets-inside-the-ticket-buster.html

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  46. This is ADORABLE! I would love it if you'd share it at my Show & Tell party, going on now @ the Delectable Home.

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  47. This is seriously AH-MAZING! I'm going to be featuring it today on my Feature Friday post! I'd love for you to stop by and grab a "Featured" button!! Awesome job!

    XO! Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

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  48. One word...GORGEOUS! So happy and bright! I am hosting my first link party today, and would love for you to add this, and anything else you like!

    http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-1.html

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

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  49. That looks amazing! Great job! I would love for you to share at our link party http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinteresting-link-party-week-26.html

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  50. LOVE the colors! I have canary yellow walls in my bedroom at my parents', I love bright cheerful colors. And there's just something about painting your own stencil that makes one so incredibly proud, I know the feeling. Congrats on the feature at Destination: Craft, too! And for stopping by my blog (Color Me Domestic). Just FYI, you are a no-repply comment blogger so I couldn't reply to you via email, had to hunt you down! Here's a good tut to show you how to change that if you want. Am now gonna follow your blog, too! Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Gen, I'm gonna change my settings during the weekend :)

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  51. Oh my goodness but it IS such a happy little entry way! I cannot believe your dedication in hand-painting that faux wallpaper! That's amazing!

    Tania

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    1. Thank you very much, Tania. It's not hard work if it's for a good cause :)

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  52. OMG! The picture you linked up does not give this project justice! This is fabulous!! Thanks for sharing at shine on Friday. I love the colors you used!

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    1. Thank you, Kara! I'm impressed that you take the time to visit so many projects :)

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  53. Your entryway is enviable!! I can't believe you hand painted that, you have a lot of patience! Gorgeous result.

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    1. Thank you, Christie! Coming from a lady with your skills, it's quite a compliment :)

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  54. I cannot believe that you painted that wallpaper look wall by hand! I bow to the master ...

    :)

    Linda

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    1. Thank you, Linda. As I can see from your wonderful resourceful blog, you are the paint master!!!

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  55. WOW! That looks fanTAStic! I love the colors, the design...and I can't believe you drew it all by hand! Want to come to that in my foyer? :) I'm thrilled that you shared this at Shine on Fridays!

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    1. I'll paint anything, Amy, just let me play in your foyer :))

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  56. This is such foyer! Awesome job and thanks for sharing at our party!

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    1. Thank you so much for making time to visit :)

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  57. I love the personal touch you gave this cheery space. It's clearly a one-of-a-kind original!

    Warmly, Michelle

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! If it's not 100% my style, I'd rather not do it, because it's pointless to follow someone else's taste rather than your own stories.

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  58. How FUN!! Did you hand painted or did you use stencils?! Its amazing!

    Would love for you to come by and join me at my Create & Inspire Party :)

    http://www.littleinspiration.com/2012/02/create-inspire-party_17.html

    Best Wishes,
    Angie @ ALI

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  59. Thank you for linking to the Home Decor and Organizing Link party. I was blown away by your entryway. You did such an amazing job and I love how bright and cheery it is. I featured on my blog today. Have a great day.

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    1. Leanne, I can't express how happy you've made me... Thank you again and again!

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  60. Love it!! The colors are awesome! I hope you'll stop by my weekend linky party and share :)
    http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

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  61. Oh my goodness. Is that not the cutest looking entryway ever?! I love it! I wish I had an entryway to decorate. I'm pinning this just in case I ever get one so I can get some inspiration! Thanks for linking up to A Pinteresting Party this week. Hope to see you back next week. :)

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  62. LOVE ALL THE COLOR, SO HAPPY FOR SURE! Shared this on my COM-FB page. winks, jen

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    1. Jen, I cannot thank you enough. You made my day, thank you!

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  63. this is the most darling thing i've ever seen! my husband even thought it was cool! thanks so much for linking this up to tip-toe thru tuesday! it will be featured at tomorrow's party!

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  64. I featured this entryway on my Take it on Tuesday blog hop: http://romanceonadime.com/take-it-on-tuesday/take-it-on-tuesday-blog-hop-17-kitchen-remodel-before/

    Feel free to grab a feature button!

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  65. Well, why buck a trend :0) You are going to be a feature the week at our Pin'Inspiration party. Thanks so much for sharing last week.

    Would love for you to pop by today and grab a button and also enter for my superfun giveaway.

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  66. I heart happy homes and colors! I try to use happy colors in my home too. And you know what? They do make me smile!

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  67. Ohhhh my goodness i am SO in love with your entry!!!! SOOO in love! I am SO glad you linked up and shared it over at my blog party!!! Look for a feature tomorrow!!! :o)
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  68. Awesome link!!!! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity!!! Excited to see your newest project linked up at tomorrow's party! {opens in the morning}. Also, my giveaway for 1000 free full color business cards ends at midnight!!! Stop by to enter! I'm happy to be following you...so inspiring! XO, Aimee

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    1. Thank you for paying such attention, Aimee! I enjoy your parties so much (and your logo is by far the best ever!!)

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  69. very nice and so cheerful!!

    http://lacasitadmaria.blogspot.com/

    maría from Spain

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  70. Very cute! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit personally, I can imagine it's quite time-consuming...

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  71. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today!
    ---Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts

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    1. Thank you, Mandy, from the bottom of my heart!

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  72. Just wanted to tell you this is being featured tomorrow at the Shine on Fridays party as my favorite project of the week! Thanks again for linking up!

    oneartmama.blogspot.com

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    1. Amy, you're the best!!! Thank you very much for this honor :)

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  73. Thank you so much for linking up to my first link party last Friday! Party #2 is live, and I would love for you to come link up something new!

    http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-2.html

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

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  74. I just wanted to pop back in and let you know you are featured on this weeks Pintersting Party! Thank you for linking up. Hope to see you again. :)

    http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/02/pinteresting-party-week-28.html

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  75. This looks amazing! I just adore the sunny yellow color and really who wouldn't be happy to walk into that entryway! Great job! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next.. I am your newest follower!

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    1. Thank you so much, AmieAnn, you are the sweetest!

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  76. Stopping by from the Girl Creative Blog Hop! http://queenofsavings.com

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  77. I love that! Such a great design!
    Found you in the Hop! new GFC and Linky Follower, Hope you will follow me back and check out my blog!

    http://giveawayhog.blogspot.com/

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  78. featured this today at my blog! www.kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

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  79. This really is great! I've seen it featured several places over the last few weeks - congrats! That's a lot of hard work into the faux wallpaper but you did a fantastic job! :]

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    1. Well, it really sounds harder than it was. I was flooded with adrenaline so I didn't feel a thing :)

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  80. You are so stinkin cute! All your prjects are so very creative!! Love that you just made this up yourself! Awesome!
    xo Becca

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  81. Beutiful! You are an artist! :)
    Have a happy and colorful day! :)
    Regards Lisa

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    1. Lisa, thank you a million times for the appreciation! Your words put honey on my heart, as we say in Romania :)

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  82. What a wonderful project! I saw this through your best of 2012 post. I was immediately drawn to it. I love your faux wallpaper. Not sure if I would have the patience, but it turned out FABULOUS! Congrats on all the features. I'm going to pin it now. Cheers!

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    1. Thank you so much for the beautiful words, you give me hope in a moment when I need it! PS: Once you start painting the wall, the pleasure is addictive and you feel no effort at all :)

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