Good morning. And welcome to the brick and mortar home of A Daily Portion, a little peek inside my here. We’ll begin, naturally enough, in the foyer.
Our house was built in the early sixties and is a sort of L shaped brick ranch, placed perhaps a little oddly on its lot. I say oddly because the “front door,” that opens into the foyer, that has the little porch and sidelights, is nowhere near the driveway or carport. It is kind of near the mailbox. But everybody comes to the door inside the carport, or this other weird little door from which no one can be heard from inside the house. Knock and knock, we may love you, but we will never let you in.
So this little space has some storage for coats and hats, but is mostly a passing through space to make pretty. In this house where our other rooms work pretty hard. I love that. So, above, is a telephone bench or “gossip bench” we bought from an antique store in NC when we were first married. The thing that looks like a shutter is the lid of an ammunition crate, also dating from our time at Fort Bragg. I’ve taken advantage of this place we don’t linger in to layer a bit, add some texture. Some of my photography in a chunky frame, etsy art, magnolia in macro, and Johns djembe, which actually just got put down here on the way to somewhere else, but I like it there.
My Make It Real project found a home on the sliver of wall between our coat closet door and the hallway. Yay for completed and hung!
On the other side of that closet door hangs one of our treasures, a barnwood coat rack made by our friend Doug. He assembles his shelves and coat racks out of aged wood and antique hardware, hooks, doorknobs, and pipe fittings. Beneath my husband’s corduroy collared jacket is a little castor. I love the juxtaposition of the weathered grain and the sparkle of the knobs.
The recipe I have for decorating includes utility and beauty, but more specifically, I want the form and function of our home to reveal the loves and pursuits of all four of us, for these communal spaces to tell a collected story of our life together, what this man and woman and these two boys love to see and hear, do and make.
Thank you for coming by. See you tomorrow, in our ‘Living/Everything” room.