Front Entry Farm

This is a total decorating explanation post.

You know.  The one where I have an amazing decorating idea that I came up with and I have to share it and have coffee with you just in case you have a similar challenge in your own space.

Let’s start with a little background and the floor plan.

I remember the first day I walked into the house.  After I shook its hand and told it hello, I mapped out the spaces.  The entry was a small room with a dining room on the right and a small door that led to the living room on the left.  If you walked through the main entry, you would enter into a hallway with a door that led into the room on the right with the kitchen on the left.


Oh good, me, too.

In a decorating nut shell, there were four rooms in a square with an entry and a hallway in the center and a whole lot of doors.


Here’s a photograph of the front entry that kind of explains how we remodeled the space.

See the opening on the left?

That’s where the door used to be.

We left the existing wall and cut out a large opening to create the feel of an open space.  Ahead you can see the kitchen on the left and the door to the family room.  That part of the family room used to be the hallway and we took down the wall to make it one large space and open up the traffic flow.

front entry wide shot

Here’s another angle so you can see the dining room and how it relates to the rest of the house.

You can see a peek into the family room.

There used to be a wall right in front of that floor grate.

Does it all make more sense now?

Front Entry Wall Art

When we finished, one of the biggest challenges I faced was what to do with the entry way.

It’s too big to dismiss and decorate with its own style and too small to set up a card party.

Total Land of the Lost.

Watch out for Sleestaks.


I had to figure out a way to connect the living room and the dining room using the front entry.

I tried painting it white.

Too boring.

I tried painting it the color of one of the adjoining room.

Too similar.

It needed its own space and its own personality.

So I came up with an easy, simple explanation anyone can create with just a can of paint.

front entry


I know, right?  Are you as amazed as I was when I thought of it?

It’s perfect.

When you’re connecting two rooms, you can take one color from one of the rooms and combine it with white (or even the color of the other room).

You could even stripe the room horizontally.  Or make one of the stripes really large and the other really small.

It’s an easy way to fill a small space (especially one that everyone sees first) with personality.

And tell those Sleestaks to take a hike. 🙂

PS  You can see my stripe painting tips here.

PPS  I also striped the steps right outside the door.


  1. Image for Laura Laura

    I bought the Land of the Lost DVDs at a garage sale. My children did not share my childhood love/fear of the show! Did you know that they used some NBA players to play the Sleestak? Those things were so scary to me! My youngest son wants to know where he can get your super-cool alphabet/Morse code poster. Apparently it is way better than Sleestaks!

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Laura, Hahahaha! They totally freaked me out, too! Here's a link to the morse code sign in my Painted Fox collection: Happy day friend! karianne

    2. Image for susan b susan b

      Those things were scary as scary can be! I guess the younger generation is harder to impress. I must admit that I was flipping channels not to long ago and Land of the Lost came on. I still knew all the words, but really must admit that Dad, Will and Holly in the raft was "sort of" (wink,wink) fake looking!

  2. Image for christine b christine b

    Good morning Karianne, thank you for showing more of your beautiful home, always an inspiration to me. I do have a question, wondered what sink you have in your kitchen, it looks similar to what I'm searching for. You give me courage ! May you have a blessed day, Christine

  3. Image for Jenny Jenny

    LOVE the stripes! Love the idea of connecting two rooms using paint colors from both in a stripe. The size of the stripe that you chose is just right, too - nice and wide. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Image for Carole @ Garden Up Green Carole @ Garden Up Green

    Good Morning - I was just about ready to head out for morning chores and there was your email. So I had to click and wow what a beautiful home and I love that entry. So many elements of WOW and I believe the idea of white walls perhaps with a little gray has caught my attention. Notes for the next house because the one I'm in now is months away from a For Sale Sign. I also love all that natural wood - simply beautiful.

  5. Image for Kim Kim

    When I saw the title of this post, I HAD to read it! Sleestaks were the stuff of my childhood nightmares! Do you remember how they would move very slowly? They never ran, just walked all zombie-like? Will and Holly and Dad would run as fast as they could, but those creepy Sleestaks never ran. It seemed like they could catch Holly without even trying.

  6. Image for Kristi Kristi

    LOVE this idea! SUCH a great way to add a ton of personality and style to any space, while keeping it's style connected to the rooms around it! PS. I hadn't ever noticed that ceiling medallion before ... it's lovely!

  7. Image for Mah Mah

    Another reason that I love Thistle Wood Farms, you know how to make your old home function without ruining that beautiful old home! You ARE amazing!

  8. Image for Robbin Robbin

    Your home is simply stunning. I love it! And I SO remember Land of the Lost. The pylons and skylons and the creepy Sleestaks!! Thanks for the stroll down memory lane and for the beautiful pictures. Blessings from Missouri.

  9. Image for june june

    Every time I think I figure out something you toss out another GREAT idea! Love the strips. You make me yearn for traditional height ceilings:( You house comes together so seamlessly. I love the flow and layout. Wish we were neighbors!

  10. Image for Patti Patti

    OMG What a great title. Sleestakes!!! I just had to click through to see what in the world??? Surely she is not talking about that childhood TV show I used to watch on Saturday morning. Must be a new decorating term. Your house look fabulous as always and thanks for the Monday morning laugh.

  11. Image for Carmen Carmen

    I LOVED Land of the Lost! Took me back to my childhood when I saw the title of your post. My best friend and I would go down to the river and play "Land of the Lost", I so wanted them to find their way back home! Your home is beautiful, sigh...

  12. Image for Kris Kris

    I had to Google Sleestaks ... I vaguely remember Land of the Lost but apparently the whole Sleestak thing was lost (no pun intended!) on me.

  13. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Love the stripes -- excellent solution!! And the tips on how to do them are much appreciated. This post has inspired me to 'stripe' my stripped antique chest of drawers and sewing table :) I wanted to do something creative to tie them in with the each other and the rest of my bedroom.

  14. Image for Susan Susan

    Those stripes were just what the space are brilliant! You have such a gorgeous home, makes me sigh and dream.

  15. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I love stripes, very classy and high brow. But that's you to the core. You make everything flow and your colors are perfect for your home. *sigh* You are such an inspiration. I wonder if I could stripe a wall - do you think fuschia and yellow would be a little over the top?? Hope you're staying dry - we are getting so much rain my hubby is looking for lumber to build a boat. Do you decorate boats??

  16. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Sleestaks? What in the world? I missed that I guess. Stripes are brilliant! Love your beautiful home. One day, my farmhouse will be done. Or as done as I can let it be before I change something up. Lol. Happy week, my friend! Cecilia

  17. Image for Tammy Tammy

    I love stripes, but for those who need to ease into it, making the stripes using one color but two finishes (flat and enamel) is quite elegant without being too much of a commitment. It also looks great in a Harlequin pattern.

  18. Image for Ellen Ellen

    The Sleestaks on Land of the Lost, now that's a trip down memory lane - circa the mid '70's I think. Ugly creatures, rather lizard like in appearance. Those stripes, however, are the perfect entry into your glorious home. Always love your home tours- you are a gifted decorator. Thank-you for this delightful post.

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