A Slow Simmering Love Affair

I've never explained to you how hastily we bought this house.

Some people have an instantaneous love for their house. 

They drive down a road and it calls to them.

I understand because I felt that way about our last house.


This house purchase went like this.

We decided it was time to move to Texas.

We drove down here on Friday, April 20, 2012.

I looked at maybe 7 houses and hated them all.

(I wanted old he wanted new.)

This house had the pond behind it so it kind of grabbed my interest.



(Dining room is just to the right of the front door.)

On the Saturday that I was looking at houses my husband was out running a race.

It was me and my sweet realtor.

That night I told my husband how much I disliked all of them except maybe for one that was kind of ok because there was a pond behind it and it had a pretty kitchen.

Now during this conversation I was one big cry baby boo-hooing about leaving Oklahoma.


So on Sunday our realtor brought us back to this ONE house that my husband looked at.

And we bought it.


Here's why I'm telling you all of this...

The pictures you are seeing are all the entryway.

Um, what am I supposed to do with this?

It's roundish and there are three niches. Yes three!!

See that one way up there?

The pictures that are in the niches right now are only there to fill an empty spot. They aren't staying.


That light fixture that hangs from the second story is teeny tiny.

Whatever goes in the up high niche will require a ladder that is REALLY tall.

And whatever goes there might never change.

So I ask you wise decorating friends...

What on earth do I do with this space?

What would you do?

21 comments

Carol said...

Your house is lovely! That is an interesting space in the entryway. Since it is curved I think you need a rub on decal of a design that is black. Maybe you can find something at Target or on the internet. Are you going to get a larger chandelier? I think that would definitely look great.

Smiles,
Carol

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I actually love that space! I think the rounded walls make it so interesting. I've seen some people paint just the back wall in the niche a different color just to jazz it up a bit. Maybe a bigger chandelier? I don't know what to put in that niche up high. Maybe some greenery of some sort? Hmm...I'm not much help. :)

Cozy Little House said...

Heavens, I don't know. Why would a builder put those there. Strange.
Brenda

Molly said...

Your home is beautiful. For the niche that is way up near the ceiling my thought would be a mural painted in it. Maybe to resemble an open window or maybe your monogram? If you put an object up on the ledge it would be difficult to clean the dust....

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your home is beautiful! If you just want the niches to disappear and not draw attention to them, I would leave them as they are with the simple prints in them. (which I think looks great btw)If you want to make them a little more special I have a few pictures I've been saving on Pinterest that I can email you. Your niches look really narrow which is kind of unusual. Why they have to put in so many? :)

LEfting said...

Regarding the niche that is up so high, I'd be tempted to remove the molding and just ignore it!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'd probably put a big fake tree...silk! lol That's what I like. I sure love your staircase...it looks like it curves! Very nice!

Lulu Soler said...

It's a lovely space. BTW, love your post - so great. It's a query... I hate nick nacks, photos (like you have already) would be my vote, or cover them all up, second vote.

Best!
xo Lulu
simplylulustyle.com

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Hi, Stacey! Niches are such a bother at times. I think a cool paint treatment for the walls and inset in your ceiling would look nice. Possibly glazing. Maybe a large single iron-work piece would work in the upper niche? For the lower ones, I like the simple artwork similar to what you're using. Maybe a bit larger and more substantial. I know you'll hit on just the thing!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Wow, Stacey....I'm so happy you posted photos of your foyer. It is truly stunning! I love the shape of it. I know what I'd do with the really high niche. I'd put a really pretty piece of architectural salvage up there.

Another idea for the ones that aren't high: pretty wall pockets and you could put fresh flowers in them sometimes! :D

That's my two cents worth! ;P

xo,
RJ

Angela Ryder said...

Love your entry but I love niches!! At least you have three with is a nice odd number! LOL!! I'd paint them all the same (maybe a faux finish)! I like the idea of iron work pieces that coordinate. You wouldn't have to worry so much about dust up high.....no one's gonna see it! Good luck!!~~Angela

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

I love Sonya's idea, for the tall one a piece of scroll work and Molly's idea of a monogram...that would be unique! Beautiful home!!!
Blessings,
Cindy

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

I did a post here on some niches:
http://thecomfortsofhome.blogspot.com/2012/11/niches-or-nooks.html

and here is the post on what I did.
http://thecomfortsofhome.blogspot.com/2013/01/french-country-living-room-before-and.html

About the one up high. You could actually have an expert drywall person come in and drywall it over if you really don't want it, but I think a great iron piece would look great there.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Stacey!
Your home is BEAUTIFUL!
The first thing that came to mind for me was ironwork to match the Chandelier. But...I think that it would detract from the chandelier.
So I am thinking...a subtle medallion of some sort. If you go to Pinterest and enter "medallions" there is much inspiration.

On the edgy side... there are some very cool "clock" concepts out there. A faux clock face or antique clock face would be nice it you don't want to make the climb very often!

For the bottom niches...I have seen Sample pieces of Fortuny fabric on Ebay. One again...go to Pinterest and enter Fortuny. Fortuny plates... (or looks like Fortuny plates) could work too!

Subtle elegance. Such a beautiful space to ponder, Stacey!
~withLove.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

I would say a tapestry of some sort, large and tall floor arrangements, or large pieces of artwork that virtually fill the entire niche, and then place a variety of candlesticks in front of them off to the side.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

I would say a tapestry of some sort, large and tall floor arrangements, or large pieces of artwork that virtually fill the entire niche, and then place a variety of candlesticks in front of them off to the side.

Jaybird said...

I love Molly's idea of a window...maybe the illusion of a window with shutters on each side... My whole house would nearly fit in your entry, so pay no attention to me...anything you do will be beautiful!!
Blessings,
J

Sue said...

You've gotten lots of good ideas, and as I have your same problem I was excited to read them. I have 3 niches, in different rooms and 2 are ridiculously small. I just hung some plates in those. But my large one has had a number of treatments and none are doing it for me. So I think the next time I have a little work done, I will have the contractor drywall it and just have a plain wall. Good luck and will be looking to see what you come up with.

Julie {Lilacs and Longhorns} said...

I like the idea of architectural salvage or painted to look like a windows. A little more costly option. Pay someone to drywall over it. For sure a bigger chandelier. High ceilings no matter what the shape are tough and I am not a fan of niches for this very reason... How to decorate?! I like the idea of plates in the lower ones. Good luck!! I know you'll figure it out!

Julie {Lilacs and Longhorns} said...

I like the idea of architectural salvage or painted to look like a windows. A little more costly option. Pay someone to drywall over it. For sure a bigger chandelier. High ceilings no matter what the shape are tough and I am not a fan of niches for this very reason... How to decorate?! I like the idea of plates in the lower ones. Good luck!! I know you'll figure it out!

Laurie Ritchey said...

What a gorgeous entry, Stacey. That stairway is breath taking. I've read through the comments to see what others have suggested. Someone said a tapestry. I'd hang a tapestry over the niche that is so high up (covering the entire niche). That way, you wouldn't have to worry about having to dust something up there. On the lower niches, I'd place matching tall vases, filled with long, twigs or faux flowers. I also think a narrow, curved, backless bench under each niche would be pretty. Whatever you do, it's a beautiful space. laurie