Hello and happy Thursday to you. Before I begin I want to announce the lucky winner of the flat top ginger jar! Congratulations goes to- #39 Marilyn the nurse says: January 16, 2015 at 11:58 am ?Tina, I love everything you have. All your blue and white pieces are my favorites. I would love them all!!! From your shop right now my favorite is the antique reproduction tureen in blue and white. Hadn?t noticed that before and I just love it. Please email me at theenchantedhome@gmail. so I can arrange for it to ship Well as most of you by now know my foyer has undergone a bit of a makeover this past week. And what a makeover it was. I had the most beautiful handpainted chinoiserie murals from Paul Montgomery installed and to say I am overjoyed is an understatement! The irony here is when we moved in, we really did nothing but the millwork and paint in our foyer. Originally we were supposed to put limestone cladding on the walls. For some reason I wasn’t totally sold on it and before we committed to a big expense, I really needed to be sure. I felt it might leave the foyer “cold” and somewhat barren. So we sat and lived with plain white painted walls for over 2 years. One day I brought a sample of a chinoiserie that I was considering for my dining room into the foyer because the foyer gets very bright light and it was an “aha” moment that both? my husband and I thought maybe adding chinoiserie to the foyer was the way to go. It would bring soft color, warm up the space and handpainted murals would be like having a gorgeous painting on the walls. So even before the dining project, our focus shifted to the foyer and about 12 weeks ago I placed my order. It arrived about a week ago and soon after, my wallpaper guy came in to install it. I took some in progress pictures for fun and have included the finished product at the end. Incidentally, Paul Montgomery had a photographer come in a few days ago to take professional photographs and you can bet I will be sharing those as well. I can’t wait to see those because she used a wide angle lens which captured the entire space. So enough of my talking, let me show you the foyer both before, during and after…… This is a definitely a process and is far more involved than choosing a wallpaper but then again, its in a different league than wallpaper and each and every one is very special and unique. It all starts with a concept then specifying? paint colors and pattern, and within a few weeks a full sample/strike off is sent. Production generally takes about 6-8 weeks (sometimes a bit longer) and the people at Paul Montgomery were wonderful! Installation day- a full scale drawing/layout of the panels is provided, as each one is numbered and follows a sequence as to how they are to be installed. Always starts with a well prepped blank wall! Phil the paper hanger going over the plans showing the sequence of the way the panels are to be hung First panel opened and prepped! Then they are all laid? out in the order they will be hung First two are hung…it’s love at first sight! Dreamy indeed And after 4 days between prep and hanging, I have a beautiful new foyer that I just can’t stop staring at….. Added these two oversized ginger jars with huge sprays (about 3 feet tall) of the gorgeous lifelike cherry blossoms from my shop to each of the two niche’s And added a pair of these magnificent chairs which look perfect Details and closeup of the magnificent handpainted murals…. One last look…. Well….do you love it? I could not be happier, doing my dining room cannot happen soon enough! If you are thinking of doing handpainted murals I cannot recommend Paul Montgomery highly enough, they are true masters at this craft. Also a lot of you have asked about the cherry blossoms, a fabulous flower promo will start as of Thurs. (today) at 1pm for 2 days only. Click here to see promo. Click here to visit Paul Montgomery Studios for more information. Mention you are from The Enchanted Home and you never know what they might do for you:) Thank you for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day.