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First Impressions

by - Wednesday, January 02, 2008

In life, first impressions count. So too in a house. A classic 1968 psychology study by A. Mehrabian indicated that 38% of a first impression is based on the style of speech, 55% body language, and only 7% based on what is said. That's a whopping 93% based on "looks" alone.

Our front entry was in desperate need of a better first impression. As I posted here, with its pink carpet and flowered wallpaper, our house looked like it was occupied by a little old lady with cats... which it was, until we bought it! So now, the task was to transform the entry into something that reflected us - young, design-savvy, contemporary yet traditional. We're off to a good start. The peach and white sponge paint (remember that flashback to the 80's?) has been banished with a coat of Benjamin Moore paint in HC-105 Rockport Gray for the walls and OC-68 Distant Gray for the trim. The pink carpet was discarded and original hardwood floors, now stained in a mid-tone brown, were revealed. Keeping with the traditional feel of the house, we stained the stair treads (single plank oak - yay!) a dark ebony and will eventually partially cover them with a sisal runner.

What kind of impression does our entry leave now? You'll have to decide for yourself.

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  1. Hi Jenn,
    it's soooooo beautiful now, what a wonderful job you've done. I'm inanely jealous.

    BTW --- I tagged you!


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