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Before & After: Sage’s Entryway Makeover

by Lauren Chorpening

Changes to a small space can be tedious, but also well worth it. When Sage Ruth moved into her new home in the greater Boston area last fall, she knew she wanted to brighten up the front hallway and that it would take a lot of steps. The walls were stark white and the banister, stairs, flooring, paneling and built-ins were all variations of light, yellow wood. Sage started by painting the walls, trim and doors. She  removed the doors off of the pantry at the end of the hall to create open shelving. I love the great use of pattern on the stairs, where Sage applied fabric to the stair risers with decoupage to save money (and work) on wallpaper. The last projects involved replacing the light fixtures and styling the space. After all is said and done, Sage has completely changed the feeling of this area. I love how color, white and wood are used in this entryway — it’s so cheery and welcoming. —Lauren

Photography by Sage Ruth

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Sage's entryway, before & after.
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Sage's entryway, before. The amount of warm wood in the small space made the entry seem small and dark. Sage wanted it to be a bright, welcoming space.
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Sage's entryway, after. Painting the banister white, bookshelf blue and decopauging fabric to the stairs lightened up the space and added a cohesive color palette.
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Sage's entryway, after. Sage bookended the space with blue on either side of the hallway.
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Sage's entryway, after. Sage kept the tops of the stairs untouched, the molding painted white and the walls painted a soft grey-blue, allowing the wood tone to be balanced.
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Sage's entryway, after. Sage and Naomi built frames for art they found at a thrift store.

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