New Entry Bench

I’ve been on the lookout for a statement chair to sit next to the entry chest.  I had a tall mid-century find in mind.  But then it occurred to me that a bench might be a nice alternative, and don’t you know it, I found one the next day!  That’s when I know I’ve been good about saying my prayers.

I bought the chest at Round Top 10 years ago, right as we were moving from Texas to the North Carolina mountains.  It’s a good piece, solid and classic.  It was loaded with stuff on and around it in our last house, the 50s rancher, here in Georgia.

Less is more in the new house.  I’m more interested in silhouettes than abundance.  The faux bamboo chairs now reside in our closet, and I put a little vintage tufted number as a placeholder, which I like a lot, until I found the perfect chair.   Placeholders are helpful in satisfying me in the wait for “the one,” but it has to be pretty darn good so not to throw me off course.  For example, my beloved cubist cat lamp with the orange shade had to go into hiding until I could replace the shade.  I happened to have an all-white lamp to use as a placeholder in the meantime so my brain could rest easy.  Sometimes, if I don’t have an adequate placeholder, I go without (Oh, the humanity! Where is the sad violin music?)www.tphblog.comAh, a new white shade:www.tphblog.comAnd if you aren’t cutting free branches yet from your trees to kapow your spaces, begin.

At first I didn’t buy the bench (actually had the keys in the ignition to drive away) because it is about the same length as the chest.  But then I decided it was too good to pass up and certainly there were other spots in the house to fit the bench if it didn’t work in the entry.  Their matched length doesn’t bother me now that it’s home.  The kids think it’s a slide, of course.

www.tphblog.comMy painting, Eve, opposite the chest

All that is left to do in the entry is paint the ceiling–blue, I think–buy a rug, and pick a runner for the stairs.  I’m leaning toward black and white stripes for the stairs.  And, the rug, I’m liking this blue one I pulled in from the side entry, just to see.  Connecting the colors, room to room…I like how it plays with the newly-upholstered blue chairs in the living room.


More little updates to come this week.  Thanks, y’all, for stopping by!


  1. I can’t believe you almost drove away from that bench! I’m SO glad you didn’t. It’s amazingly unique and looks perfect in your entry. Beautiful!

  2. I love your new bench – it’s the perfect update and the white shade pulls it all together. Obsessed with your painting!!

  3. angela, your style is so inspiring to me.

    keep ’em coming. donna

  4. Michelle says:


  5. angela… beautiful. Could I ask the source of the chandelier?

  6. Sheila says:

    That Eve painting…no words could express my love for it. You are amazing.

  7. What a great piece! We have a big open wall in our entry too, and I’ve been thinking it needs a big piece of art…thanks for the confirmation with yours! Although I’m not able to whip up something like that… 🙂

  8. I’m FOR the bench and expect bench migrations

  9. Has your house already been featured in a magazine? If it hasn’t, it has to be! I admire your fearlessness and boldness in decorating. And I admire the way you dress too and I adore your paintings. It’s too much! I sound like a crazed fan and I just might be. :/

  10. the coolest bench! I love the way it contrasts with the dresser in color and style!

  11. I am so glad to be catching up with all of your changes….I want to come up and see it all in person! I did not know you recovered the chairs….they look great. And that bench….good Lord.

  12. Love this room! can you tell me where to get that staircase railing from? love it!

    • Judith A Anderson says:

      Me too!
      I saw that staircase railing online, and I just spent days looking for it. Where can I find it?

  13. kim stewart says:

    I also would like to know more about the staircase railing?

  14. Julie says:

    I would like to second Kim Stewart – can I get information on the staircase railing? It is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks!

    • Me too! Any chance you’d reveal the source for the balusters? Emily Henderson just used similar on the stairs in a project and I’ve been scouring the web for a source (hence how I ended up at your site).

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