• The New House

wild ideas sometimes. Luckily Michael trusts my crazy ideas and he’s sweet enough to help me make these ideas come life! I said a LONG time ago that I wanted to paint thick, horizontal stripes down the foyer of the new house. I have been envisioning this for such a long time but I knew that I would have to be patient! This was going to be a DIY project for us and it wasn’t going to be easy. Michael and I hosted two cookouts last weekend and that was the perfect motivation to get this project done! Michael bought the paint, the laser level and the tape and he went to town.

I tried helping with the taping process but he was just better at it so I let it become his baby. I came up with the idea, he made it happen. That seems to be a theme in our life! So after one night, one day and one trip to ikea, our foyer had a massive makeover! Enjoy the before and afters!

And so it begins! 

Doesn’t he look thrilled?!!

The laser level saved us! 

  And the final product!!!! 

So we used hints of teal and mint in the foyer because when you walk in, you see the foyer and then immediately see my teal office and it all flows nicely! My FAVORITE view of the new foyer display is from my desk!! 

One of my favorite wedding pics!

The stripes continue all the way to the living room! 

They even wrap around the corner and I love it! 

Love this view of the foyer from the living room!

Here are the credits for as much as I can remember! :

Paint Color | Sherwin Williams “Amazing Gray” and the white stripe is just two shades lighter than the Amazing Gray
The clocks: IKEA
The Table : The “Everett” table from World Market
Lamps: Homegoods
Frames : IKEA
Baskets : Homegoods
Vases : Homegoods
“It Is Well” sign : Hobby Lobby
Teal Table at corner of wall: Target
Filler Lamp: Target
Mirror: Who knows, I’ve had it for YEARS!
Cream pillow | Pier One
xoxo, Katelyn
63 Comments Our Home
  1. Tina Worley reply

    Amazing! We are building our new house and I’m gonna borrow your ideas! Smiles.

  2. Brooke reply

    The paint looks cream/tan- was surprised you said it’s grey! Love it though!

  3. Mallory reply

    This looks so awesome!! I love how you continued it around the corner! It all flows so nicely!! :)

  4. Leandra reply

    That looks so good! I love it all!

  5. Amanda Hedgepeth reply

    It’s so gorgeous and SO you!!!!!!!! :)

  6. Anna reply

    It looks so cool! Love the stripes:) -Anna

  7. Blythe K reply

    stunning katelyn!!! you guys are so great at decorating!

  8. Jill Powers reply

    LOVE IT! One questions…do those clocks have batteries this time?! haha :)

  9. Courtney Reese reply

    beautiful! I live in stripes and want to incorporate them somewhere in my house :)

  10. Sarah reply

    Pretty much every time you post a home decorating update, a small part of me wishes you were an interior decorator instead of a photographer. It looks amazing…and I just might have to do this in my house one day. :)

  11. Jody gray reply

    Love!!! I need to look into this laser leveler that you speak of!

  12. ashley barnett reply

    GOOD JOB MICHAEL! (And you for thinking of it haha). Looks AMAZING!

  13. Erin reply

    So lovely guys! Great job!

  14. Lisa reply

    LOVE IT! and So you! Not because I know you or your decorating tastes but because you’re a Photographer (& a pretty awesome one I may add) Anyway, it’s as if the stripes in your foyer represent What would be “The Line” in a photo. The Stripes direct your guests into the family/gathering room just like the line would direct someone to the subject in an image. love it love it!

  15. Spring reply

    LOVE!!!!! This makes me so excited to do some updates to my house! Paint can go such a long way :)

  16. Elise reply

    Yay, KK! I love it! What a transformation :)

  17. liz reply

    what is the teal paint folor in your office, looks great!

  18. Danielle Honea reply

    Beautiful!! I wanted to do stripes in my office & chickened out. These are perfect! Good job hubby! Amd great decorative skills you two.

  19. Kristin reply

    Oh my goodness! That striped wall is FABULOUS!!! I am in love with it. Seriously. :D

  20. sharon elizabeth reply

    gorgeous!!! you are a walking pinterest board!!! ahh!

  21. Evie Perez reply

    Love this katelyn!! It’s amazing what a difference a pair of stripes make. My son’s room have stripes and love it. I might have to make a trip to ikea for that mint clock.

  22. Annetta reply

    Great Job you two!! Very pretty! Just wondering 3 Clocks!?

  23. Amanda reply

    You are so unbelievably talented! Is there anything you can’t do?

  24. Ali Lovegrove reply

    Absolutely stunning!

  25. Jen reply

    This is so lovely! Amazing what a little vision & paint can do!

  26. Minh h. reply

    Like the rest of your home, it’s absolutely amazing! You are incredibly talented

  27. Rici reply

    Totally love the stripes! Thinking about where I wanna put mine and who Am I asking with this task ;-)))

  28. Anna reply

    Yup, this is getting totally pinterested. I love it. I mean seriously, you are a great designer.

  29. Kristen reply

    Looks amazing!! :) You are making me want to do my living room over. haaa!

  30. Gabrielle Corbin reply

    Gorgeous! I love all the fun ideas you have for your home! I’m slowing working on decorating ours, it’s such a fun process. :)

  31. Sarah reply

    Adorable! one suggestion if you are the travelling types–signs above the clocks for different locations and have the clocks set to that time zone.

  32. Corinne Kaas reply

    You area amazing…love the stripes and clocks..looking forward to meeting you at Brendan and Jeanna’s wedding

  33. Michelle Amarillo reply

    This is so beautiful Katelyn! I love that you and Michael are such an awesome team! :)

  34. Matoli reply

    Wow! You both did an amazing job!! I love the idea of striped walls, but I am always scared to commit. Yours looks amazing!!

  35. Shauna Ploeger reply

    Oh my gosh!! I am officially addicted to your home blogging. This is just lovely beyond words~

  36. Retha reply

    Hi Katelyn, this is my fav part of your house. It looks so good! Can you please tell me where you got the zig-zag blue/yellow/grey pillow on the couch?

  37. molly stillman reply

    oh my gosh LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!

  38. Ayca reply

    This is AMAZING! Do you want to come over and tell me your ideas for my apartment? :)

  39. Kristina W. reply

    I wish I had your creativity and imagination for home decorating! It looks fantastic!

  40. Angela Burr reply

    Love!! You need to add a “Home Tour” tab to your blog :) I’ll have to look back, but could you share where the trellis style rug is from?? AMAZING JOB

  41. Hannah reply

    Love the stripes!!! By the way, which canvas did you end up choosing for your office?

  42. Ashlyn reply

    oh my goodness, Katelyn- you are SO good. I could so pin every single one of these.

  43. Deborah Zoe reply

    love your home!! What a good painter your hubby is:)

  44. Abby Grace reply

    My favorite part is the “It Is Well” sign! Katelyn, if you ever go into business decorating other people’s homes, please let me know. Because I need a serious design intervention and everything you touch turns to design gold.

  45. resi reply

    This looks great! Loving the stripes and the colors of your foyer.

  46. Jennifer Krieg reply

    LOVE!!! Wow!! Great idea you & props to your hubby for pulling it off!

  47. Claire Cordier reply

    This looks amazing!

  48. Jaclyn Auletta reply

    Wow! Love this! When I own a home I will def be consulting your blog before doing any decorating lol.

  49. Melissa Jill reply

    Gorgeous Katelyn!! You have some great ideas and taste, girl! Love the “It is Well” sign!

  50. Katie Jackson reply

    Wow! That looks so amazing! Great work! I love all the touches of teal:)

  51. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    I never would’ve thought of using clocks as a decorative piece but I like it! I love how the stripes wrap around the corner…beautiful!

  52. Megan reply

    Ahhhhmazing! In love with this!

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  54. Sydni jackson reply

    So beautiful! Since you are so talented at decorating, could you share some tips sometime for those less gifted? I would love to hear how you decide which pieces should go together and how to arrange them. Thanks!

  55. Alisha reply

    Where did you get the rug in the foyer!! I love it!

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  58. Kristin reply

    Love the stripes. We’re Building a home now and the foyer is so very similar to yours. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do on that long wall and the stripes are perfect. My walls will already be Amazing Gray so that makes it even easier. What is the width on the stripes?

  59. Melinda reply

    Could you tell me how many inches apart your stripes are? Thanks!

  60. Ashley reply

    Wow! Absolutely stunning!!
    I hope you don’t mind but I am totally doing this design in my basement.
    You have a fabulous talent!!
    Thank you for sharing

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