Home Decor, Arched Doorways & Giveaway Winner!

Okay y’all, it’s officially fall!



So the calendar says, but we’re still in the 90’s in Alabama…  😅




But pumpkins have arrived  🎉



I couldn’t resist a centerpiece using the hand painted pumpkin table runner before I send it to the giveaway winner…




Yep!   Today’s the day!





The winner is Julie!  I will be emailing you, Julie, to make arrangements to get it to you




Happy Pumpkin Season!




I have had lots of inquires about the arched doorways in my house, so if you’re interested, stick around and I’ll give you a quick tour

Psst…please pretend that all the walls are freshly painted in trendy colors and that the bar stool fabric isn’t so 1980 and that the dining room has totally been updated and that the rugs are priceless antiques and that light fixtures are super hip…brass is back you know…



From the front door you enter the foyer, my  favorite room in the house

Being open to the upstairs, it gives the house a great feeling of space throughout

We use the foyer as an auxiliary dining room, living room, play space, and most important of all, for the Christmas Tree

It features a winding stairway to the balcony bridge connecting the bedroom wings upstairs

The stairway splits  at the landing with another stairway leading down to the kitchen




Just inside the front door to the right is the music room




The 1907 Steinway baby grand piano is a family heirloom that belonged to my Auntie Mame  Aunt Esther, oh the stories this piano could tell!




An arched door coat closet and the entrance to the master hall are just past the music room




Across from the music room is the formal living room




Not so formal any more!!




Thank goodness for doors!

We are a multi-generational household these days, HHjr lives here, and his sons spend between 2-5 nights a week with him.  We are spending so much time at the beach now, it works out beautifully… he maintains the house and property and HH & I can go back and forth as we please

Psst, not only does HHjr own an in-demand remodeling business, he is a great cook,  a whiz at housework and can fix anything…so this arrangement has a lot of perks-





Just past the living room is the dining room





vineyard 2 thepaintedapron.com


Gathering thepaintedapron.com


Thanksgiving lighted table thepaintedapron.com


Kim from Curtain Queen Creates asked me about my dining room drapes, they are lined dupioni silk, with a fixed balloon valance over tightly sewn pleats that fall into a big puddle of fabric on the floor




The “Alice in Wonderland” jeweled rod ends aren’t very visible, but they are my secret pleasure




A sliding pocket door from the dining room connects to the kitchen which circles back through another archway to the den/family room




The archway on the left goes behind the bar, with another archway exiting the bar by the patio door




From the den, you’re back to the foyer




and the master hallway to the powder room and bedroom




The master bedroom and bath both have arched french doors like the living room and music room




and here we are back to the foyer again



This is not an official home tour in anyway, we have lived in this house for 25 years, and there are many things that need redoing…but we love it, it’s plenty big enough to share, and we are enjoying the opportunity of helping raise our grandchildren…there’s rarely a dull moment…

Thanks for stopping in today, and stay tuned for another Painted Apron giveaway soon!


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Celebrate and DecorateRustic and Refined,

Between Naps on the Porch, Coastal Charm, Cooking and Crafting with J&JThe Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Tickle My TastebudsWow Us Wednesday

Full Plate ThursdayWork it Wednesday

Poofing the Pillows,  Get Your DIY On













24 Responses to “Home Decor, Arched Doorways & Giveaway Winner!”
  1. Your table setting is fabulous! And I am loving your arches!

  2. Jenna, what a beautiful home and I love all the arches!!! I knew you were at the beach most of the time and I had wondered who took care of your home…that is a perfect set-up for you and your son! I love that 1907 Steinway, I play piano and have always wanted one! Congrats to Julie for being the one to get to enjoy your painted table runner! Happy first day of fall! Pam @ Everyday Living

  3. Lynn Bean says:

    Your home is quite lovely! It is so spacious looking and open. Home is such a wonderful word and it is wonderful your son is there to help! Have a great day. PS-I fixed the pic situation on my blog and you are still on the roll! YEAH! Love your creativity.

  4. Jodi says:

    Oh Jenna! I adore those arched doorways!!!! So charming!

  5. Mary says:

    I’ve always admired your arched doors when I glimpsed a peek from your foyer tables Jenna! Congrats to your winner, I’m waiting for cooler temperatures and more pumpkins to arrive at our local garden centers 🙂

  6. Helen Adams says:

    Hi Jenna,
    Thanks so much for opening your very warm and inviting home to us. I love your arched door ways and most of all the Star Wars area, to me that makes it a real home. Hang in there it will be cool weather soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. Ellen says:

    Oh my, I have piano envy! I used to play, but now I have no space for a piano. The arched doorways are fabulous, too.

  8. Rosie M. says:

    Hi, Jenna. Thank you for your home tour! I love your house (having complete arch envy now!). Your place is warm and welcoming with so much space!! How lucky to have your grandchildren to snuggle. I have 8, but they are scattered (not too far, but still a drive and coupled with the numerous activities, only planned visits can happen!) Congratulations to Julie for winning the giveaway! Rosie

    • Thanks Rosie, some days are harder than others, but I know I am so lucky to have them close by, I can’t imagine having to get on a plane once or twice a year to see my children or grandchildren. 8 is a lot!!! >

  9. Leslie Anne Tarabella says:

    It’s all beautiful and the piano is an amazing treasure. How nice to have a son home when he is so handy! I think being near your loved ones is something most of us miss out on because we are such a moveable society. Enjoy it all!

  10. I love all of the arched doorways! Your home is full of character and it’s wonderful that you are able to share it with your extended family right now!

  11. I love all of your Fall touches and also all of the arched doors! What a treat to have all of those!

  12. Congrats to Julie. Please, Jenna, no apologies for what your home lacks (in your eyes). It is beautiful, it is a very fine home! Have a great weekend.

  13. Anonymous says:

    All I can say is….Arch you beautiful !!! 🙂

  14. Oh Jenna, what a special post and I enjoyed every photo. Your fall decor is gorgeous and I love your home. It is beautiful and I love the floor plan, so open. Wow, how special to have your aunt’s piano and a lovely room to house it. The drapes and rod are so pretty. My home is almost twenty years so I’m right behind you. You have the best of both worlds, a home in the city and a beach home and lucky to have your son and grands there with you!

    • thanks Emily, I am so grateful to have 2 such contrasting homes to be able to enjoy. As much as I love the beach and casual style, I love small city life too and our more formal home here. Lucky for us our son helps us keep up with it all 🙂

  15. diy180 says:

    I love your home and just love all the lovely detail of fall thourghout. You have beautiful doors too. I enjoyed visiting your lovely blog and thank you for linking up at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

  16. Julie says:

    Hello Jenna, sorry it’s taking me so long to come and visit but I’ve just been so busy. Thanks again for choosing me to be your winner of the pumpkin runner you painted. I LOVE your gorgeous house and the doorways are lovely. I love the way you decorated everything for fall. Wishing you a wonderful day and week.
    Julie xo

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