House Tour Series: The Entry

I’d like to take you on a digital tour of our home over the next few weeks.  If you’ve never been here, we invite you reach out to us for a real tour.  We love to share our home with others!  But today, I’ll take you through the entry hall via the blog.

The entry hall runs the entire depth of the first floor creating a wonderful flow that invites you into the rest of the house. Just step through the front door made by Webster County artisan Peter Cornett, and you’ll see what I mean. You just want to keep walking to see what’s around the corner.

We love supporting local craftsman at McNemar House. Our front door was built by Webster County craftsman Peter Cornett.
We love supporting local craftsman at McNemar House. Our front door was built by Webster County craftsman Peter Cornett.

The paint color in the entry which we also used in the living room, dining room, kitchen, and mudroom for continuity is Benjamin Moore’s Prentis Cream. Prentis Cream and every other color we selected for the house is part of Benjamin Moore’s Colonial Williamsburg collection– a collection of historically accurate colors based on colors found in Colonial Williamsburg. These colors worked well together and helped us stay true to the style of the house.

Entry hall at McNemar House.
Entry hall at McNemar House.

The floors in the entry hall and throughout the home are actually ceramic tile. We love the look of wood, but wanted something that was a little more impervious to wear and tear. We are very pleased with the look of the tile. Plus, it’s also incredibly affordable. We sourced ours from Home Depot.

The metal and glass console table came from and is a Pottery Barn look-a-like of one of my favorite tables from The Tanner Collection. The console displays a rotation of our favorite small items currently including an old miniature camera that belonged to my great grandmother, a clay pot made from clay my Dad harvested and prepared from a clay deposit on our property and thrown by Bronson’s Aunt Karen (one of two McNemar property clay pots she made), an antique volume on mechanical engineering and one written by Thomas Jefferson on education, a VanNostrand pitcher, and another Karen Swecker pottery piece, and a cold cast bronze bust of Don Quixote by sculptor Andrew Thorne. Underneath the console is an A.P. Donnaghho stone jug from Parkersburg, WV and a smaller unlabeled stone jug along with a set of antique photographs of a Buckhannon, WV boy and his violin.  Our fully functional cast iron book press sits beside the console.

While most people are familiar with Caspar David Frederich’s “Monk by the Sea,” I’m a huge fan of some of his lesser known pieces.Above the console are my three favorites printed on canvas and displayed in museum-style gold frames.  Perhaps the most striking painting featured in the hall however is an original mixed media on panel painting by Liza Brenner Samples called “The End is Near.” The piece is heavy with gorgeous tones of red that help bring the color of our entry door inside.  Folks who know me know that I’m sort of obsessed with cold war bunkers and doomsday prepping.  I loved it before people called it “doomsday prepping”– before hundreds of shows were devoted the the idea, so not only is Liza’s “The End is Near” a piece that fits well into the entry, but I just love the girl cozied up in her cave with her little television and water bottles as chaos ensues above.

“The End is Near” by Liza Brenner Samples

The entry leads to the library on the right, the kitchen and dining room on the left, and the living room to the far right. A walk through the double doors at the end of the hall will take you out onto the covered back porch, which I’ll talk about in the next post. So there you have it. That’s the McNemar House entry hall!

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