Before & After: An Artful Entryway in Des Moines, IA

Before & After: An Artful Entryway in Des Moines, IA

Thrift store artwork can be challenging to decorate with, especially in a home that is full of original pieces and quality prints. Creative director Nick Renkoski fell in love with a sun-damaged copy of Edward Hopper’s Early Sunday Morning that he found for $10. The original reds, greens and yellows of the painting had faded into a monotone blue palette that made the damage evident. Nick’s wife, curator and founder of Adore Your Walls, Liz Lidgett, wasn’t sure how to incorporate the piece into their space when they lived in a rental. The purchase of their first home in July 2015 inspired them to not only update their new entryway, but to use the Hopper piece creatively for both Liz and Nick to enjoy.


The grand architectural details of their Des Moines, IA home initially drew the couple to the house. They knew each room of the house would need some cosmetic changes to reach their full potential. “Our entryway is the first impression to our home, and I wanted it to set the tone: Fun and bold,” Liz says. “First, we had [to] repair some cosmetic age issues with the ceiling, wall and floor. We patched the crack in the tile and painted the floor.”


The house’s periwinkle blue exterior grew on Liz and Nick so much that they used a similar color when designing the entryway. “I painted the the walls and ceiling and created the lower half,” Liz shares. “I then hung the print, matched the line on the wall and painted across the glass in the frame.” New sconces, rug and a coatrack with the same “dipped” treatment as the walls finish the look. The result is a stylish and welcoming entryway that reflects Liz and Nick’s love of art. “Most of the time, people really love the idea,” Liz begins, “but my very favorite is when people come in and are completely confused by it. ‘Did you mean to do that?’ Yes, yes I did.” -Lauren


Photography by Austin Day




Rug – World Market


Paint – Bluebird by Behr


Coatrack – CB2


Sconces – IndLights, Etsy




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