The Foyer Reveal

October 19, 2010

Today is the day I finally show off my foyer!  Slowly things are starting to come together but as soon as one room is finished I realized I doubt it’s really finished and there is so much that still needs to be done!

Here is a moodboard of the room to give you an idea of the inspiration for the room.

(Notice the before pics of the bench (M-5) and sideboard (M-6) in the moodboard and check out their afters below!)

The before is pretty much your standard foyer.  I liked that there was a large closet to store coats and shoes and I really liked the wood floors.  The things I disliked about the space was that the doors did not match, the lighting was unforgettable and of course it was boring.

Your foyer or entryway is the first impression your guest will see when they walk into your home.  You have to think what is it you want them to think when they walk in?  My objective was that it was comfortable, inviting and not too stuffy.

The first thing I purchased was a lantern chandelier.  I love it and it was a great price too!  (Remember put your lighting on a dimmer, we all look better when the lights are dim, oh and the house looks cleaner too!)

I decided not to paint the walls but to use wallpaper, I wanted to have a bit more impact then paint.  This of course meant I had to get someone to wallpaper for me because it was something I knew I couldn’t tackle on my own.  A friend gave me a recommendation of a husband and wife team (KC Does It, LLC) and Cheryl was my hero, she did an amazing job!

I repurposed a bench so that guest can sit down to put their shoes on and off.

I love the rug don’t you?

Next up was some personal touches.

Some silhouettes of the family including Lilly our dog of course!

Some of my favorite books, my grandmother’s button tin and a candle so when guest come in the yummy scents greets them!  My big ticket and visual punch for the room was my peacock mirror I purchased at Pier 1 Imports.  I love it and it’s also great to have a mirror in your entryway so guests can use it and so you can get one last look at yourself before you leave the house.

Now the final results!

Notice the curtains?  I made them myself.  They are sheets I attached trim to and clipped with curtain rings.  This way in the evening the curtains can go over the side windows for a bit more privacy.  I may do an ink stamp on them later, we’ll see.

There you have it…my foyer!!

Need some help getting started?  Let me get started on your moodboard today!

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    1. That is a beautiful transformation indeed. You did a great job.

    1. Your entry way is beautiful! LOVE the mirror! Love the curtains…the changes are lovely and so creative!!! Don’t you just stand and stare???

      I came to you by way of Pam’s Motivated Monday!

      Have a wonderful evening!
      ~Kolein

    1. The white door give a much more cohesive look and I love the mix of patterns on the bench and rug. Add in the green foyer table, … perfection. 🙂
      Pam

    1. That rug, on the dark floor, is wonderful! The entire space has taken on a new (better?) life, indeed.
      We are in the process of redoing an entire house (!!): are moving from NY State to N.C., and yes, the front hall is a major event. I’ll be posting each room, as it comes alive!
      I’m going to subscribe to your feeds.

    1. Great, I’ll follow you too, I love reading about the process others go to especially from start to finish! Thanks for visiting Libby!

    1. Love the new foyer? I’m toying with the idea of painting my stairwell white as well. How is the white holding up to day-to-day use? It’s definitely gorgeous!

    1. Love it, especially the mirror. I think I need that rug for my bedroom. It looks familiar! Can you let me know where you got it?

    1. The white is actually from the previous homeowners and I suspect they used builder’s grade because re-painting it with a better quality paint is on the list for next year. I do find that using the Magic Eraser helps keep it clean though! Hope this helps!

    1. I love it!!! You did a great job with every detail. Have you said the green on the little cabinet?

      -Rene

    1. Happy Wordless Wednesday!
      Love all the changes. My favorites were the hints of color and the silhouettes. I really like how you added the dog as well.
      I hope you have a blessed day and thanks for linking up!

    1. It is simply…….lovely. Where did you find that great chandelier?

    1. What a great transformation! I love all the small touches that really bring a room together. Thanks for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!

    1. It turned out beautifully! And just the way you wanted it, inviting and not stuffy.

    1. I think my favourite surprise were the curtains. You don’t see that much in entries but it really finished yours off well!

      Visiting from A Little Knick Knack’s EBTKS.

    1. That looks beautiful! I love the bench! Thanks for linking to Fantabulous Friday @ Mommaskindacrafty!

    1. It looks so beautiful. I enjoy looking at your blog. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely weekend.

    1. What a fabulous transformation. The wallpaper is gorgeous. You have used the space to it’s full potential, not missing a single element of what makes a great entry. Love it!

    1. Your foyer is fabulous! I love love love love your wallpaper! And your curtains are just perfect – I don’t think I have seen anything like those by the front door before, but they really look nice! All of the details from the rug to the bench are just perfect. I only wish I had a true foyer so that I could copy all of your ideas!

    1. I love the silhouettes!!! I think that is such a neat decorating idea, and so personal and one-of-a-kind. LOVE IT!

    1. Wow! What a transformation! I’ve been obsessed about my entry lately and can’t wait until I’m done. Yours is very inspiring.

      Thanks for linking up to Home and Family Friday!

      Becca
      becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks so much, I think the curtains were a hit, it’s nice to hear positive feedback on them, but I tweaked them this weekend so you might want to come back for another look and tell me what you think!!

    1. What a nice comment, thanks so much, I really appreciate it, I decided to make some changes this weekend, stop by this week to see what I did!!

    1. Lovely! What a great transformation. I’ll be featuring this tomorrow! Thanks again for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday’s!

    1. There are so many wonderful ideas that almost anyone can do! Really great tips (I really need some dimmers!) and some magnificent pieces – love that peacock mirror!

    1. It is so pretty. I love all the details and thank you for all of the great tips as well.

    1. I lived in a house with a different front door and closet door in the entry and never noticed it! Now, I can’t stop thinking about how garish it must have seemed. Haha!!

      You did a great job. I love your design board, how you incorporated elements that mean so much to you (Grandma’s treasures & family pics), how you gave height to a small space with the tall curtains, and the use of color (green cabinet). And yes, I too love the rug. Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Super transformation!!! I especially love the green table and the b/w rug! The green is a nice POP of color. Where can I find that awesome rug? Thanks!

    1. Super transformation!!! I especially love the POP of color with the green table and love the b/w rug. Where can I find that rug? THANKS!

    1. I just hung curtains this week to cover the sidelights in my entry. I love it! I just may have to steal/borrow ideas from your entry to finish mine.

      Great job!

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