OH my gosh… with all the excitement of the past couple of months (Houzz, Home and Family, One Room Challenge…) I realized I never shared our new FOYER!!! I mean, it’s not “new”, but I finally pulled it together! I see it everyday since it’s the kids favorite place to set up their ‘indoor swimming pool’ (translation: bringing every throw pillow from the 1st floor into one pile) but I’ve kept it secret from you by accident! Sorry!!
This was the first thing I saw 18 months ago when I first stepped foot in this home. A bright space with high ceilings and amazing historic moulding. The library straight ahead has become our playroom, but that won’t be toy-ridden forever. The formal living room is to the left. And then the office is connected to the living room via one huge cased opening.
With every room I pull together in this house, I’m quick to say I’m skipping the big step of painting and jumping right into the fun of styling! For many of the rooms, the color’s not great, but it’s not awful. Also? I’m super intimidated by all the trim that is currently off-white oil paint…. Gulp.
We had the foyer table in the old house, but it was a distressed blue. I’ve learned that I’m not a distressed paint gal. Out with the blue, in with this rich DecoArt gray in Relic (affiliate).
The carpet used to be in our old dining room… it’s Mohawk and I love the simple but global vibe.
These chairs were the formally red and blue chevron beauties from before. Different time. Different fad! Can you believe they’re the same chairs! Power of paint, people. The power of paint!
I chose this Minted fabric because it tied in the gray of the buffet and the green of a loveseat that I somehow managed not to photograph even once. (Affiliate.)
Now for some artwork! We’ve had this large round mirror since NYC and it’s finally found the perfect spot!! It’s a bear to hang and I’m always nervous to do so. It didn’t line up with a stud, so I used these concrete screws (affiliate)… the package comes with its own special drill bit and the screw goes right into the concrete. (This wall is the other side of the living room chimney… hence the concrete back there.)
My hands down FAVORITE part of this room are the NYC photographs on either side of the mirror. I am SO grateful to Minted for sending me these and truly treasure the reminder of my city days. The photographs are framed with their matte brass frame and I opted to get photographs with the author’s signature! (I chose New York City Snow, NYC Midtown, and Grand Central Station. (Affiliates.) (Central park no longer available.) It’s like my very own mini art gallery right here in the foyer!
The pendant light was actually a basket I bought at Goodwill for $15. FIFTEEN. It is one of my top five thrifting scores.
This little vignette in the corner isn’t ideal, but I can’t stand to get rid of that little campaign side table and there weren’t any obvious spots around the house. The only purpose it serves here is a nice little table for me to put some plants on. That chair was picked from a warehouse with the intent of reupholstering it. But when I got it home, I realized it was meant to have a cane seat… it’s quirky, but I actually love the deconstructed look! Behind it is my small collection of vintage survey sticks. Aren’t they cool?
Foyers are funny spaces because they carry a bit of importance as the first impression one gets of your home and yet… it’s not really a room where you spend much time. (Unless, of course, you’re a pack of pillow toting toddlers!)
Come back later in the week for a quick and fun tutorial on how I made the napkin rings for the One Room Challenge. Necessity is the mother of invention!
Disclosure: I am SO grateful to Minted for sending me these photographs. All opinions are my own and they are more fabulous than they appear online!