My front foyer is a nice size and opens up to the formal dining room on the right, and the formal living room to the left. Walking straight through is a hallway and the family room. It has been a thorn since before we moved in. I started by refusing to paint it any boring shade of white, so when the taupey color went on those 20 foot walls about 3 weeks before we moved in, I freaked out. So, that big 5 gallon -too dark for my foyer- paint has now been used in the basement, garage and anywhere else I really didn't care too much about. But, the painters were there and so were the scaffoldings so I didn't have time to rethink it a million times. Antique White is now on my walls in the foyer, going up the steps, and the hallways. I like it. I don't love it, but I have not come up with a better alternative. As many of you know, or those who have been in my home realize, I am not afraid of color. At all! So, a little bland antique white is good for the soul sometimes.
Ok, back to the story. I could not figure out for the life of me what to do in that foyer.
About this time last year, while scouring Home Decorator's Club online, I came upon an etagare in black iron. Hmmm, that would match my wrought iron on my steps/banister. The sizing was perfect. There were glass shelves for me to put more "stuff" on and it was only $89 and that weekend, free shipping. When you can get any kind of furniture shipped free, you don't think twice.
One thing I love to do is keep the tag on (if I can, and if it doesn't show) to remind myself how much I paid for something.
So fun to see how good of deals I get!!
So, the mostly-finished foyer:
I had seen in a home show a great quote above a front door and decided to replicate it. Walmart.com if you believe it!!
Love the black contrast to the Antique white walls, love the font, love the quote! It is Vinyl, which is not easy to put up, (especially above your head) but sooo worth it!
It is to the right of the front door. I bought this small chest unfinished and painted it with an antiquey-greenish finish that matched the decor in the living and dining room. My Mom bought me the mirror and I switch out what I have sitting on top, but the piece is just not right yet. It is too small for the space, so I'm always looking for a better fit. That's the fun of it...if it were always perfect, what would I have left to do?
Oh yes, a little whimsy always gets a smile...,