>> Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Robin, the lucky goose who was the first to respond to this previous post, was craving a bit of an update to her foyer…
I'm very excited! I'm up for any advice. I need to repaint foyer, probably get new light fixtures, and decide if I want to re-wallpaper or just clean things up and paint.
I'm an empty nester expecting two grandchildren in the spring. (Yay, Robin!) We're the family hub now with lots of entertaining and sleepover guests.
I'd rather my house be comfortable and useful than just a showpiece. If a chair isn't comfortable I won't buy it no matter how darling it is. (We Wilkersons hear you on that one!)
What a fabulous space! Ready for the game plan? Let’s get crackin’…
1. The paint plan: A light, warm neutral would add a cozy first impression in this wonderful foyer. I was thinking along the lines of Behr’s Cozy Cottage (740C-2) or Cottonseed (340E-2), but on second glance it looks like Robin is already sporting the ideal color in the hallway off the stairs. Bringing that same color on into the foyer would be perfect fit.
2. Changing out light fixtures in any room makes for an easy update with a big impact. I am really feeling the lantern look in Robin’s space and this fantastic iron pendant lantern is on point.
3. Robin’s foyer has two great nooks to work with. We’ll call the space by the stairs nook #1. With two grandchildren on the way and Robin’s house serving as the family meeting grounds, she is in need of functionality first and foremost. Nook #1 is about storage space just as much as it is about creating a welcoming first impression. This sleek table with both drawers and shelving for baskets leave plenty of space to stash toys for the grandkiddos. Robin ranks the color blue among her favorites and this table lamp adds a pop of color while this decorative mirror creates a spot to check your lipstick before scooting out the door.
4. On to nook #2. Next to the front door, this area would make an ideal spot for fun & function. Babies don’t travel light and a great bench topped with a coordinating piece of art would make the perfect—and stylish—place to unload a diaper bag…or in Robin’s case two diaper bags! Finally throw in a neutral rug equipped to handle the heavy traffic of an entry way, and Robin’s foyer is set to impress!