Welcome to our Cottage Style Home: Our Foyer
Our first project was to liven up the foyer. When we moved in, the walls, ceiling, front of the stairs and banister spokes were all a dijon mustardy yellow. The ceiling light fixture was dark and drab - and it just didn't feel like it set the stage for our home - like a foyer should. So we painted the ceiling, trim, front of the steps, and banister Martha Stewart's "Pure White" and painted the walls Columbia
Paint™ 0713 Mediterranean Mist.
We put up a satin nickel chandelier we found on Craigslist for $15 and bought new vintage-looking glass shades for the chandelier (it came with modern looking white ones - not our style). We got the glass shades at Lowe's and they were only 34 CENTS a piece! You can't even buy a candy bar for 34 cents - so I knew these were meant to be ours. The price was right!
The piece of furniture we are using as a "bench" is actually an entertainment stand we found at Goodwill for $20 - it was in awesome shape and needed no work, so I put some handmade pillows on top of it, to make it in to a comfy place to sit down and take off your shoes. The drawers come in handy too - for mail, etc.
Above the bench, I wanted an eclectic combination of some of our favorite pictures and some vintage pieces. For the centerpiece, I used an Ikea Ung Drill frame, spray painted it Krylon's Banner Red in glossy, and put a small 8 x 10 mirror from Joann's on top of fabric covered cardboard. The whole project cost me about $30. I added some vintage tin advertising pictures, an old license plate from Germany we picked up at a garage sale, a silhouette of Binky and some photos of us - and the whole thing came together quite nicely.
What entry way isn't complete with a welcoming rug, to make it feel warm and cozy? I have been combing Craigslist, trolling online, searching for THE perfect rug for our foyer and then BAM, one day I am at Marshall's looking for a kitchen rug and I find the absolute perfect rug! And it keeps getting better - it is 100% wool and was on clearance for $39!! Score! It picks up all the colors in the foyer and ties them together. And for a little extra foyer decor, I have a vintage window and shutter, standing beside the door.
And with just a few final touches: some flowers in vintage measuring cups sitting atop two wall sconces (that have been spray painted Krylon's Catalina Mist in satin), a distressed tin star (hand distressed and spray painted Krylon's Sun Yellow in satin) and the world's cutest puppy dog, this foyer really sets the stage for our home and is a perfect reflection of who we are.