February 25, 2013

Foyer Progress

I made some progress on our foyer over the weekend. The last time you saw it, it looked like this:

Now it looks like this:

On a whim one night I brought the bench from our bedroom downstairs to see how it'd look. Of course I love it so now I need to buy another bench for our bedroom haha

I paired the bench with this piece of art that used to hang on the blank wall in our dining room:

I didn't really think about it before but I like the idea of having a dedicated place for our guests to sit down and take their shoes off when they come over.

The bench is a little deeper than what I wanted for the space but there's still plenty of room to pass by it so it doesn't bother me as much as I thought it might:

View from our loft/staircase:

We were in the middle of building a table for the foyer but I kind of decided that I don't really need another surface to decorate so I scratched that idea. The bench + art combo is working well for now.

Have a seat :)

I still want to hang a cordless picture light above the artwork and maybe add a coat hook on the staircase wall. I'd love to add a runner but realistically I can't because A) it'd get dirty in 3.2 seconds and B) we're constantly throwing our dogs toys into the hallway for them to fetch. If we had a runner, they'd most likely slip and fall on it or I'd constantly be adjusting it so it's a no for now.

What do you think of the updates? What else would you do with the space?

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  1. I love the bench and artwork. Looks great. I have the same Target pillow ;)
    A cordless light for the artwork would be great too.

  2. I love the new additions to the space! It looks so welcoming. :)

  3. It looks really great. Love how all the elements are playing so well together. Perfect colors all around.

    I also love filling new spaces with existing furniture, then getting a new piece for the other space :)

  4. Julia - Aren't Target's pillows the best? I got that one on clearance for $7, I think!

    Thanks Gabbi! I hope our guests say the same thing :)

    Thanks Katja! I love moving furniture around too but I don't do it often since it costs me extra money to buy replacement pieces haha

  5. Ohh, I think it looks really nice! Always a win-win when you can use something you already had. :)

  6. This looks fantastic. Like really, really good. The scale seems perfect. Good move...get it..move. ;) I'll stop.

  7. I love the bench there! It is also a good place to "hide" shoes too. We always leave our shoes out and it is a mess!

  8. Caitlin, ok what don't I like about this space...It's Fab! By the way love the turle shell on the other side and the orange door! Great space!

  9. Oh... WOW!
    This is so simple and... BEAUTIFUL! You did a great job! You made a GREAT entrance with only few elements, it is not only fuctional, but terribly stilish. You did a great job!
    Here I have a feeling that I will steal your idea at some point! :)

  10. oh la la! so fancy i love! where is your bench from? is it the barcelona?

    i also love the art!


  11. looks great...isn't it fun to "shop" in our own homes. If it were me I would add some color...lots of white in that space. Perhaps reupholster the top of that bench or paint the front door wall an accent color.

  12. Michelle - Hahaha! I got it ;) And thanks!

    Crystal - Thanks! I think the hiding shoes function will be nice too. We toss ours in a closet under our stairs but our guests shoes usually end up in random places haha

    Geesha - Thanks! The shell is from Nate Berkus' line at Target if you're wondering :)

    Hello Door Seven - Awww, thank you! Feel free to steal away :)

    See - Thanks! The bench is a knock off Barcelona from Overstock. It's the Andalucia bench and mine is the 60" white leather one. The legs were chrome but I spray painted them ORB.

    Diane - Thank you! Color is my down fall :( I just can't seem to get it right! Come help me out haha

  13. Looks great! Is that Eva Mendes in that painting? Totally looks like her.

  14. YESSSS. I love this, especially the huge scale of everything together. Makes me wish I had a giant hallway like this!

    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  15. Chelsea - Thanks! I have no idea who it is but the artist does create a lot of work with celebs in his pieces so it could be! Totally looks like her now that you mention it haha

    Kelly - Thank you! :D

  16. I love this nook! I love all the white, but I think Diane is right that a pop of color is needed. I love the idea of painting the back of the door - what about pulling a soft teal out of the painting's colors? Or what about just adding a teal or pink pillow to the grey one on the bench - that's nice and low commitment - plus you can audition a few and return the ones you don't like to the store!

  17. Thanks Sarah! I've thought about painting the back of the door but I don't know what color to choose. Maybe black? That might be too "Halloween" though with the front of the door being orange and all. Navy would be nice but then I think of the Chicago Bears team colors haha A colored pillow is a good start though! I'll have to dig through my stash and see if I can find one :)


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