Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Foyer Reveal

My foyer is finished and I can't wait to share it with you. In the scheme of things, this room has come together rather quickly.  I hope you enjoy the pictures of my new space!

View looking down from my balcony.


Unfortunately I did not have the budget to replace this ugly chandy!  A new one  is definitely on my wish list!  But until then....I guess I will have to keep looking past it.

I love the new wall color! I painted the walls Wheat Bread by Behr.  I have used this color in a couple other rooms, and I love the way it plays gray to beige.  It is the perfect GREIGE.  Before all of my trim blended into the walls, but now the trim pops!

From this view the room still looks really bare, I guess that means I will need to continue to reveal this room at a later date.

I brought back in the dresser and mirror.  They fit well in the space, and with my tight budget of $1200, I needed to reuse, and re- purpose a couple items. I am still looking for a pair of matching lamps to put on the dresser, I live in a little town with few shopping options, sometimes I find it is best to be patient and wait for the perfect find, and not force the first thing I find to work.


I normally have white orchids in this over sized silver punch bowl, but my hubby came home with 3 beautiful purple orchids, he is just so sweet, how could I take them back because they don't match my new carpet?! Sometimes good design has to take a back seat to a sweet hubby!

I bought this beautiful silver-plated punch bowl at an estate store about a year ago for $85!  I loved it from the moment I saw it.  The inside of the bowl is scratched up, so eventually I will need to have it re- silvered but for now it makes the most gorgeous planter! 

I have a confession to make, things don't stay in one place too long in my house.  I wrote this blog post a couple weeks ago, and tonight my guy surprised me with three beautiful "Dreamsicle" orchids.  They look fantastic in the foyer with my rug.  I snapped this pic. with my iPhone, at night...sorry! It was just too good not to share.  As you can see the arrangement still needs a little work!

As a funny little side, while I was working on arranging these beauties Grandma was eating a cutie orange, it took me a moment to realize that although the orchids look like a dreamsicle, they don't smell like a dreamsicle.  I might hide a bowl of peeled oranges under the dresser just to mess with guests!  Heehee! It really is the little things in life isn't it.

We purchased this rug in Farmville VA, at Greenfront furniture.  Greenfront is quite an experience.  They are known to have the largest selection of Persian rugs in the United States and at the best price.  Imagine rooms full of  thousands of rugs.  It can be a bit overwhelming.  It is hard enough to find a rug that I like, but I am trying to let my husband be a part of our design decisions.  Sometimes I really struggle with this.  I have an idea of what I want a space to look like, I have planned and thought about my choices for days.  Then I tell him, and sometimes my vision and his do not line up.  He can be my most difficult client! :) But with that said, this is his home too, and he needs to feel comfortable in our space, so when his preference and mine don't line up, that is okay, I need to just keep on readjusting the plan. We chose a rug with the main background color as coral, so the foyer would flow into the livingroom.  Here is a picture of my formal living room that was taken over the holidays.

Can you see the coral in my livingroom rug? Walls are Pale Smoke, another Bejamin Moore color; and a favorite of Kandi and mine.  She recently painted her playroom in the same color.  Playroom Reveal

I pulled this settee in from another room.  I have always loved this piece of furniture but I just did not have the right place for it until now. I am really struggling with its new skirt.  If you are a frequent reader of our blog, you know that some of our projects work-out, and some need to be thrown out.  I think this skirt is headed for the door!  Let me show you what it is covering.

Isn't this fabric horrible!  Talk about 1970s!  I made the skirt because as the new cushion shifts around on the bench, the deck and all it's 1970's glory peaks out for an unwanted visit.

Here is the bench with out the skirt.  I am sorry about the quality of the photo I took this picture at night. I made a new cover for the cushion, and I think it might be time to take this little lady off to my upholstery shop to have the deck updated so I can rid myself of the 1970s once and for all.

It was a sunny afternoon, so I snapped a quick pic of the settee. 

A few new throw pillows.

I love this pillow.  I made it from a vintage monogrammed hand towel.  I especially like the little ruffles!  I think Kandi would approve.  She has a thing for ruffles. If you are new to our blog check out her post Roses and Ruffles Pillow.


Finally a little art for my walls.  I don't think one can ever go wrong with a pair of vintage bird prints. As you saw in an earlier picture, this space will not be fully complete until the rest of my walls have some jewelery too.  I look forward to sharing this space with you as I continue to add and change it in the future.  Thanks for coming on this journey with me. Now that this project is finished hopefully I can focus on My Little Man's Makeover!


Budget Breakdown:
Painter: $775 (Remember my ceilings are 21 feet off the floor, and I had them painted in Benjamin Moore's Cloud Cover)Price included all materials.
All other items were repurposed!  So my grand total $1250.  Not bad!

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  1. This is beautiful. I love your rug and that settee. I think the job you did on the cushion looks great. Love the orchids in the silver bowl. Thanks for sharing at Wow.

  2. You did a great job on this entry! I like your yellow orchids...but I love love love the purple ones in that silver punchbowl! I'm your newest follower! Hope you'll stop by for a visit sometime!

  3. This is stunning! That settee is to die for! Thanks for sharing!

    Take care,


  4. I love your bench!. A little bit of industrial velcro on the cushion and bench will solve your shifting problem :)

  5. I am in love with the settee! Wish I had one.

  6. Girlie Girl Vintage.
    Thanks for the tip, I am going to run out to JoAnn Fabric and pick up some velcro tomorrow!

  7. very makes me want to see more of your I am following and will journey back through your blog.

  8. Your entrance is so beautiful! What a grand front door, love it!

    Your chandy is not ugly; why not spay paint it and give it new life!


  9. Really beautiful setee! It's a very peaceful and inviting foyer. Really lovely; thanks for sharing

  10. Beach Bungalow,
    Thank you for the kind words, I have thought about painting the chandy, but I have another trick up my sleeve, it just requires are really tall ladder! If this does not work, I will be on the hunt for a new fixture! I have a smaller version of this chandy in my dining room that maybe making a roadside appearance after I give it a coat of paint!

  11. Love the entryway. Love the settee. Love the orchids. Thing any color orchid would work with your decor.

  12. Absolutely gorgeous entry!! Wow! You've certainly created a very welcoming area!!! :) Love it all!

    xoox laurie

  13. Very pretty! A good greige paint color is hard to find; I'm making note of yours! Also loving the rug and the silver pieces.

  14. Your foyer looks absolutely beautiful! And good for you for picking hubby's flowers...definitely the right choice and it all is gorgeous! :-) Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday this week~

  15. Your foyer is beautiful. You are so lucky to have such a large foyer, mine is in the guiness world book of records for the smallest one. But you got what you got. Love that settee if you find it missing one day, don't come looking for me! I like the rug and like the dresser a lot. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best.

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