I think a front entrance should be a magnificent intro
duction to your home! And no, this isn't mine!
Unfortunately, despite our marvellous taste, we don't all live in architecturally perfect homes, and some of us have rather mediocre front entrances. I don't think
my front entrance qualifies as a "foyer". It seems more like a lonely box. I am a little embarassed to share this space, but what the heck...it's changing as soon as possible!
Here it is from the outside:
Nothing very exciting here folks! Seeing this photo makes me realize that (a) we really need to change the raspberry door (we do intend to repaint the house, perhaps cream and white, and I will do a dramatic glossy black door, or maybe teal blue, like the top photo!). Oh, and (b) that I need to ditch the wreath (I am a recovering wreath addict which I bet you never expected). No comments about the lousy trim work please...we plan to re-do the entire house eventually.
I do have a lovely etching on the wall just inside the door, but seeing this photo makes me realize that I might need a pair of pictures on this wall...one is a little lonely:
Now, here's the inside:
This silver mirror (which I just painted) is definitely not working. It was always too small and now the colour isn't right. And it could use some friends. I don't think there's room for a table here, but maybe a small wall console/shelf? I could spend ages finding a great wall shelf, so in the meantime I am seeking a dramatic, large, long, character-filled mirror to charm this space.
Now, the view from inside the house:
The chocolate brown Pottery Barn Henley rug isn't working. But I love it because it's wool, soft and thick, and was very affordable ($119). Plus, it's good for miserable Canadian winters with muddy, snowy boots. I need to find a replacement and I'm now thinking of having a rug made, once I choose a colour. I am so sick of searching for the right colour/size.
We have a lovely antique light fixture in this space, which is a rosy-purple colour. Hence, I am considering a plum coloured rug, to reference the fixture.
I think that an interesting mirror in the right metal colour will be a great accent for this space.
I like the curved mirror in the entryway below, the mirror to the far right of the photo, that you can barely see. It looks long and tall:
As far as the rug is concerned, I really like the plum colours in this photo:
A nice thick wool rug in this shade would be gorgeous with the antique light fixture. I would prefer to run the rug down the hall, but the wall is offset and it wouldn't look right, sadly. So I think I'm stuck with a 3x5 rug, or maybe a 4 x4 square.
Yet I wonder if the plum rug would reflect my mood for the rest of the house, which is more quiet and muted? Instead of plum, perhaps I should do a rose rug, maybe an antique rose colour. The adjacent living room is in more muted tones, so maybe a more muted rug would be a better fit:
Then I wonder if decorating around this purple fixture is the right idea. But I like the fixture, and it gets a lot of compliments. And if I replace it, that's one more thing to look for!
And there is always the infinite potential for art to pull it all together, like these pretty little prints from Art.com:
Please, send your suggestions my way. They are sorely needed!