Saturday, October 12, 2013

Step inside ...

It's time to rethink the entry foyer before holiday guests arrive. This special space sets a welcoming tone and identifies a sense of place for everyone who enters, including those who call it home.

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Just step inside the front door and look at how successful entries provide a first glimpse of the home's design personality. Casual or formal, an entry foyer can be an artful place to greet guests, drop your keys and bags, and even offer simple seating to pull off those boots.



Images above via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle (left) and Kathleen Clements Design (right).

We have a small entry, so seating isn't an option for us, but we use generous lighting to expand our space visually.  I think lighting is an important element and should be incorporated into the design. Who wants to enter a home that is dark and eerie?


 

Images above via Designer Sarah Richardson for HGTV (left) and House Beautiful (right).

I have a preference for neutral paint shades, so I may be a bit prejudice.  But, light walls brighten the entry and serve as a calm palette for personalized decor.

 

Images via My French Country Home (left) and interior designer Joy Tribout (right).

I'm a fresh flower kind of girl, so I always keep living plants or cut flowers on our foyer table.  There's just something about bringing nature's beauty inside that makes me happy!  And, fragrant flowers always delight the senses as you enter.

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I'm happy with our terra cotta tiled floor and stairs. But, I do think bricks set in a herringbone pattern (above) are glorious. My true obsession is with natural stone, but don't tell my husband. Sometimes, DIY floor projects happen when you least expect them!



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