I was thinking that doing a quick post on our updates in the foyer/entry would be a little boring since it’s not really a “room” that has a lot of furnishings or that has undergone structural changes. But when I look at the “before” pictures — taken last fall — it really does look like a totally different space.
I’m again reminded how many fewer roosters there are in the house today. We definitely need to add some more furnishings, but I haven’t figured out exactly what we want. At this point, I think we’ll just wait until after Christmas since I know I’ll be putting a lit tree up there come December!
The new hardwood floors and wide white trim made the biggest difference in eradicating the rustic aesthetic. (As did removing the rooster mat.) The walls got an update with Colonnade Gray back when the professional painter was here following the big ceiling hole incident, the doors, door frames and big window trim got some fresh Maui Mist. The door frames also got some little vertical blocks that look fancy but really are stabilizing what was there so we didn’t have to replace all the doors.
We replaced the switch and outlet covers and removed a poorly executed red chair rail (just barely visible on the right hand foyer wall in the “before” picture) so that we had a smooth look down the hall. And I replaced the door mat with a more neutral one from HomeGoods that is comfy enough Kate will sometimes sit there to draw.
My favorite part, though, is probably the way Kate plays hide-and-seek with us in the dual coat closets that flank the front door 🙂
In the little nook at the corner of the staircase, I hung one of my favorite pieces of art — a photo of the inside of the Pennsylvania Capitol dome — that was actually a house-warming gift for our first house. An armless accent chair from our old family room fits with space for something else in the future, like a little console table or indoor plant. The new carpet on the stairs (and whole upstairs level) is also brighter than what was there.
Still on the entry to-do list are scrubbing the banister spindles, staining the railing and rail base (or maybe painting it white) and replacing the chandelier. We definitely need some decor items there, too, but it’s a work in progress.
(Maybe a small table with a few items along these lines?)