In this post: By utilizing creative foyer design, we were able to expand our tiny entryway without building out and completely transformed the entrance to our home.
One of the biggest challenges in renovating our house was how to make the front entry welcoming. The original entry was a tiny space that then opened directly into the living room where the staircase to the second floor was located. You can see the old space below, which was so small, it was impossible to stand in it and get an accurate picture.
We decided to open up the space by knocking down the small walls that connected it to the living room, tearing out the miniscule closet in the entry, and adding walls to separate the new expanded entry from the now reduced, but still large enough, living room.
We also added a much larger closet to the new entry and used marble tile to separate the space from the adjacent room.
There was now room in the new space for functional furniture including this antique bench.
We added egg and dart molding to offer some character and a gilded mirror for both function and delight.
One of my favorite details is the closet hardware added to the new double doors.
A painted white chest lends a space to store hats and gloves and is flanked by Rachel Ashwell’s Darcy chairs.
For lighting I found an antique lantern and had it rewired for functionality.
Needlepoint rug and pillows pretty up the room, helping to make it welcoming.
The bureau vignette includes an Italian pottery urn from a recent trip and mercury glass candlestick holders.
I lined the stairway with some of my old life drawings, one of the few places in our home where I’ve displayed my artwork.
From the new entry one can glimpse the living room and through the mirror one can get a peek into the den. The final touch was a brand new banister, stained to match the new doors.
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- French chairs
- Painted white chest
- Gilded mirror
- Cherub statue
- Mercury glass candlesticks
- Italian vase
- Lantern light fixture
- Aubusson pillow
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