Okay, okay… I’ll admit I’m cheating a little bit here as an entryway is more properly called a foyer, but I’m saving something extra special and dear to my heart for my letter F post. And I do desire an inviting front
foyer, ahem…entryway for my dream home. I know this might not seem like a huge request, but in Toronto (my dream location) older houses sometimes lend themselves to unconventional layouts like a front door that opens right into the kitchen, or living room, or what have you.
But a small space dedicated solely to entering the house is extremely charming. Here, you can come in, drop the groceries, drop the keys, drop the mail, and kick off your boots. Here, you can rush in from the cold winter nights and feel warmed by both your house’s heating and the love and comfort of being home.
Important to remember is that this is the first impression of your home, so you’ve got to make sure it’s saying the right thing. It’s like a preview to a movie, or an appetizer to the main dish. Mouthwatering!
One of my favourite entryways is HGTV blogger Elena Safronsky’s shoestring makeover. It’s an excellent depiction of how a little bit of money and a lot of elbow grease can go a long way into creating that perfect first glimpse.
^ The overall view, beautiful in its obvious simplicity.
^ Please note the antique dresser. As I’ve said before, this is my favourite furniture choice for any room. Place a bowl on top of a dresser in your foyer for handy place to throw your constantly misplaced keys! Dresser drawers are also a great place to store hats and mittens.
^ The artwork and interesting light fixture make a fun statement right off the bat!
^ The staircase has been refreshed in a way that maintains the integrity of the house’s original architectural details.
^ A little bench is a must in my future entryway, a convenient spot to sit and put on your shoes (or rubber boots).
^ While the old school milk jugs make an adorable accessory for anybody, Elena actually uses these and has them refilled! Very cool.
This is an example of one initial statement. Elena’s entryway seems to prep the visitor for simple, vintage inspired decor throughout the rest of the home. To see the before pics, as well as more views and a detailed description of the makeover, click here. This example is very in keeping with my own personal tastes, but if your house is going to be glamorous, or modern, or whatever else, inject a little bit of that into your foyer if you’ve got one…. Not sure yet if this is a wish or a must have, but ohhh how I would love to have a space like this.