The foyer is first room you see when you enter our house. Up until now, we really haven’t featured it, and it’s because it looked like this:
It definitely needed a little warmth and personality. The very first thing we HAD to do to the foyer was paint it. We kept things cohesive with the same Behr Silver Drop color that we used when we painted the living room.
After the painting was complete, storage was next on the list. We already had two IKEA Lack shelves in black-brown that we had lying around. They used to live above the tv in the apartment, but we thought they would be a great fit for the empty foyer.
We decided to put the shelves flush against the left wall to create some interest and a provide a focal point other than the door.
We don’t have a lot of closet space in the house, and while we do have a coat closet in the foyer, we much prefer to use it for things other than coats. It’s more of a vacuum, dog supply, sports equipment closet. So we installed these IKEA (yeah we love IKEA) hooks below the shelves. They allow us to keep our coats out where they are easy to grab on the go!
The last step was to add a few personal touches. Over the antique ice box we got from my parents, is the guest mirror from our wedding. (Instead of a guestbook, we had a mirror that everyone signed.) We also got a great deal on this faux Eames chair from Target.
Additionally, we placed a few other items on the shelves, like this type paintings I made for a project in college, a ceramic urchin, and of course some of John’s gargoyles.
The final step for this project was to replace this terribly boring light.
Luckily, my newly electrical husband swooped in and was able to easily switch it out. He replaced it with this beautiful linen, semi-flush mount ceiling light from Lowes.
The best part about the project? We spent less than $200 on it! The paint was left over from the living room, we already had the shelves, the ice chest was a hand-me-down, and almost all the decor was pulled from other parts of the house. The only thing we purchased were the hooks, the chair and the light!