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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ideas for the Foyer

On the 2 little art niches that "frame" your sitting room, I would do tall matching arrangements on both. 

Here are some ideas for arrangements:

Dried branches similar to this placed in an urn or container.  Here are some container ideas...

The tall one only, in wood.

Or you could do peacock feathers, instead of dried branches...

For the inset ceiling in your entryway, I would highly suggest painting it turquoise.  This will draw attention to the architectural detail as well as really highlight the great chandelier you will hang here.  Be sure you install your chandelier on a dimmer (easy to do!) to create "mood" lighting when you need to.

Speaking of lighting, I found a few more options that aren't ridiculous prices that you may want to consider...

Home Depot $169 - I love the lantern feel of this piece.

Home Depot - marked down to $161.40 from $269 - the lights look like candles

Okay, I know this is nothing fancy, but imagine if you spray painted it oil rubbed bronze against that turquoise ceiling.  It's a little industrial but REALLY cool, and the price is awesome $29.97.  This could also be an option for lighting in the kitchen.  Imagine 2 of these hanging over your dining table.  Cool!

Look at some of the things I found at Walmart!
$70.94 (not crazy about the finish, but you could spray paint oil rubbed bronze)

Also, don't forget Craig's List as a resource for cheap chandeliers.  Don't pay any attention to finish, you can always spray paint it!  Here are some examples of things I found:

Huge piece for $75.  Spray paint over the gold.


Okay, here are some ideas for the little area by the door....

Peg wall rack to hang coats, bags, etc.

Simple rack single or double
Modern style rack with mirror and shelf

Really cool rack that doesn't take up much space and can hold a jacket and bags

Okay, without the goofy hearts!

Might be a little too modern, but I like this setup.

You might also have room for an umbrella holder...

Not so crazy about the metal one, but LOVE the owl!

The console table is a great piece.  I would make the following changes:

1.  Mirror - The mirror is too big for the table.  Can you move it into the living room to use either in the center of the large art niche or over the fireplace?  Here are some mirror ideas that would work with the foyer table:

Hang horizontal.  I really like the idea of using a non-wood material for your mirror.  This one is iron.

Hang horizontal.  Could also be oil rubbed bronze finish.

Hang horizontal.  Different finish.  I really like all the detail in this mirror.  The outer frame is an antiqued glass.

A grouping of small mirrors over the console table would look really COOL!

You can find mirrors at garage sales & on Craig's List, so check that out.  Also, if you chose to do a grouping of small mirrors (which is my FAVE idea) you can find these at Goodwill or Salvation Army.  Don't worry about finish.  You can paint them. 

2.  Accessories - I would focus on either a monochromatic (1 color) scheme in one of your accent colors (lime, turq or navy) or do 2 colors.  This is a look that really "pops"  Console table ideas:

I know this totally isn't your style, but see how the 1-2 color scheme really works?

For the top of the piece, I really like the way this one looks:
The 2 lamps, repeating your tall standing topiary in a smaller version on the top of the console table, to tie them together, a small tray for keys and smaller framed pictures.

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