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The Start of the Next Room Remodel. The Foyer.

Now that the kids are back in school and home life is somewhat back on a regular routine, I’m psyched to start tackling my next big room remodel.  This past Spring it was the powder room that got an overhaul, and now I’m ready for something else.  The space coming up is adjacent to the powder room.  Can you guess what it is???  Twist. Twist. Ok, I’ll tell you.  It’s the foyer.  It’s had many lives over the past 4 years, but it’s ready for another.  And it all revolves around this…

Inspirational Elements for my Foyer Remodel

This piece of gorgeousness (that I was reluctant to buy but many of you on instagram encouraged me to take the plunge) is the inspiration for my foyer and the starting element that everything will be designed around.

Want a better look?

Inspirational Elements for my Foyer Remodel

There it is.

It’s dynamic.  It’s unusual.  It’s a showstopper.  And it’s all mine to design around…

Inspirational Elements for my Foyer Remodel

And look I couldn’t stop myself from already styling it…

Styled Console

One of the major needs in the foyer (because it duals as our mudroom) is storage.  Out of convenience, the kids keep most of their everyday shoes in the foyer, so a new piece with storage was a major must!  And this gold bombshell actually has more storage than the last cabinet.

Here is the space before…

Foyer Remodel _ Before

And before that 2-1/2 years ago (prior to the stair makeover & the new flooring)…

Previous Foyer

What a difference, right?  Also going is the tone-on-tone stencil.  And in it’s place…


With a Major Cabinet, there needs to be Major Stripes.

Inspiration for wide horizontal stripes

But I’m going bolder.  I wanted to do black and white (I love Emily Clark’s foyer), but I decided on a greige (a mix of gray & beige) with a dark charcoal brown.  The black would have been too deep for our overall space.

Paint Colors for Foyer Remodel

The contrast is major, but I do wish the darker color was even darker.  hmmm… {wheels are turning – did I choose the wrong color?}  We shall see how it looks once the stripes go up.  So many colors, so many decisions.

Choosing colors

So the chosen colors are Benjamin Moore Gallery Buff and Benjamin Moore Coachman’s Cape.  I actually had them color matched at Lowe’s and am using Valspar Ultra Paint + Primer.

Paint Colors

Benjamin Moore Paint Colors

And after doing some math this afternoon, I came up with two options for the width of the stripes – I think I’m leaning towards 5 dark stripes at 10-3/8″ high.

Stripe Width

The entire foyer will get a fresh coat of the lighter color, while the stripes will only be on one wall behind the gold console.  Because of the space, it’s most fitting.  Aside from the paint, I want to freshen up the artwork and decor as well.  On the main striped wall I envision 4 or 6 white square frames with large white matting.

Inspiration idea for pictures

Specific pictures or artwork TBD.  There are a few more walls in the space and I’ve got some thinking to do for them.  And of course the powder room is one of the spaces right off of the foyer.

Foyer Remodel

The built-in coat rack that is behind the front door will remain because it’s our everything!  The 30″ wall is so functional – I don’t know what I would do without.  And I think the back of the front door is going to get a splash of color too.

Built-in Coat Rack

Well I’ve got my work cut out for me, but that’s the plan.  You know know where you’ll find me this weekend.  What are your weekend plans?

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