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I need entry way ideas.
Sarah Foti-Taege
January 25, 2013 in Design Dilemma
So I just moved into my home and am just overwhelmed decorating it. I like shabby chic and traditional combined. I want this space to feel warm but set an updated vintage tone for the home too. Any ideas what I can do with this space?
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Shelton Interiors
You need a distressed wood console with a mirror - perhaps some baskets for "stuff" underneath? Add some color with a rug - a runner, or to warm up the stairs. This will help the acoustics in the house and add charm.
January 25, 2013 at 10:26AM     
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Sarah Foti-Taege
Thank you so much for your input. I was thinking that too.
January 25, 2013 at 10:28AM     
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JMittman Designs
Looks like a beautiful home. Will you share more pics?
January 25, 2013 at 10:39AM   
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Sarah Foti-Taege
Yes I will definitely add more photos. I have soooo much work to do design wise and its so overwhelming at times.

I was wondering if a family photo like the one on the left would work for above the console instead of a mirror. My initial reaction is no but I love this picture so if it would work want to try it.
January 25, 2013 at 10:49AM     
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Sarah Foti-Taege
It cropped my picture. Lets see if this works.
January 25, 2013 at 10:50AM     
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JMittman Designs
http://www.houzz.com/discussions/319767/Foyer-question

Take a look at this thread that is out there right now. Very similar space to yours. I like the bigger chandelier idea.
Darling family picture, but I'd save that for your family room.
January 25, 2013 at 10:53AM     
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Sarah Foti-Taege
When you walk straight back there is a room to left and right and opens onto the living room. Dining room in back (white silk drapes not up yet) that is this weekends project. And the kitchen is open to living space. I am just pulling crappy pictures off my phone and don't have any good pictures showing the kitchen but should give you an idea of what I'm working with.
January 25, 2013 at 11:01AM     
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JMittman Designs
Looks like you are off to a great start. I was going to suggest curtains for the dining room--white silk? With your little ones? You are brave.
Hang those family pictures behind your wingbacks possibly. I would pull your furniture in a bit on the rug if it does not impede traffic. I'd take the two candles off the mantle. Group them on the shelves, or maybe on the hearth.
January 25, 2013 at 11:27AM     
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Rachel Oliver Design, LLC
Believe it or not, my foyer is almost identical to yours! I put in very warm and cozy oriental rug, a 9-ft. tall lawyer's bookcase and a neat little arm chair chair covered in a zebra print fabric. The height of that bookcase helps tame those skyscraper ceilings a bit. My personal design philosophy is to put family photos in the living spaces, so I just have a nice painting behind the chair. I agree with the comment that the furniture should come in a bit and make it more conversational and flank the sofa with the chairs. Some fun throw pillows would liven up the room a lot, too.
January 25, 2013 at 1:28PM     
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merrillgirl
I am currently reading a book that includes a chapter on the importance of entry places, and really making them a place that separates this space from the rest of the home, and as a comparison it points to how awkward it feels to open a front door that immediately places you in a living room. So make the most of this transitional space, not as another living space, but a truly transitional place from the purely public space of outside but before you go into a semi-private place like the living room.
January 25, 2013 at 3:22PM     
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hooverwoods
Your home is lovely - you will have so much fun decorating it. I am not a designer but love to decorate and I too have a similar foyer. It was the last thing I worked with and still 3 years later it is a work in progress. You have a great wall on the right to do something with - the only long wall I had was by the stairs. I kept the walls neutral except I painted the wall that you see as you come in the front door a darker taupe ( it looks gray in the picture) and used the same color in my guest bath which is right around the corner. I kept the higher walls neutral because of the expense of having them repainted, if I got tired of a bolder color. At any rate, I wanted you to see that cabinet I found at Homegoods - purchased it for around $900.00 - I also found other accessories on the cabinet there. The table is very narrow but it has useful storage and the light blue in the wood stain adds a lot of character to it. I put a zebra chair in the corner for contrast to the rustic look of the cabinet. And you can't see it in the pictures I have a large mirror that you also see as you walk in.
January 25, 2013 at 3:26PM     
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Judit
dream home... have fun!
January 25, 2013 at 3:44PM   
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Judit
oh and cute family pictures!
January 25, 2013 at 3:59PM     
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patty526
When my kids were carpooling..school, practices etc. they were always dropped off at the front door. I have a porch, but still find that a NICE mat in front keeps things a bit neater..and a used oriental that does not extend too close to the stairs would help warm the space up. My main issue would be protecting the upstairs, and the stairs themselves from the stuff kids always have on their shoes, so while its not very formal, I'd put a tall bench/coatracks with hooks and baskets for coats and shoes against the wall. Looks like there is an electrical outlet there, so don't impede that. Great place to put a small wall lamp next to the coat rack. You can find nice rugs at places like Tuesday morning, that won't break the bank, or your heart when they become unbearable...I have been through several(boys will be boys) and every 5 years or so, I can change out the look. There are sooo many beautiful chandeliers out there, I'd go larger and on a dimmer. You could put some amazing patterns on seat cushions for that bench. And I'd seriously encourage the kids to leave their shoes there...nice place to hang the backpacks too.
January 25, 2013 at 4:00PM     
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robertsorrentino
My wife actually would like to use these colors in a bedroom.
Can you tell me the brand and colors of the paint used?
Thanks, Robert Sorrentino
robert@vasio.com
January 25, 2013 at 4:08PM     
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camint
Hi, you truly have many options here and have gotten some great ideas for your entry. Here's one more...how would you feel about a very large leaning mirror on the wall with the placement of a console directly in front? Accessorize with appropriate sized candlesticks, lamp, botanicals, vases, or sculpture. I too would want to warm it up with an area rug. Another cool option would be the same large mirror with placement of two chairs, exposed wood frames upholstered in a gorgeous fabric! I would also entertain the idea of a larger light fixture. With the scale of your space I'd def consider a large piece whether it be a bookcase as suggested, a mirror...or perhaps a large tapestry with decorative rod & finials??!! I am sure whatever you decide, it will be beautiful! Blessings to you! Have fun!!
January 25, 2013 at 4:18PM   
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the essentials inside
Hi Sarah & everyone! Sarah - such a beautiful home, family & photos! I know moving in to a new home and trying to decorate can be overwhelming - but don't worry, the beauty of your interior will grow and evolve over time just like your little ones. :)

I agree w/the ideas for a larger chandelier & the console table + mirror & a new rug. Though I would love to see a picture of Rachel Oliver's foyer - it sounds beautiful.

I don't know how long it has been since you moved in, but you might think about giving yourself some time b/f making a final decision about what to put in that space. See what you feel you need as you use the space.

Good luck! If I can help more, let me know.

Lyvonne
www.essentialsinside.com
January 25, 2013 at 5:13PM     
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Sarah Foti-Taege
Wow you guys are amazing!!! This is my first post and I love the living room suggestions. The color in the entry way is not one I picked. Actually if it was up to me it would be grey but we have so much painting to do already and it's neutral enough that I'm making it work.

I should mention we do not use these stairs. This is a double stair case so we use the stairs coming up from the kitchen and use baskets to catch odds and ends. I live the layout with the kids. My entry way stays very neat because we go in and out the garage and up the stairs there.

And as far as the drapes and me being brave. I lack common sense sometimes like buying that sofa with 2 little ones who sit on it every day.

The main reason I'm overwhelmed is because we bought this home and moved from a small town house so we are pretty much starting from scratch. We have 6 bedrooms and then the formal living and dining room and entry way. I want everything to be perfect but it's just a lot. So I am trying to take it one room at a time. I really love decorating and am excited to have so many projects. Just need an unlimited budget as 10 days in a week to get it done :)

I will have to post more pictures of the living room. I am have a huge blank wall and walkway I plan on putting a large gear collection on. Problem is I have no idea where to get what I'm looking for. Large wood gears.
January 25, 2013 at 5:53PM     
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Keitha
Beautiful rich feel in your foyer. I love the floors and staircase! I would suggest that you beef up the moulding around the doors and baseboards to be more in proportion with the scale and height of the room. I saw a tip from Candice Olsen several years ago where she expanded the look of existing moulding by adding a complimentary strip of moulding an inch or so away from existing moulding and then painted ALL the trim color giving the effect of wider moulding all around the room...a very clever trick! Adding decorative trim in the drywall area between the top of the front door and window above, then painting it all white would make an impressive statement and make the two elements ONE large focal point for that wall. To me the biggest design mistake is going too small with accessories.. Go big for impact and drama! Good luck
January 25, 2013 at 9:43PM     
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beverlynn
BEAUTIFUL entry way into your home! Beautiful home in fact. Take your time and don't rush. Start with adding a nice rug (a round one will add interest) and and table for the space. Then play off the colors of the rug for accent pieces.
January 26, 2013 at 9:31AM     
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lorimike1
i love this entryway a nice console table with a mirror a side chair and a round rug in the middle.
January 26, 2013 at 7:22PM     
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Meddline_projects
Hi Sarah, here you have some ideas you can adapt to your beautifull space:

Get inspired! =)
January 26, 2013 at 8:31PM     
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January 26, 2013 at 8:33PM     
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axlee
I can sympathize with the "overwhelmed" feeling. We moved into our current home 5 1/2 years ago from a large condo apartment. I've always been into design and decorating as a hobby, and had earlier lived in and done a complete renovation on a 100-year-old house, but when confronted with a new 4-bed, 3-bath house, I felt truly overwhelmed. My best piece of advice might be to take your time, live in the place for a while and don't feel you need to tackle everything at once. Traffic flow and uses for different rooms will reveal themselves over time and may not always be what you imagine right now.

You might want to consider something like a table-height wall-mounted shelf for your front hall, instead of a table. Not having the feet of a table or dresser touch the floor can be a great visual trick for keeping the space looking large. Then you can tuck an ottoman or stool under the shelf to pull forward when needed for shoe-tying. You can rotate seasonal shabby chic accessories on the shelf while still leaving space for a key dish, etc.

One of those French tin flower buckets in the corner would also give you some shabby chic and its floral arrangement could be similarly rotated with the seasons. I'm also all for the family photo in a less public part of the house and an oriental rug on the floor in the foyer. I'm a big fan of gallery walls in entry ways, but maybe you could do something around some landscape images (or other theme) rather than family photos.
January 27, 2013 at 5:09AM     
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Gary Hines
My first thought is actually how unsecure your front door is. First thing I would do would be to install an alarm system, put the pin pad in plain sight, and put an alarm sticker on the door right by the door handle. Someone could pop one of those little side windows, stick their hand through, unlock and open that door in under 10 seconds without anyone giving them a second notice. WAY too easy. Either that or I hope youve got a big hungry dog! LOL As for decorations, I see two vases in either corner next to the door. Either with or without decorative filling. I also see a small table on the right wall along with a chair to sit down to tie your shoes. Nice area rug, and curtains over the top window would be nice as well. Oh, and get rid of that builders grade chandellier. Theres loads of nice ones out there/ You might even want to consider a motorized chandellier lift to enable cleaning and changing bulbs without a big ladder. Nice house BTW!
January 27, 2013 at 6:21AM     
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belladonah
Great ideas from everyone. i am a designer working on three renovations at the moment. All have foyers similar to yours. My first thought was the extreme large mirror planted on the floor. However, i think at the end of the day, you will be most satisfied with the first suggestion, using the console table or a designer chest piece. The mirror should be eye catching, and correct height and scale. Make sure it is proportionate to your table or chest. Finish it off with two tall lamps with a large,round porcelain vase placed in center with a lovely flower arrangement. Now you have your drama in the foyer needed. Great first impression. Do not worry about the arrangement blocking the view in mirror. It will look beautiful. It finishes off the piece. Hope this helped.
January 27, 2013 at 7:11AM     
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mcgeanster
These architectural mirrors are nice for an entry way.... https://www.etsy.com/listing/101305446/the-white-arch-mirror-with-shelf-hooks
January 27, 2013 at 7:16AM     
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twod814
OMG, we just moved into our home 6 months ago, and that pick could be ours! Great suggestions... thanks for posting, couldn't have come at a better time!
January 27, 2013 at 7:20AM     
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madalynbaumstark
You have all that wonderful wall space--you can do art all the way up two stories! Prints, photos, whatever. As long as they all "go together" over all.
January 27, 2013 at 9:11AM   
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Grace Archives
I've got tons of vintage art prints that would be perfect for a large gallery wall to mingle in with your family photos.

www.gracearchives.etsy.com
January 27, 2013 at 9:13AM   
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Sher Sc
Hi Sarah, I love decorating....have a small condo presently so can't do what I'd like. Had a 2000 sf home previously. I love your home, you're very blessed with a lovely family too. I agree with the Oriental Rug, Distressed Narrow Table or Cabinet (would allow you space to store items) & add Mirror on right wall. Place a few large items on them, (smaller items would be dust catchers). I would suggest greenery on either side of door for a GRAND entrance. 2 tall palm plants, either real or faux in nice ceramic or decorative metal matching containers or in left corner just 1 tall plant either on a small table or in a container. Since this is your entrance for guest & not used daily, there is no need to cover windows with curtains or DIY frosting unless you are close to the street. I truly agree with the person who suggested security for the front door. Either deadbolts keyed inside & out or better yet home security system. Add a nice large crystal chandelier, it would look elegant hanging right in the middle of top window upstairs. I've seen this in homes as you drive by, it showcases the entire home. As far as the rest of the rooms, you have plenty of time to decide what you would like there as you get a feel for what your family needs. Remember, it's OK to not have everything matching, mixing it up is best. It gives the room character. Besides, you want to fill your home with personal things too that have memories from vacations & such. It's so much fun going in anitque shops, not looking for anything in particular & there "it is", something perfect for the space you had in mind. Take time to enjoy the fun of decorating. My BEST to You & Your Family!!!
January 27, 2013 at 12:56PM     
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Julia Hale
I helped my daughter with a foyer like that and we hung large picture print over the door. Looking at that area from upstairs it was great. She has also hung a large framed picture over the other wall as well at 2nd level area. It really closed the room some for them. She does not use these stairs but the back stairs mostly. A grandfather clock is nice in the foyer also.
January 27, 2013 at 1:08PM     
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Emiy
I would say either make the walls a nice yellow to bring in all the beautiful sunlight, or the wall with the door red that will make the space feel warmer, cozier. You don't need much more then that with such beautiful floors!
January 27, 2013 at 4:16PM   
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Sher Sc
I took a look at your living area & kitchen. I agree Queen Anne chairs would look better on the rug, great at the angle you have. Add some plants to make room cozy & full of life. For the sofa, I'd add some popping colorful throw pillows to warm it up. Choose a few theme colors that you can have all over the room. Add a few things in these colors on your bookshelves & tables such as nice vases, bottles, books, plates (anything you like) to sit around on tables. (Your look is serene, so maybe different shades of blues & a light shade of green.) Since your furnishings are neutral, you can change colors often. This same idea can be used for your neutral kitchen using same colors. Add a rug with a little color & some colorful items for countertop & island. Beautiful Home! Looks like a DREAM HOME!
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dortheaseybold
Those tall ceilings might make this possible!
January 27, 2013 at 7:09PM     
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gweezie
Your kitchen is exactly what I am remodeling my kitchen to look like. Can you share more pictures of your kitchen especially your countertops? They are beautiful!
January 27, 2013 at 7:31PM   
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jccbaker
My first impression was it needs the biggest chandelier you can find (Home Depot has some nice ones that the big ones won't break the bank). Also, you can have your family picture reproduced and finished in different styles of oil painting look. Then frame and matte it nicely and hang it in your foyer. www.magnipic.com/artistic-effects
January 27, 2013 at 7:44PM   
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monicatd
Hi Sarah. Like many other posts I too have a similar foyer. I'm not a decorator but based on the suggestions from the designers that posted suggestions I did a lot of things right...and it's that one area in my house that I have not redone because its very pleasing. To start I have a console and antique mirror by the front door with a tall skinny lamp. An oriental rug works perfectly at the door and a very large painting hangs over the doorway to what is our study (same side as the console table and mirror). A bowed antique chest sits angled in the corner underneath the stairs with a small shelf and picture arrangement above it. Another tall skinny lamp sits on the chest. I agree with changing out the chandelier and that's the last thing we need to do with our space to add more wow to the entry.
This is the third new home we have lived in and i learned very valuable things with each move. The main thing I did with this house was to take all of my artwork and lean it on the floor against the wall that I thought it would go on. Not one nail hole went into the wall until I knew it was the perfect place to hang the art. Some items didn't get hung for months and many things were switched around because they just didn't feel right. I'm happy to say that my artwork and other wall hangings remain where they were originally hung because they're in the right" place.
Enjoy your home and don't be in a rush to to get it done. There's no contest and trust me, you'll save a lot of money, painting, and arguments with the husband when you take your time and learn how your home really works. But above all...Have Fun!
January 28, 2013 at 4:03AM     
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nilakshilouzado
How about an antique hat stand with a mirror? At the bottom you can have plants and the mirror can be edged in small tile work. A colourful rug at the entrance will definitely add colour. A tall vase of colourful flowers in front of the mirror will add a welcoming touch
January 28, 2013 at 4:39AM   
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chime1
Hmmmm, not much space there, maybe consider a hefty ledge instead of a table, with a vintage mirror above, a statement rug would go a long way here. I would consider Restoration Hardwares round iron chandeliers maybe 2?
January 28, 2013 at 5:08AM   
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viratrevino
I saw this name idea somewhere else and thought it was very unique. Also, I think the table on the side is similar to what most are suggesting on this thread. Good luck!!
January 28, 2013 at 7:20AM     
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ingaspringman
my entry way looks almost identical to yours with the two story foyer. The only difference is that my stairs are in the back of the house instead of the front. I also have two rooms right across from one another in the foyer area. What I'm doing is trimming out the openings of both rooms and installing french doors on the den. Along with that we are paneling the walls to look like a very tall wainscot, then adding a crown molding around the front entry doors. When this project starts and finishes. I'll post pictures.
January 28, 2013 at 8:17AM     
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Celeste Keenan
I believe the family photo is a great idea. I pay a little homage to my pet whose cage is in the foyer. As it is not the first sight you see when walking in, it is in the foyer.
January 28, 2013 at 9:02AM     
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Doreen Schweitzer Interiors, Ltd.
The light fixture is lovely and if it is in keeping with your style I would not change it. I would suggest a metal base table with a tall mirror above. Make sure the weight of the base is hefty and the mirror tall, the wider the frame the better. You have plenty of room. Check out the table I used in a contemporary high rise. It is a very transitional piece and I like mixing things up.Just add a traditional mirror. You could also go with an asian inspired piece in a black finish with a traditional mirror. For the other high areas large metal pieces are good , either squares or gate type of pieces which you can sometimes find in pairs. Check out architectural artifact sites such as Olde Good Things or Architectural Antiques located in Minneapolis. Add some artwork but the pieces must be large, perhaps 4'-5' tall. You can get reasonably priced giclee reproductions. Check the out some student art fairs. Contemporary art could mix it up a bit or you can stay traditional in style. Check the Uttermost website for artwork and mirrors. Fabric art is another idea hung on a metal rod such as an interesting throw,rug, or spread found at an import store such as Pier One , West Elm, or World Imports. Screens can also be hung as artwork-either metal, wood,painted or asian inspired. Make sure all these items are firmly anchored because they can get heavy. Remember large scale and fewer pieces.
January 28, 2013 at 11:51AM     
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Doreen Schweitzer Interiors, Ltd.
This is a transitional metal based table with substantial weight. It could be used with more traditional lamps and a mirror.
January 28, 2013 at 11:57AM     
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dbaune
The most obvious solution would be a stunning foyer table, with a very large mirror over it, to reflect light. HOWEVER, do you have coat closets for guests near the front of your home? If not (and if you may ever need them), a tall armoire might be beautiful in your foyer--and less expected. depending on your style, you might try something antique, hand carved, color stained, etc., so you'd have a real conversation piece as soon as people walk in the front door. I'd recommend a round foyer rug, to break up all the rectangular lines in the foyer.
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Vikrant Sharma Homez
Your foyer will look plush if it has a nice beautiful mirror and chairs if the space allows and a few pics of your kids to bring a smile on the visitors face, take a look at mine.
January 28, 2013 at 12:08PM   
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mary_e_wehrle
My foyer is very similar and I have two little ones too... I know it can be tricky to decorate with little stinkers moving/rearranging constantly! I have a bench there with a tall mirror (5-6') with a thick black frame mounted above the bench.... Gives kind of a simple drama for the space (and you can get these items in many price points). We use our garage door in back too but guests use our front door... So for play dates, our friends leave their shoes and diaper bags and coats (just easy rather than hanging in the closet) there..l and it's nice to be able to sit to put on shoes, etc.
January 28, 2013 at 12:46PM     
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Look at this
January 28, 2013 at 2:59PM     
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Sarah Foti-Taege
Ok so I read all the additional responses. I agree with changing the chandelier. The one there is actually much bigger than the picture looks but it's not what I was going for.

As far as security system we do have one in the home already. The area I live in is definitely not a high crime area so it is not something I have ever really thought about. We plan on replacing the door and windows, basically the whole front of the house at some point in time and I will definitely keep the comments in mind.

There is a coat closet at the end of the hall for coats so the space does not need to be functional in the regard however I love the idea of a settee on the wall of the stairs and maybe a console where you walk in with a nice rug. Thinking creams and off white.

My original plan for that formal living room was to put sliding barn doors up large rustic ones. That would be functional to close off the piano room. Those 2 front rooms are currently empty. Plan is to convert the dining room into a French shabby chic look that feels like this (not the chalk board but round table same chairs similar lighting.

The Barn doors would be similar to shown but a tad bit lighter and the piano room will have a piano almost identical to this.
January 28, 2013 at 4:47PM     
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Sarah Foti-Taege
So I guess if I do the doors maybe west the bench/ settee instead and just see how much room would be there for a console table. The light I have been eyeing is this one although I can't find it so something as close as possible to it
January 28, 2013 at 4:52PM     
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hockey29
A rug, a locker/ cubby cabinet, and some beams that hang down a bit, with a large chandelier that hangs down below the beams.
January 28, 2013 at 5:03PM   
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jendominguez
Your house is beautiful and I enjoyed the advice everyone gave but I think if your first instinct is to put a family photo in the foyer then that's what you should do! Sometimes we get caught up in doing what is expected in certain places that we lose the personality and uniqueness. Personally, I love seeing a beautiful family photo when I first enter. It tells me something about who lives there, what is important to them and is welcoming. Most importantly, I think everyone should do what feels right to them. That is what turns a house into a home. I would take one of your photos and have it matted and framed so that it makes an impact. Chose the mat and frame to match whatever else you decide to put in there. Good luck.
January 29, 2013 at 2:58PM     
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Maureen Randall
Maybe and architectural shelf above the door, big and chunky. Look for salvaged corbels somewhere and add a chunky piece of painted wood (white/cream). On side of door, how about some brass sconces? QVC has some great ones that operate on a timer! Also, you need a great rug in foyer. You can find some really good ones at Pier! Imports. Also I would look around for a old chest of drawers with a mirror on top and two pedestal lamps. Plus you could use the extra storage for kids artwork, bills or anything else. I personally love shopping on ebay, and craigslist. It adds to the story of decorating. And remember, good design doesn't happen over night, its an aquired process. Good luck in your design ideas!
January 29, 2013 at 3:13PM   
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Christine Lema
Is this the main entrance that kids will use? Is there a mud room as well? Will this be a place where massive amounts of stuff will collect? I love entry ways! A dresser or table that is not very deep and a mirror would look so nice to the right. What does the view look like when you walk through the front door? A large rectangular rug would look great and a very small table to the left of the door would look nice or even a chair. Please show us what you decide. Great space!
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Maureen Randall
oh and one more thing....Pottery Barn has some great ideas as well! check it out. Dont forget a chair too, if possible...great pleace to put/take your shoes on or off.
January 29, 2013 at 3:14PM   
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the essentials inside
Hi all!

I want to go back and read through the comments & your pictures again but I saw your update and this pic from one of my ideabooks popped into my head so I thought I'd share --


Also - the chandelier you like looks like Currey and Company, which is one of our vendors, but I didn't see it in their current line. There are others like it. Here is the link to their site if you haven't looked there yet -- http://www.curreycodealers.com/.

SO glad you are getting so many wonderful ideas! Hope they are helping you feel less overwhelmed!

Lyvonne
www.essentialsinside.com
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Robyn Buxton
We have similar problem and we are looking at console in foyer, adding wall molding and a nice large rug for entry
January 30, 2013 at 4:15PM     
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Robyn Buxton
We have similar entry. We are adding wall molding, console table and large mirror and rug
January 30, 2013 at 4:16PM     
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patty526
Robyn, is that a paint finish?
January 30, 2013 at 5:08PM   
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Robyn Buxton
The paint is Cork by Benjamin Moore on the walls. The door is stained mahogany. We still have trimwork on windows to paint. Is that what you're asking?
January 30, 2013 at 5:16PM   
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patty526
There is a metallic feel with the pics, is that high gloss or metallic finish?
January 30, 2013 at 6:27PM   
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Patty
It's satin finish paint by Benjamin Moore
Maybe it's my camera and I took the pic late
January 30, 2013 at 7:30PM   
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sandrapratt
I have seen someone do fabric down each side of the window (all the way to the top) they could be a creamor white sheer or burlap for that shabby chic flair. They would not cover the windows at all, it would just draw your eyes up & warm the space up.
February 1, 2013 at 1:10PM   
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Shak├║ff
Maybe a shelf like the one below:


you could add a mirror. I LOVE the color of your floors - I'm imagining kind of a distressed white shelf to compliment a "shabby" vintage look.

I love the window above your door - maybe a glass staggered chandelier that glistens from the light in the window when it's not on. :)
July 17, 2014 at 10:17AM   
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Iconic Deco - Interior Design
Nice entry there, and I will definitely agree with Shakuff, above. You really need a big chandelier or long ceiling lighting to make the space more bright and rich! Also, as you love the pictures, you should hang a lot of large framed ones on the wall, on stairs. A great round rug, and of course the entry console with a mirror-you can add two table lamps and a painting if you don't want the mirror. Hope you enjoy the pics and find some nice ideas for your home! jk
July 17, 2014 at 1:52PM     
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A bench or console table will look really nice on that wall. Along with a nice piece of art, of course.
July 17, 2014 at 2:25PM   
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