"First impressions may be wrong but they are nevertheless important"
- David Hicks
If what the famous interior designer Hicks said is true, our front doors and entryways have a tough job to do. They have to deliver beautiful first impressions to the guests and at the same time serve us - those who live there right and well. Historically a foyer is the transitional space that allows the flow between the outside world and the home be as smooth and calm. And when I started thinking of our entryway, that is the feel I wanted to achieve - that it be a threshold where you leave the stress, heat, humidity or cold vibes and transition into the safety of our home.
Many of us are lucky to have a dedicated foyer - but those who don't have one still can carve out a small niche to serve as the entry station. For me the small corner by the stairs is that niche. I had pinned images and drawn out plans well in advance here - we had about 3 months of time to plan from the time we chose the model to the time the house was built and handed over. I wrote about my inspirations here a few days ago. So truth be told I had plenty of time but a meager budget. But I believe in David Hicks here again. He said -
" Good design is in no way dependent on money. Spend minimum of money and yet gain maximum of effect"
So that is what you are going to see here. I haven't used a lot of furniture pieces or decorations and those bare decorations that are there could be easily changed out for season changes and mood swings. But yet it is functional and suitable for our family and how we live. That is the goal right.
Before we proceed to the current view here is the before shot of this corner.
First thing I did was to create a mood board. The primary elements - the hooks, the shoe rack and the mirror was chosen before hand and art was chosen for its colors and perfection.
The art here is a free printable from Burlap and Blue - Linda creates beautiful yet minimal printable and shares free versions from time to time. If you are looking for some colorful budget friendly art - do check her out. The big frame is from Target that I had from years ago and smaller one is from IKEA ( the art in there is an old calendar).
Is the space going to stay this way? Probably until the one year warranty period is over - I would love to wall-paper it or cover it with fabric or even some unique stencil? Choices are plenty and imagination wild . Let us see.
See you soon,