A Bright New Foyer & More

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Happy Friday!  It is a COLD one – actually cold doesn’t quite describe just how cold it is outside. It is BITTER COLD!  If your neck of the woods is experiencing these crazy cold temps, I hope you are somewhere warm and snuggled up and don’t have to go outside.

I have been working in my basement all week, which has been pretty cold. It was a nice break to take one last load of stuff from my basement purge to the thrift store. I have pretty much completed the decluttering and am getting the post written to share with you next week.

While I have been in the basement organizing, there was something exciting going on in my foyer. Painting…lots of it and not done by me.


We have a two story foyer that has only been painted once in 20 years. It was time for a fresh coat of paint.


Since we don’t have the proper ladders and equipment to paint the two story walls, we saved up so we could hire the pros to do it… my brother-in-law Dave and his dad Walter for the job.  Notice their license plate?  :-)  If you live in suburban Philadelphia and need a painter, here is a link to their website.


The only other time I didn’t do the painting myself was the last time the foyer was painted 20 years ago.  The stenciled sections of the wall are staying, the solid taupe is getting a few coats of Valspar Bistro White. It is the color I used in the bathroom makeover I did a few years ago and in my fitness room.  It is not white white, but a white that has a hint of creaminess to it.


I don’t mind painting, but it sure is nice to see a space get done in a matter of hours. It would take me days to get these two story walls painted.

When they removed the drop cloths before they left for the day yesterday, the room looked so open without any furniture.  Seeing the fresh new look, I started to play to see how different items from other rooms would look in the foyer.


Earlier in the day, I dropped off boxes at the thrift store. On my way there, I took a detour to HomeGoods. I wanted to get more of my favorite hand soap for my kitchen.  It smells soooo good..like springtime.  Which is needed right now.


While there, I spotted this large topiary ball. It was the perfect complement for an empty urn I want to use in the spring and summer. I place a pumpkin on it in the fall and fill it with ornaments for the holidays. It sits empty at other times of the year or when I don’t use it as a temporary side table.   I planned on using it in my mudroom, but when I placed it next to the kitchen banquette, I liked it…ALOT!


That got me thinking…how would it look in other rooms, so I moved it to the foyer. I love when a decorative accessory or piece of furniture can be moved room to room from time to time to give a space a new look, instantly.


While I was in the check-out line at HomeGoods to pay for the hand soap and topiary, I saw these glass furniture knobs. It was one of those meant-to-be-moments. I have been looking for knobs for the dresser in my bedroom for months, but everything I liked was too expensive. These were a bargain – a set of 4 for $7.99!  I needed 8 knobs.  Wow!  $16.oo for 8. Large glass knobs like these are at least $8 a piece everywhere else.   I am excited to get my dresser painted now.


There is still painting going on in my house, but after Walter and Dave are done today, I plan to move furniture and accessories around to come up with a fresh new look for the foyer. A good indoor project for the bitter cold weekend ahead. I will show you what I come up with  next week.

Stay warm……XO

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  1. Love the color…can’t wait to see it complete. Eager to see the basement reveal. At least the cold weather is motivating for getting things done inside. We are freezing here in Minnesota too!

  2. I got our son to paint our two-story foyer about five years ago…hope he’ll be up to it again in another 10 or so! He’s a Perfectionist! Yours looks wonderful….love that color! Stay warm! ;)

  3. Oh what a relief it was to see that you weren’t having the stenciling painted over! I kept thinking to myself that surely you wouldn’t do away with all that hard work so quickly. It all looks so nice and fresh and I can imagine the fun you will have playing with it!

  4. I’m SO glad that somebody hasn’t painted their foyers – you don’t want to know how LONG it’s been at my house! **send over Walter & Dave to my place (Pacific Northwest – it’s been like early Spring – breaking all kinds of records). Love the color!