Granny didn’t really have a foyer…it was more of a threshold. Every time I walked through that door, my eyes were met by the portrait of Jesus hanging above the console that sat across the room.
And that was the extent of the decor… Jesus and Granny. It doesn’t get any more welcoming than that!
Granny’s house was a home filled with warmth and love. That’s what made me feel so welcome every time I visited.
And it’s why I fuss over the details like what color should the new shades be? Will this pattern be too busy? Flat fold or soft fold?
I was very pleased when we hung the shades. I think they add the perfect modern touch and just the right amount of sophistication to the space.
Table runner or no table runner?
I’ve decided a runner softens the table and lightens up the dark wood.
Leave the stool red? Paint it…upholster it?
The jury is still out on this one.
But, what I’m realizing is that a welcoming foyer is more than the stuff. If I’m taking my cues from Granny, then it’s also about how you make your guests feel.
What I wouldn’t give to be able to walk through her door one more time. But Granny is in heaven now, and her house has long since been torn down.
I think the portrait of Jesus is sitting in my mom’s bedroom closet.
Whether you have a grand foyer, a simple threshold, or something in between, you can have an inviting entry.
Here are my 7 simple steps to creating a welcoming foyer.
~Incorporate warm colors. Peach, gold, and soft yellow are all very inviting.
~Display family photos and other meaningful things that share a little bit about who you are. The brass vase on the table once displayed a rose bud on the altar, signifying the birth of our daughter 15 years ago.
~Have a place for guests to hang their coats and set their belongings. Hooks, benches, baskets, coat racks and even chairs make a convenient catch-all.
~Add warmth through pattern and texture.
~Set out fresh flowers. You can save money by taking clippings from outdoors. I pulled these branches from my yard.
~Hang a mirror so that your guests can check themselves before coming or going.
~Light candles or turn on lamps to create ambience.
I still have some finishing details left in the foyer, but I’m really happy with it so far. I think my Granny would have liked it, too.
How do you make your guests feel welcome?
For more design tips, visit me today at Live Creatively Inspired where I’m sharing “7 Steps to Designing a Beautiful Room.”
See you in class,
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