7 simple steps to creating a fabulous foyer

Thank you to Blinds.com for providing the Classic Roman Shades in my foyer.  They have truly taken my foyer from frumpy to fabulous! All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  


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?  

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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?

7 Simple Steps to Creating a Fabulous Foyer with Mrs. Hines' Class

I’ve decided a runner softens the table and lightens up the dark wood.

Leave the stool red?  Paint it…upholster it?

7 Simple Steps to Creating a Fabulous Foyer with Mrs. Hines' Class

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.


7 Simple Steps to Creating a Fabulous Foyer with Mrs. Hines' Class

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.

7 Simple Steps to Creating a Fabulous Foyer with Mrs. Hines' Class

~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.

7 Simple Steps to Creating a Fabulous Foyer with Mrs. Hines' Class


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.”

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I’m sharing my tips at Homework Wednesday.


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After 17 years in an elementary classroom, Mrs. Hines retired from teaching to pursue her passions: decorating, writing and homemaking. While her formal education is in teaching, she discovered her talent for design at a young age and is a self-taught decorator. Mrs. Hines' DIY spirit has earned her appearances on the show Deals which airs on the Live Well Network. She continues to teach and inspire on her popular Lifestyle blog, Mrs. Hines' Class. Blogging allows Mrs. Hines to hone her natural skills as a writer and has led to the launch of The Write Touch, an online editorial service. Homemaking is Mrs. Hines' first love. So, when she isn't decorating or writing, you can find her at home watching television with Mr. Hines or trying to keep up with her teenaged daughter.

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  1. You’ve done a great job making your foyer pretty and inviting. Love those patterned shades!

  2. It all looks great, Sharon. I love the shades. The color and the pattern are just perfect.

  3. Thank you, Angie. I’m so happy with the shades…

  4. I do like the shades too, beautiful pattern! The pillow and the runner go great as well but not sure about the red stool – is there more red in there? What about have it green, the same colour as the plant leaves?? I see that the plant is just a cutting but if you had a potted one there… you know.. just a thought.

  5. I agree with you, Heather. (about the red stool) I hadn’t considered green…sounds pretty. Thanks for the suggestions…a fresh pair of eyes always helps!

  6. So pretty and I LOVE the red stool!! :) Pinning!

  7. Thanks for the tips. All great ideas. I tend to use runners in the colder months and remove them in Spring and Summer. LOVE your blinds!

  8. that’s a great idea! And thank you. Every time I see them, it makes me so happy. That’s what it’s all about!

  9. ay I ask where you got these shades? I would like to buy some fabric like this.

  10. Hi Martha. I ordered the shades through Blinds.com But I’ve seen a similar fabric at Hobby Lobby. I hope that helps.

  11. Loved your story about Granny & would like to invite you to share a story on my blog, about how your Granny has influenced your home from it’s style & location, to how you decorate & use your home.

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