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A Foyer with Function and Style

A Foyer with Function and Style

Entryways don’t always get the attention they deserve – I know mine hasn’t. Yet, a front foyer is the first impression someone has of your house. If styled right, the area in your entry can and should offer both function and beauty.

Let me give you a bit of back story...A few months ago, I rearranged our furniture and stole the shelf unit that was in the foyer and put it in the main living room. Leaving my entrance looking sad and unfinished. I love shopping my house, it works wonders when you’re bored with your décor…the only downside is, eventually you must address the area that you took from! So here I am now, inevitably sorting out the baren entry.

Our front entrance is a little tricky to style, as there are two sets of stairs (one of which is on a diagonal), and 3 doors; The ceiling is 14 feet high, and the only wall I have to work with is a meager 43” wide. Not an easy task.  The shelf unit that used to be there was tall, so once I found the right console table, I had a large empty wall which needed to be addressed.

I don’t like to spend a lot of money on décor. At least not all at once. So, my splurge was the cabinet, then I mostly shopped my house (and Anna’s of course) on how to style it. Ideally, I would prefer a large arched mirror, or longer portrait shaped artwork. But, considering I didn’t spend any money on it, I’m quite pleased with the outcome.

Rattan basket with lid $39.99 | 22" eucalyptus/sedum/fern bouquet $59.99 | Bead garland $12.99 | Clay vase $34.99

Playing with varying heights helps fill the gap in the wall as I am still waiting to find the right artwork. Also, I really like how the colours and style blend in with the rest of the room, creating a cohesive look.

Let’s break this down a bit more and go over why it works. When styling your entrance there are a couple things to consider:

  • Closed storage. Despite our best efforts, there will always be some kind of clutter coming in. Designating a space for unsightly items is crucial. Whether its in a closed cabinet, or a basket; there needs to be a place for items like gloves, backpacks, dog leashes, etc.

  • Key hooks. Keys are something everyone has. Providing a place for them to live may aid in the everlasting battle of losing them! I love adding a bit of whimsy into my décor, I've had these key hooks for a decade, and never grow tired of them!

  • A Catch-all dish/basket. In my onion, this is essential. A place for all the random things. Ours holds dog treats, poop bags and occasionally, my husband's wallet.

  • A mirror. Handy for taking a last-minute glimpse before you leave, and for guests coming in. Also, if you have a smaller entrance, this will surely brighten the space.

  • A shoe mat. Because a barrier between the outside and your floor is always a good idea. 

  • Something green or in bloom. Adding plants and/or flowers is a great way to add colour and a little zen to your home. Usually front foyers have a good amount of light, but if not, Anna’s has some really stunning artificial picks and sprays. 

In my opinion, these are the essentials for a functional and styled entry. Given the amount of space you have, a lamp or seat of some kind would be lovely additions as well. But my advice is, work with what you have and have fun with it! Your home is a reflection of you. Use what you love, and you will always feel at home. 💓


    Posted by Erna Palfi-Towsley on

    Great ideas – I am always looking for ideas for my foyer :)
    Your products are all beautiful


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