If you come in our real front door, you will enter our small foyer.
When we built the house long ago in the dark ages, my taste was very different from what it has developed into today. This little room originally had white sheetrock walls and an antique dark wicker table (that had belonged to my husband’s grandmother.) The table held an extremely large model pond yacht and hanging above it was a collection of black and white sailboat photographs. A little different look from today, huh? Eventually my tastes changed, and I decided I wanted something more rustic in that area – something less nautical. (I do still love that look, just not for this house.)
My husband and I looked for some kind of wood to cover the walls. It had to be thin enough not to protrude beyond the wood trim in the baseboards and around the doors. One day my husband smartly flipped over a piece of leftover beadboard and discovered that the backside of it would be perfect for the walls. So he covered all of the sheetrock in that little area with it. There are a number of rooms in the house that have painted plank walls, but this is the only area where the wood is left in its natural state.
For several years I hunted for a piece of furniture to use in place of the antique wicker table, and eventually I fell in love with this piece. I love the wood, and it kind of dresses up the “rustic-ness” of the space. Size wise, it fits the area wonderfully, and it offers some much needed storage. The thing is full of dishes! (I ended up moving the wicker table to the screened porch.)
I switch out the accessories from season to season…opting for yellow in the spring and summer with red used in the fall and winter. I’m sure you know how easy this is to do by just changing out books and plants.
If you visit here, you will soon see that I am addicted to using black and white family photographs in our home. They are in every room in large quantities. I think a home should first and foremost reflect the people that live there, and you know that photographs are one big way to do that. Plus, I like the continuity of color and simplicity of style that these simple black and white ones offer (and I am a sucker for symmetry!)
On the opposite wall is a big closet with a big closet door.
It showed how they had turned an ordinary coat closet into a beautiful bench area and still kept some storage. I love this idea! I keep thinking that if we were to do this, it would visually enlarge the area tremendously, AND I could introduce some pattern and more color through a fabric for the seat cushion. But what do you do with all the coats, jackets, umbrellas, ski wear and dining room table leaves….especially when all the closets and cabinets in your house are already full??? Any suggestions?