First impressions are everything. That’s why you really have to knock ‘em dead with your entry. This is where you can really make a statement and say, “This is who I am.” You can also giggle and say to yourself under your breath, “If you think this is good, wait until you see the rest of the house.” I honestly think that your entry/foyer/vestibule is the most fun room in the house to decorate. This is the room where you do not have to play it safe. This is where you step out of your safety zone and think outside the box.
Ellie’s Top 10 reasons why the foyer is the best room to decorate.
• Want to use that quirky mirror? This is the place to do it!
• Unusual entry table you found at a fleamarket? Bring it into the entry!
• Want to get a little crazy with the flooring? Be creative and go for it.
• Scared of wallpaper? Be brave and do it in the foyer!
• Over scaled flower arrangement? This is the spot!
• Prize possession painting? Yep, the foyer!
• Curated collection of oddities? Show them off in the entry.
• Have a chair that you want everyone to see but not touch? The foyer!
• Unique chandelier that will not work anywhere else in the house? Voilà!
• Want to use a pop of color? Welcome to the foyer!
However, because this is me you’re talking to, you know I have some pet peeves about the foyer and I must, I just must tell you…
Ellie’s Top 10 foyer pet peeves/rules/advice…
• For the love of God, do not ever, ever post a sign in your foyer that says, “Please take off your shoes.”
• The foyer is not the junk room where you dump everything the second you enter the house.
• There is a difference between a foyer and a mud room. Learn it.
• Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Ballard Design… Just say no.
• Your child’s Dora the Explorer backpack does not enhance the entry no matter what you think.
• Think asymmetry and symmetry simultaneously.
• If you think that the foyer is a perfect spot for artificial flowers, you will force me to leave Paris, come over to your house and violently remove them from your house and have you committed.
• Contrary to what you may think, no one wants to see all of your family photos the second they walk through your front door. Keep that for the family room.
• Do not post any sort of decal on your walls that may say, “Welcome or House Rules or Love Lives Here.”
• Don’t make your foyer look staged. Make it look evolved and collected.
Okay, I think we’re ready now to see some brilliant foyers. Yes, I realize that these examples are rather high end but let it be your inspiration. Think color, scale, reflection, lighting, texture, juxtaposition and wow appeal. Remember this is the room to get creative and remember subtlety can be just as chic as shazam.
How fabulous are those! These entries just make my heart swoon. I put together an awesome board on Pinterest of entries/foyers/vestibules. There are over 100 examples of totally remarkable foyers. Check it out HERE. Love love love.
Isn’t it funny how I can get this excited about decorating? I remember when my new Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, World of Interiors, Domino, Vogue Living, Santa Barbara Magazine, Southern Living, Traditional Home, Maisons Côte or Veranda magazines would arrive, I would actually get butterflies in my stomach with excitement. I would never ever just flip through the pages. No, no, no… I would usually find a quiet space with no distractions, with a cup of hot chai tea and sit down with my mother and go through every page and discuss every page. My mother taught me to take the time to look at the whole room and figure out why it worked or why it didn’t work. My mother is a stickler for scale. We looked at everything… The walls, the ceiling, the furniture, the accessories, the rugs, the flowers, the artwork, the floors, the symmetry, the scale, the asymmetry, the lighting, the curtains, the flow… Everything. Interior Design 101 with the master, my mother.
Now that we have the entry mastered, tomorrow let’s look up to the staircase. Oh my God, how I love a staircase! Don’t you???!!!