Today I’d like to talk about a spot in our house that I haven’t mentioned here on the blog. Our true entry way. You may have seen the front of our house and wondered why we aren’t using the foyer that came with the house. I mean, we have a pathway, and it’s narrow, cute, and original to the house.
(Excuse the extreme need to do yard work. Yikes!)
Here’s our true foyer. Arch? Check. Gorgeous 75-year-old door with a glass knob? Check. Hallway closet, spot for a cute table, boatloads of potential? Check, check, check. You may be asking, “you have such a cute entry way, why aren’t you using it?”
Well, here’s the reason. Here’s the front of our house, with a cute little pathway that leads to… the road. Wah wah wahhhh. Yes, a busy road and a line of trees trying to hide said road.
Maybe this entry way was useful and all when people were riding in on horses and the only people that came to visit were neighbors, but we use cars and driveways, and it isn’t practical to make our visitors trek it through the grass in order to get to our front door.
And that’s why we’re stuck using this entry and foyer.
It has come a long way, buuuut, meh.
It’s not as cute, not planned very well, and bam! There’s gross tile and a weird half wall that comes up to your shins when you walk in. Confession? It’s straight-up drywall. Not painted. And the sides of the stairs? Primed. Yep, grossness all around. We planned on putting a railing or half wall or something, but haven’t decided on a permanent solution.
I loved your suggestions when it came to my left-justified table. I did NOT even realize that these circle pictures looked so awkward in real life, or that I needed something with height. You guys were SPOT ON! I’m searching for a tall, old, spraypaintable (yes, that’s a word) Goodwill lamp to fill this spot for now, but won’t be moving the pictures any time soon. Wanna know why?
We’re finally going replace our gross carpet and laminate tile with hardwood floors!
I’m so excited! But before we get to ordering and installing and the fun part, we have to tackle this mess. Something has to be done about this foyer! If we don’t do anything, I really think we’d regret it.
I’ve done a little photo magic to give you an idea of what I’m thinking, and I’d love to have your feedback! Help me create the PERFECT foyer!
I’d like to make the bottom entry area larger, create a half wall, and maybe even some shoe storage or drawers or something built into the wall. We’d replace the hooks that are opposite the mirror, with some hooks on that wall. The wood floors would be on the whole top level, with tile on the stairs and bottom. I don’t think we would want to move the weird awkward door, but maybe? What else am I missing?
Would you make the steps wider? Would you add a railing or continue the half wall on that little area next to the steps? What would you like as far as shoe storage, drawers, slots or shelves? What would you do? So many questions! ;)
Or should we scrap the idea? This project would cause us to lose an area of 4 feet by 6 feet. Would future buyers be deterred by that loss? We are adding that extra tiled space to our existing family room, but we will be losing what could be a little breakfast nook.
So what would you suggest?