Our Foyer At The New House {New House VS Old House}



I finally have one whole area in our new-to-us house that is mostly finished that I’m ready to share with you!  Welcome to our foyer.  Come on in!


UPDATE:  The foyer hasn’t changed much, but we’ve put in a new front door!  Click HERE to take a look.


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With all that we’ve been doing at the house, it has been nearly impossible for me to stay focused and completely finish one room before jumping off to something else.  So I’m proud that I actually have one whole space ready to share.  Yes, it’s just a foyer instead of a whole room, but still.  


My gray chest fits perfectly in this corner by the stairs.  And a new x-stool from Target gives this area a much needed pop of something bright.


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I first shared this stool with you in my Steals And Deals Not To Miss At Target post.  The certain someone that I said ordered one of these was me!  At less than $30, it really was a steal and is just what this spot needed.  Plus, it’s a great drop zone for my pocketbook.


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My foyer has always been a favorite place for me to add simple seasonal accents to.  The pussy willow branches in the blue urn are my nod to spring.  The painting is an original oil of an Italian villa painted by my aunt.  It’s a sentimental piece that I love and will always have a place in my home.  The small lamp and lampshade are from Target and the faux apple filled terrarium box is from At Home.


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A mirror and shelf hang on the wall on the other side of the foyer, behind the front door.  It’s a great place for me to keep the dog’s leashes handy.


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At $29.98 , the area rug was another clearance find from Target.  The foyer tends to be on the dark side so a bright rug was necessity.


I love a pretty umbrella and this rectangular basket, from New River Pottery, is a great place for holding my beginning collection of them.  Do you know of any places to find really cute ones? 


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I found the dried hydrangeas on a junkin’ jaunt last summer.  They’re so delicate – I made sure that they rode in the car with me when we moved!  I used the hairspray trick, but they still drop petals with the least little bump.  I’m not sure how long they’ll last, but I’ll enjoy them while I can.  


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The foyer looks much different than when we first looked at the house.  Here it is filled with former owner’s furnishings and painted a lovely shade of mauve.


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One of the first things that we did was to paint the handrail black and the rest of the trim white.  The steps were stained to match the refinished hardwood floors and the old pink carpet was removed and replaced with a neutral color.  Here it is before the steps were refinished and the new carpeting was installed.


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How about a look at where these pieces were used in our former house?


The chest used to be in our family room beside Pookie’s leather recliner.  It used to be green, but I spray painted it gray.  Yes, I’m a lazy painter and will choose spray paint over a paint brush anytime that I can.



The oil painting hung in the foyer above the bench.  That bench is in our kitchen here at the new house now.




And the little black hanging shelf used to be in my laundry room.  Gosh, that seems like a lifetime ago!




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  1. Pat @ LifeAtLydiasHouse says:

    Doesn’t it feel great to have one think checked off your list! Your new foyer looks great. It’s a tremendous difference from the “before” pictures!

    1. Pat @ LifeAtLydiasHouse says:

      Oops! The previous comment should have read “Doesn’t it feel great to have one THING check off your list!”

      1. Haha – those typos get me every single time! Yes, it feels wonderful to have a space completed, even if it is a small one. So glad that you like the look!

  2. I really enjoy your new house/ old house posts!! Of course I loved the old house and it is fun to see it again!
    Target is really a great shopping place. It has brought me and two of my granddaughters together…we are all in love with the yellow and white rug and the lampshades. 30 year old granddaughter has her rug in the kitchen, 12 year old granddaughter has hers in her room…..they ALL copied 70 year old grandmommie, who has hers in the guest room :^)
    Blessings to you,

    1. What a sweet story about you and your granddaughters. And how wonderful that they copied their grandma! Even though my granddaughters are on the young side, I still get a thrill when they tell me that they like something that I’ve done at the house. It’s been fun and interesting to see their own “design personalities” come to life.

  3. Hi!
    I love the new entryway! Thanks for all the wonderful tips! You might have already posted this but, what color is your wall paint? Thanks and have a great day!

    1. Hi Jan. So glad you like the foyer! The paint color is Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige.

    2. Hi!
      I bought the paint that you have in your entryway! Thanks so much for your input! Now can I ask you another question…what paint color did you use on your ceiling?
      The painters are coming Thursday!


      1. That’s so cool, Jan! The paint on the ceiling is just plain ole Sherwin Williams ceiling white. How exciting that you’re painters are scheduled!

  4. What kind (and color name) of black paint did you use on your handrail? Gloss or satin?

    1. Hi Linda. We used Sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel Acrylic Latex High Gloss in Black. The painter first painted one coat of Kilz primer (white) on the oak handrail and followed that up with two coats of the black gloss. Hope this helps!

  5. looks great, Suzy! Love the scale of everything!

  6. Marty Walden says:

    I love it, just like everything you do! Great job, my friend!

  7. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing at #inspirationmonday 🙂

  8. Beautiful space Suzy. I love the blue urn and your Aunt’s painting . I went crazy when we first moved into our house too. I had so many projects that I wanted to do that I would start one and move to another before the first one was finished. LOL

    1. Oh boy, Kristi. You sound EXACTLY like me! While all of this is fun, it’s also a lot of work and yes, very overwhelming at times. We lived in our last house for seven years and I still had rooms that were completely finished. :/

  9. That orignal artwork by your Aunt is beautiful! I personally count the entrance as a room so, well done you for getting a room done, it looks beautiful and very welcoming.

    1. Hi Gilly. I like the way that you think – I’ll consider it a room too so that I can say that I’ve actually completed one! 😀 The painting by my aunt was done from a photograph that she took while on a trip to Italy. I’m amazed at people who have such a talent!

  10. So pretty, I love your chest painted grey and the new stool. It definitely gives it a pop. Thank you for sharing your new house entry with Share It One MOre Time. Cathy

  11. I am not good at decorating at all. And we will be buying new home soon, so these ideas will come in handy. I’m Pinning!

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, Aimee. I love it when I am able to inspire someone. Good luck with you new home purchase!

  12. Just pinned your beautiful foyer! Hope you’re having a happy week! Coco

  13. HI Suzy –

    Your foyer updates look amazing! You’re right the new stool makes the space! I love the house we live in now, except the fact that is has almost no foyer. One day I will have a real foyer!! I have recently started hosting a new link party with Refresh Living and Vintage Refined and we would love to have you come link some of your awesome posts with us. The party starts every Tuesday at 7pm CST.

    I hope to see you there!


  14. Your foyer is beautiful! You settled into the new home quickly 🙂 The painted gray chest and the stools look great in your new space! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Something to Talk About!

  15. This is the first new vs. old house post I’ve seen but I loved it so I’ll be checking for others you’ve written! Your foyer looks beautiful! I bet it feels nice to walk in and see it even though the rest of the house isn’t finished. It’s a lot of work renovating a house. I bought a 60’s ranch last September that I’ve been working on fixing up. The previous owners trashed it :o(


  16. Suzy,
    Your foyer is lovely, dear one!!!
    I love the changes to the handrail and stairs!!!
    Really brightened the entry!!!
    The painting of your Aunt’s is a treasure!!!
    Thank you for sharing a piece of your lovely home with us!!!
    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Kathryn!

  17. What a pretty foyer…I love the vignette you created on the gray chest!

  18. Your foyer is GORGEOUS! I love the adorable stool and the pops of blue in your vignette and rug! Thank you so much for sharing at The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop! PINNING!

    1. Thank you so much and thank you for the pin!