You know what kind of conversations we almost never have around here? Talks about what we’ll do “when the house is finished.” That’s because Andy and I have both realized that I am a psychotic mind-changing decorator who will never “be finished.”
What can I say? It’s FUN!
Here’s our foyer. (And our canvas letters.)
Here it is a little closer.
I like to accessorize with magnetic letters. I’m trying to make stray toys “the next big decor trend.” I’m proud to say it’s already caught on in my house.
If you come in a little closer, you’ll see this little charmer.
That little guy was Andy’s first attempt at making furniture, back when we were newly married and living in a teeny tiny rental house with a miniature “foyer” that had no room for store-bought furniture. It’s, um… seen better days…
Let’s just say my sweet little husband’s woodworking skillz have come a long way since then. I still have a special place in my heart for that little table. It’s survived three cross-country moves and two children, but it’s like a sweet loyal dog which needs to be “given away” … “to the great big farm in the sky…” “where it can run free and chase squirrels…”
In any case, the beginner craftsmanship makes the dodecahedron light Andy built look a bit more impressive, don’t you think?
So that’s what we’ve been workin’ with in the foyer for the last five years. I chose the rug because the aqua and brown combo felt like a safe choice at the time, and I was afraid to do anything more colorful or bold.
My tastes are changing and I’m finding ways to integrate more colors that make me go weak-in-the-knees. I want fewer neutrals, more pinks and reds and more freedom with color. I want to make more decisions that speak to me, even if strangers think they’re a little crazier. Know what I mean? (I’m talkin’ about these decorating rules!)
So I want to make the little foyer step outside its comfort zone. And reach for the stars. Stretch its wings and fly, and other lame cliches. I guess what I’m saying is, my foyer wants to become one of those cheesy motivational posters.
I don’t even think that inspirational quote I just made up is grammatically correct.
Here’s the plan.
1. Kilim it up!
I’m going to replace the pretty-but-neutral-and-safe rug with something very, VERY not neutral. Remember when we debated Turkish kilim rugs a while back? Turns out I still love them. So expect to see something very colorful, happy and controversial there soon.
UPDATE: it’s here! Check it out here.
We have a nifty little plan for some seating to the right of the door. If you follow me on facebook, you might’ve seen some pics I posted while we were yard-saling a while back, specifically this headboard.
It was only $3! It’s beautiful, but I think it has always wanted to be a bench, and I’m a granter of wishes. (It’ll need to be shortened, but I think we can do that.)
UPDATE: we did it and it’s pretty fab. Come see!
3. New table
After Andy’s little homemade table goes off to The Great Furniture Store in the Sky, it’ll get replaced. I’ve debated DIYing something fab like one of these guys:
Or just buying something mirrored like this:
It’s a tiny little space, so there’s not a huge inventory of pieces that will fit perfectly there. TBD on this one.
(UPDATE! It’s done too! Here’s that post.)
4. Paint the door?
Question mark? I’m not sure. The door might get a coat-of-something but I can’t decide what. I think black would be pretty fabulous, but my knobs are dark oil-rubbed-bronze, so I think that’s a no-go. Thoughts?
I want to go unapologetically hollywood regency happiness in here, and veer away from safe, “I-guess-this-will-work-okay” kind of choices.
And maybe along the way, we can all agree that plastic pink strollers, baby gates and stray toys are tasteful accessories?
Have you ever had a finished house? Are you in with me on this toys-as-decor revolution? Say yes.