Today I'm sharing a new addition to our foyer! But, first, I thought I'd step back in time a bit to see where we started 2 1/2 years ago.
Here we are (photo courtesy of Hour Homes) ... right before we moved in ... a nice, blank slate. While I loved the soaring ceiling and expansive wall space, I didn't want your eye to get lost traveling up those empty, expansive walls. So, my goal was to draw your eye down and to the back wall ...
However, first, we widened the wall to our sitting room and added columns. Then, I got busy placing pieces from our last home so it looked like this:
I loved having this secretary back there, but, after awhile, I decided it was just a bit too narrow for the space ... so, eventually, it found its way into our sitting room.
In its place, I slid over the wider accent chest from a neighboring wall. I liked it, but it still wasn't the focal wall I envisioned.
That's when I knew it needed something fun ... and adding stripes might do just that (I hoped)! It was quite the project for someone who can't draw, much less measure or paint, a straight line ... but we love them! The stripes really helped to accomplish my goal of your eye going to the back wall instead of getting *lost* on our two story walls.
Buuuuut, after time, something bothered me a bit ... there were three tables (one is around the corner to the left) in our foyer ... it needed something different! THAT's when I knew a church bench was just what this space wanted! So, after months of looking on Craigslist, the perfect one finally appeared last weekend and off my hubby went on an almost four hour drive (round trip) to get it for me ... love him!
Here it is!
I love it and couldn't wait to smother it with pillows!
After staring at it for a bit, I knew that it needed a couple of simple shelves above to balance it a bit. A quick trip to IKEA and Lowe's took care of that:
I filled the shelves with things that I already had on hand ...
I can't wait to add seasonal goodies and colors throughout the year to our new (hopefully, welcoming) spot!
Just a little last step back in time to the before, before, before, before ...
And our AFTER!
Our homes are always evolving, aren't they? Hmmmm, what's next?
Thanks for visiting,