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I clicked on the subject line “Wide hallways near front door” and my email popped open. She liked my column! Thank You! I thought. She goes on to write that she has been watching but has not seen an answer to her problem of a large foyer and what to do with it. I felt a little like Santa getting a letter and a request! I was so excited that I immediately pulled the photo card out of my camera and stuck it into the computer. It is full of pictures and I scrolled and scrolled until what to my wondering eyes did appear? A foyer that transformed in time for all the Christmas Cheer! So grab your coffee and go sit by the tree, let’s discover together how amazing a foyer can be. Let’s see what happens when we coat it with paint and bring in the light. Inviting guests to your home is like Christmas every night, somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Paint Season-of-Light
The paint definitely had to change. The homeowner felt oppressed by the dark wall color and if we did nothing else the paint had to change. The color of the walls was a light sucking dark sage green. To bring the light back in, we chose a wall color that was originally in the home when she purchased it, so I don’t know the name. It is light soft beige gold. It looks like a color that I use titled Patience. The room literally felt as if it had taken a deep breath of life giving oxygen.
• Focal Wall
There will always be a focal wall in a foyer! That is always the largest wall. So, the largest piece of furniture has to go on that wall.
• Wainscoting
We added wainscoting down and around the entire foyer. The wainscoting from the chair rail down to the floor is painted completely white. This makes the space look amazing and the added architectural value of wainscoting is timeless. The foyer cabinet is taller than the chair rail. We did not want the chair rail running behind the cabinet. As you can see in the picture we raised the chair rail up to run over the top of the cabinet providing a two inch reveal all the way around the cabinet. This process makes the cabinet look custom to the space!
• Cabinet
The original table in this space was long and thin but not good for storage. It had too much open space between the top of the cabinet and the bottom shelf and looked very unbalanced. The new cabinet is 71 inches long 16.5 deep and 40 inches high with closed storage. Those measurements give you an idea of how long a cabinet can be in a Williamsburg or Gardenia model. This is a great opportunity for storage so don’t miss out by using something too small in this space.
• Mirror
We hung a large round mirror over the foyer cabinet to collect light from the front door adding sparkle. Across from the mirror we hung a very large piece of art. This picture is a black and white large map of Florida and is reflected in the mirror so you get a two for one!
• Lamp and accessories
The lamp is a unique whimsical representation of turtles stacked on top of each other. We added family photos, a vase with rocks and willow, as well as a wild orchid.
• Rug
We needed a rug to ground the space and in Florida is it necessary for rainy days.
• Lights
The foyer lights did not change because we loved them. However, they do stand out better against the light back drop. Altogether, the space looks amazing!

P.S. –Attention, club presidents! I give free decorating programs! It is lots of fun and very informative. Call and schedule your club today or call Ruth your full service decorator at 352-804-2056

P.P.S Be sure to visit our home decor store, "The Finishing Touch" for your home good needs.

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