I pointed my toe and dunked just the tip of it in the sparkling clear water. The water was cold and a little niggle of anxiety stopped me from proceeding. I pulled my toe out and thought for a moment about what to do now. “You need to do it!” my husband said. “Just jump in and get it over with!” I sighed deeply now full of anxiety because I hate cold water. I have not been in the new pool yet and it was hot last Sunday so I thought I could give it a try but I remained stuck and unable to make myself get in. “O.k.” he said “If you can’t do it I will come and help you in five... four... three….” But before he could reach me I found my motivation and I jumped into what felt like a bucket of ice. I popped my head above the water and sucked in a deep breath of air while trying to get myself to the shallow end. There, I could stand up and cradle myself back to warmth. The water was 81 degrees but for a Floridian who likes bathtub water that is cold! I made it twenty minutes and that was a good start for the season. Everything has to start somewhere and in the world of decorating the foyer or entrance way of the home is the somewhere to start. However, clients often get stuck and don’t know how to proceed. Let’s take a peek into two foyers that might give you an idea for yours somewhere in the heart of The Villages.
• Focal wall
The gardenia foyer is long and has one really big wall! This wall is the natural focal wall of the foyer because it is the largest wall. This wall is a great opportunity to place a large sideboard for extra storage. A sideboard is a flat topped piece of furniture with drawers or doors that conceal the storage space in the bottom. This piece can be six feet long in a Gardenia foyer and up to 44 inches high. The key is to keep the sideboard on the narrow side at 17 to 22 inches deep.
• Large mirror or art
Once the sideboard is in place it needs to be accessorized. In this picture you will see that the homeowner had a large colorful canvas that we hung over the sideboard. This piece makes a large impression and looks great on the focal wall.
• The small wall of the Gardenia foyer
In this Gardenia foyer we hung a decorative mirror. This wall is great for a family photo wall also!
I do like a rug in the foyer because it looks great and it is very practical to have one. In Florida, there will be many rainy afternoons. Should a visitor pop by it is nice to have something to wipe their feet on. Make the rug pretty and practical!
The rug pictured is a rug that the homeowners designed themselves. It is made from recycled squares that are placed together with special tape on the back. This allowed the homeowner to create a unique look and design. I like the black and white stair step effect and should a square get dirty or damaged it is easy to replace just the one square.
The doorway looks spectacular with molding around the top arch. The original trim molding around the door was removed and replaced with larger molding. The top of the door is connected visually to the arch with a crown molding ledge.
• Iris foyer
The Iris foyer will take a 5x8 rug very easily. It makes the foyer look rich and the pop of color is amazing. The key to make it work is to angle the rug with the line of the foyer. The rug that is shown is wool and a great choice for a front door rug since the color is so forgiving!
• Iris focal wall
The Iris foyer has a doorway between two small walls. Which one is the focal wall? The wall nearest the door! It always looks best with a thin table and a mirror above it. I like having a lamp on that table so at night people will see the light and it looks like someone is always home.
• The second small wall
I do like to hang big art on this wall! Often, the table and lamp will not be noticed until someone entered the living room and turned to look back but the larger art will be seen on entry! We hung a stunning picture of a palm tree near turquoise green water.
• The wall to your right upon entry
This small wall is great place to hang something small and meaningful. In this foyer we placed a beautiful pot full of willow sticks in the corner and we love it!
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