First Impressions

8.08.2011

The foyer is usually the first thing visitors see when they step in your house and it should reflect you and what is expected in the rest of your home. Y'all have seen mine several times and you can move right along if you don't care to see it again, but Rene from Cottage and Vine is starting a new monthly link party called Room by Room and she is starting with the foyer so let's take a look one more time.


This is what you see when you first step inside. I took this shot from the front door. Our house is a story and a half open floor plan. The hardwood floors were installed a few years ago in place of an oak foyer floor that ran into carpet in the great room ahead and the dining room and living rooms to the right and left were carpeted and the kitchen was white linoleum. Yes, that is correct, linoleum. I was so thrilled when we replaced the flooring with this Santos mahogany on the first floor. All of a sudden the whole space seemed larger because it wasn't chopped up anymore from room to room.

Of course y'all have seen this old sideboard transform from one color to another and it is still my favorite piece that I have done so far. The insets are covered with toile fabric applied with Mod Podge. The paint is Annie Sloan chalk paint done first in Old Ochre and then I went over it with Chateau Gray and then heavily distressed and waxed.


I just changed up the vignette a little bit on this one. I moved the plant in the black pot to the sun room and added in the stone column that I already had and this vintage looking terracotta pot and saucer I just recently bought.

I love the look and shape of this piece and the irregular shape of the saucer. I think I may go back to the store where I found this and get some other sizes. This one was only $6.99.

I like to have layers in my vignettes and some greenery added for softness.

This column actually came from the same store as the terracotta pot, but I purchased it long time ago. They have some really good buys in this warehouse store.

My sheep and vintage books are still here.

Mirror, Staffordshire plates, and an antler trophy hang above.

This is looking back towards the front door.

I have turned an urn into an umbrella stand.

This is my latest ASCP Aubusson blue victim. This was originally a greenish white when I bought it and then I spray painted it black and now it is blue and aged.

This is a Dash & Albert runner that I was going to use as a runner in the foyer, but it is just two small for the foyer so I folded it over and just use it at the door for now until I find something better.

This hangs right next to the front door. It was in storage and I brought it back out for a while.

My favorite style is French country with a gathered over time look. I hope that is what comes across.

Have a wonderful week!

Joining the following parties:
Cottage and Vine for Room by Room
Mod Vintage Life  Mod Mix
No Minimalist Here for Open House Party

Don't miss the huge Annie Sloan giveaway here.

69 comments:

  1. You do get the feeling for your home as soon as you step in the foyer...you know more fabulousness is about to come!

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  2. There are a lot of open floor plans with two story foyers here in Charlotte. It's actually what I specialize in for my color consultations.

    I did the same thing in my home. I ripped out the carpet that was in the living room and replaced it with hardwood. Doing that really opened up the space - and made for a great dance floor at one of our parties :-)

    Beautiful home - great colors too!

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  3. What a pretty foyer arrangement! I'm glad to know you can use ASCP on items other than wood. I'm trying to come up with something I want to paint....knowing that helps.
    Have a great evening.

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  4. Love that mirror and little lamb! What color is your front door painted? Just did mine this weekend in BM Midsummer Night...black brown. Love having the door black like that!

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  5. Your foyer is a very welcoming entrance to your home. I am envious because I don't have any walls in my foyer. I know that sounds crazy...wish I had a wall to place some type of accent table with a nice vignette. Looking forward to the room by room tour!

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  6. Very lovely Kim. I think you have done a beautiful job of making your entry warm and welcoming.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  7. Kim this is just beautiful. It is not only elegant but warm and inviting. Fabulous job.

    Paula

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  8. I used Sherwin Williams iron gate on the doors on the first floor. It is a very dark brown, too.

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  9. You have a beautiful home with so many timeless pieces, Kim. You definitely have an eye for styling too. Thanks for your comment on my vintage kitchen scale.

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  10. I just love what you have done with that sideboard!

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  11. I love very bit of it. Great first impression. I really like the urn turned umbrella holder. Great idea!!

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  12. I have seen your foyer before, Kim, but I never tire of looking at it! It's such a beautiful space, and what a wonderful way to welcome people to your gorgeous home! :)

    I'll have to check out the Room by Room party--that's a great idea!

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  13. You have a beautiful and welcoming foyer, Kim! I love seeing it and having this chance to see some of the little details up close.

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  14. I never get tired of looking around your home Kim! It is soo beautiful!

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  15. Kim- The foyer is just lovely-I'll look at it as many times as you want to show it. It's funny - I was thinking about my foyer on the way home today and I think I need to do a bit of re-dressing- xo Diana

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  16. I agree with the girls.... your first impression is a great one!
    Love visiting your home --- every nook and cranny!
    xx
    Alison

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  17. Yep! A great new impression foyer. Your house is very pretty and welcoming, I love your dresser, I do remember liking it when you did it and posted, it is a great welcoming piece. Have a nice week.
    FABBY

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  18. I love greenery too Kim, I think it sets everything around it off! I love the terra cotta pot and scaucer you bought what a great shape it is!

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  19. Your house is beautiful, Kim, and the foyer definitely sets the tone. It's very warm and welcoming... just like you :)

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  20. I feel right at home the minute I walk through your door here in blogland Kim. Your foyers is stylish and very welcoming.

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  21. You have a wonderful entry. And think it perfectly captures the feel of the rest of your home.
    Also, your entry piece is still a favorite of my as well! :)

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  22. Beautiful job! Everything is fabulous but I am really in love with the mirror.
    I agree that your home is gorgeous and yet inviting and warm. A lot of people can do gorgeous or warm but to have the two together is special.

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  23. Hi Kimmie! Oh, I love this and your entry is gorgeous just like the rest of your home. Your home is beautiful and well and comfy looking at the same time.
    Hope to see you at my party!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. Kim, It looks beautiful!!! I love the front door painted black! I am thinking about doing the same thing!

    Just gorgeous!

    Lou Cinda

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  25. Your foyer is so large and pretty! Very inviting, and a lovely preview for the rest of your gorgeous home!

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  26. You have such a pretty home, I love all the light that comes in around your front door.

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  27. Beautiful foyer and your home is stunning. I love how you can see through to the back, it looks so open. Great vignette on the entry chest. The new flower pot is great. Hugs, Marty

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  28. Definitely an awesome foyer, Kim! I love the urn painted blue! Such a beautiful shade of blue.

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  29. Kim I love your home. Your front door is amazing! Great idea to use an urn as an umbrella stand.

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  30. It's beautiful, I wish I had an entry, you just walk right into my living room. Did you see we got busted over at Debbie Doo's? I accused him of not having any teeth!LOL

    Carol

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  31. Love how open your foyer looks now. I love the redo on the chest and the details on top are stunning. Great pieces. Lovely home. xo marlis

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  32. I love all the peek-a-boo's you give us into your private world. Sooooo pretty and always changing and evolving.
    Gurl, you do it up right!!

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  33. Your entry always looks wonderful Kim and I would never be tired of looking at it! It's always nice to see things up close! Martina

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  34. Kim, I never tire of seeing your beautiful home and all of your decor! I bet you were happy when you put in the hardwood, I love having my hardwood everywhere too!

    Kat :)

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  35. Wow I love this area of your home and I really, really love the painted side-board with Toile insets! That piece just looks like its been around forever!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Terry
    http://sweetpea-labellavie.blogspot.com/

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  36. Hi Kim, Your entry looks so warm and inviting. I love all the colors you use. My entry, no soo good. I try, but the first thing people see is my sink! Yep, my kitchen sink is direct line from the front door. I have a little dresser that's all decorated and a mirror, but your eye always end up going right to the sink. I hate it!! : )
    ~ Catie

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  37. Beautiful and so inviting. Love your sideboard!

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  38. Your foyer is so pretty and open (unlike my teeny little one). Love your umbrella stand and have been on the hunt for just the right one. And you know I love a black door. Thanks so much for joining the party Kim!

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  39. Your foyer is like a room in and of itself! Lovely.

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  40. Beautiful foyer, Kim ... never tire of seeing it! Love the new vignette and the Aubusson Blue revamped urn!

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  41. beautiful foyer! this post was extra interesting to me since my daughter and i spent the better part of friday moving and moving furniture around to spruce up the foyer in my house...it's still boring. :o)

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  42. Kim, I love your entry! It's huge and beautiful, very inviting! I have that same column, mine was exactly the same color. I painted it recently! Have a great day!
    Debbie

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  43. What a stunning, inviting entry! LOVE!
    PS. I'm sorry I haven't been around lately (I have ready many posts but haven't commented, as I was always on an iphone which i'm not great at working). Anyway, loving catching up on the posts I missed.

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  44. Kim, dear, your foyer tells all your guests to "Come on in!"

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  45. I honestly don't think I've ever been in a house that is as well put together and beautifully decorated as yours. Honestly.

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  46. Looking at your big foyer makes me wish I had such a nice space to decorate. You have done a great job making yours look so welcome~in the french country way.

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  47. It's lovely Kim, and it tells your visitors that they are in for a treat. I added a link to this post on Cedar Hill Ranch's Facebook page. I love it!!

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  48. Well I had never seen the whole thing so I am glad you showed it. Like the rest of your house, gorgeous.

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  49. Love that sideboard (drool) it's one of my favorite pieces to refer to in bloggy land.

    Question: are the front door and interior french doors painted black or dark brown?

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  50. Kim, it's obvious from the first moment that your home is filled with love. Definitely a layered look of things found here and there. You have the touch! ~ Sarah

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  51. your home is so beautiful, I love the floors! The first floor in my house is 1/2 tile (the entry way, hall way and kitchen) and 1/2 wood floors (living room, office, family room). While it is practical, I would love to have all wood floors someday!

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  52. Your foyer is gorgeous Kim! I love the hardwood floor and beautiful open look of your home and of course love that sideboard as always.

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  53. Kim, I like your rustic terracotta pot and saucer and your umbrella stand. Great texture and color.
    Did you go to A & B outlet? I need to go back to see if they've gotten new things for fall.

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  54. Your flooring is just beautiful and I can see how it opens things up.
    Your entry is so lovely and DOES reflect what your guests are about to see...A BEAUTIFULLY STYLED HOME.
    and, yes, your style of French Country, gathered over the years and not everything looking *show floor new* does indeed come across to me.
    You have the talent to design something beautiful but also comfy.
    Sometimes, this is a hard trick to accomplish.:)

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  55. OH Kim I wish my enter was that big, your is so pretty

    Pattie

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  56. Love all your photos. Especially love the toile insets on the sideboard!

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  57. Hi Kim!
    How have you been. I have missed y'all! Your home looks great. I especially love the gray on the sideboard. The finish is excellent!

    Kim, you have always been so generous in the past. We hope you will consider being a part of the Miracle Makeover blog week starting Friday... helps kids with cancer. Creativity can change things... for more on it stop by...

    Kelee Katillac@ www.designgivesback.com Met Monday will feature it next week!

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  58. Looks wonderful, Kim. The wood floor carries the eye right back to those wonderful windows, and ties everything together beautifully.

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  59. As soon as anyone comes into your foyer they will know that this is going to be one bEAUTIFUL home! The look you are going for certainly comes across. I love that it looks "gathered over time"!!!! XO, Pinky

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  60. Your foyer is so welcoming...and french country will always have a place in my heart.....love the umbrella stand :)

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  61. Kim you could show this a hundred times and I would never tire of seeing it. Its a beautiful, beautiful room that greets your guests. How lucky you are! Blessings, Barb

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  62. Your foyer is so big and beautiful!! And perfectly styled. I love it!
    Stacy

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  63. That sideboard is fabulous - love the coloration and the work put into it..just amazing!

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  64. I am in love with the fabric you used on your sideboard. Do you know the pattern? I'd love to find some to use somewhere in my home. Thanks!

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  65. Goo Goo Buy Buy, I hope you come back here to look at my reply since you have no reply comment blogger on your comments. The toile, I think is called Bosphorus. I purchased it at Hobby Lobby if you have one near you.

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  66. You don't get the feeling often when walking into a foyer, but yours says, "Welcome. Make yourself at home."
    Beautiful!
    Camille

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  67. Your home is lovely!! I love the Rooster in your foyer!

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  68. Absolutely. French country came across loud and clear. Beautiful. We took out ugly carpet and linoleum and replaced it with dark hardwood floors too. What a difference.
    Sam

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  69. Kim, I have always been in love with your foyer and the chest is one of my favorite things in your home. Thank you for joining the Open House party this week.
    xo,
    Sherry

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