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Foyer Update: New Lighting and Stools

As I told you when I revealed our new foyer table, the lighting I had there was just borrowed from the bedroom and I knew I needed to find something else. Here’s a refresher of the foyer table with the borrowed light:

After the table went in, I went on a lamp shopping spree at Target but none of the options were quite right.

Since then, the foyer has gone through a couple changes. You may have noticed a couple of them when you saw our foyer on Apartment Therapy. (What? You missed that?? Well, our living room–which includes this foyer area–was featured on Apartment Therapy last year. Yup. It sure was!) Anyway, we were using an old mirrored lamp with a quick-fix shade from Target but I wasn’t crazy about it. We also got a new runner from Ballard for a song. It’s an indoor/outdoor rug so it’s super durable which is just what we needed. Is it a perfect forever runner? Probably not. But it’s good for now. (You can pick one up here.)

And then I revealed the little “hi” in the foyer back in November.



And it even got a brighter gold update back in this post:

hi collage

But let’s get back to the hunt for a lamp…

Like I told you back in October, I was eagerly waiting for Nate Berkus’s collection to hit Target and when it did, I was there. It took a little hunting (read the harrowing tale here) but I found the lamp I wanted.

nate collection

I figured I would just update this post that I started last fall with a nice picture of the Nate lamp and say it was all done.  But…womp, womp…it wasn’t quite perfect. Believe me, I really wanted to love it but it just felt kinda wimpy and just not quite right.

foyer update 015

 …and I didn’t like the way the shade looked with light shining through it. (Yes, I know it still has the plastic on and yes, I know you’re not supposed to put it on like that but how the hell else are you supposed to see how it looks with light shining through?! I promise I just held it over the bulb for a few seconds, Mom.)


So, back to the drawing board. I picked up another lamp from Target with a panelled shade and that’s filling the space now. (I can’t seem to find either on the site right now so I guess they’re sold out but they’re both from the Threshold line which is killing it so go check out what else they have here.) It’s pretty but it’s not the lamp of my dreams.


So what would the lamp of my dreams be, you ask? Of, I don’t know. Probably something like the Robert table lamp from Matthew Studios in Amethyst:

Or the Veronica in quartz:

If you’re interested in purchasing one of them for me and you have the $3500 required to get one, you can go to to pick it up.  (Actually don’t. That’s gross. If you have $3500 to spend on a table lamp, please just use the money to make a donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for me. Thanks.)

You’ll also notice that we finally got some stools that sit on either side of the table. I might be DIYing a little addition to them soon I won’t into too much detail here but they’re from Serena and Lily and yes, they come with the dipped legs. Cute, right?


My little foyer is still a work in progress but it has come a long way since this!

foyer BEFORE


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Foyer Makeover

It’s just a foyer. I need to remind myself of that. But when this is the “before” shot, any change is going to feel epic.

The amount of time I’ve put into thinking about what to put in this space is sort of insane. And here’s the crazier part, it’s actually not even a real foyer. You see, my front door opens into my living room so this is just a wall. Just a small space by the front door. But I’ve never had a proper entryway space so for years I’ve been dying to have a pretty console table with a lamp and a nice bowl for my mail and a place to put my handbag instead of on a dining chair (where it lived in our old house) or on the floor (where it goes now). We have no mudroom and this is the way we enter the house so in addition to this little vignette being decorative, it needs to be functional.

So, I started thinking.  And dreaming.  And pinning. And the next thing I knew I had a Foyer Inspiration Board with 128 pins. That’s right. 128 pins of foyer ideas. And the more I pinned, the more confused I got. I felt like I had a million different ideas swirling and I needed to start making decisions.

 Question 1: Should I choose a classic console table with no storage…   (image via Decor8)

..or go for a sideboard or credenza that would offer a place to hide some stuff? (image via Annie Schlechter)

The winner is: Open. Even though the idea of some extra storage was enticing, we have a heating/AC vent on that wall so I opted to go with something open.

Question 2: Should I put storage bins underneath…

….or should I put some stools or poufs or even a pair of dreamy x-benchs for extra seating?

(image below via Desire to Inspire)

The winner is: Neither. Since storage was key, I found a table with a top and bottom shelf so there’s no space underneath for either. But I do plan on having some small stools to each side of the table.

Question 3: Should I use one lamp…

…or go for some symmetry (which is SO not my style but I kinda like for an entryway)?

The winner is: The jury is still out on this one. I’m currently borrowing one lamp from the bedroom. The table isn’t super long so if I do two, they would need to be small. I think I’m leaning toward asymmetry though. I’m just more of an off-kilter kinda girl.

Question 4: Should I use oversized art…

…or an oversized mirror (in which case I’d use my grandmother’s old mirror that I’ve had for years)?

(image via Apartment Therapy)

The winner is: Grandma! (But my regular readers already knew that though from this post.) Yup, I hung my grandma’s old mirror vertically above the table. (It was hanging horizontally above Grandma and Grandpa’s couch when my parents sat there and my dad proposed to my mom!)

Question 5: Do I go crazy with color…

(Tory Burch showroom via Habitually Chic)

…or keep it clean and luxe with neutrals? (image via The Decorista)

The winner is: A little bit of both. Since the wall is teal, I already have some color so I’m keeping the furnishings clean and neutral. But this is my house, after all, so I’m sure there will be some color in the styling which is still a work in progress.

Do you understand now what I meant when I said I was putting way too much thought into this decision? Oh – and keep in mind that like all things in my house, this needed to be done on a tiny budget. Like, as-cheap-as-is-humanly-possible budget. So tune in to my next post to see the table I ended up with and hear all about the INSANE deal I got on it. Make sure to click the link below to subscribe to posts by email so you won’t miss a thing.


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Images:  I tried to link to original sources when possible, but in the cases I couldn’t find them, you can locate them all on my Pinterest board called Foyer Inspiration.