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The Big Reveal – Foyer Makeover Part 3

I know I was really teasing you with the last 2 posts about my foyer makeover (inspiration here and finding the table here) but without any further adieu, I give you OUR FOYER:

It’s still a work in progress so don’t go getting all judgmental on me! As I mentioned yesterday, the table is the South Seas bar cart from Serena & Lily. Let’s take a look at the other details.

Right now the foyer is borrowing a lot of things from around the house. The one thing that’ll stay for sure is the mirror. It used to hang in my grandparent’s living room so sorry, you can’t have it! It has a weird, streaky, antiquey look to it which makes it perfectly imperfect. (I know my grandparents are looking down from heaven and loving that I’m using it. But I can bet my grandfather, a simple man who did not like change or forward-thinking, would have have had something to say about my decorating choices. His favorite line was, “That’s…different.”)

A nice bonus about the mirror is that everyone in the house – from the smallest to the tallest – can see themselves in it.

The bowl is from Jayes but I bought it on One Kings Lane so it was a little cheaper than they are on the Jayes site. One Kings Lane features Jayes products quite often so I suggest signing up for emails if you’re interested. Why all the sunglasses, you ask? Well, the ladies of the house like to have choices and anyone with kids knows that you can never have too many. I can’t explain it but somehow kid’s sunglasses just evaporate. I pick up at least 10 pairs at The Children’s Place each year because I believe that $3 each is a fair price to pay to ensure no one has a tantrum in the park because it’s too sunny.

Plus, sunglasses really complete a look, dontcha think?


The vase is one of my many turquoise vases that get moved around the house whenever I feel that a room needs some color. (The collection is like a disease at this point. I. can. not. stop.) My mom bought this one for me at Sylvester & Co in Sag Harbor many years ago but I found a couple of similar styles on the site Design Darling (which BTW has lots of goodies that I would love).  Sidenote: Yes, that is my cell phone charging there. I decided to leave it in the picture in an effort to “keep it real” because even when my phone is not there, the charger will be. It ain’t pretty but I really hate editing out something like that. And yes, this house gets a lot more “real” then just a charger laying around but I don’t think you need to see Lily’s balled up socks that she leaves all over the house, do you?

On the bottom shelf is my custom acrylic tray from Jonathan Adler. Pablo got it for me for Christmas and it has been on the living room coffee table since then but I thought it was pretty cute here. Before you get jealous that my husband is cool enough to know to get me something so awesome, just know that he selected it from a list of  approved gift options from Miss Controlling over here. (That’d be me.) I know you might think I’m crazy to do that but this is the man who gave me a cheap packaged fragrance set for my birthday the first year we were dating. Oh, the horror…

Speaking of Jonathan Adler, did you see his Shelter Island house (with hubby Simon Doonan) in Architectural Digest? It’s to die for. Oh, and I just discovered that he has a Manifesto on his site that has some similar ideas to my own Manifesto. His made me laugh out loud – especially the second one! So true.

Another thing I wanted to share is how the plugs fit right into one of the openings on the bottom shelf. That’s one of those happy accidents that you couldn’t plan if you tried.

The last element is the lamp. Right now it’s on loan from our bedroom. (One guess who’s side of the bed I stole it from. Sorry sweetie!) There are a million similar ones on the market now but I got mine about 10 years ago from Martha Stewart’s website before she had all kinds of licensed products at Home Depot like she does now. Here’s a similar version at Lamps Plus and one from Amazon that’s cheaper (and looks it). I love how it looks in the space but I do want it back in the bedroom asap so I need to find something else to replace it. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post when I’ll try a bunch of different options.

And in an effort to REALLY “keep it real”, I’m going to show you why I referred to this space as “not really a foyer”.

And I’m going to show you one of the most embarrassing, yet beloved, pieces of furniture in my house – the old comfy sofa we got at Macy’s 10 years ago.

What did you say? Is that a bi-fold closet door I have, you ask? Why yes. Yes, it is. Are your eyes bleeding yet?

Maybe this will make you feel better: a shot of the space when we first saw the house. No, don’t adjust your monitor. It really was that devoid of color. I know. It makes me sad, too.

And don’t forget there’s more I want to do. Like adding some little stools or poufs to the side of the table. I’d love to get some X-benches. Maybe something like a pair of these from Ballard:

And I’m still dreaming of adding a large section of wallpaper in a frame. But we’ll see if I ever have the bravery to add wallpaper back into my house. You know all about my love/hate relationship with wallpaper. But still, I’d love to do something like this:

What do you think? And could I ever choose a piece of wallpaper that I could commit to? I’m quite the commitment-phobe, you know. And please…tell me what you think? Is it fabulous and functional? Or plain and boring? Is it fancy? Casual? Simple? Is the table too beachy? Rustic? Or is it perfect? I’m kinda feeling like it’s a decent start but it certainly needs a little personality and love.

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The Table Arrives – Foyer Makeover Part 2

In yesterday’s post, I told you all about the questions that arose when decorating our foyer. To recap: I had decided on the following:

  • I wanted a table that was sort of open so the vent on the wall could do it’s thing.
  • I plan on putting two small stools or poufs to the side of the table so I’ll have them for extra seating when we have guests.
  • I’m not sure yet if I’ll have one lamp or two but I’m leaning toward an asymmetrical look.
  • I wanted to hang my grandmother’s old mirror on the wall above the table.
  • I wanted to go neutral with the furnishings and add color in the accessories.

But finding the right table proved to be quite a nuisance. Don’t get me wrong – I was able to find many a table that I liked but unfortunately my desires don’t usually match my budget. (Like never.) I’ve tried to forget about the ones I fell in love with because I don’t want to get that painful feeling in my tummy that I get when I walk through Barneys and know that I will never be able to afford all the clothes and accessories that I want. (Anyone else get the pain of “want”? It sucks, right?) Anyway, I’ll entice you with just one of the beauties that would have been mine if, like, I sold one of my kids or something like that. That’s right. It’s bone and dark horn on brass. Drool away.

Back to reality. I knew I didn’t want anything dark because the wall is dark teal and the table would just disappear against it. I’m drawn to white lacquer but since I have two white lacquered entertainment consoles on the opposite wall (see them here), I wanted to avoid a matchy look. (I almost overruled myself on this one when I saw Ikea’s Malm console in the showroom. I mean who could say no to a $79 price tag? But ultimately, it was too long for the space. (It’s 75 1/4″ in case you’re wondering.) It’s a great looking table in person though, and I highly recommend it if you need something long.

I thought about color and even ordered this blue console from Home Decorators Collection but the powder blue table that arrived was not the color of the aqua blue table I saw in the catalog. Sidenote: Why do catalog companies color “correct” their images so that they’re not like the real product? That’s just going to make me return it! As a magazine editor, we do everything to make sure the color on the page is like the original product – and this is editorial I’m talking about!  Here’s what it looks like on their site now but I swear it was more of an aqua in the catalog back then. Maybe they fixed the picture because I’m not the only person who returned it!

I thought about something mirrored and seriously contemplated the West Elm mirrored Parsons table but $599 plus shipping was just too much. Plus, it’s actually a desk making it a little too deep for the space and at that price, it would need to be perfect.

Then I saw this adorable bar cart from Serena and Lily.

I’ve loved this company since back in the day when they just sold kids bedding but I always put them in the category of just-beyond-my-means pricing. Bonus about this beauty: Bar carts are so cool right now. But since Don Draper isn’t expected to visit anytime soon, having a fully stocked and styled one would just feel too contrived for this wine/beer/Twisted Tea drinking pair. But…using one as as a foyer table? I liked that idea. And it was only $395. (Bonus – I had a $100 gift card to Serena and Lily just burning a hole in my pocket.) So, $295 plus $30 for shipping was something I could handle. Yet, I was dragging my feet. I don’t know why but I’m glad I did, because S&L had a 20% off sale for Memorial Day weekend so I finally ordered it.

We were thrilled to come home one night to see a HUGE box sitting on the front step. But when I opened it up, I found this.

One of the handles had broken in transit. I figured a company like Serena and Lily would send me a new table but like a kid on Christmas morning, I wanted to play with my new toy now. So, I popped the handle back up and since it was wrapped in wicker, it stayed. But still, it wasn’t stable and if anyone touched it, it would break. So, I called up Serena and Lily and spoke to the nicest customer service person ever named Debbie Lee. She apologized and said they could arrange to get this one picked up and send me a new one but I asked her if they could just give me some money back and I could try to fix it on my own. She put me on hold to check with her manager and came back in about a minute to tell me they could give me 50% off! It really was a win-win for everyone because they would have needed to pay for all the shipping back and forth plus they would be left with a busted table. So, this table that should have been $425 (including shipping) was in my grasp for only $88. Now, that’s my kind of deal. And after a little wood glue, the handle is as good as new. It goes without saying that Serena and Lily has a customer for life. Now, I just need to start saving up for their Pondicherry Headboard. Love.

Tomorrow, I’ll give you the full reveal but in the meantime, here’s a little Instagram peek.

More foyer goodness tomorrow.  See you then!


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