The Foyer Project has four components:
1) Remodel or Not
2) Wall Decor
Remodel or Not
For a short period of time, we entertained converting our two story foyer into a loft space (we couldn't convert it into a full bedroom). I have never been a fan of the two-story foyers. I know, I am in the minority. We invited five contractors into our home to take measurements and return with estimates. Of the five, we received one estimate many weeks later. Beyond the annoyance of not hearing back from the other four after several weeks of waiting, we lost interest in the project. When we finally received an estimate, although the price was fair and expected, we realized the project was wrought with what ifs:
What if the actual cost far exceeded the estimate?
What if the remodel process caused more disruption than we want to accept?
What if the loft hurts resale value?
After more discussion, my husband and I decided to embrace the two story foyer and finally decorate it like we live here.
I have been on a mission to find artwork for the HUGE wall space. Seriously, the space is a bit overwhelming to fill. I have been to several estate sales, garage sales, consignment sales, shopping Facebook yard sale pages and paging through Pinterest boards. I found several pieces to work with and the next step is to lay it all out to plan the placement.
Once we finalize the artwork, we will then choose a new paint color to complement. Our current paint color is just too pale for the amount of light the foyer receives. A deeper color will bring warmth to the space.
Finally, a few more furnishings (furniture and rug) will help to bring the eye down and possibly create a cozy feel in the big space.
Today, I purchased a buffet off a Facebook yard sale page. The seller said it was a refinished piece from the 1960s. While that was nice to know, I was happy with the price and, while it was apparent the piece had some flaws (not a professional refinish as well as scratches), the top of the buffet was scratch free. At the exchange, I inspected the piece which led the seller to lower the price a few dollars. I accepted the lower price and glad I did. As it was loaded into the car, I noticed a crack on one of the doors.