2taniya


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2taniya
How about a cushioned bench on the stair wall? Maybe with 1 or 2 matched baskets under it for storage depending on your needs. If not a cushioned bench then maybe a painted one just open underneath and people could leave shoes there. So many people take their shoes off in a house - though I personally don't care but there are always shoes at our front door. The rug pattern and bench color or cushion can coordinate. Depending on how wide the entry door swings open you may need a door stop in the floor to protect whatever furniture you place on the entry wall. Perhaps framed art work on the entry wall or a very slim table or cabinet You could consider something like a coat tree if you need someplace for guest coats...or maybe that could go in the vestibule.
July 8, 2014 at 9:21am        Thanked by njdixdar
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Rhonda Bovine
I love your home! Here's another inspiration pic of an elegant foyer that reminded me of yours.
July 8, 2014 at 1:56pm        Thanked by njdixdar
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njdixdar
Hi Rhonda, I love that foyer and have noticed it on Houzz before. Beautiful! Really like the table and lamp.
July 9, 2014 at 3:04am   
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2taniya
Remove the wall sconces, move the mirror on the back wall to over the fireplace and rearrange some of the other objects in your home. For example try the M and the silver vase on the cabinet at the fireplace and try the candle tray from the coffee table on the cabinet, maybe the vase of flowers from the fireplace will move to either the coffee table or cabinet. Just work things around til you like the finished look better. Or add in some pretty bowls from the kitchen...Try something colorful (flowers, a potted plant, stacked boxes, etc) on hearth for the summer. Have fun.
July 8, 2014 at 9:05am     
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halfpint2
I think you've done a great job so far. The only issue I would have is with the beam in the alcove that looks out of place. What type of wood are those beams?
July 8, 2014 at 12:37pm   
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decoenthusiaste
Now that we see other parts of the room, solutions come to mind. First, the candle sconces would work better above the cabinet you posted in the other dilemma. The round mirror has dramatic enough texture to stand up to the FP stone, so I'd move it 5" above the mantel.. Biggest issue is the big E-center taking up a huge footprint. I'd sell that on Craig's List and use the money to purchase a low credenza (not a TV stand) and put the TV on it instead of the huge cabinet.
The three beams look to be misfits for the style of your space. I'd guess someone just added them and that they are purely decorative, even if real wood. I'd remove them and install crown all around the room. The wide trim on your windows might be a nice feature to expose. When you remove the red drapes, consider inside mounted fabric roman shades. Then if you still feel you need curtains, hang stationary panels floor to ceiling (or to the crown.)
July 8, 2014 at 12:49pm   
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hazeldazel
Personally, I think it's fabulous and a gorgeous mid-century detail. If you're only going to live there one year or so, I wouldn't get rid of it (original features can be a selling point), I would just make sure it's cleaned and functional. When you stage your home for sale, make sure the furnishings work with the architectural details so they are highlighted rather than look out of place.

P.S. Look at some of the retro/mcm websites to find some of the plants used for the planter. It will look waaay better than the fake ivy. Something like Snake Plant, Horsetail, etc.
July 7, 2014 at 10:53am      Thanked by sisterjeannie
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2taniya
I don't mind the look of the stone or colors (from this picture) but I would suggest pulling out the plants, adding a solid or glass cover and using the planter top as more of a side/entry/divider table and adding your favorite objets d'art there. The potted plant on the right corner could move to the left corner or left center. Would the portrait on the narrow part of the stone fireplace look better where the mirror over the mantel currently is?
July 7, 2014 at 12:19pm        Thanked by sisterjeannie
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