Thursday, July 31, 2008

Have a Seat in My Foyer

Look at my Pottery Barn chair. I snatched it up at a thrift store for three bucks a few months back. I had no clue where I'd put it, but who could pass up that price! When I got it home I noticed that one back leg had been broken, but it's been repaired well and is nice and solid.
Last week after I moved my table into the foyer, the chair that was there looked out of place. So I washed the cover of my PB chair, and sanded and painted the legs black. Now it has a prominent place in my home.
While we're in my foyer, let me show you around. This area measures 8 feet by 11 feet. It's a great size, but there are doors and openings on every single wall, which makes it a bit of a challenge to decorate.This is the backside of my front door. When we moved here, there was a door and a separate long window. We replaced it with this door and side lights, which was a nightmare job for our poor carpenter. My hubby and I put up all the decorative molding. I really wanted to make a statement on this wall. We put lighting in the crown molding. It makes for a cozy light during the day, as well as at night.This little piece was on my doorstep one day. My neighbor was helping her daughter de-clutter and she thought I might like this. I do!
My hubby and I were given permission to remove this mail slot and elevator button from a very old hotel just before they demolished it years ago. Little kids always ask if my closet is an elevator. Wouldn't that be nice.
Well, that's it for today. But I'm thinking that my new chair needs a little something sitting right next to it, so I'm off to work on tomorrow's post.
Make it a good day!

23 comments:

Valarie said...

I love the lights above the crown molding and I love the mail slot and the elevator button. To cute!

Darlene said...

Joy,
Your foyer is beautiful...love the crown molding. That is funny about the elevator button...neat that you got to have those two items. I can't wait to see what you put with that wonderful chair!

Bella said...

Simply beautiful...and I mean that...everything is simple, yet classic, everything is in the right spot and you have neat, fun items like the elevator button, how cool is that???

And that crown molding and chair are to die for! I just love your sense of style :)

Bella

Shirlee said...

I'm so jealous of your large foyer, that's the size of a bedroom. I also like the addition of the lights in the crown moulding, very clever idea. Love the chair (what a great thrift store you shop at), the elevator button (how fun) and mail slot.
Have a great day!

Blissful Nikki said...

well, that chair is definatly the DEAL of the year!!

And that elevator button....toooooooo cool! I acutally grew up with a friend that had an elevator in a closet because her sister was in a wheelchair, but we would play in it all the time! :) hehe

Chris said...

I love every part of your entry. I love that chair, the clock above it, the doorbell! How fun! I WISH I had found that chair. Your moulding above the door is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

Spymommy said...

Your foyer is so welcoming and calm. Mine is always covered with dirt from kids shoes and well, lots of kids shoes thrown around! I'll take some pictures sometime and show you! Until then, I'm going to be dreaming of entering my house and having it look just like yours!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

You got a great buy on the chair! And I love the way the crown molding is lit up.

Thanks for showing us around,
Diane

Nicol said...

I love the molding!!! I would love to have a foyer but instead you get to walk right into my living room. Someday!

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

You have an absolutely beautiful home! I love your mail slot, and the PB chair was a great find! I love the flower arrangements you made in the previous post! You have a great eye and talent! :)

~Rhonda

Susie Harris said...

What neat stuff and a awesome way to show it all off... you are such the decor diva! Susie h~

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Ok........very simple......BUT very elegant. LOVE the clock above. That old corbel and mail slot are very cool! cherry

Rae said...

$3?! What an amazing bargain!! I soooo love your elevator button. That is just the neatest not to mention most unique item to have! The mail slot is great too. Have I told you how JoYfUL I am to have found your blog? :)

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

so so charming! AND SO CLEVER! I would have never thought to ask for the elevator button, but it adds TONS of charm to your foyer! Thats what I love about your blog!..always thinking outside the box!

Christina said...

Enjoyed the tour of your foyer. It is lovely. I like the way you painted the inside of your front door black. I may have to do that to mine. What a great deal on a great chair.

Deb said...

I love it all, and I really love the elevator buttons and the mail box. My kids would be pushing that button waiting for the elevator to arrive all the time.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I really like that dressed up door. Now I realize how plain mine is.

Angie said...

Love the chair (great deal!) and clock in your foyer. The molding you put up is beautiful. I'll have to talk to my hubby about doing that too. Molding makes such a difference for not a whole lot of money. The elevator button is so clever!

sweetfunkyvintage said...

I love the mail slot and elevator buttons!
I picked up a doorknob set from the old B&O railroad offices a few years ago and I thought my husband would have a fit when I begged for them to be put in our front door!
love, love, love vintage touches like that!
Missy

Connie said...

You can never have to many spare Pottery Barn chairs. Your foyer looks so crisp. Thanks for sharing.
~Connie

Kaylee said...

Hey Joy!! Thank you SO much for the helpful information! I was so lost, and had no idea what I was doing! Thanks again! =)

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

That elevator button is too cute! Your foyer is beautiful and love that chair. Wish I had a pottery barn outlet in my area! ;)

Connie said...

Oh, I love your chair. Also the foyer is beautiful and so large. I have a foyer but it is much smaller.

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