I am subtitling this post with this -
Ramblings of a Budget Constrained Wannabe Designer That Wants It All Now But Needs A Reality Check
So while I wait for the rest of the living room furniture to arrive, my thoughts are moving on to the library and the foyer.
Today, I will concentrate on the foyer.
This is how it looked at Christmas.
It looked magical with all of the garland and lights.
On any given day, though, this foyer is a bit on the boring side.
Standard height 9' ceilings and not a lot of light.
I wish it had sidelights next to the door but there are closets flanking the door and Lord knows in an old house you need all of those you can get.
This part of the house has had a very traditional feel and I don't want to leave that behind I just want to give it a bit of an edge.
So we lightened up the walls with a fresh coat of paint and then I removed the runner and I ordered two of these instead.
They are from the Thomas Paul Damask Collection.
I liked the idea of two runners instead of one long one this time around.
I think I was influenced by this photo.
My inspiration for my choice of runners was the hallway carpet at the Wynn in Vegas.
They are very similar.
I loved it there and I think it will bring a little updated sass and flair to our
For now I have moved the small half moon table out of the foyer and into the dining room so things look a bit naked here. I also took down the artwork above the radiator ( it is sitting on the floor) but it may have to return for awhile longer.
I got rid of a lot of pieces when I started my living room update so in a lot of ways it is like starting over and I can only rob Peter to pay Paul so many times.
My next question is what to do with that mirror.
I like having a mirror in the foyer so I can check my face, hair and what not before I answer or head out the door. I just don't really like THIS mirror anymore.
We bought it to help us sell the last house.
I thought it would help make the dining room there look a bit larger.
It must have worked because the house sold quickly after we put it up.
Now, though, it is a bit fancy schmancy for me.
It is rather large which I like but extremely heavy and very ornate.
So lately I have been wondering,
do I paint it a glossy black? Very Dorothy Draper?
It could work well with the new runners, if they ever arrive.
Or maybe an off white that just blends in with the wall? That would play down the frame and still work with the runners. Too boring though?
Maybe I paint it silver.
Or, maybe I move it all together if I can talk the big guy into rehanging it here.
Originally I was thinking new artwork here and a mirror over the fireplace.
I stole this chalk drawing from our bedroom for now.
I don't want too many mirrors so if I bring that large mirror in here I will have to find some art work for this space.
I know I will not get as much for the mirror if I paint it and then decide to sell it but it isn't making me happy and I am not sure I want to whittle away at my decorating budget for a mirror right now.
I have bigger fish to fry.
There are just too many wants on my list.
This make over IS fun but I close my eyes at night and see $$$ signs.
So loved ones I come to you. This mad housewife needs to hear your thoughts on the mirror? What would you do?
Chuck it? Paint it? Paint it and move it?
What's a girl to do?
In the end I will make up my own mind, but I love hearing from you.
I will partying with the best of them over at
Between Naps on the Porch. Join me there.