I’m of the firm belief that your foyer (and hallways for that matter) should never be an afterthought. They are the very first thing people see the moment they step into your house, and it’s a really wonderful way to make a lasting first impression. Much like the rest of our home, our foyer is teeny tiny, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t worthy of a little love.
We started by ripping out the heinous ceramic tile in the vestibule and replacing it with something truly wow-worthy. I knew I wanted something with pattern, as there’s not much room for anything else so it needed to really stand on its own. After going back and forth on a number of different patterned options, we landed on this insanely intricate patterned marble, from Stone Impressions , with a simple marble border. This change alone instantly transformed the entire vibe.
Next, still along the whole “statement” front, we decided we’d add wallpaper going all the way up the stairs. Much like our vestibule, our hallway upstairs is pretty tight, with little room for anything other than a piece of art or two. In order to ensure that every last bit of spacec in our home got a little design love, this felt like a really lovely solution. We opted for this incredible hand-painted pattern from Farrow & Ball , and I almost cried when it went up it’s so beautiful. The pattern is super quiet and subtle which means I won’t tire of it, but there’s no doubt that it still makes a statement and holds its own. In addition, the organic tree-like shape and its application feels traditional and in keeping with the bones of our home, but the pattern is done in a modern way so that it doesn’t feel stuffy. Basically, this wallpaper is my design sensibilities embodied.
Next, we replaced our wall sconces (which you can really only see in the mirror in the shot above) with those of the unexpected variety (you can see a better image here, if you’d like). They’re soft and playful, but still super elegant. We then added a small console, which has become the perfect spot to drop our keys and hold our mail as we come and go (plus, I’m oddly excited to decorate this little spot for each season – is it just me who thinks of these things?).
And because design is in the details, we made sure we had them en masse. The prettiest vintage-inspired mirror from Wayfair set the stage. It arrived fast, shipping was free which was awesome, and it was by far the most reasonably priced mirror of its variety I could find. I then made sure to infuse some soul through little touches the likes of the vintage candlesticks and coat hooks (that I picked up at an estate sale near my cottage in Prince Edward County).
In addition, because I firmly believe that every room should have a hint of black to ground it – we painted out our existing door and handrail, which added some much needed drama (keeping things from feeling too light and airy) that I simply adore.
If you want to check out the rest of the rooms in our house, you can do so right here.
Patterned Floor Tiles: Stone Impressions | Marble Border Tile: Stone Impressions
Wall Colour: Farrow & Ball – Strong White | Wallpaper: Farrow & Ball – Hornbeam
Mirror: Wayfair | Console: Wayfair | Wall Sconce: Arteriors | Door Knob: Schlage
Vintage Candlesticks: Etsy | Vase & Marble Ball: Homesense
Umbrella Stand: Carte & Barrel | Coat Hooks: Vintage
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