Thursday, April 18, 2019

Styling your foyer

Styling your Foyer

You know the old saying, "You only have one chance to make a good impression"?Well, your foyer is that "One Chance" to make that good impression. It should reflect your style. 

Many times this area is neglected or just overlooked. But I think it's a valuable space, if not the most important space in your home.
This is the space that will welcome your quest. It set the tone for the rest of your home. So if it's neglected what is that saying about your home?

I believe your foyer is a great place to try different design elements you may not have considered before. Here are some ideas you can implement in your space.

1.  Love the color but was afraid to add it to your space? The foyer may be a great place to add color. It's small enough space that you can try out a new bold color.

2. Scale is everything!! If you have a large foyer, then make sure you put in the right amount of furniture. That's very important. Too many times I see the entrance is packed with too many pieces.

3. Your foyer will set the tone to your home's style. If you have a contemporary home, then your entrance should reflect that style. It lends to the character of your home. It gives balance to your place.

4. Don't be afraid to add an area rug. It will add color, introduce patterns and add depth and dimension to your foyer. Just make sure it can stand up to heavy traffic.

5. Don't be afraid to go bold in your designs. Add geometric shapes, unique decor and generally have fun with it. Show your personality.

6. Do you love wallpaper but were scared to use it in another room? Then why not try it out in your foyer. Just make sure the wallpaper you use will easily transition from the entrance to the rest of the home.

7. Add some local flavor to the space. If you live in a tropical area, then don't be afraid to add some tropical designs element. In this case, the stairway depicts the local landscape.

8. Sometime a foyer will be a transitional zone, where the indoor meets the outdoors. This allows you to add some outdoor element in that space.

9. The foyer is the first place you enter when you're coming home. So it should have a place to put your stuff, like keys, gloves, and scarf. Don't be afraid to add a dresser (if space permits it), console table or even a chest

As you can see, there are many ways to design your foyer. The most important to remember is to create it!! Don't neglect it. Make it the space warm and inviting to your guests.

All Images Via Pinterest


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Office design

Office Redesign

As you know, I recently painted my desk with Fusion paint. I love how it came out. But now I look around my office and realize it needs some tender loving care— time to work on it.
You see when I moved into this house two years ago; I did not do anything to this office. I kept the original color because I happen to like it. I still do. But I was not happy with the look of the walls. The walls had holes and could use some patching.

And although I liked the color, I decided to go a bit warmer in tone. So I set off to redo my office. And oh boy did I take on a project!! 

This was my office before I did any work as you can see it's nice enough.

I did not like those sliding doors!! Especially that piece of trim!! What exactly was the purpose of that?!!!

First I wanted to paint the walls, that meant doing some patching. Lots of patching. And I realized why they had that piece of trim. It was to cover up the track!!

Then I went about and removed all the trims that were there, including the baseboard trims.

This was the trim they had installed. It looked like they ran out of one trim and decided to use whatever they had left. Geez, what horrible artistry!!

This is what I had in mind. As you can see they are no right angles!! So no 45-degree cuts. That's the beauty of this project. And even though I have a miter saw, I have never cut right corners. This seemed the perfect solution to adding trim work.

I had to spackle all the holes and fill in the small gaps with caulking.

Came out beautifully. I was pleased with the results.

And all the baseboards trim match!! No more mismatch. Filled in all the gaps and freshly painted.

So much better than before. 

Well, this project is done. It took me a couple of weekends to do. But it was worth doing it on to the next project.