{Entrance Hall} Starting Over

Happy Monday to you, friends. I hope your weekend was glorious. We left our sweet Maggie at home with the house/dog sitter, and headed out for a family vacation Saturday. After a busy school year, and the kids being spread out all Summer, we are relishing the time spent with just each other. No friends, no TV, no video games, no practices…just us, and the island! I’m posting some of the sights and shenanigans on InstaGram, so follow along if you’d like!

I was a busy-bee before we left though, and am super excited to share a full room makeover with you in the coming days. Well, calling it a room might be a stretch, since it’s actually a 6 1/2 x 9-foot Entrance Hall. But the foyer is first thing you and your guests see and feel when coming in, so you want it to be a welcome and inviting space.

Over the years, ours has gone through some changes.

When we first moved in….

Then there was a slight improvement when we painted the doors black.

After awhile, we built a large wall mirror and jazzed it up with a zebra rug and accessories.

Then we framed the wall mirror and layered it with a starburst mirror.


Things were definitely brighter, but it was lacking color…so down went a new red rug to coordinate with the red ceiling in the adjoining Dining Room. And this is how it’s looked for the last few years…until the plant died. And while the progress was slow good, it still didn’t reflect the welcoming warmness I wanted to feel when coming home. Nor were we getting any function out of the space.

Hi Sugarplum | Rug Updates

So I started over, and built this room layer by layer…and could not be happier with the final outcome! I’ll be sharing those steps and layers with you in the coming days, and I hope you’ll follow along, and be inspired!

Hi Sugarplum | 5 Steps to a Fab Foyer

We can’t have Afters without Befores…so here’s the space, mostly cleared out. The wall mirror isn’t coming down without bringing the dry wall with it, so it stays. And the walls and doors will get painted sooner or later, but not part of this makeover.

Hi Sugarplum | Evolution of an Entrance Hall (before)

Hi Sugarplum | Evolution of an Entrance Hall (before)

Hi Sugarplum | Evolution of an Entrance Hall (before)

We’ll start with the floor tomorrow! Do you have a fabulous foyer that reflects your home, or does it need a makeover?!

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  1. I love that you have room for two big doors and I love the natural light! I can't wait to see your finished product!

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  2. Looks amazing! Great job.

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  3. I cannot wait to see what you do!! I love a fabulous foyer, one of my favorite rooms to decorate!

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  4. mwimp wrote:

    cant wait to see it! I wish we had an entry way. the people that built our house installed THREE front doors – yes you read me right three! but none have a real entry way.

    where did you get that fixture? I luv it and does it put off a lot of light? i would luv that for the stairwell light

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  5. Am so pleased that you're working on this area, we have a tiled floor entry way and it's all very ho-hum. Will be watching your progress this week for some help with de-blahing our entry way.

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  6. I love the double doors. I dont really have much of an entry way or foyer. I am working on ideas now to spruce mine up. I can't wait to see what you do.

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  7. Can't wait to see it all come together! I am thinking when it gets cooler, my doors are going black! I just can't stand the thought of leaving the door open all day to paint it…not when it is 103 degrees! Hope you're having a blast!

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  8. Of course I copied you way back when you put that red rug down.. I found a red rug for my foyer haha! Our front door unit needs replacing so we are shopping that right now (omg crazy expensive!!!) and that means nothing else new for a while! 🙂 Can't wait to see what you do in there

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  9. Love seeing all the projects you have managed to knock out. All amazing I might add. Enjoy the conference, and can't wait to see the progress on the family room.
    Interior Design

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  10. Wow, that looks fantastic! I should paint my front door dark, that would look so good! Love that rug you put in front of it too. The pop of color is really pretty!

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  11. Our got a make up recently (paint) but it's in dire need of some wall hangings, furniture. Anything will do at this point! :]

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  12. This is such a tease! I can't wait to see what you did with your entryway!

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  13. Can't wait to see what you came up with! So excited!

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  14. Looking forward to your reveal… Maybe it'll give me it kick in the pants I need to finish mine!

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  15. Can't wait to see the reveal!! I love your projects, they all turn out so beautiful.

    xo, Taylor

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  16. Love this post! Unfortunately, I don't have my own home yet but these are great tips!

    Now following you on Blog Lovin!
    XO from my home to yours,
    Femme Home

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