Andrea Maaseide Design

Cha Cha Changes... in the foyer

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A foyer, generally, gives someone the first impression of a home, which means it needs extra special attention.  My foyer has seen its fair share of changes since we've moved in.  Just one of the before pictures:

The yellowy beige walls weren't working for us and the file cabinet turned entryway chest was just too deep for the space and just NOT right.  Yes, that's a little swiffer action going on in this photo. =)

The yellowy beige walls weren't working for us and the file cabinet turned entryway chest was just too deep for the space and just NOT right.  Yes, that's a little swiffer action going on in this photo. =)

We decided to make some changes in the foyer by adding this Phillip Jeffries grass cloth.

Grasscloth adds such wonderful texture to a space and this is such a lovely warm gray.  We also invested in some paint for the front door, a new light fixture, and an awesome rug we found at local vendor Timothy Paul Home.   They carry the most amazing rugs!

{Left: Benjamin Moore Black Bean Soup 2130-10; Right: Robert Abbey Bling Chandelier}

Here's a few (not so great shots) of the after.

You can see we've kept the mirror - it was bought by Steve's parents in Norway and he has serious sentimental attachment to it, plus it's really cool.  We also added an amazing photograph, taken by my cousin Chayo de Chevez, of a woman found sitting on the streets of Cuba smoking a cigar.  Check out Chayo's website.  She's incredibly talented!

"El Puro", by Chayo de Chevez.  I need to move her out from behind the basement door.  She's not getting enough attention there!

"El Puro", by Chayo de Chevez.  I need to move her out from behind the basement door.  She's not getting enough attention there!

Our foyer is still not complete, though.  Every foyer needs plenty of lighting, a landing place for stuff (like a console table or baskets), a place to perch; and some cute accessories and art.  Here are some foyers that inspire me.

I like the simplicity of the main palette here - black and white - and the touch of greenery.  The accessories are also really cute.  Via House Beautiful.

I like the simplicity of the main palette here - black and white - and the touch of greenery.  The accessories are also really cute.  Via House Beautiful.

Just enough space on this console to put the essentials.  This wallpaper makes me happy.  I really love this look and some blues in our foyer would tie in with our living room. Via House Beautiful. 

Just enough space on this console to put the essentials.  This wallpaper makes me happy.  I really love this look and some blues in our foyer would tie in with our living room. Via House Beautiful

I like all of the natural textures in this foyer mixed with the black and the bold jewel tones in the area rug. {Via Pinterest}

I like all of the natural textures in this foyer mixed with the black and the bold jewel tones in the area rug. {Via Pinterest}

Beautiful vignette! {Via Domaine Home}

Beautiful vignette! {Via Domaine Home}

The doors are fantastic!  {Via Domaine Home}

The doors are fantastic!  {Via Domaine Home}

And here are a few pieces that Philippa and I think would be fun in my foyer:

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1. This historical botanical print with gold and silver leaf is so gorgeous and it would bring in the blues to tie in with the living room! / 2. This vintage umbrella stand would add a lot of character to the space. / 3. These sculptures add a great organic element and height. / 4. A fab, unique table lamp. / 5.  Love this table, but would prefer it in the white marble top for my foyer.  / 6. The quirkiness of these West Elm vases are perfect. They just need the succulent on top (hopefully I won't kill it!). / 7. This handmade bowl is a great landing place for keys, etc.

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