March 20, 2013

{ New House Tour } Foyer Makeover

Kevin & Amanda's Foyer

So, I am a bad, bad home decor blogger. I never take “Before” pictures! I promise I’ll try and get better about that as I show you more rooms in the new house. But for now, I thought I’d show you guys what I’ve done with the foyer so far! :) If you’re wondering about where we got anything in these photos, I will put everything I know in a Source List down at the bottom of this post. :)

Kevin & Amanda's Foyer

When Kevin and I moved into our new house, I didn’t want to bring any of our old furniture with us. All of it was at least 10 years old and most of it was hand-me-downs from when we were newlyweds and just starting out. It was time for a change. We kept a few pieces (like our bedroom suite and of course my scrapbook desk! :)) but mostly we are starting from scratch again. So it might be a long, slow process making over each room in the new house, but you can be sure I will keep you updated with each new room! :)

Kevin & Amanda's Foyer

And we are slowly making progress! I’ve got one room down, after all. :) Of course I started with the smallest room in the house, lol! Here’s what our old foyer looked like by the way. It totally cracks me up that this post was SO OBVIOUSLY written before Pinterest, lol! :)

Kevin & Amanda's Foyer

I really couldn’t tell you why I have a random set of antique keys hanging on my door, lol. There was already a hook in the door when we moved in, and I had picked up these antique keys one day and loved them, so I just hung them on the door until I could figure out what I wanted to do with them, and they just kind of stuck. :) I might change it out for a wooden monogram like this one day, or do something like that on the outside of my front door. :)

Kevin & Amanda's Foyer

We didn’t do too much to change the foyer from it’s original state when we moved in. We swapped out the chandelier from a really boring boob light — Sorry I said boob — But that’s really what they look like! And one thing we did have to do was move the light switch. The light switches in the house are in the oddest places. I don’t know what our builder was thinking, lol! I predict this will not be the only light switch we have to move. This one was centered on the middle of the wall, and kind of right at eye level (okay, maybe a little lower) so there was really no way you could hang anything on this wall without moving it. Especially not a full length mirror. But even if we were to go with a smaller mirror, hanging anything above the light switch would’ve been too high — it would’ve looked odd, and I wouldn’t have been able to see myself in the mirror! So anyway, we moved it, and we also added a fourth switch that controls the lamp. And it’s much easier to reach now. I love it!

By the way, do you think I need to center this rug in the space, or in front of the door? It’s centered in front of the door now. But this angle is making me second guess myself, lol!

Kevin & Amanda's Foyer

And I just have to give a huge shoutout to my sweet Dad. He comes up on the weekends and helps us out with all our home makeover projects. (Like moving the light switch, hanging the mirror, and hanging the chandelier) This room (okay, every room in our new house, lol!) would not be possible without him! :)

Thanks so much for looking! If you’re wondering about anything in these photos, I’ll put everything I know in the source list below. Let me know if I left something out! :)

{ Source List }

Mirror — Diamante Leaner Mirror from Ballard Designs
Table — Stanley Furniture Gaiola Fortuna Table
Lamp — Home Goods
Vintage suitcases (bottom 4) — Hunt and Found on Etsy. She gets new ones in all the time!
Small box on top of suitcases — Hobby Lobby
Arrow clock — Pier One
Rug — Scroll Tile Rug in Mocha from Pottery Barn
Chandelier — Bellora Chandelier from Pottery Barn
Antique Keys — TJ Maxx
Paint Color — Sherwin Williams Virtual Taupe



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Sandra March 20, 2013 at 1:41 am

I love the mirror, the paint color is so warm and welcoming, but most of all I love the wood flooring. I like the rug where it is, but I’m thinking more on the functional side than decor. I hope you have before pictures for the next time. I love makeover projects. The last foyer was pretty as well, looked very functional and organized.
FrozenFairytale

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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 20, 2013 at 2:18 am

Amanda it’s just stunning! So light and bright, classy and classic, vintage and modern, chic and beautiful. The suitcases are fabulous! As are the chandelier and mirror. Gorgeous!

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liactk March 20, 2013 at 2:31 am

Amanda, I like it the way u put ur rug now..
And I love those Vintage suitcases. Wonder where i can find it here in my hometown…

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Lori March 20, 2013 at 2:58 am

Beautiful! Can’t wait to see it in person someday. I will admit that I am giggling because that’s the way Bill and I jokingly describe that type of light fixture too!

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Nur Ain March 20, 2013 at 3:38 am

Ohmygoodness. It is sooo beautiful! I wish to have my own house like yours one day :)

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Annemarie March 20, 2013 at 4:00 am

Oh my god! It’s soooo beautiful! I love you new house!

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Jen Morris March 20, 2013 at 4:15 am

It looks fabulous and I LOVE that mirror. I think the rug needs to stay centered on the door like it is now.

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Becca Dutill March 20, 2013 at 5:08 am

Love ..love..LOVE…the antique keys on the door.
Your family (loves) is safe under lock & key.
Beautiful house…great sense of fashion.
Will you do an omage to sweets…lol..??
Florida hugs,
Becca

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Adrienne Seal March 20, 2013 at 5:42 am

My sister just got suitcases like those. I’m sending this blog to her right now. It’s looks very nice.

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Debi March 20, 2013 at 6:33 am

I love, love, love it! I agree with the others–keep the rug where it is. The chandelier is GORGEOUS and absolutely PERFECT for that spot! And I love the paint color! Keep the keys on the door–they’re perfect there! If you want to move them, my only suggestion would to be having them “casually” laying on the table with the lamp… like you’d just dropped off your keys upon entry. Congrats on a job well done! I can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of the house! :)

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 20, 2013 at 6:34 am

Oh what I would give to be able to move to a new house and buy all new (to me) furniture! I love it. I have stacked luggage in our bedroom and this reminds me I need to go through it and pitch stuff. LOL I can’t wait to see more pics of other areas of the house! I’m nosey. :)

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Stephanie March 20, 2013 at 6:36 am

Love the mirror!!! It looks fantastic!

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Lynne March 20, 2013 at 6:45 am

Looks lovely! This is my favorite site for home inspiration: http://www.houzz.com/

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lou March 20, 2013 at 7:10 am

My 2 cents…centre the rug in the space.

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Sandy_in_MD March 20, 2013 at 7:22 am

Beautiful entrance to your new home. I can’t wait to see what you do with the other rooms.

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Susie March 20, 2013 at 7:39 am

Looks great! I think the rug needs to be functional, centered in front of the door, but it might not bother you so much if it is perpendicular to the door instead of parallel? I am the same about balance, too. Plus, this will give you a little bit more rug beyond the door if anyone has stuff on their shoes. Or, get a little bit bigger one (so easy to spend other people’s $$) that will cover more space and won’t seem to “float?”

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Angie @ Big Bear's Wife March 20, 2013 at 7:45 am

Beautiful! Just beautiful! We just moved into a new house too and while it doesn’t look half as beautiful as yours, I am enjoying the redecorating process :)

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Andrea Steed March 20, 2013 at 7:47 am

Amanda – Your new foyer is beautiful! I love that chandelier and the stack of suitcases, and that mirror is awesome! Makes me want to come visit. ;) PS. Don’t move the antique keys. Love them there! Hope you guys are doing well!

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Amanda March 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

Yes!! Come visit any time girl! :) We can lay out by the pool all day :D

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Gloria @ Simply Gloria March 20, 2013 at 7:50 am

Very Classy! And chic!

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Julie March 20, 2013 at 7:51 am

Stunningly beautiful!! You have a knack for creating a beautiful space that says welcome as soon as someone walks in! Decorating is a love of mine too!! Oh, and try turning your rug long ways in front of your door and check it from your angle on the steps. See what you think! Happy decorating!! :)

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Chere Mortensen March 20, 2013 at 7:53 am

Love, love, love it! So exciting to have a new house and a new project. I would move the rug over just a little. Maybe a little more floor on the left. Have fun and thanks for sharing.

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Sara March 20, 2013 at 7:54 am

I should be getting things planned for school and working on assessments but when I saw your email I just couldn’t resist! I have been waiting for a while to see how you have decorated your new home that all else fell by the way side for a minute or two! I don’t have a place to call my own so I am living vicariously through others as they decorate their homes!
First off I LOVE the color of the foyer! It is so warm and inviting!
Next, I think the rug is placed perfectly! I allows for things to be placed on the other side and the french doors to be open! It looks great!
And finally I adore the decor you have put in the foyer! It is very cymetrical (is that how you spell it?!) and the mirror? Oh my golly gosh! It is so cool! You have done a great job!
You have an amazing dad! I wish mine was a handyman! He just uses duct tape and dental floss! And those things don’t necessarily last very long! So HIGH 5 to your Dad!
Can’t wait to see what the other rooms look like!

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Sylvia Player March 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

everything Looks great But I Would turn The rug And Touch It ToThe Door

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Lori Peuterbaugh March 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

Your foyer is gorgeous…..so inviting!! Thanks for sharing!! Can’t wait to see what’s next.

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Elizabeth March 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

I love it!!! Very cozy. I think the rug needs to be exactly where it is. Centered in front of the front door. Please share when you do more with your home.

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Jennifer March 20, 2013 at 8:22 am

Beautiful!! The mirror and chandelier are perfect… well done!

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Jenny Flake March 20, 2013 at 8:40 am

Amanda!!! You could get a second job as an interior designer! That’s it, when we get a new house I am flying you out to help me decorate!! It’s perfect!

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Amanda March 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

Woohoo! I am all over that! ;)

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Lori @ RecipeGirl March 20, 2013 at 8:46 am

Your house is so pretty! Our house is for sale and we are looking for another. Can’t wait to make the change and do some new decorating myself.

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Beth March 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

You did a really nice job – warm colors creates an inviting space. What is great about rugs is you can move them around. I get bored with my decor and move things from one room to another about every couple of years. Change the rug placement by the front door and live with it for a week and see what you think. You’ll know where it should be placed after looking at it. The only suggestion I might have is to add something on the right side (looking from your stairs) of your foyer. It seems heavy on the left. Maybe an tall, thin urn with curly willow in the corner by the french doors…you could do a fun color urn for variety, too.

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Ali | Gimme Some Oven March 20, 2013 at 9:01 am

So beautiful! Love that mirror! :)

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Joanie @ Zagleft March 20, 2013 at 9:20 am

That’s beautiful! I love the mirror and I’m so glad you listed the paint color! I’m repainting a few rooms in our house and I really like the color.

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mason March 20, 2013 at 9:35 am

Looking forward to more!

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Cookbook Queen March 20, 2013 at 10:02 am

I am absolutely IN LOVE with that mirror. When am I moving in?? ;)

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Amanda March 20, 2013 at 10:04 am

Ummmm ASAP I hope!! :D Come visit!! :)

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Shaina March 20, 2013 at 10:03 am

Okay, my first love is the suitcases, but that mirror is just gorgeous. Love.

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Donna @ The Slow Roasted Italian March 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

What a lovely home you have! The foyer is such a beautiful, inviting space. I can’t wait to see the rest. BTW, I like the rug centered in front of the door, but I am more function over fashion {{eek}}.

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Brianna March 20, 2013 at 10:07 am

I think the rug looks just fine where it is at! What a pretty foyer. Thanks for sharing. P.S. What is the color of the paint on the wall?…I love it!

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Aimee @ Simple Bites March 20, 2013 at 10:16 am

Gorgeous!!! I wanna come visit! Please say yes. =)

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Amanda March 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

Yes, yes, yes! :)

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Lois March 20, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hmmmm I seem to be in the minority but I’d say to center the rug with the room. Give it a try and see if you like it or not! BTW your foyer looks very warm and welcoming! Soothing and inviting. I LIKE it!!

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Kelly March 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

Wow this looks stunning!! :)

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Candace Maddren March 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

Center the rug in the space! New house looks awesome!

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Mandi March 20, 2013 at 10:33 am

I love it, Amanda! Great job! Here’s my two cents on the rug. It looks good where it is, but I’d love to see what it looks like turned so that it touches the door, mostly for functionality sake. Also, I wonder what a round rug would look like there if you ever decided to put this rug in a different space… Can I come visit soon? :-)

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Shella March 20, 2013 at 11:04 am

Great job with the vintage suitcases! Just how I would decorate the suitcases I’ve been thrifting and finding at flea markets, now if only I have my own house!

XOXO
Shels

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Allison Troyer March 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

Love the antique keys with the antique suitcases. Leave the keys! I say leave the rug where it’s at, centered in front of the door, but if you’re still iffy try turning it vertically. If you have room that is. I’m with everyone else and completely in love with the mirror! Y’all did a gorgeous job!

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Anita March 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

Oh I LOVE it! It looks very warm and inviting.

That’s so funny that you say that about the rug– as I was looking through the pictures, I was like, “There’s something funny about the position of the rug.” And then you wrote the same thing! :) I would maybe try turning it vertically, so that it lengthens that space a little?

Either way, it looks beautiful!

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Becky March 20, 2013 at 12:13 pm

What a beautiful foyer. You did a wonderful job decorating. I esp. love the mirror…so unique. Hugs, Becky

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LinhC March 20, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I can’t wait to see your “new” scrapbook room!

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Amanda March 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

You can get a sneak peek, it’s right there through the french doors, lol! :) I guess I’ll have to keep my room extra neat now! :)

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Joanne March 20, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Love, love, love it!!!

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Alvina March 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Wow, I love it! Looks super cute! :) Love how all the pieces come together.

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Terry March 20, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Love the new look! I went back and looked at the October 2012 pics of the new house and it really is lovely! A tad late but welcome to the new house!! Enjoyed the mention of the Toomer’s lemonade candle too!! War Eagle!!

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Carla @ Carla's Confections March 20, 2013 at 1:26 pm

So gorgeous! IN LOVE with those suitcases! You definitely need to come decorate for me! So fabulous :D

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Becca March 20, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Beautiful Amanda! Cannot wait to see pictures of the rest of the home as you finish them!

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Barbara @ Barbara Bakes March 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I had fun exploring the new house posts today. It’s fantastic! The foyer’s looks great. I’m thinking you should host a pool party for all your blogging friends ;)

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Amanda March 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Yes! How fun would that be??! :)

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Rachael P March 20, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I think you have really beautiful taste in furnishings! Love the mirror, love the chandelier, love the rug… but most of all, I love the suitcases. And the hardwood floors. And the paint color. Okay, I love it all. :)

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Ashley green March 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Amanda, I just love how you changed the look and the feel of your foyer…it’s really inviting.
Every element is just perfect. Job well done !!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen March 20, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Wow, if that’s just the entrance I want to see the rest of the house!! Gorgeous!

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TidyMom March 20, 2013 at 2:25 pm

BEAUTIFUL space Amanda! I have 2 old suitcases I’ve had for a few years, I need to get 2 more, so stack like you did!! Love this!

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Kim G. March 20, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Amanda, I love it! You are SO talented! :)

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Sheryl Harlow March 20, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Gorgeous! Love it all!

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Elizabeth March 20, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Your foyer looks classy and beautiful – great job!!!

Your rug is in the right spot (centered in front of the door) but you could always add a tall pretty plant or basket in the right corner to balance out the space. :)

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tiffany h. March 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm

So funny to see your blog post today because just the other day I was wondering if we’d see any home decor projects from you. ;-) Love love love your foyer! You have exquisite taste! I think the rug is fine where it is but I’m not the one living in the house. Maybe you need a larger one? The stacked luggage is great. The keys on the back of the door are cool, you just might want a different hook. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve done with the house.

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DebraK March 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Very beautiful. Just enough and not too much. Have one suggestion, scale of rug is wrong. It needs to be bigger at least as long as the items in front of the mirror. Turning it lengthwise will help, but it needs to be wider also.

You are off to a fabulous start!!!!

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Gayle M. March 20, 2013 at 11:57 pm

It looks fabulous! The rug should remain centered in front of the door, because that’s where it is going to be used. If you have it the other way, when people come in with wet shoes they will have to jump to the side to get to the rug. You don’t want guests to have to do that (unless you are doing an episode for punked or Ellen). I am only 4’11″ and it would really be uncomfortable for me to have to jump to a rug to keep from getting water on someone’s floor. That’s my opinion.

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Carolin March 21, 2013 at 2:22 am

This must be the most beautiful foyer I’ve ever seen!! But there are some practical questions that make me wonder if that door is where you usually enter the House. 1. How do you handle dirty shoes coming in? I can’t see any doormat or similar to wipe your shoes off. 2. Where do you keep all your coats/ jackets/ shoes??? Can’t see any coatrack… 3. When I come home I usually have my purse, keys, and letters from the mailbox. Where do you put that stuff?
PS: Love, Love, Love the suitcases :-)

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Amanda March 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

Thanks Carolin! :) This is the front door, and we have a garage, so this is not where Kevin and I normally enter the house. :) Only guests will really be coming through this entryway. There is a big doormat under a covered porch right outside the front door for guests to wipe their shoes before entering, and we have a coat closet just off the foyer for their coats / purses, etc. We do for sure have a coat rack / drop zone for keys and mail by the garage entryway that Kevin and I use! :)

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Amanda March 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

Wow Amanda, the foyer is totally stunning :)

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Jeni {Bakerette.com} March 21, 2013 at 8:33 am

Hi Amanda! This is absolutely gorgeous. The colors are very warm and inviting. I love the idea of the suitcases. I have an interior decorator friend who loves to use suitcases and chests to decorate with and they always looks so beautiful and clever. I LOVE the lighting in your home–your chandelier and the french doors! Wow! And the mirror you placed really plays those features off. BTW, I met you at the 6 Sisters blogging conference. You did an amazing job on the panel. You’re very endearing. Have a great day.

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Sara Palacios March 21, 2013 at 8:46 am

Hi Amanda!
This is gorgeous! I am in love with the paint color … do you by any change know what color it is?

Thanks!
Sara

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

I LOVE those vintage suitcases!! And your beautiful foyer :)

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Casey March 21, 2013 at 12:28 pm

The rug. The rug. The rug. It’s a personal choice really. I would move it to be centered in the space and leave it for a few days. If you like it, leave it. If you don’t, move it. That’s how I always decide. It drives my husband nuts, especially when I do it with furniture :)

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Kristen March 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Oh your new home is coming along so nicely! I love the foyer!

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Bridget from Refined Vintage March 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Amanda you have done a beautiful job in the foyer, the colors all compliment one another perfectly. I really love the statement that gorgeous mirror makes too. Of course I can’t forget to mention how great those vintage suitcases look all stacked there. I look forward to seeing the rest of the house. I have saved the foyer to my Pinterest!

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jen March 25, 2013 at 9:02 am

I really enjoy your posts. Lovely work! Thanks for sharing!

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Jaclyn March 26, 2013 at 11:23 pm

So pretty! You did a great job! I love it all, but I really love that mirror and I really love ballard =). I wish I could buy everything from them!

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Julie March 27, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Kevin and Amanda!!!

WOWZA! I have been gone on vacation to Jamaica and when I got back I was checking out my stats and I had your blog on there sooo OF COURSE I visited your blog right away!! Your foyer looks BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Every element compliments each other so wonderfully!!! Thank you guys again for the purchase and for the blog resource list!! : )

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Elena March 28, 2013 at 10:57 am

You are fabulous at decorating; love that foyer! Those suitcases rock!

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merr April 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

love it …slow but sure wins the race guys. you have great taste in decor and accessories.
cant wait to see all the updates

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Jennie Toepfer April 4, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Love everything about your foyer especially the color. I would definitely center the rug with the door as you have done. Great job and look forward to see more!

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nancy April 5, 2013 at 9:38 am

Just my opinion, but you need to center it in the room. Also, if the rug was larger you might not feel like it is just out there floating like the picture indicates. You have done a fabulous job. Love the paint color as well.

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Angie R. April 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Your foyer looks beautiful. My suggestion on the rug is that you need to turn it so that it’s perpendicular to the door. I think this way it will look more centered with the door as well as the cases/table and other doorway.

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Angela April 23, 2013 at 1:19 am

Love you foyer. How tall are your ceilings?

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Robin April 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I almost bought some vintage suitcases at a thrift store a while back, but they smelled musty and I wasn’t sure I could get the smell out. Does anybody have any ideas on how to get rid of that old, musty smell?

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Melissa May 2, 2013 at 12:02 am

I am loving the tour of your new home!!! I saw where you mentioned about the possibility of getting a wooden monogram. One of my good friends has a company that makes them. Hers are a little different from what you see floating around on Pinterest (although hers are on there too). Most of the ones you see are all cut out of one piece of wood, hers have a more 3D look to them. Each letter is cut out and sanded separately and then glued together. You should check out her on Etsy – TrendyTrimmings.

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