Two Story Cottage

Foyer Reveal, Finally {Part I}

Dear Friends,
     This house has definitely challenged me on the design front.  The foyer is an area where I have struggled with the arrangement of things.   It is long and narrow much like the family room which makes it difficult for benches or chairs.  The original gallery wall was a good bet but it just didn’t gel with the very busy dining room.  The curse of an open floor-plan I suppose.

Anyway, I have divided it into two parts and the first is ready to show!

Foyer Part I

Height was a big issue. We have the vaulted ceiling and a very tall pair of French doors that lead to the study.  All of my paintings seemed too small next to the tall doors.   I needed something substantial.  Next time, I’ll get the doors (to the right) in the picture.  They are currently closing off the mess. 🙂

Above is a peek of one door. It is still taller than the panel. Curtains don’t always require windows, although the idea came to me because the glass panes in the french door give the look of a window. 

I bought a mirror at HomeGoods and painted it with chalkboard paint to make the statement piece above the demilune table.  The hooks were a HomeGoods find as well.  Those were intended for the laundry room but they wandered over to the foyer instead.

I already owned the curtain panel from a previous house.

I’m going to talk more about chalkboard paint on Friday, now that I have done three chalkboards using two different types of paint!  I picked up a few tips along the way.

I can tell when I’m happy with something because I’m not tempted to change it .  So far, so good!   The curtain panel is a little unorthodox but it works.

Thoughts, anyone?

*I’m linking up with Wendy at The Shabby Nest, Donna at Funky Junk Interiors, and Amanda at Serenity Now.

Edited to add:  Read more about the chalkboard painting process here.

P.S.  The chalkboard paint was tinted Dior Gray by Benjamin Moore.


  1. Beautiful! Love the curtain from the hooks.

  2. That curtain “rod” is awesome! So creative!!!!
    Jacque @ theDIYvillage

  3. I love the demilune table and am looking for one for my foyer. Could you share where you bought it?

  4. Erin — so sorry to hear about your loss of KC. I know your mom-in-law (?) Button through my Samoyeds. She directed us to your blog. What a lovely tribute to KC. I lost one of mine a year ago to cancer complications before his time, so as much as you are saddened I know you are at peace because KC is at peace.

    Also – love your projects and the rest of your blog. Keep it up!

    joanne in canada

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