My Old Kentucky Home: Mid Century Foyer Renovation
We received so much positive feedback from our first My Old Kentucky Home blog, that we thought we would post another one on the foyer renovation! Before we get to what you are all waiting for…the pictures…I wanted to talk about my overall design vision for our home.
The house was built in 1951 and definitely has a mid-century vibe to it. I love all things mid-century, but I didn’t want to be too literal and predictable in the design. Therefore, we made the decision to keep the finishes true to the era of the home while taking a more eclectic approach to the furnishings.
And even though we were downsizing, there were definitely some furnishings that we had to make room for: the oriental Grandfather clock my husband surprised me with one Mother’s Day; the baby grand piano my husband surprised me with for our 20th wedding anniversary; and an oversized French Country sideboard that I surprised me with just because! I
did quite a bit of research on what finishes were being used during this era, and I really enjoyed the process. We can learn a lot about design by looking back. And now for the foyer renovation…
This is what the space looked like when we purchased the home.
The flooring is charcoal slate in varying sizes and is original to the home. Would it be my first choice? No, but I wouldn’t change it for the world! As you enter the home, there was a small hallway to the left that led to a small Powder Room and a smaller Hall Closet. The door on the left in the photo leads to the unfinished Basement.
This is our Foyer now. The paint color is one of my favorites, Sherwin Williams’ Accessible Beige. It has a gray undertone which makes the neutral tone feel fresh. Every Foyer should have a signature piece to make that lasting first impression. I believe my clock with its painted finish and bombe shape does just that!
The lighting fixture makes quite the statement as well. Before you ask – yes, you can mix metals. I love the gold leaf finish in this flush mount fixture mixed with the other metal finishes throughout our home. This approach adds interest and reinforces the eclectic feel.
As with most older homes, there is a shortage of storage in our home so eliminating the Coat Closet was a hard, but necessary choice to make. We redesigned the Linen Closet in the Main Hallway to do double duty – storage for our coats on top and linen storage on the bottom. We still needed a place to hang our guests’ coats, and this unusual coat rack serves that purpose in style. Then, we added a large cedar closet in our unfinished Basement to accommodate off season clothes and bulky outerwear. As I constantly remind my family – even if we have to go to the Basement to get a coat, it’s really not that far!
This is a small entry, but it packs a big punch! Next week…The Living Room & Dining Area! Enjoy!