Welcome to our foyer!
One of the charms of our wonderfully quirky house is that there is an actual foyer. When you come in the front door, you aren't already in the living room. There's actually a landing spot with options. You can head downstairs to the living room, upstairs to the bedroom level, or into the kitchen and dining room. I love all the options.
What I wasn't loving was the decor. I had outdated patriotic items hanging in the space shown, a flag blanket thrown over the church pew on the other side of the area, and my childhood rocking chair with a stuffed teddy bear in it in the corner. It was a hodge-podge.
I decided to go for a change.
I pulled the Latte art from its spot in the kitchen. I loved the piece but I kept shifting it around, because I couldn't find a place where it was meant to be. I grabbed the repainted table from the dining room that also didn't really seem to go, pulled in the Let It Snow frame from my home office, grabbed the Starbucks mug my daughter got me, and used the gift of a wonderfully scented candle to finish off the space.
I'm certainly no designer, but this space now works better because it adds value and function. It will now be the new landing spot for our mail. Instead of it going into the kitchen where days of mail can easily pile up, it will go on this small table. Mail will be handled once instead of shifting from one spot to another.
This space also makes our home more cohesive. The blue is an accent in the kitchen and dining room while being the dominant color in my office/guest bedroom. The various brown hues highlight the earth tones in the rest of the house.
When I thought about what I wanted the space to be, I asked myself these questions:
1. How can the space be better utilized to add value and function?
2. How can more cohesiveness be created?
3. What do I already have that can make this space what I want it to be?
Once I answered these questions, I went on a scavenger hunt around the house to see what would work and be a resounding, "YES!" to creating what I envisioned.
The best part is that it didn't cost a dime.
As I have just finished Week #2 of my "spending fast," I wanted to be able to pull off a change in the house using only the items we have. That's probably the biggest win I experienced this week. I discovered I could make a change without spending any money.
I'm definitely learning the lesson of making due with what I have, and what I have is a haven of contentment. I just have to do a better job of opening my eyes to see it.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.