Most of the year I am just fine with the size of our front entry, with the set of stairs to sit on for boots etc. The wide foyer table that sat there for the last several years was fine, but then then the families grew larger, the munchkins grew taller, the coats and boots bigger and this entry started feeling tight. Add our beloved Great Pyrenees self appointed greeter and his tail to the mix and our foyer became too small.
Out went the foyer table.
In came a DIY White Farmhouse Hall tree we patched together with wood we had on hand for $30. Its six inches thinner and a foot narrower than the table. We painted it simple bright white (shocker I know) add it brightened up the foyer so much.
I took two small baskets from the upstairs for the scarves, toques, and mittens. Then I snuck a little scent pot into the back of the cubicle for Christmas scent. The house smells so good when you first walk in, and I bet it will still smell good when all the boots etc. arrive.
It might not smell as nice as the glove of fresh baby trees did, but the reduction in clutter is worth it to me.
The bench portion of the hall tree I decorated for Christmas in things I had around the house. The only thing purchased is the little black and white snowflake cushion, it can stay there until spring. I thought the red truck cushion went with the entry, the little Santa and Snowman came from the kids Christmas decor box. I always keep a little container at the front door for Hubs key’s.
The remainder of the bench seat I left open as a spot to place whatever boxes or bags guests have on the way in the door. You could use it to sit on, but we have a staircase in this little room as well.
Keeping everything light and bright, makes the room look much larger. In the above picture you can really notice where six inches of extra space where the table use to be makes lots of difference.
My goal for the front foyer was festive and welcoming. The simple Merry Christmas sign works as a little greeting, so I placed it high and center on the hall tree shelf, and added the remaining decor around it.
Of course those little hooks are meant to hold coats for guests. Not happening, not ever. Hubs immediately started using them and shook his head when I explained they were decor hooks. In my defense I didn’t load them right up with pretty things, a guest “could” hang a coat there.
The front door opens up towards the closet, so I snuggled in an antique sleigh we have had for eons in the space behind the door.. It doesn’t use up much space as the door hides it until guests enter the room.
This little sleigh is tough let me tell you, the greenery keeps the door from banging into it, and if you check closely you can see where I used a small bungee cord to stabilize it with the window.
Thank you for checking out our front foyer. Our home is so quiet especially this year, it was a nice way of helping us celebrate Christmas around here.
If you looking for some more Christmas decor ideas, I do have some other rooms in our house finished. I hope you enjoy them.
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