Welcome to our home! We really deliberated on what to do with our foyer. After all, it is the first impression when you enter a house, and deserves a bit more love! The space really evolved as an accident to be honest, but I LOVE it! Keep reading for the full entry way reveal including the before and after pictures and all the sources!
When Charles and I originally designed our home we wanted to put a top level on the house where the master bedroom would go. We were head over heels for the idea… until the final drawings came back with a square footage that we both considered too big for what we needed.
Since the trusses were already ordered and the roofline was established, we knew that we had the capacity to do a higher ceiling if we wanted. But we both loved the idea of the living space being more cozy (high ceilings can take that away sometimes – my opinion) … so we opted to only vault the entrance.
Our Original Entry Way
Here is the picture of our ORIGINAL entrance before we renovated – you basically opened the door and walked straight into a brick wall haha! The walls were rust orange and the fireplace was all original brick – we painted it all and did our best with what we had at the time.
But if I’m going to level with you, I didn’t actually like the look of the entrance when we moved in. The ceiling in this area is 17′ tall, and it just looked cavernous and unfinished. After months of deliberating and a chat with my designer cousin (Jillian of course), we decided to put Metrie panel moulding from floor to ceiling to give it some dimension and make it look more impressive on her recommendation. Nice one Jilly.
Installing Panel Moulding
We hired Dynamic Woodworks in Kelowna (Dallas is amazing if you’re local and looking for someone to install a project like this) – it’s no easy feat! As you can see above, they mapped it all out with tape first then went to work installing it – I LOOOOOVE it! The Metrie panel moulding absolutely made the space. We painted it all Benjamin Moore Simply White (like the rest of our home!) – this finish is semi gloss.
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Entry Way Lighting and Details
I quickly realized that such a big space needed a BIG chandelier. I purchased one originally that looked ridiculous in the space – it was way too small. The one I finally settled on (lights this size aren’t easy to find for the record) was this over-sized antique style chandelier that I am super happy with. In fact we have the smaller version of this in our master bedroom I love it so much!
We layered in an entry console table that was a bit rustic but had some curves to match the space, and splurged on this huge gold antique style mirror (the second largest size if you’re looking on the site), a basket and an entry bench with this simple French inspired print above it. I love dressing this space up depending on the season!
Our Doors and Paint Colours
Our doors are from Home Depot (I believe it was the Masonite 4 lite door – we did double doors) and we had them painted Benjamin Moore Half Moon Crest that is a smoky linen blue colour that worked really well! The door hardware is from Emtek (all of our hardware in the house is from Emtek) – I linked the entry door hardware here.
Our flooring is from Shaw Floors – it is an engineered hardwood and I LOVE it! It’s super forgiving, light enough to hide little crumbs and what not (we have two boys after all) but not too light where it shows everything or isn’t cozy. Here is the link to the one we have! The rug in the front entrance is from Homesense, as is the bench. The link to the French picture is here.
Below is a picture showing the view from the entrance to give you perspective on how the ceilings vary through the house.
We partnered with Emtek, Shaw Floors, Benjamin Moore and Metrie for our renovation. All opinions are authentically my own!