Once upon a time, I had an aversion to split foyer homes. They didn’t make sense to me. I hated the layout and overall, I just wasn’t a fan. I refused to ever live in one.
Then one day we walked into a split foyer house and I kind of fell in love with all the potential.
Fast forward eight months and a renovation later, here I sit typing this post in my split foyer home eating my words.
I love our 70’s Landing Pad in all it’s split foyer glory, y’all. No, there isn’t a lot of room on the landing for a nice entry table or even for more than two people to stand, but overall this house is just damn near perfect for us – split foyer and all.
So let’s take a look at how far our split foyer entryway has come….
Just like the master bathroom, this is a hard space to photograph since it’s a split staircase, but here’s my best shot at it.
The Entryway AFTER:
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Well that’s a dramatic difference, huh?
Let’s talk about the (good) elephant in the room first, shall we? Those eyes…
The floor space of the entryway itself doesn’t have much room for decorating, therefore I had to use my wall space on the stairwell efficiently. I knew I wanted to set the tone here for our whole house. As soon as I found this eyes watercolor artwork called Soul Seeing by Kelsey McNatt on Minted, I knew it was perfect. To me, it screamed The 70’s. And since we are calling this place the 70’s Landing Pad and also giving quite the nod to 70’s design, it was the perfect choice. I went for it in a copper frame to really pop off the wall.
The chandelier was a vintage find from a local store. I actually bought it just a couple weeks after we first got the house knowing it would be perfect somewhere. You can find the same one on Etsy here, but you can also do a search for lucite chandeliers and find lots of gorgeous options.
I have to pause here and give a huge thanks to my two husbands, Grunt Labor and Nicky, for hanging the chandy. I didn’t exactly pay attention to the hardware, or lack thereof, that came with the chandelier because I was just so damn excited about finding it, so it was somewhat of a challenge to get it hung. They have made me promise not to buy another vintage light fixture again. We’ll see how that goes.
I carried the black walls, Limousine Leather by Behr, from the living room throughout the entry and painted the trim and door white. The white is Bit of Sugar by Behr and it is a true 100% white – or to me at least. It isn’t cottage-y or beige-y, it’s bright white, which is what I wanted for this space. At some point, I would love to update the door and sidelights, but they aren’t horrendous or anything, so it isn’t at the top of the list.
I’ve also got plans to get rid of that metal railing when the budget permits and replace it with something much better. For now though, I just painted it black to make it blend in more and not takeaway from the entry.
The rug is called Momeni Vogue and is from Rug Studio, which is a new-to-me rug store. I have to say I was really impressed with just how many rugs they have (thousands) and how reasonable their prices were.
We also installed the Cocoa Oak NuCore that we used throughout the main living area of the house on the stair landing as well.
And let me show you what’s hiding on the other side of the stairwell, leading down to the den…
A lucite hand rail.
And we DIY’ed it ourselves.
Isn’t it pretty?
And it is so easy to make. The tutorial for it is here.
And the best thing about the lucite hand rail?
Every single older gentleman who comes in our house comments on how much they like it.
I’m not even kidding. It’s fantastic.
My dad loves it. My father-in-law loves it. Nick’s dad loves it.
Out of all the things we’ve done during this renovation, I’ve at least earned the compliments from the men in my family for the lucite hand rail. #winning
Spill your thoughts.
What do you think about the split-foyer entry’s new found glam?
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Disclosure: Minted supplied me with the art for the entry and Rug Studio supplied me with the rug. However, all opinions are 100% mine and they are things I would have bought anyway.