With my babies returning to preschool this morning, I am breathing a huge sigh of relief.
You see…I thought it would be fun to play full-time, stay-at-home mommy for a few weeks while the kids were out of school. Much to my dismay, my short-lived blogging hiatus was not much of respite at all. In fact, my instincts were correct all along: there is no way in hell I am cut out to be a true, stay-at-home mom.
Simply put: the time off from my blog has made me realize just how grateful I am for this creative outlet of mine and the fabulous people who actually take the time to support my work by reading my content. Staying at home with your kids and strictly “momming” 24/7 is no freakin’ joke! From this short break, I recognize with full clarity that I need time away from my kids to “adult”. Working on this blog gives me a critical sense of individuality which I don’t believe I could be satisfied without. So…if you are reading this right now, I just want to express my appreciation and give you a big ol’ bear hug! You have no idea how much you mean to me. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Returning from my two-week hiatus, I thought I would share a recent room-makeover with you. This entryway makeover is a little different from my usual room transformations as it wasn’t planned with a design board or tackled dramatically all at once. In this particular instance, I gradually tweaked aspects of the space as budget allowed and my aesthetic developed. Over the course of a year or so, my foyer has gradually evolved to better fit my current design preferences (and you know I have been going all Modern Farmhouse lately).
For those of you who haven’t been following along since the beginning of my fixer upper journey, I have got to show you the original state of my foyer….(you should also check out my full home tour by clicking here)
When my family and I moved into our fixer upper three years ago, the foyer was basically a time portal to the 1980’s.With textured walls and mauve galore, I rushed the design of this space-assuming anything would be a vast improvement.
Don’t get me wrong: the photo above was definitely an improvement. The brighter paint color (Sherwin William’s Passive ), the lantern pendants and the DIY gallery wall (you can read that tutorial by clicking here) , all aided in the advancement of this space.
The styling however, was not entirely reflective of my true aesthetic. In fact, it was basically a result of me rushing out to Target one day and grabbing what I could find after learning my house was going to be photographed for a local magazine that very week. As you can probably gather by the sea glass vase and mirrored accent chest, my vibe at the time was a little more coastal glam.
After quickly discovering the impractical nature of a white rug in my foyer (think: incessant muddy footprints), I knew I needed a more forgiving rug in the space. And so….a simple rug sparked an entire room makeover…
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Modern Boho Farmhouse Foyer
I had been swooning over vintage kilim rugs for quite some time, so I knew nothing less would work. Not only would the colorful rug design be ideal for disguising dirt, I love the “lived-in” character vintage rugs add to a space. To cover the dated mosaic, the rug had to measure 6’x9′ .
While 5’x7′ rugs tends to be more of a standard size, this would have been too small for disguising the mosaic. As a result, the somewhat wonky sizing completely dictated my kilim rug search. After months of browsing, I fell in love with this 1970’s hand-made, wool rug which I purchased from this shop on Etsy.
After the initial investment of the wool rug, I hung tight and tolerated the glam, mirrored chest for months. While doing my best to save up more dough, I scoured the internet and my favorite discount stores for the perfect wooden console table. When I found this one on sale for under $100 a few weeks ago, I knew I had to have it. The weathered oak finish was exactly the modern wood-tone I had been craving. I think it is the perfect blend of rustic warmth and clean, modern lines.
From there, I styled the table with nature-inspired elements including live greenery (Magnolia stems from my front yard to be exact) and an assortment of textured, woven baskets. To pull from the color palette of the kilim rug, I added these beads which used to belong to my great Grandmother. I love how the beads exude that quintessential, boho vibe.
Of course no vignette is complete without books which , in this case, provided the critical “horizontal” element and give the miniature basket of beads some much-needed height.
If you are interested in re-creating this look, be sure to click on the items below to be directed to their source. You can also scroll to the very bottom of this post for the full list of sources used.
Shop The Look
While I am still considering a wall treatment here (perhaps more shiplap?), I believe the current styling here much better reflects my design preferences. Of course if I do happen to complete a wall treatment, you will be the first to know, but in the meantime, I am moving on to some more pressing projects in my fixer upper. If you would like full room source, scroll to the very bottom of this post!
Now get out there and design some good vibes. Please also be sure to spread the love by Pinning…..
Room Decor Sources
Wall Color- Sherwin Williams “Passive”
DIY Gallery Wall Post- Click Here
Pendant Lights- Overstock
Console Table- Target
Mirror – Target
Large Baskets- Target (I got the last 2 in my local store, and I can’t find them online)
Capiz Vase – Homegoods
White Vase Set – Homegoods
Small basket- Hobby Lobby