My Foyer

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in foyer | 48 comments

I have had a couple of requests to see a little more of my house.

I am hesitant to show mine. . . there are so many crazy, beautiful homes out there!

My goal is to create a warm, cozy, welcoming space that people feel very comfortable in.

No high design here!  Just simple, easy living!

The only portion of my house straight enough to photograph today was the foyer!

We are packing to head to another camp, so I am busy getting the 5 of us ready to live in a dorm room for the week!  The good thing is; I will have my computer!  We are not going to be out of range of the world of technology!

So, here it is:

That is my sweet golden, Zuzu chewing on her golf ball!

I painted all of my downstairs interior doors black several years back.

We recently had a closet removed in the foyer and had hardwood put in.  We changed the spindles from thin, turned spindles to larger squared off spindles.  I like the look so much better!

I recently bought the table for the landing.  I wanted something with pretty legs since you were going to be able to see them so clearly from the entry.  When I saw this table, I knew it was the one!

This little vignette is all about LOVE!

The sign above the light fixture (which is also new) says, “Family – All because two people fell in love.”

So, I have a wedding picture of me and my sweet mate and my parents and my in-laws.  We come from a long line of love!

The 3 precious girls are my sweet babies!

My husband and I met at the Christian Student  Center at the University of Memphis.  They tore the old sign down a few years ago and we were able to get some of the letters from it.  We decided to get the letters to spell “Story” since that is where our story began!

The lantern was a gift to me from my sweet hubby last year for our 16th anniversary.  He wrote 16 of his favorite memories of our 16 years together.  He is so romantic!

How cute are my mom and dad?!

And, my sweet in-laws. . . cute?!

You always think that your own wedding pictures will never look dated. . . think again!

Do you think my train was long enough?

This was one of my favorite wedding gifts!  A family member had our invitation framed!

We have a super talented friend who painted these pictures of our girls.  Our favorite place to be as a family is the beach!

It is so true. . . Memories of vacations by the sea stay with you forever!

This is at the top of our stairs.  The table belonged to my grandmother.

The candlesticks used to be lamps.  I found them really cheap at a yard sale!  I removed all of the electrical and painted them.  Then I glued the glass to the top.  The shells are ones that we have collected from some of our beach trips.

(I made the candlesticks pre-blogging days!  Maybe I will find another set of cheap lamps so I can show you how I did it!)

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48 Comments

  1. Love seeing your place and hearing your story!

  2. I love your style. Look forward to more posts for inspiration. If you ever get up to Michigan, let me know. We have beautiful beaches.

    • Thanks! I have never been to the beaches in Michigan. We are closer to the Gulf. We usually head to Florida. I hope to see the beaches of Michigan some day! I am sure that they are beautiful!

  3. Your home is just lovely! And I absolutely adore the Story framed piece!! And I love the story behind it! Just precious! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!!
    Blessings,
    Becky

    • Thanks for stopping by! I love to decorate with things that have meaning. The “story” picture is one of my favorites. . . what great memories it brings!

  4. It’s all beautiful! And I love the “story!”

    • I love when a vignette can tell a story!

  5. What a great area, Melissa! I love that this is all about love and family. That table is fantastic. It actually looks like it might have come from an old church.

    • Oh, how I wish that table came from an old church! I actually bought it at a regular retail store!

  6. Saw your blog today for the first time. Your house is so pretty and I was suprised when I saw you are from Memphis. I went to Memphis too, back when it was “Memphis State” lol showing my age. I still live in the area as well.

    • I actually was given the choice on my diploma of Memphis State or University of Memphis. I chose Memphis State! My husband got his undergraduate from Memphis State and his masters from University of Memphis! We were there during the “transition.” I actually grew up in Memphis, but have been gone for 16 years. My brother and his family still live there. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. your home looks lovely 🙂 I agree i like those square spindles very much! And hardwood floors – you just can’t go wrong with hardwood. we live in a house that is well over 100 years old and we have been slowly fixing it up over the past 15 years. It now has hardwood or tile in all but 2 bedrooms. Love my hardwood!
    I love those paintings of your girls – that is really a fun thing to have.

    • Oh, my dream would be to have an old house. Instead I have a house that I am trying to make look old! I do love the hardwood – with 3 girls and a dog, it just make more sense! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. HI!!! I came over from Feather your nest. I LOOOOVE that table. I ma looking for something SLIM like that. Can you tell me where you got it/?? I love your whole Family area. So sweet. XO, Pinky

    • I got it at a little store in Franklin, TN called PD’s. I looked for a long time to find the right table! They are not easy to find! Good luck! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Love your foyer – that table is fabulous!
    And so is your hubs for that amazing anniversary gift!
    Kelly

    • Thanks for stopping by! Isn’t he the sweetest?!

  10. Oh how beautiful Melissa! I love that your home is so personal and clearly filled with love!

  11. I love your style of decorating. Ahhhhhh to be in love.

    Dee

    • Thanks! I love to decorate with things that have meaning!

  12. This is great, Melissa! I was born in Memphis–but my familiarity with the university was back when it was Memphis State! It’s always a bit of a stretch for me to think of it as the University of Memphis. 🙂

    Your landing is just beautiful. Such lovely decor and such wonderful memories chronicled in these photos!

    • I grew up in Memphis, but moved away in 1995! Maybe our time there overlapped some!

  13. Your foyer is so inviting and welcoming I want to walk right in and meet you all in person. I guess that equals successful decorating for the entry to a home! Love it. You did a great job.

    • I wish you could walk right in and we could meet! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Love your foyer!!! It’s filled with such wonderful memories and put together with such a flair.

    – The Tablescaper

    • Thanks! I love to decorate with things that have such great memories attached!

  15. I love the hall staircase table with the great legs! Is it an antique or repurposed or did you buy it new like that? Its quite hard to find things with character like that in my neck of the woods. Looks great : )

    • Thanks! I wish it were old and had a great story, but it is brand spankin’ new. It only looks old! I looked and looked in antique stores to try to find something old, but had no luck. When I saw this, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for! Sometimes you just have to buy new!

  16. Everything is just so beautiful and I absolutely love the table on your landing! The “Story” letters framed is so wonderful and such a treasure. You have a gorgeous home and we are so glad you shared it with us at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

    • Thanks for hosting such a terrific party!

  17. Thank you for sharing your beautiful stairs and vignette with the lovely pics of family. I love the girls pictures and the framed wedding invitation was a fabulous touch…I will make my daughter’s soon and will do the same with the other when she gets married! Loving your grandma’s table at the landing.
    FABBY

    • Thanks! I treasure my framed wedding invitation!

  18. Your home is gorgeous. I love your collages, so pretty and it really takes skill to do them right. Lovely table and beautiful vignettes. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

    • Thanks! The problem is, I can’t leave them alone. . . I change them constantly!

  19. Very nice. I can use this idea in my Mother’s old house when we remove the carpet from the stars.

    • Oh how I wish that there had been carpet under my stairs! That is the beauty of old houses! We had to add the hardwood! Good luck with your project!

  20. I think your foyer is so lovely. That table just makes me swoon! Love the little glimpse of the gate off to the left. You’ve done a great job putting together such lovely family memories. You can really feel the love in your home.

    hugs
    Sissie

    • Thanks! I love to fill our home with special memories! Thanks for visiting!

  21. Lovely!! Your personal touches are marvelous in a very serene space. We’re partying together at Debbie’s Newbie Party. 🙂
    Heidi @ Decor & More

    • I am so glad to have the newbie party! I will get over and give you a visit!

  22. Just beautiful! Everything about your stair-landing vignette is fabulous. I especially like the stories behind it all.

    Thanks for linking this loveliness to Time Travel Thursday.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

    • I love “story” decorating!

  23. What beautiful spaces! Thanx for coming to THT!

  24. Love what you’ve done! My stairway is similar so I’d like to recreate your design in my own home. What size are the 3 frames on the wall left of your table when you are standing facing the table?

  25. Where did you get the table on your stairway? I love it and would love to get one!

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