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Monday, June 29, 2009

Expert Organizing and Design Tips for Your Foyer

(Photo by Eric Roth)

I came across this article in the Boston Globe Magazine featuring tips from architects and interior specialists. I thought it contained some great organizing and design ideas. Here's the article:

"Designer Tricks for the Foyer
by Marni Elyse Katz and Deblina Chakraborty June 12, 2008

Architects and interior specialists share their secret sources, strategies for clever styling, organizing tips and other home updates you can do yourself.

Place everything. That chest of drawers just sitting there in an upstairs bedroom would make an excellent hall table, says Sudbury's Sarah Desmond. Use it as storage and switch out mittens for flip-flops as the seasons change.

Reflect on you. Supply grandeur in a small foyer without taking up much space by adding a floating shelf and a mirror, suggests HGTV.com's Taniya Nayak. She suggests hanging a Lack shelf from IKEA between 36 and 42 inches off the floor, with a mirror (she likes the selection at HomeGoods) above it.

Smarten up. Sarah Desmond suggests another way to show off your style while organizing your stuff: Repurpose useful items you have around the house. A planter you like, for example, can be an umbrella caddy, or a champagne bucket can hold mail.

Frame someone. Architect Stephen Chung pieced together an interesting portrait of his son Jet in their home's entry. He took a series of photographs of Jet, each focusing on a different area of the body, then pieced them together. You could also create a whole "person" with the knees, face, and torso of different family members, for example.

Punch up the door. Add a bright splash of color to your foyer by painting the inside of your front door, says This Old House correspondent Carole Freehauf. Or, to make a door you don't want to play up disappear, stick with a neutral color or match the walls and trim. "But if you love apple green," she says, 'why not?'"

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