Sunday, July 5, 2009

Foyer Mini Met

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! It's been a busy week, but I did manage to post a mini met and a small, but practical thrifty find this week. Please visit our lovely hostesses Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch and Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality for more mets and thrifty treasures.

As many of you know, I've been
transforming our home to a more beachy, summery look to lighten things up a little bit. If you'd like to see my family room transformation, you can click here. Well, it was finally time for the foyer. I still had a deep red tapestry runner on the entry table and red hydrangeas, both left over from Christmas decorating, greeting my guests in July. So off it all went.
Two of my candle holders were even missing the candles. See how neglected this space was! And to think, this is the first thing people see when entering my home. For shame!

I started out changing the runner to this natural reed one I got from the
GW last week. I actually found 3 of them at $2.99 each. I knew I could use 2 of them for my long dining table, but I went back and forth trying to decide if I should purchase the third. My very wise 8 year old said, "Just get them all, Mom, you'll find something to do with it." Out of the mouths of babes, sure enough I decided to use this one on my entry table.

accessorized using things I already had in other places in the house. I think the blue and white added crispness to the area.

I even foraged our front yard for some
agapanthus (aka Lily of the Nile), twigs, and palm fronds. Agapanthus are blooming all over here in SoCal.

I'm rather pleased at the result, and it only cost me $2.99! So that's my simple contribution for Metamorphosis Monday and Thrifty Treasures Monday. Have a great week everyone and thanks for stopping by the Lace and Ivy Cottage! As usual, your comments make me smile!

Till next time,


Bill said...

Hi Lorna,
What a dramatic change -- and it cost you $2.99???!!! It just shows how magic can happen if our efforts involve taste, imagination, and listening to the wisdom of small children! It also pays to keep our own "inner child" alive and well, doesn't it? I think that's the source of most of our best creative ideas.

Hope your week goes well!

Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

Amy Lynne said...

It looks beautiful, so summery!

Liz said...

Love the beach-ee look. I think you did a great job.


Sue said...

Editing makes all of the difference in the world!! Your console is now clean and fresh-looking for the summer at a fantastic price! :-) Sue

Kammy said...

Hi Lorna !
I think that is more than a mini change - it is huge ! I love the colors and everything pops ! Your little one is so wise and sounds like a great shopping partner, LOL !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Stacey said...

Lorna, that looks very pretty! Wht a way to greet everyone. :)

santamaker said...

I am amazed how a few changes can make a huge difference in a room. Great job! love the flowers!

susan said...

Lorna-What a great change. I'm a "blue girl" so I love it. Isn't it funny how the things we look at everyday become almost invisible to us? Good to look at it with a fresh eye. I need to go check "what I'm not seeing"! :) great post!

~~Carol~~ said...

The transformation looks so light and fresh and summery! You accomplished what you set out to do, and you did it beautifully!

Keetha Broyles said...

I like it both ways. The new is so crisp and clean. BUT, I must have a cluttered heart for I would miss the old way with all its charm.

marty39 said...

Love the lighter blue colors. It looks awesome and so cheery. Great job. Hugs, Marty

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Looks beautiful! What a great transformation! And for only 2.99 is awesome!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty and great price.

DeAnna said...

So beachy keen! I love changing the home for more than just christmas - Summer IS a holiday too! Great job!

Really Rainey said...

That's a great transformation... I love the beach look... and the texture with the reed tableruner...
I hope you have a fabulous week!
~Really Rainey~

Sharing with Sherri said...

Beautiful transformation!! Those blues really pop and make a wonderful statement!

Sarah said...

You simply couldn't do any better with $2.99! What a great change! Beautiful. :)

Marie said...

Hello Lorna - that blue vase really adds a beautiful pop to your entry! And the apothecary jars with the shells add such a nice, beachy touch. Thank you for sharing!


Ms Jackie's Junque said...

Wow! What a transformation! Great job!


Brenda said...

Now that's one thrifty deal! You women (and men) inspire me!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Lorna,
It's so nice to meet you!
Thank you for your kind visit today. I hope to see you again soon. you're always welcome1

Your entry looks gorgeous! The blue vase and tassel just pop witha a new fresh look. Love the apothecary jars and shells as well. Great buy on the runner too.
~Wonderful job! You definitly achieved a beautiful foyer.

Have a blessed MM!
~Warmly, Melissa :)

Shelia said...

Hi Lorna! What a wonderful change! I love what you did and big bucks you've spent! $2.99! Amazing!
Good job, Dear One!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Linda said...

Really nice re-do! You sure got your money's worth on that one! Love the beachy look! Linda

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

What a great change! It looks nice and summery now! Wonderful!


Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Great transformation! Love the apothecary jars filled with sand and seashells! The vase and flowers look lovely. Looks alot more expensive than the $2.99!

Thanks for sharing!


Anonymous said...

Hi Lorna -- thanks for stopping by my blog. :-) Yes, will be hosting "Tea Cup Tuesday" each week, so by all means, share your tea cups! Have a great day!

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Love the apothecary jars! Everything looks great! Symmetry has such a calming effect! Great job!

Cass @ That Old House said...

This looks terrific!
Summery --- and I am SO envious that you can go out and clip agapanthus in your yard. Wow.

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

great transformation.

perfect example of the definition that Less is more and looking great!

TTFN~~Claudia ♥

xinex said...

Beautiful transformation!....Christine

mbrown128 said...

i love it, and what a great and thrify idea to use things you already have to make a completly new look!!!:)

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Lorna, this looks so pretty. That blue vase is absolutely stunning! The apothocaries filled with sand and shells do let visitors know that Christmas is long gone and summer is here! Great use of the runner. laurie

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