{Idea Box} Giveaway Winner & Introducing Trade Secrets

Happy Friday, friends!

Today we’re excited for two reasons. First and foremost, we know you’re all eagerly awaiting the results of our Idea Box Giveaway. The grand prize winner is….{drumroll, please}….

JILLIAN E.!

Jillian, expect an email from us very soon about the next steps. We’re so excited to work with you. As for the rest of you lovely entrants, don’t worry, we have a little something for you too. Look out for an email from us with details.

The second exciting piece of news is the launch of our new series, Trade Secrets. We’re taking your design questions and getting you the answers. No question is too big or small (or silly), we promise. We’ll feature the best questions twice monthly, so question away. Send your questions with the subject line “Trade Secrets”  here.

To kick it off, let’s start at the beginning. Foyers may be one of the first impressions of your home, but they’re often overlooked and they can be a challege.

{via | Kelly Stoneburgh Interiors}

Q. I’ve recently moved into a new home, which I love, but the foyer is a sad and sort of boring space. I can’t figure out what to do with it, and I don’t know if it’s worth spending money to work on it. Advice?  - Tom O., Park City, UT

A. Foyers are the welcome mat of your home so to speak, and they should set the tone for the rest of your house. We definitely say it’s worth spending a bit of time and money in your foyer, but keep in mind that the space should, where possible, be functional too. Choose furniture that doubles as storage for keys and mail. Ottomans & benches are a great perch for friends & family to stop and prepare for the outdoors. Mirrors are always a good buy for the foyer as they allow for a last minute beauty & outfit check before running out the door. If you don’t quite have the space for furniture in your foyer, jazz it up with a chandelier or  pendant that creates a focal point. Fun wallpaper in a geometric pattern or an interesting floor treatment is another great way to to add visual interest.  Bottom line: be practical, but don’t be afraid to have some fun with your foyer. It should be a personal space that reflects your style. For more inspiration, browse on below. And good luck!

{via | designed by Alison Womack Jowers}

{via | Thom Filicia}

{via | Frank Roop}

{via | Phoebe Howard }

Until next time,

-CP & KAR

 

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