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When searching for my current home (my first!), I had a pretty long list of must-haves: a fireplace, crown molding, hardwood floors, a fenced-in yard for my pups and an en-suite bath for myself. I also wanted a foyer — a separate antechamber with enough room for an entry table and a few decorations plus a closet for hidden storage. Well, as is true of many first-time homebuyers, I got most of the things on my list but something had to give. You guessed it: I didn’t get a foyer; the front door opens directly into my living room. Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all.

Luckily my living room is pretty big (15′ x 21′) so I just designated a 6′ x 10′ area to use as a foyer:

traditional home entryway with collection of framed photos

A sea-grass basket under the entry table holds my pups’ leashes and harnesses plus a few must-reads:
basket with magazines in traditional home entryway

An old window-turned-coatrack is conveniently located behind the door:

coat rack behind door

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35 Responses

  1. Celia says:

    Your foyer is beautiful. Love the wall arrangement shown. Beautiful.

  2. Joyce G. says:

    Very pretty foyer. Very elegant and tasteful.

  3. Charlene Woods says:

    I like how you did the coat rack behind the door.

  4. Andrea says:

    What kind of little dog is that? So cute.

  5. hgtvcamille says:

    She's a Bichon Frise and, believe it or not, she'll be 10 years old next month.

  6. Andrea says:

    She's beautiful.

  7. Tammie says:

    Your home is beautiful.

  8. pixelecho69 says:

    You have great sense of style and I think that all you need is a little imagination
    and you could do great things even if you had little space to work with but since
    you have a large living room you're foyer came out beautiful it's lovely.

  9. Jennifer Carroll says:

    Great job! I have a similar situation in my new home. Haven't finished my faux-foyer yet but I'm inspired to tackle it soon!! Thanks for sharing how you conquered this project!!

  10. 4Grammy says:

    I would love to create a beautiful foyer like yours but my living room is only 11 feet by 14 1/2 feet with three doorways, a regular sized window and a picture window. Just repainted my front door to a similar color to yours after having it a brighter red. Love it!

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H. Camille SmithCamille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors...

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