Our Classic Meets Modern Foyer Transformation

A foyer gets a classic, timeless yet modern update using a blend of traditional style thrifted furnishings with clean lines and a neutral color palette.

This was definitely one of those if-you-give-a-mouse-a-cookie sort of makeovers.

Our foyer has been half-finished for over three years! All thanks for the now office, which was a junky storage room for so long and was always our embarrassing eyesore right next to our front door for every visitor to see. (Don’t believe everything you see on “the ‘gram”, right?)

But now our half-finished foyer is a fully decorated space!

Classic Timeless Modern Foyer Makeover

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Back when we moved in, this room was very yellow, which wasn’t anything bad. It just wasn’t our personal style.

Classic Timeless Modern Foyer Makeover

This foyer was definitely one of those makeovers where paint was the superhero who saved the day.

Classic timeless modern foyer with stairway gallery wall

We painted the walls Benjamin Moore Classic Gray (which is really more of a light creamy warm greige), perked up the ivory trim with a brighter white using Benjamin Moore Simply White, and painted the doors with Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron like we’ve done in every other room of the house.
Classic timeless modern foyer before

Running a clean and simple gallery wall up the stairway with IKEA and Target frames is without a doubt my favorite thing.

It highlights our family’s entire history starting with my and Robert’s engagement photos and progressing through our last 10 years of our family’s most special moments together.

Classic timeless modern foyer with stairway gallery wall and chest with mirror

I found this Eastlake marble topped chest on Craigslist right when we moved in for a crazy deal, and I just cleaned it up as best I could. I still debate whether or not I should paint it, but there is so much character and history to it that lends this foyer to a classic, timeless feel.

Classic timeless modern foyer

A simple table lamp, this bust planter, and a stack of books with a yummy candle was all it really needed.

Classic timeless modern foyer - bust planter, table lamp, chest styling vignette

And this mirror added the pop of French chic that I always love.

Classic timeless modern foyer

So now our view from the office looks like this…

Classic timeless modern foyer with black doors

And this foyer is FINALLY a complete space after chipping away at it for so long.

Hanging these two paintings of my and Robert’s childhood homes right next do our front door is the perfect finishing touch.

Classic timeless modern foyer

We have toyed with the idea of one day putting a runner on the stairs and maybe even taking down the wall next to the stairs to open this room up into the dining room.

But who knows when/if that will happen. We dream a lot around here. 😉

If you want to know about any of the sources in our foyer, you can find them all here:

You can see all of the sources in our office here too.

So much love has gone into this space with so much of our history. It’s one of those things that makes a house become a home straight from the heart, and I can’t think of anything better.

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  1. Your entryway is so inviting. The first picture coming into the entry and your newly renovated office to the left caught my eye. The colors work together so beautifully. This is truly inspiring. I always enjoy reading your blog and love your style!!

  2. Beautiful! It looks amazing. So much more bright and crisp. Please don’t paint the dresser. It looks terrific as is and has such a wonderful patina. The wood grounds the space.

  3. Absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing. And who knew that you had areas of your home that weren’t perfectly decorated!

  4. Beautiful. Love the simplicity of it. This is not something you mentioned in your post, but do you happen to know the kind of doorbell chime that you have? I’ve noticed it in other posts over the last year of following your blog and just love it. We have a simple box one on our wall and I would love to switch it for a more classic look. I always look forward to your future posts. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ah I don’t know the name of it, unfortunately. I think it’s original to our house. Thanks so much for the love!