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Winter Foyer Decorating Ideas

This post was written in collaboration with Kirkland’s.

Can we get all pinky-up fancy for this post? And can we agree that the word “foyer” when pronounced “foy-yay” is way spiffier than just plain ol’ “entryway”? Yes?! Okay, good.

Because our “foy-yay” just got spiffed up for winter.

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While I was shopping the post-holiday sales the other week, I found some goodies at Kirkland’s to give this spot a quick wintery perk that will transition easily into spring. (Our weather here in South Carolina flip flops between freezing temps and 70 degrees this time of year anyway. Might as well join it.)

So here are some of my favorite winter foyer / entryway decorating tips:

  1. Hang a mirror to help bounce around light.

A couple of weeks ago, while Robert and I were taking down the Christmas decorations, I kept coming back to our foyer still with our Christmas-y burlap art hung up and thinking it needed a major refresh. All of last year I had some DIY botanical art hanging in here, which I loved.

But the one thing that always bugged me is we didn’t have a mirror right beside our front door. Ya know… to check and make sure you don’t have a massive piece of broccoli stuck in your teeth or anything before you run into half the people you know at the grocery store. (Side note: Why is it you always run into old classmates in the store when you have on your rattiest gym clothes and no makeup?)

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Hanging up these panel mirrors gave this space a little punch of farmhouse glam, don’t ya think? They reflect the light from our dining room window beautifully to brighten up our usually gloomy and dark entry.

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2. Add cozy lighting.

Our old thrifted lamp that was about to bite the dust finally got replaced with this distressed cream lamp that looks and feels a lot like painted concrete in person. Lamps are rockstars at creating that warm homey ambience.

3. Use candlelight for extra glow.

Even though I think this vase runner set is designed to hold flowers, I love how sticking candles in the tops have given this space an extra cozy feel. I’ve done the same thing to my grandfather’s rose bud vases before.

I always miss the twinkly Christmas lights in January, so candles help me hold onto that little bit of glow. I’ve already discovered after decorating our living room for winter this year how much happier Robert, Olivia, and I have been in comparison to last year’s no-winter-decor gloom with the help of a few candles.

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4. Incorporate greenery.

I went all plant lady to bring some life in here with leftover Christmas cedar garland, paperwhite flowers, and a boxwood wreath. All fake of course… because no living plant ever makes it past a week in our house.

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These are pretty convincing as the real thing though, huh?

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5. Add storage.

Under the table, I stuck a couple of baskets I scored for $7 each the other week and just filled them with birch logs we already had along with more artificial Christmas greenery. And in the other basket, I threw in some hats, gloves, and scarves that we can grab on the way out the door on chilly days.

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6. Get creative with unexpected finds.

These ice skates I picked up at the thrift store for $4 seem to fit right in.

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While I was out shopping at the flea market with my mom the other week, I found this antique windmill for a steal that I stuck on our front door as a makeshift wreath. That perfectly worn rust just makes my heart go pitter patter. It’s fun to find new uses for items that aren’t necessarily considered home decor.

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I’ve mentioned it before, but I still can’t get over that this table was once a $50 Craigslist find. And I was able to make the light fixture with this $20 metal sphere I found.

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Every time we walk in the front door, it’s like being wrapped up in a warm blanket. Coziness all over the place.

And fancy. Don’t forget the fancy with an extra emphasis on “yay” in the “foy-yay”. 😉

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This post was written in collaboration with Kirkland’s. All opinions are always 100% honest and my own.

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36 Comments

  1. Great find on the ice skates! I can’t believe you got them for $4.00. My daughter is a figure skater doing single and starting double jumps. Those skates and blades looks just like hers. The boots don’t even look broken down, but the blades are rusty. ?Love your foyer, looks so inviting.

  2. Love the look you’ve created in your foyer! On a side note, those ice skates you scored are REALLY expensive skates…what a great find!

    1. Yep! Love me some Kirkland’s for mirrors. 🙂 We used their mirrors in our bathrooms to replace our builder grade ones too.

  3. Love this foyer refresh! I too love the paper whites. I’m actually one of those people that doesn’t like the smell of real paper whites but I love the way they look. I’m going to have to pop in to Kirkland’s to check them out!

    Nancy

    1. Same here. In the spring when those Bradford pear trees bloom? They’re so pretty to look at but whoo whee they smell awful. Haha!

  4. Lauren, your foyer is just beautiful! Great job!

    I am also a Kirkland’s shopper! Their prices are great!

    Blessings!

  5. I saw this post on your FB and gleefully clicked as a fell in love with the windmill door hanger, but now you’re making me MAJOR jealous to find that you got it at a flea market and I can’t get one just like it 🙂 haha I thoroughly enjoyed everything else from Kirkland’s too!

  6. It all looks great! I’ll have to check out Kirkland’s more often! I’m in the process of lightening up my home. I have lots of painting to do, so it might take me a while, but little by little it will come together.

  7. Your “foy-yay” is so cozy looking. Thanks so much for sharing all your good ideas to keep rooms wintery (is that a word?) looking by continuing to use some Christmas decor!

  8. I purchased 2 perfect mirrors from Kirklands for over my master bath vanity. They were too large for the area (should have measured). Kirklands didn’t have a smaller mirror in this style. Found them on Overstock site. They were $100 more for each mirror. I am sick. Kirklands is the best store for low prices. Now I have to keep looking

    1. Right?! They’re my favorite source for mirrors too. We replaced our bathroom mirrors with gorgeous distressed framed ones from Kirkland’s for something crazy cheap like $30 each. And they’re really big. I’m always amazed!

  9. Lauren, sooo pretty!! I just did a makeover in my front foyer as well, I used boxwood in a white mercury glass vase along with boxwood wreath over top of my mirror, the twinkle lights, I put back in both, just can’t give up the sparkle they give off from the soft lighting. My foyer is very small, and just could not find a table that would fit in the space, so I joined together two old end tables I got for free from my sister that she was going to throw out. I painted the tops black, and added a long mirror on top that I got for two bucks at the Reuse Store to hide the join, This gave my foyer even more of a sense of space while reflecting more light prettily. The drawers were damaged too much to restore so I replaced them with dollar store baskets that fit perfectly in the space, a few small books and candles placed on the now foyer table, just gave my entrance way a whole new look that was instantly a hit with family and friends. Not only did this create a beautiful entrance, but also created some badly needed storage for our everyday winter stuff, and again when spring and summer hit! Just gotta love bringing old back to new again!!

    1. That’s so great, Pat! Repurposing DIYs are my favorite for that very reason. 🙂 I hate throwing away perfectly good stuff that could have a whole new life like that too.

  10. I love it all, Lauren. Very inviting with a salute to winter, for sure. Your paperwhites had me fooled as well. I want to find some faux (most awesome home decor places won’t ship to Alaska — I guess they think we’re not part of the US or something :). Anyhow, I bought some paperwhite bulbs in December and threw them away a month later when they hadn’t grown even a half and inch. I’m pretty sure my thumb is pink, not green. ?

    Your foyer is truly lovely. Thank you for the inspiration.

    Cheryl

    1. Same here! My thumb is totally black. There’s just no hope for me. Haha! Thanks, Cheryl. Signed, a fellow American who totally considers you to be part of the US. Haha!

  11. Love this look and love the faux paperwhites. Where did you get them? Kirklands? and the bottle vase thingy? So cute.

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