our farm: the foyer

Welcome to Our Foyer. Remember, those that have full access can see the floorplan.

The porch right now needs to be cleaned up, we have wood and stuff out there so I will spare you the porch (just for now) 😉

We enter through, what most would call a foyer! Not sure what many others would call it but being that I’m a fair gal, I’ll leave room to assume that one may call it an alternate name (maybe…entryway, etc.) – I, however, prefer the term foyer.

Our foyer has gone through several transformations since we’ve lived here *already* (it’s only been a year after all) and the first time was a valiant attempt to lighten up the room.

Because of the porch, natural light in this room is scarce, so, of course, our first idea was to lighten it up? Use a lighter color then was already there. So, we did.


These photos were taken while Barbara, the previous owner, was in the process of moving things out. She was kind enough to allow me to take shots of the house. These before shots were taken with my point & shoot camera.

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer


These are taken with my Point & Shoot camera with no flash. Lightening it up did nothing for the room and drowned out any character the place had! I was so unhappy.

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

And…Now…Benjamin Moore’s Colonial Red. The trim is Swiss Coffee. I’m still unsure whether or not I am doing jumping jacks about the trim but we’ll have to wait on that. You may notice I gold leafed the piano 🙂

Taken with no flash, to show lighting.

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Some details: I call this my Alice in Wonderland table.

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

What’s neat about the back corner of this room are the exposed beams (look straight back) showing the old post/beam construction. I’ll come back for some detail shots of that later.

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

This corner always photographs very red. Red damask patterned curtains, obviously red wall, and natural light from both the window and ambient light from the birch really makes this corner glow. It’s rather cozy I think.

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Patterns and light.

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

Laura Bruen, NYC Photographer, NJ Photographer

As with anything, there are still a TON of things we need to do/we would like to do. The floors definitely need to be refinished at this point!

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  • Wow. I LOVE the chess table. And the stuff you took with no flash makes the room look like something out of BARRY LYNDON. I love it. Killer!ReplyCancel

  • The red looks really great.

    Im in the process of picking paint colors now and I have no freaking clue. Of course I have to give our contractor the paint selections in a few weeks and Im no where near to having decided a single room. How did your selection process go?ReplyCancel

  • Thanks Scott & Mrs.Limestone.

    For those that don’t know what the heck Scott is talking about, go ahead Watch the Barry Lyndon Trailer – I had to, LOL. Now, for some odd reason I will need to watch the movie. Thankssoverymuch.

    Mrs. Limestone –

    I’m still having issues with it. I can’t commit to anything really, hanging things on walls, etc.

    I can only really decide on a color for a room by LIVING it, quite honestly. That’s how I roll. So, that being said my process is:

    a.) Stare into space
    b.) Check the lighting
    c.) Pick an inspiring color (or as learned, uninspiring color)
    d.) Go from there and wing it.

    For example, the foyer was one of the first rooms we painted. I wasn’t particularly ready to be risky right away having no idea how I was going to decorate. I then checked the Pottery Barn colors (I had purchased the swatch book) and just blindly picked out a color that I <em>cannot even remember</em>. Hated it. Immediately decided to go with something bold and went for it.

    You will see in future posts, I wasn’t so bold in other rooms and again, was forced to go bold. It’s a pattern, really, and an extreme waste of paint but I have no other way of knowing how it’s going to look unless I live with it. I think that has to be one of the single most difficult decisions on decorating.

    Ever since I went RED though, I have loved every square inch of that room. It’s so boudoir looking. All I need is a few funkier pieces (maybe a leather wingback? maybe a crystal sconce as opposed to the artwork on either side of the room) and I’ll have a theme room to shoot out of. Of course, I’ll have some shots around as well ;-).

    I just have a hard time committing to hanging anything unless I get that “it’s right” feeling, ya know?

    All of this being said, I don’t envy your decision. If it were my decision – I would tell them to either paint all white or just prime and let me move in, live there, and pick one by one (knowing my speed of color selection, white would be the smarter move, methinks, at least for me).

    I definitely won’t lie about LOVING Pottery Barn colors though. – ETA: I love them, absolutely love them.

  • Diana Acosta

    You have a great sense of style, that’s why I fell in love with your previous house and had to have it. You have done wonders with your new house keep up the good work, To Jimmy and Laura you both deserve a hand of applause.ReplyCancel

  • I wish I could live there first before deciding paint colors but wont work for us for many reasons but the most important being Mr. Limestone won’t let me :and I dont do ladders. So Im kind of stuck. To make matters worse, the old owners painted the place almost entirely in this minty green color so no matter what samples patches I put up, every color looks different with the mint green everywhere.

    So you dont like the PB colors huh? I was kind of relying on them for my inspiration. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Love the PB colors – LOVE them. Just not the first light one I chose. Sorry, I suppose it could read wrong.

    I LOVE PB colors. Love them.ReplyCancel

  • Dina

    Hi Laura,

    Absolutely love ALL of your photos!!
    Really enjoyed browsing your site…
    I have a dream to have a professional photo session:)

    Perhaps one of these days…before I am too old:))

    All the best!! You rock!!