May Smart Tips

MAYbe it’s time to take another look at your foyer. Keep in mind, once someone steps inside the door, it’s their first impression of how you live in your home. Here are some SMART tips to insure that first impression is a great one:

Start with a tidy-up:

The foyer isn’t the family dumping ground. Remove all clutter, extra coats & jackets, backpacks, shoes, umbrellas and any potential tripping hazards. The foyer isn’t the family photo gallery either. Replace personal pictures with a larger, more generic piece of art.

Mirror, mirror on the wall:

Give guests a last chance glance before they enter your home. Ladies love that final quick-check of hair and lipstick. A mirror will also bounce light around the area and doubles the visual space of the foyer.

Add some lighting:

On dark days and nights, a small table lamp will create a welcoming glow in the entry for family & friends. No need to use the overhead fixture and waste energy. Adding a timer will automatically light the way in the dark, and send a signal to the street that someone is already in the house.

Round-up the shoes:

There’s nothing worse than falling over the family shoe collection when entering a home.  It’s best to try and find a better storage area for smelly street shoes. But if you must drop them in the entry, contain them in a decorative basket, chest or small closed cabinet.

Treat the foyer like any other room:

Include a nice entry table, cabinet, or small credenza. Place a mirror or colorful art piece over it, to be accented by your table lamp. A small decorative tray or bowl will harness loose mail and keys. Add a colorful indoor/outdoor area rug to catch the last bit of dust & dirt from shoe-bottoms.