Capture the Everyday: My Foyer

Capture the Everyday is about getting you to capture those everyday moments in your life! Each Thursday, Melissa issues a simple challenge to capture something that’s a part of your daily life. You can post just a picture or add some words to go along with it. You’ll have a week to get it done and then Melissa will issue another. It’s a quick, easy way to start capturing those little parts of life we sometimes take for granted.


The Assignment: A feature that you love about your home (a room, a detail, a piece of furniture, etc)



When you walk into my home, the first thing you may think is Why in the world did they paint their foyer orange?! I love that reaction. No one says it with their mouth, but I’ve read it in their eyes. Our kitchen is a deep blue, and is right off of our foyer; the colors compliment each other beautifully. At least to me. After living in Tucson, it’s almost impossible not to be inspired by the southwestern style. It’s spattered all over my house. From the painted pieces of art to a few ceramic pots & geckos to our kokopelli lamp. Since we only lived in apartments in Tucson… with white walls, the first thing I did when we moved into a home of our own several years ago was to PAINT. Every room was a different color. Kitchen was periwinkle, living room was red, our bedrooms were sage & purple. I did our bathroom in 2 shades of gold with a painting technique using brushes & rags, so when we moved to our second home and had even more space to fill with color, I opted to use that same technique I used in our first bathroom in our foyer. The first impression room.


Once I completed the first two layers of paint, I wanted more. I found a large stencil at Lowe’s and decided to use the technique with one of the shades of paint over the stencil. What I saw in my head came to life as the hubs did the first stencil, which we both loved! However, the hubs assured me it took way more patience than I’d be able to handle… so he offered to do the rest. I wasn’t going to fight him on that! Turns out, I was days away from finding out I was pregnant for the 2nd time and was already starting to feel sick & tired, so I welcomed the break. It took the hubs about 3 hours to get that wall done, and even though I had initially wanted all the ways to sport the stencil, we found it to be a good place to stop. 


Many people don’t look close enough at the wall in the foyer to see the amazing detailed work the hubs did… but I appreciate it just about every time I walk through. It may just look orange to some, but to me, it’s a fantastic wall of art I’m glad we did while we had the ambition & energy. So many more projects we have to do in our house, but since having 2 kids, they just aren’t a priority, because time & money goes to so many other things. We’ll get back to it someday. These days, it’s just nice to soak in the nice things we did have time to do, once upon a time. 

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14 Comments

  1. Posted March 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I love the detail and that you have to look close to see it.

    I hear you on the whole a billion projects that seem impossible to do with a little one(s) under foot.

  2. Posted March 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I think it looks gorgeous! I lived in Phx for five years and miss the earthy, desert colors.

  3. Posted March 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    I am cuckoo for orange! Seriously. My favorite color. I might just have to move in to your foyer. 🙂

  4. Posted March 24, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    How pretty! I love that you took the time to do those things when you could. With a 2 year old and one on the way, just getting a room painted is a major feat!

  5. Posted March 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE it. And if you ever visit my blog (wink, wink) you’ll notice that i don’t have a problem with it at all. When we moved into our house, the first thing I did was paint. ANd the first room was our living room. The color? Orange 🙂

  6. Posted March 24, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    It’s purty. Our front room is white-white-white. The huz would call it “cream” but it’s not. He picked it. I let him win that one, but guess who got a blue kitchen a few years later?

    *This* chick.

  7. Posted March 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    I have decided you need to come paint my walls! ;o) I seriously love the technique. I love to redo furntiture and repurpose things. I am defnitely going to have to steal this idea from you!

  8. Posted March 25, 2011 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    Thanks, ladies! Glad you all appreciate the color & detail… it’s the little things, ya know?

  9. Posted March 25, 2011 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    That wall is seriously beautiful! Love the color and the stencil design. Love that it can remind you of the desert each time you step inside from a nasty Michigan winter day (I’m in Lansing so I feel your pain lady)!

  10. Posted March 25, 2011 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Kelli I had no idea you were a blogger too! I see your “blogoversary” is in four days- mine is in two days!

    Holli Johnson

  11. Posted March 25, 2011 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    What a bright and cheery wall! Definitely a welcoming feature before entering the house. Nice!

  12. Posted March 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Love the detail! I love seeing homes with vibrant color. I have a fear of color and seeing how other people use it always gives me a little more courage to try and branch out.

  13. Posted September 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I love the effect of the tone on tone orange. I LOVE orange! So pretty.

  14. Posted September 30, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, ladies!!!! We painted it 4 years ago and I still adore it.

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