My Old Kentucky Home Renovations: Foyer and a Plea for Help

You may remember the December bucket list I put together about a month ago. I'm happy to report that I completed everything except creating a piece of artwork to hang in my home. Time just got away from me, and this goal fell by the wayside. When I wrote that to-do item down, I envisioned making a large statement piece to hang in our foyer because it is lacking in organization, inspiration, cohesion... You get the picture. Anyways, over the next couple of months, I'd like to whip our foyer into shape. Unfortunately, it has become the "catch all" spot, and you can see the mess from almost every other room in our house. It has a lot of square feet and really great lighting, so it has the potential to be a great entrance to our house.

I'm hoping that I can share some "after" pictures with you by the end of February. Here are the "before" pictures in its current state.

As you can see, we're doing a little work on the plaster above the fireplace, so it is a little more messy than normal. It is a relatively blank canvas, and I painted it in Sherwin-Williams Drift of Mist this past winter.

Here are some challenges to the space:

  1. Budget - I'd like to keep everything under $300.
  2. Attachment to existing items - Jay has a sentimental attachment to some of the furniture, so we'll have to come of with a creative way to create a cohesive look. Did you see that little orange school room desk? Yikes!
  3. Little wall space - While the space is large, there are 4 doors or hallway entrances, 2 windows, and a fireplace.
  4. Visibility - Besides being the first room you encounter, it is visible from everywhere on the first floor except the kitchen, so it needs to match the rest of the house.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on how to improve this space!