Welcome Contrast and Color

What is more beautiful than fresh flowers in spring? The fantastic colors wake up from a long winter nap. It feels to me like I do too. The sun is bright and the days are longer.

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I love the natural energy spring brings. Even my kids have a happy energy and a desire to play outside again……fortunately and unfortunately that spells muddy feet, toys and noise. 🙂
I am getting prepared just for that here in the foyer.  Last week I painted the walls with a fresh coat of paint. (Valspar – Artichoke) It’s a darker grey with a little hint of green.
The darker walls won’t show wear as much as the previous color did (Carrington Beige by Ben Moore). It was light and fresh before but showed dirty “paw prints” around the doors and light switches. There is a good amount of traffic coming through this space because our garage door and main entry are right close together.
So this area needs to balance between a functional space and a fancy foyer (actually, there is nothing fancy about me or my home). If you notice in the next photo – I have a basket of toy weapons for the boys, neighbor kids and boys…did I say boys? 
The way I decorate has to be easy to live with so I don’t fuss much over what “should” or “shouldn’t” be displayed in the foyer. The weapons now have a home right where they were landing anyway. I used an old basket for easy clean up and storage. I find it’s better to roll with the mess rather than fight it.
And the floors? I don’t clean them every day (obviously) but our yard is soaking wet from the spring thaw and that means muddy shoes. It stresses me out if I put too much effort into cleaning because it never lasts. So I don’t  🙂 (no…. I do – just not every day =/ ).
We don’t have a separate mudroom besides the foyer so this is it. When guests come in – they see exactly how we live, first thing. Even my to do list is front and center on the old door chalkboard.
We can check ourselves out in the full length mirror as we come and go.
(no toilette paper stuck to our shoes…check!)
The front door is painted an energy filled Red Base from Valspar. It’s bright and truly red. Simple & chunky house numbers were printed on white vinyl with a Cricut machine. It really stands out and looks fun from the street.
Bright red is looking so good to me this spring.
The porch becomes part of our living space when it turns warm. The morning sun flows into the foyer through a full glass storm door. One of the first things I do when I wake up in the morning is greet the sun at my front door…I know it will be a good day when I can do that.
I love ficus trees. They are sensitive plants but they do really well outdoors in warm weather – so long as there isn’t too much sun. A shady porch is perfect for them.
Warm weather brings everyone out and everyone is welcome to my house but I have a hard time telling people “no” so I made a sign to do it for me – no soliciting….. pretty please.
Well, there you have it – rich contrast and color. Fun, happy and energy filled days ahead and boy are we ready!
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