I recently upgraded the foyer in my small NYC studio.  


The existing shoe cabinet was too small for my purposes. I never used the cute bentwood style bench for putting on shoes. (It ended up as a repository for clutter.) And the wall above was filled with wall of fame and memorabilia items. It was starting to look junky and driving me kray-zee!


So I sold the shoe cabinet and bench on Craigslist. I filled that entire space with one larger shoe cabinet from Wayfair that holds 12+ pairs of everyday shoes. It includes a drawer for "stuff" - gum, pens, laundry card, flashlight, post-its, cash.  (Wayfair has many nice styles of shoe cabinets.)


I hung a simple rectangular silver mirror from Home Goods above the cabinet to give the room height. The mirror replaced all the memorabilia. Whew. What a nice clean look. So calming.


To warm up the cabinet, I made a light grey runner from a remnant I found at Mood Fabrics in NYC (where the Project Runway contestants shop!).  I added a large tassel on each end from M&J Trimmings on 6th Avenue (NYC). 


For soft lighting, I added a very sweet round cherry-blossoms white table lamp from Ikea. (I know. But some of their products are actually quite nice.)


I found a wonderful bust from CB2 but it turned out to be too overwhelming so I returned it.  I replaced it with a small plant.


The apartment door area and ceiling were already painted a semi-gloss dark grey. 

Coats are in the coat closet in the foyer. A while back, I removed the awful sliding doors and replace them with a heavy light curtain, trimmed in grey, that hangs almost from the ceiling (again, to add height). 


Scarves and light jackets are on an over-the-door hook system on the door leading to my dressing room/bath.

My foyer is now more organized, less cluttered, "quiet", moody, and a real joy to enter.


Total cost:  Approximately $215 (plus Task Rabbit handyman to assemble the cabinet and hang the mirror).














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