09 September 2010


Perhaps because I've lived in so many cold and rainy climates, I've always appreciated foyers as rooms of their own--even when they're really nothing more than a glorified hallway. Now that the trees on my street are shedding at a surprising rate and the temperature is showing signs of dropping, my appreciation for these little spaces is renewed. They are the home's place of greeting, the first point of respite from harsh weather conditions outdoors, and a place to drop keys and kick off heavy boots. I think it's a shame that so much new construction relegates these spaces to the back of the house and renames them "mudrooms". When foyers are treated as rooms worthy of good furniture and a few choice accessories, their charm is increased by the disarray that stray coats and shoes invite. 

Images: The Comforts of Home by Caroline Clifton-Mogg, published by Ryland, Peters & Small 2010. Country Living magazine, October 2010 issue. BBC Homes & Antiques magazine, June 2010 issue. Living etc magazine, August 2010 issue. Inside Out magazine, volume 3.

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