Honor the space between no longer and not yet. ~ Nancy Levin
September is my favorite month. I don’t know if this is because I always have adored learning and September was the time when school started again (I know this makes me a self-proclaimed nerd!) or if it was the leaves changing colors as I grew up in Upstate New York where the leaves would turn a glorious rainbow of reds, golds, yellows, and oranges before falling to their death on the ground below.
September is the end of something too. This bittersweetness has always had a place in my heart. Maybe this is my link with the Design and Construction industry. For design often starts with the destruction of something in order to make something new.
As a Designer, the FOYER has always held this same spot in my heart. It is often overlooked, especially in American homes and smaller spaces. Yet, I feel it is somehow the most important space in our lives. It is the one where we TRANSITION between the outside world and our inner sanctum. And we all know that transitions are the spaces we are most vulnerable so we must take extra care here.
My work as a designer evolved into being more holistic as a result of who I am, and how I like to live. Making small entry spaces into useful, comfortable and functional ‘foyers’ has always been a specialty of mine. No matter how small, awkward, tight or tiny your space is, I have always been able to transform the entry into your home into a positive space to transition from the outside into the inside or vice versa.
The KEY design elements include making sure you acknowledge the space itself. Even if you at first glance think it is only a hall. It is always something more. What is your intention?
Do not just rush in and go past it, even if it is literally a few steps. Make a statement. This can be with color, art, or a fountain. Or a small console table, a rug, or a mirror combined with a small shelf. Make every inch count.
Use the vertical space, the walls and bring in beauty to stop you in your tracks. Art, decals, applications or specialty paint are always great ways to honor the space in your entry. Be creative and have fun!
Think of what you NEED and create it. It can be hooks, a bench, or just a little ottoman to perch your bag on. Or sometimes you need something BEAUTIFUL to welcome you home like a water fountain and fresh flowers.
If space is limited you can customize some shelves to work in the weird awkward spaces and add a MIRROR to make it feel bigger. Mirrors are always great by the front door since I always believe checking my lipstick before heading out the door!
From a FENG SHUI perspective, the entry into your home is also a very IMPORTANT space. You need to follow a few steps to ensure this space brings you in positive energy and more happiness and abundance.
Do not ever let the front door be blocked with stuff. Keep is clean and clear. Let the energy flow into your life!
Do not have a mirror reflecting out the front door if you can help it if this is the only place for a mirror, then think of how to divert the energy back into the house again with either the use of chimes or lowering the light fixture to be a center of attention or add a frame as I did here.
Make your front door welcoming and make it beautiful. Often I suggest painting the front door a color, adding a welcome mat or rug and making sure you have enough light in the space!
Sometimes adding a welcoming gargoyle or protecting symbolic element can create a sense of safety and security when entering your space too.
Functional foyers also help to make sure the Feng Shui of your Foyer is positive. Functional items can include a place to put your coat, shoes, umbrella and your keys or bag. Think of what you need and make space work for you.
Design matters. Making small adjustments can ease the transition from your outside life into your inner life smoothly so you can enjoy your life more. Use this transitional month of September to think about how you enter and exit your space. Make it support you so you can focus on living your life more fully. Check out our website if you want to see more examples how design can change your space and your life. S. Lee Wright Ltd website
“But when fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.” ~ Stephen King, Salem’s Lot