Freshened Up Foyer Part 3: The Reveal

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Freshened Up Foyer Reveal

With the milder temperatures and the sprouting daylilies and tulips in my garden, I can definitely feel spring approaching. I’ve realized, now that I’m getting older,  that Spring is becoming my favorite season- a little more than fall, dare I say?

Well– I guess that’s debatable, lol, but to help usher Spring in, I picked up a few new items from Target’s exclusive designer collections to spruce up my home.

For some reason, when it comes to spring, the words “spruce up,” always come to mind—maybe it’s just the alliteration or maybe just the fact that in the spring, I want things to look cleaner and feel fresher, as we enter the new season.

If you haven’t been following along on this foyer fresh up—let me catch you up—I’ve been updating my foyer to be more of a reflection of the rest of my home–you know, warm, cozy, and welcoming. But as you can see from the pic below when I started out a few weeks ago, none of those adjectives described the space.

You can find Part 1 of this update here, and Part 2 here.

Although there are tons of new items to choose from at Target, what caught my eye were a few pieces from the Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia and Threshold designed with Studio McGee spring collections.

Foyer Lighting

Since the “work part” of the foyer project came to a close (I’m currently working on the stairway now), I was able to get to the fun part of adding some decorative touches—and just when I decided to keep the previous glass globe light fixture in the foyer, I came across a light fixture at Target by Studio McGee and I just knew I had to have it (or at least give it a try).  I was extremely reluctant to order it, considering how successful I have been with light fixtures for the kitchen lately, but I am so pleased to report that I was not disappointed.  The new light fixture is absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t be happier with it.

I also couldn’t believe how substantial it was, and was pleasantly surprised by its size and weight.

But let’s talk about its design, shall we?

It’s made of scalloped porcelain but has a rough  texture that adds interest and depth.  The rod and plate on mine is a nice antique brass, it’s also available in black.

And the best part——it’s only $100!

Wall Décor

Although the foyer is small, I hung a couple pieces of art to bring a little life to the space (and just beyond it, see above the cabinet in the sitting room.)

I layered 1 piece of a 2 piece art set above the cabinet with some vintage candlesticks and this adorable brass arched mirror by Hearth and Hand.

Whenever I’m switching seasons, I like to start with a fresh slate by cleaning and decluttering, and then slowly bringing items back in.

To ground the table,  I brought my thrifted gold mirror back in and I just love the gold tone against my new wall paper. Here are some similar mirror options available at Target below:

Plants, branches, and pastels

For my diy radiator table, seeing it’s the only surface in the space, I kept the styling very simple to not crowd it, but to make it feel purposeful.

I love using fresh elements like freshly sprouted branches in a vase, but since we live in a colder climate, it’ll be a while before I see any sprouting branches, and because I’m personally not a *huge* fan of faux greenery, so I opted instead for some bare branches in this pretty green vase until the blossoms start appearing outside.


However, if you prefer faux branches and plants, there are some really pretty options available at Target:

Hearth and Hand and Studio McGee’s collections are all about pretty pastels and neutrals this season, like these cute metal boxes that serve as catchalls with a charming vintage vibe.

Since we don’t use the front entrance often, I stuck a little money plant in the corner by the door, elevated by a tiny stool, and placed in a seagrass basket for additional texture and warmth- I think it cozies up this corner quite nicely.

Utility Closet

Next, I turned my attention to the “coat closet” which we use as a broom/utility closet, since we hang our coats in the mudroom

The inside of the closet was spruced up with some fresh paint on the walls and floors.

I hung this multi-pronged wall hook on the door to hold our broom, duster, and mop, it’s so pretty and adds beauty to an otherwise very utilitarian type of space.

I also found some singular hooks that matched the multi-prong hook to hang my step ladder and other misc. things.  On the shelves, I added these large seagrass baskets to store paper towels in one and our cat supplies in the other. . . Clear plastic bins hold cleaning supplies, and hand rags and sponges.

Lastly, for the closet door, I had to have this cute little hanging basket–it’s perfect here on the door knob by the stairs to stash items that need to be taken up stairs.  It would also look great with some branches or a small floral arrangement, or even used as place to drop keys, wallet, earbuds, and glasses in an entry as I have it styled here.

I wish I would have taken a before photo of this closet because it was a DISASTER-but this simpler more organized view has my entire heart.

For the floor, I couldn’t decide on a rug, so I bought two.  It’s a tough area, because it is a pass-through, so a large rug feels a little claustrophobic  . . .

So I instead decided on this textural basket weave doormat instead, I like that it’s simple and non fussy, and doesn’t take up too much space.

I am so happy with this space and can’t get over how far it has come.  Next I’m putting my full attention to the stair makeover, wish me luck!

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This post is sponsored by Target and includes affiliate links for your convenience. If you choose to purchase an item through one of the links, Made by Carli will receive a small commission. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.


  1. Kim
    March 3, 2023 / 1:27 pm

    oooooooohhhh…….I have a very similar entry layout and I am going to do this with my “coat” closet! (as soon as I get it cleared out of all the stuff that is living there while waiting on other spaces to be finished.) Thanks (as always) for the great inspiration!

    • madebycarli
      March 3, 2023 / 9:57 pm

      Thank you Kim! Iโ€™m so happy to have a neat organized space to keep the cleaning stuff, so much more useful๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ

  2. March 4, 2023 / 9:54 am

    It looks so beautiful. I love the peaceful colors you’ve chosen and all the details ๐Ÿ™‚

    • madebycarli
      March 4, 2023 / 11:06 am

      Thank you Tania๐Ÿ’•

  3. April
    March 4, 2023 / 3:33 pm

    Beautiful as always. I would not expect anything less!! I wish you lived next door to me. ๐Ÿ˜‚

  4. Brenda
    March 15, 2023 / 6:20 am

    It looks great!

    • madebycarli
      March 15, 2023 / 8:33 am

      Thank you Brenda!<3

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