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Su Casa: Before and After Foyer

It's no surprise that a number of CasaSugar readers are also interior designers, and today I'm featuring photos of a foyer transformation that RCLDesignGirl completed for a client and posted in the Su Casa group. (Want to share your photos? Here's how to join Su Casa.)

As a junior interior designer for a professional contract design firm, RCL's challenge was to transform a very traditional entryway into a veritable gallery for displaying the client's quirky art collection. Here's what the foyer looked like before:

For the redesign, RCLDesignGirl added customized wainscot ledges with lighting beneath the shelves to illuminate the artwork. You won't believe how different the foyer looks while staying true to the original look. To see the amazing after photos,

NMM911 NMM911 10 years
Loved everything but the art! Great colour, wainscoting gorgeous! Unfortunately, the art is dreadful.
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 10 years
RCL, fabulous job! Oooohh, getting ideas for the hubby's art...
AshleySunshine AshleySunshine 10 years
This looks so great. I love the use of light. Nicely done.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 10 years
It's very nice but not my style at all. Personally I like the before better for my tastes. It's awesome looking though!
psangel psangel 10 years
love it as well..looks like there own art gallery
misslarue misslarue 10 years
amazing!! love it!
RCLdesigngirl RCLdesigngirl 10 years
eleven11, the brand of paint on the walls is Benjamin Moore HC 107, Gettysburg Gray. The shelves are also Benjamin Moore 2134-20, Midsummer Night. I understand the few reactions that have not been positive. As a professional designer, I am faced with many projects that don't necessarily reflect my own personal tastes. My goal in approaching a project is two-fold: ultimately, please my client; at the same time, give them the very BEST version of what they want. Clients hate nothing more than a designer who comes in and tells them that what they want is "wrong". Claudia915, I admit to being a minimalist in my own home, but this client detests minimalism. I suggested using one very large scale original oil painting here, and she didn't like that idea at all. Tenndra5, I am disappointed that you called the shelves "make-shift" as they are anything but. They were designed specifically for this wall, for the artwork that they would be displaying. It is clear that you don't have an understanding of planning space in three dimensions.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
LOVE it.
hvnly34 hvnly34 10 years
Love it!
tenndra5 tenndra5 10 years
i am not sure... i think it is a bit busy. i would only keep the pictures over the make shift shelves... and remove the others...but i am the only one that thinks this...
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
looks really great!! love the paint color
sgdish sgdish 10 years
Definitely feels warmer and gives you a reason to linger a little longer...
ViolentlyHappy ViolentlyHappy 10 years
urbngirl urbngirl 10 years
She turned that wall from drab to fab! Love it.
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Wow! What a difference. Great job, RCL!
frankidurbin frankidurbin 10 years
I have to say, I was a bit reluctant to see the "after" photos -as I've seen many a foyer transformed into something hideous. This was extremely wise use of space. It is clear the designer understood how one should view art and appreciated the 'stage' that the staircase could offer the viewer. bravo!
Tari007 Tari007 10 years
WOW! It looks soooo cool! Come re-decorate my place!
sarabel sarabel 10 years
nice job!
nterry1 nterry1 10 years
Tres Chic!
lilv lilv 10 years
wow that looks great!
Claudia-915 Claudia-915 10 years
to much clutter and to dark. less is more. perhaps just bxs i'm a minimalist.
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 10 years
She did an amazing work :D
ktacce ktacce 10 years
i think those little green grassy balls add a spark to the space. i just attached to them for some reason, maybe because they balance out the squares from the art frames.
eleven11 eleven11 10 years
great job RCL! i love the wainscott shelf/ledge you had added! i also love the wall color - what brand/color is it?
vienvien vienvien 10 years
It's awesone
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