{foyer ledge inspiration}

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I need help. And some inspiration. We have lived in our house for over 2 years, and the ledge in our two-story foyer is still completely empty. It’s a space that I have found daunting to fill, and so have just avoided doing anything with it.

I did find an old, big window at Habitat this weekend for only $3 (thanks to my bff who let me know they were there), and I think it’s a possibility. But what else, if anything?

So, I’m coming to you, my fabulous readers, to give me some ideas! I’d love to hear what you’ve done, or what you’ve seen, and if I end up using one of your suggestions, you will win a special prize. (I’m not sure what yet, but I’ll think of something good!)

P.S. I’m not a fake plant lover. :)


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About Simply Kierste Design Co.

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

33 thoughts on “{foyer ledge inspiration}

  1. what a great blank canvas…sorry, that doesn't help.
    Is it a space that would work for holiday decorations?? That way, you could change it with the holidays & never get bored (plus create more work for yourself haha)

  2. I wish i had cute little nooks like that in my house!!! I would use cute little frames with your childrens artwork and pictures of them!! Only because I wish I had a spot for something like that in my house :)

  3. How about a large wood cutout of your last initial? If you stood it up (like a picture frame), that might look rather fun! You could do several of them in different colors depending on the time of year. You could put moss topiaries on either side unless that's too "plant like" for you. :)

  4. I have this in my house and I have a big bird cage and big candles on candle holders on mine.

  5. Oh sorry, can't help you here as mine has looked this way for 5 years!! YIKES :) GOOD LUCK!

  6. Something with color! Use the window as a backdrop, get one of those standing wreath holders and create a fab colorful wreath to hang in center front of the window. Scour thrift stores and garage sales for old rusty wire baskets and other rusty stuff. Paint the rusty stuff to look like tarnished copper. I think that would look lovely and interesting! :)

  7. What about an armillary? I have one in one of my niches…or some great architectural piece? How about an old milk can? You could put three large urns up there of various sizes……what is your style?


  8. I don't know what is to the right side of the ledge (on the other side of the wall)? But you could turn it into a closet. We have one similar in our house. Just an idea! Everyone could use a little extra closet space!

  9. Thanks for this post. I have lived in my home for 7 years and my ledge has been the same the whole time…and I HATE it. Fake plants (lol) courtesy of a friend. I love some of the ideas above. My ledge is about four foot wide and 8 foot long, it divides my living room and kitchen. I love the idea of the monogram(s) and windows. Mine is too high for the art…I will be paying close attention to this post! Thanks

  10. Maybe some different sized urns of some sort? Maybe with some moss in them? That would look cute in front of an old window! I would say no to a piece of art, but that's just me.

  11. You should go into the dentist office onthe corner of Patrick and Swede. They have a large ledge with some fabulous ideas.

  12. Love the window idea! I would add a vase with some whimsical branches (maybe attach some crystals to catch the light?), and maybe a big wooden initial and a small sculpture or picture. That is what I would do if I had this great space!

  13. The tall candle idea was good or how about two or three tall vases. OR–how about large framed family pictures sitting on the ledge not hanging
    on the wall.


  14. I just saw on a different blog a ledge with a cluster of globes , varying sizes and colors – it looked great! I'm totally on your side with the fake plants, yuck! I have big ledges above my kitchen cabinets, but we live across the street from a gravel quarry and the dust in out of control, so I'm too afraid to put something up there that would inevitably become a cobweb trap!

  15. Looks like a great spot for a "time out" space for the kids to me! Just kidding, maybe sit the old window up there with a wreath hanging over it like your chair wreath?

  16. It looks like you have an electrical outlet up there! I'm a big fan of white lights in decorating. I think you can get little switches somewhere that allow you to turn lights off and on without actually having to physically put the plug in and out of the outlet. That would be handy for a hard to reach spot like that. Whatever you end up doing I would take advantage of that outlet!

  17. I love trunks and one would work perfectly in that space. You can either keep it closed or open the lid and have fun stuff sitting inside. Can't wait to see what you come up with.


  18. My sister in law placed an old antique tricyle in that spot. From the handlebar she hung a photo of her kids hung from ribbon off the frame. She sat another photo of the kids on the seat and another by the back tires. It was really cute and a great way to display how much the kids have grown. -Karen

  19. That is a great space but I agree that it would be difficult since you will have to get a ladder out everytime you want to make changes. The Large initial idea is good….I would incorporate you "new" window, by hanging it on the larger wall(if propping it up would not work well for the space), and accenting with a large initial. While I don't love fake plants they would add some "life" to the space, ferns work well to fill space and a little goes a long way for a large space, but get just the stems you don't need them potted, and lay them on their sides for more of a foliage filler(you could use 3-4 clumps at most), and various laterns(you may be able to find some on clearance at pottery barn now or soon). They work well for all seasons and you can add lights and switch the fern for garland during the winter!

  20. Oh and you could put pillar candles and/or lights in the lanterns depending on the seasonal decor!

  21. My mom has a ledge sort of like that in her house. What we do is switch it out for the holdiays. It's really fun because we all get involved and help her change it out. I think she has something for almost every holiday/season now so she just keeps them in a large tuperware when she's not using them.

  22. I think what is bothering you is not that the ledge is empty but that the wall is empty as well. The item(s)will need to be duster friendly. Dust is not cool and when you are up on the second level of your home, you will be able to see every speck of it. Whatever you put up there it will need to be large or multiples that take up a large area; anything small will look awkward. My three suggestions are picture or mirror frames – either all the same size or of complimentary shapes that would take up most of the wall space. Secondly, a very large and unique clock. Third, a large mirror; the area seems a little dark with the lights out so this might help to get a little natural light into the area. Good Luck

  23. my dad puts his collection of old cameras and black and white vintage photos on his ledge. it looks super antique and displays his neat old cameras he used to keep in the garage. is there some neat junk you could fancy up and put up there?

  24. It would be nice if your could find some old farm doors or windows and make a 3 panel "room divider" to put up there. Not sure how tall your space is. You could do all kinds of cute things with that. I loved the old bike that someone posted abouve. I would spraypaint it black or similar color. It would be great it if had a basket on the bike to put goodies in…but i'm loving the time out spot!

  25. I have a large window in my house and I have used each window paine as a frame for a picture. I used clear photo corner tabs to stick them to the window. When they were all in place it turned out really cute and with the tabs I can easily switch out the pictures. Good luck with whatever you do. http://mommystimeout-samantha.blogspot.com/

  26. I had such a ahrd time with mine, as well. I ended up putting my antique bobbin collection up there, interspersed with candles. I love it, let me know if you want to see a pciture – but you may have already seen what it looks like. It's fun to choose an all-holiday-friendly color for your candles (I chose red) because then you can put pumpkins up there in the fall, evergreen branches in the winter, and it changes it up a little without having to do much. Good luck!

  27. I have a big ledge over our front door one side is a big window – I have a huge whiskey barrel one one side and 2 antique kid chairs with wire backs on the other. It has never looked finished – I loike the idea of old rusty wire things!! I put a small tree with lights for xmas – which usually stays up all year! the outlet has a switch to turn it on and off. I can't wait to see how it turns out.

  28. I can't tell for sure how deep your ledge is but what about an old chair with your window? some plants all sitting here there and around it all? ~Bridgette

  29. my suggestion is to blow up a map of a city that you have visited, or want to visit, or that you like. There are several websites that let you download maps/ancient maps for free…or just use the visitor map which are free as well. Xerox it and blow it up in pieces to the size of the wall along the ledge. Buy same size frames and hang it on the wall and on the ledge arrange memorabilia from that place….like in here:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_I_C1osY1lOk/S6rH2F_lxVI/AAAAAAAABHY/lbJUBZrnG0E/s1600/IMG_1636.JPG. You can add some color to the black and white xerox……if it has a river color it blue, if it has a big park color it green.

  30. I had one of those in my last house and I decorated for christmas and the rest of the year I had vintage wooden folding chairs up there with a vintage suitcase.

  31. How about a dress form that has been mod podged with old book pages, music sheets or both to start with. You could mix in your old window with it, too. I just covered one with burlap, tied a cute black and white polka dot ribbon on it to look like a belt, and pinned some jewelry on it. I wish I knew how to add a picture for you to see.

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