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Exercise 2-a (Short & Sweet)

In regards to your Entry or Foyer, what of the following 4 functional items do you have?

Place for coats, hats, misc.?

Flat surface for keys and mail?


Rug or mat inside or outside?

Even if you have one or more of the above, is it functional or should it be rethought?

Write in your journal a description of the functional items that your front entry is lacking and what you can add or change in this area to make it more functional. Also, what else do you have in your foyer that gives your home a magical touch.


Exercise 2-b

In this Exercise you are going to measure your Foyer or Entry Area. If it is part of the Living Room, just measure the space around the door (go out at least 8' -or as far as you can). You are also going to measure your front porch as done below. Before you begin to measure, read the rest of this page.

This is a drawing of the front door area of the 19' x 10' Living Room that we were just looking at. The room is only drawn about 8' on each side of the front door. The front porch has also been measured. If you have a separate foyer, you will want to measure the entire room and all of the door openings in it. In the case above, you don't have to measure the exact locations of the columns on the front porch, since they are so close to the edge. You can just draw them in.


Note your measurements on a sheet of paper, then you can convert it to the graph paper that is in your Class Notebook. If you have never used Graph paper before, it is very simple. Each square or grid on the graph paper represents 1 foot. So the 3' wide door will span 3 squares as shown below. In the example below, the distance behind the open door between the corner and where the door begins is approximately 9", since it covers about 75% of one square. If you have any confusion about this, please e-mail me and I will go over it with you personally. In order to measure and draw on graph paper the next 7 lessons, you need to understand how the graph paper works. If you want to use the Grid that came with your Furniture Kit, see note below.

Example of graph paper with a 3' wide
Front Door drawn in.

Note: You can also use the grid that is in your Furniture Plan Layout Kit, if you prefer, however, note that the squares are twice the size as the Graph Paper and one square or grid equals 2' on it!


Exercise 2-c

In this Exercise you are going to measure a piece of furniture based on the Measuring Furniture Information. If you have a table that will work in your Entry Area, measure that. If not, select a random table or sofa and use it just as practice.

If you are measuring a table or piece of furniture to place in your entry area, once you measure it, you should be able to find an equivalent size in your Furniture Planning Kit so that you can cut it out and put directly on your Graph paper or Grid of the Entry Area. Move it around and make sure that you are not blocking the flow of traffic from the front door with the piece of furniture.

Exercise 2-d

In this Exercise you are going to explore your Guest Bath (or 1/2 Bath). Go into the room and look at it with a fresh eye. Are there items in here that don't really need to be in here? The following list starts with the least expensive changes you can make - up to more expensive changes.

How many of the following would DRAMATICALLY change the look of your Guest Bath? For this exercise, pick one or two of the following and explore it further. Go look at decorative towels - the expensive ones you always walk past in the store. It's okay! You will only need a couple of them. Go to a Hobby store and look at the huge selection of decals. To apply them to your ceiling, all you need is a ladder and some water.

Some of the following are simple and inexpensive to carry through.

  • Do something exciting to the ceiling - add color - add decals!
  • Purchase new linens and towels - small expensive for a huge difference.
  • If you have a traditional bath mat in here, replace it with an area rug that doesn't look quite so "bathroomy".
  • Paint is very inexpensive (but, I have to agree - labor intensive). If the Guest Bath is painted in a blah color - add a little pizzazz. If you love chartreuse, but can't image it in your Living Room, paint the Guest Bath in it!
  • Replace the ceiling light fixture with a more dramatic fixture - and put it on dimmer!
  • Change the vanity into an old antique dresser or a pedestal sink.

Think about only this room while looking through some decorating magazines. You will probably be surprised how many living area decorative items can be added to the Guest Bathroom!

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