Does the name Mandy Kellogg Rye ring a bell? If you follow decorating blogs, you may know her as the voice behind décor and style blog Waiting on Martha and the online shop of the same name. As her digital presence suggests, Rye has perfected her traditional décor style, which she accents with pops of modern and eclectic pieces. Today we’re excited to give you a peek into Rye’s own home, her foyer to be exact.
“It’s the first space guests see when they enter, and I believe that its design sets the tone for the whole house,” says Rye. To that end, she “wanted it to be a space that represented the overall vibe of our home, filled with the things we love, completely functional and easily changeable.”
To kick things off, Rye created the focal point of the room, which is a table with a custom orange skirt with a bit of sheen and texture. “I love using table skirts in my designs, as they allow for extra, hidden storage underneath the table,” she says. “My table skirt masks my dog Addison’s toys, as well as some wines we’ve collected.”
Topping it off, she arranged a collection of blue and white ceramics for impact. “I began collecting a few years ago and to say I'm obsessed would be an understatement! I've sourced my blue and white ceramics from all over; some are authentic, some are reproductions, and all are loved.” Above the ceramics, hang a beautiful feathered African headdress.
On one wall of the hallway, she hung a series of traditional dresses from a small African village. “An art collector friend snagged them for me while visiting. I'd like to have them reframed as one large piece in acrylic, but that's another project for another day,” she says.
A few key pieces contribute to the overall look and function of the space. “The large mirror leaning up against the wall is multi-purpose: It reflects light, opens up the space, and serves as the last place I stop for touch ups before leaving the house,” she says. Meanwhile, “The folding bamboo chairs are a place to sit and slip on shoes, as well as rest items like coats and shopping bags.” And let’s not forget her woven ottoman, Rye’s go-to spot for dropping her handbag and her blue and white tray, the perfect place to store keys.
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