What an amazing difference! A super smart solution for creating a foyer - this design takes up very little space visually, but adds tons of functionality, storage and a sense of architecture to the main living area.
A mirrored closet, small bench and laminated fabric glass panel create another "room" where there was nothing, and while it wasn't a "weekend" project, it is one that is worth the effort and expense for the both the functionality and beauty it adds to a small home.
Some thoughts from the designers: Creating an illusion of space involves more than simply opening up an apartment's interior. Simply dividing a space into different 'pockets' can sometimes give the illusion that it is roomier. Instead of knocking down walls, we proposed to reconfigure the living room entrance by putting up a partition because the original 'open' configuration meant one would walk right into the living room upon entry. The newly carved-out section becomes an inviting foyer and shoe storage area.
Photos: Home Rejuvenation