Come on in! Foyers with Finesse

Come on in! Foyers with Finesse

Warm and inviting? Mysterious and exotic? What image does your foyer convey? Since you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, it pays to think about what your entrance hall says about your home. Like any great story, a home’s drama unfolds at page one, and it needs to capture attention. See how we’ve chosen to make a statement with these stylish foyers.

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Photo: Steven Nilsson

TRA-DI-TION. Tradition. For this English Revival residence we designed an entrance hall that positively smacks of British pluck and polish. From its Gothic-revival center table to its cherry blossom-filled, ironstone vase, the space exudes Old World charm while the California sunlight does its part to lend warmth and youthful cheer.

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Photo: Peter Aaron

The entry in this tiny country cottage absolutely radiates charm. “A place for everything, and everything in its place” was the edict for this compact escape from the city. The room packs in loads of personality thanks to hand-painted walls and artfully displayed hats. On the practical side, tin-lined drawers for muddy boots are tucked beneath the built-in bench.

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Photo: Erhard Pieffer

This foyer, with its sweeping staircase, certainly makes a dramatic first impression, but then a house inspired by Italy could never be a bore. The house was built in 1924 but many of the original elements were sadly missing, so we designed a new stair railing, the over-scaled lantern and the wall bracket that supports an antique bust. Setting the tone is the 18th century, Italian hall seat. Classic!

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Photo: Art Gray

It don’t mean a thing (if it ain’t got that swing). For this penthouse apartment in California, it’s all about pizzazz. Awaiting behind its doors is a treasure trove of antiques blended with modern styling in a sprawling, loft-like space. Previewing what’s to come, the foyer showcases an antique plaster bust and our own Intaglio console table, both of which pop against a simple backdrop of a painted coral rectangle.

Remember, it’s all about making an entrance.

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