First impressions matter! I also believe that the home environment should elevate and support our everyday lives. Enter… the importance of the entryway! It should delight and welcome guests in a comfortable and meaningful way. Entries can be small and special or grand and gracious — their job is to set the tone for one’s experience within the rest of the home. It is important we are mindful of how our spaces make us feel. As a designer, I take this task very seriously.
In a recent project we completed, the home was indeed rather grand, designed to accommodate a family that frequently entertained. The incredibly gracious homeowners expressed the importance of the two-story entry making every guest feel enchanted and welcomed upon their arrival. That meant designing it in such a way that it could accommodate circulation for large events and multiple traffic patterns while providing a place to perch and linger as guests arrive and are acquainted.
Shapes and materials can be rather critical in entryways to keep the eye wandering and soul at ease. Below, see some of my selections that aid in this notion.
Lanterns make the space feel more approachable and preppy. I adore its brass finish.
The scalloped seat rail of this bench is so charming — its subtle tapered legs lend to the perfect je ne sais quoi.
I have been sourcing from Parc Monceau for ages — these demilune consoles are whimsical and striking.
An entry always requires a place for bits and bobs such as mail, keys or other small objects. These scalloped nesting bowls are so versatile.