Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Beautiful Entryways

entry amanda peet

{Amanda Peet’s Stunning Los Angeles Entryway}

Your entryway is the first impression that you give to anyone who sets foot in your home. Like brushing your hair or applying some lipstick before you go out in public, having a beautifully designed entryway is just good manners in my opinion! your entryway or foyer should be stylish, but more importantly, it should be rather inviting, beckoning your guests to stay longer and enjoy the rest of your home. I love entryways because as a designer, they offer me the opportunity to make a big impact within a relatively small space. You’ll notice throughout this round-up that there are a few key elements for creating a beautiful foyer, regardless of your personal aesthetic—a lantern or smaller chandelier (unless you have soaring ceilings), a great console, chest, or cabinet, an ottoman or two, a pair of great lamps or sconces, something to make a statement on the wall like a mirror or a few pieces of grouped artwork, occasionally a rug, some decorative accessories, and cut flowers or a potted plant.

entry colleen mcgill {Modern meets Traditional in this Foyer by Colleen McGill}


{I love the chic mix of modern and traditional in this foyer.}

entry mary mcgee 

{Mary McGee’s Beautiful Beverly Hills Entryway}

entry melanie turner {This entryway by Melanie Turner is clean and simple, yet it has a big impact.}

entry lbw {Is there a more statement-making foyer than this gorgeous one by Lily Bunn Weekes? I love every element from the lacquered walls and gold-leafed ceiling to the urchin chandelier and ikat stools. This foyer is not for the faint of heart!}

entry magenta {Clean and Classic}

entry wallpaper {The entryway can be a great place to experiment with bold, patterned wallpaper if you’re working within a smaller space.}

entry mary mcdonald {Mary McDonald pulled out all the stops in this dramatic foyer featuring hand-painted deGournay wallpaper and a geometric painted floor.}

entryway christina murphy {Though the individual elements in this entryway by Christina Murphy are rather bold and dramatic, the composition in which she arranged them is refreshingly simple.}

entry christina murphy2 {An entryway can also be a great place to experiment with pattern on the floor as seen in this space also by Christina Murphy.}

entry thom filicia

{Thom Filicia chose to go bold in this entryway employing a patterned chevron floor, dramatic urchin chandelier, and bright accents like the turquoise lamp and orange chairs.}

entry nate  {Nate Berkus opted for a great pair of lanterns rather than traditional sconces in this foyer.}

entry celerie kemble

{A Glamorous Entryway by Celerie Kemble—I love the skirted table.}

entry mds  {My Friend, Mark D. Sike’s Beautiful Entryway}


{Rather than feeling imposing, this large, beautiful foyer feels warm and welcoming.}

Snip20130826_34 {This relatively simple entryway feels special thanks to the uniqueness of each piece within it.}


{Another Charming and Welcoming Entryway}

Paloma Contreras Design | Entryway | Foyer

{And finally, my own entryway. My entryway, formal living room, and dining room all open onto one another, so I love using this vintage buffet in the space. I have plenty of space to store everything from table linens and extra flatware to Tate’s leash and accessories like his Thunder Shirt and bandana collection.}

What do you consider to be “essential” in an entryway or foyer?




Sarah @ 702 Park Project said...

I love the idea of just putting a simple round table in the middle of the foyer. That's what we are planning for our foyer. That way, you can always change is up with books, flowers, holiday decor, etc.

cindy hattersley design said...

I adore that skirted table in the Celerie Kimball designed entry. This was a great post chock full of inspiration! I am posting on my facebook page for others to enjoy as well!

Karen Albert said...

A beautiful console/table of appropriate design, Good lighting, a scented candle and pieces from your collection that give it your own stamp!! Gorgeous images Paloma!

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Chymere A. said...

I absolutely love all of these entryways and it's hard to pick a favorite!

I think an entryway should be an introduction to the overall theme and personality of your home. It offers guests a 'what-to-expect' guide. For instance, if your common areas are simple and chic, so would your entry be. If your home is full of love and family, the entryway would be very personal and multifunctional, so that it goes beyond decorations. Just my opinion of course.

-Chymere Anais

Squeak said...

Most of these entryways are bigger than my living room! It would be great if you could show us some pictures of beautiful entryways in spaces that are too small for a table, a bench or a chair.


Capella Kincheloe Interior Design said...

I love Amanda Peet's home. I unfortunately don't have much of an entryway - but I did give it a little makeover last week: http://www.capellakincheloe.com/2013/08/26/bold-black-white-entry-stripes/

Tiffany Jones Interiors said...

I love dressing up the entry way too and these are all so beautiful. It is a space many people overlook yet it is so important as it gives the first impression. Thanks for sharing these!

Anonymous said...

Love this blog & these fabulous design ideas. Wonderful furnishings & love the exciting wall treatments.
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