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In designer Benjamin Dhong’s house in California’s wine country, a surreal print from CB2 greets you in the entryway. A Signature lamp from Currey and Company sits atop a Chinese table, another flea-market purchase that Dhong painted white. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Light Pewter.
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Designer Colleen Bashaw hoped to add natural texture in a beach house’s entryway without covering up the custom-patterned cement tile. So she installed a sisal rug on the wall: “We thought it would be a fun focal point,” she says.
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Lisa McFadden’s home in Southampton, New York, which was decorated two decades ago by Justine Cushing, is stylishly timeless. A Korean tiger scroll greets visitors in the entry.
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A portrait of a Dutch nobleman from the 1690s sits among an array of interesting items in a historic home by Juan Carretero.
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An antique japanned-lacquer screen in the entry of Tom Scheerer’s pad shields the open kitchen from view. The vintage rosewood chair is by Ole Wanscher.
Bring the outdoors in like this Manhattan apartment. Custom-colored Floribunda wallpaper by Kemble for Fromental incorporates some of the clients’ favorite flowers. The ceiling pendant is a Morris Large lantern from Visual Comfort. A vintage pillow from Madeline Weinrib is a striking contrast to a tufted cushion in Fermoie’s Poulton Stripe on the Emery & Cie Ecailles bench.
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A vase by Nate Berkus for Target holds a lovely bouquet in this entryway vestibule by Janet Gridley. The antique carved mirror, inlaid demilune table, and the Equateur wall covering from Hermès add a luxurious feel to the space.
A vintage mirror hangs over a custom console in the entry of a Los Angeles home designed by Betsy Burnham. Instead of runners, Burnham “carpeted” the entry with inlaid mosaic stones by Country Floors.
Blogger Sarah Rose’s cheery apartment’s cheery apartment has a yellow color scheme running throughout. In the entry, stools covered in a purple velvet, Romo’s Zola, next to heirloom chairs covered in Designers Guild’s Varese make for an unexpected combination of colors that grabs attention right away.
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BM Coventry Gray This is my selected hallway color and I NEED a table like this for my livingroom. Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray walls, black furniture with silver & white accentsSee more
The up-and-down stair landing creates the sense that this brand-new mountain retreat was built over time. In the low-ceilinged entry, an oversize Virginia chest from Edgar-Reeves accentuates the coziness of the space.
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To soothe city-frayed nerves, the front door of a Park Avenue apartment opens to entry walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue. The Urban Electric Co.’s Urban Smokebell pendant matches the industrial feel of the vintage Dutch steel console.
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Entrance The crystal lamps, girandole mirror, & the blue & white china make a peaceful attractive grouping. I do love plates hung on a wall.See more
Blues and grays create a soothing palette in a Scandinavian cottage. A gaslit Swedish Art Nouveau chandelier hangs above a German Rococo table in the stair hall. The antique Mora clock from Napoleon Inredningar is painted in a beautiful Swedish blue — a deeper iteration of the blue on the walls.
Sometimes a sole bouquet doesn’t cut it. Oberto Gili’s Mixed Flowers is teamed with a Bunny Williams Home console in a Texas entry.
We can use a similar setup for the dining room buffet. Flank with parsons chairs, two slim lamps on top with a central art piece and two side pieces.See more
Wanting to do something dramatic and glamorous in an apartment’s entryway, Mark D. Sikes extended Schumacher’s silk Bernal Braid trim from the linen-covered custom sofa onto the walls. The mirror and garden stools are from John Rosselli Antiques.
A Peter Beard photograph hangs in the entry of a whimsical Manhattan loft. The felt “boulders” are from VivaTerra, while the Sisal rug is by Stark.
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French Country Decorating: Red striped lamp shades and floral arrangement look cheery on the black console.See more
Nina Farmer gave this Boston home a no-fuss refresh, including the entryway. The staircase, built-in bench and boiserie all share a fresh coat of paint.
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The entry of a Connecticut ranch house by Lee Ann Thornton introduces several of the home’s motifs: Muted prints, hints of black, and the mixing of rustic and refined.
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A 17th-century table anchors the entry of a Swedish summer house, and its color is echoed in the custom Shyam Ahuja rug. The walls are painted in a matte finish, but the ceiling is high gloss, to bounce more light into the room.
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A 19th-century Cambodian sculpture holds its own among exotic elements in the foyer of a Richmond, Virginia, house, recently decorated by Lili O’Brien and Leigh Anne Muse. The antique bench is covered in a Dogwood Fabrics batik. The mirror is from Marston Luce Antiques.
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“I like making a statement in an entry,” says designer Summer Thornton, who commissioned custom panels and massed blue-and-white porcelain for a Florida home’s foyer.
Frank de Biasi kept an New York apartment’s original balustrade, but added a secret compartment under the stairs. The false front conceals newly-installed storage for bikes and skateboards.
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A leaf-print wallpaper makes a bold impression in the foyer of a South Carolina vacation home by Angie Hranowsky.
A ceiling in Benjamin Moore’s Chic Lime lends a flash of bold color to a dapper Manhattan apartment. The room’s decor “is a seesaw mix of shiny and matte, austere and over-the-top,” says designer Nick Olsen.
In a retro Houston home, Elizabeth Kennedy and Ray Booth replaced the ’60s room divider with a sleek alternative. An antique bench sits against a custom partition, painted in Benjamin Moore’s Briarwood.
In the foyer of a 1930s Georgian-style house, designer Christopher Maya accentuated a dramatic staircase by adding wainscoting along the curved stair wall and covering the entire hall in Temple Newsam, a scenic wallpaper by de Gournay. The frothy Louis XVI demilune and Italian neoclassical gilt barometer are from David Duncan Antiques.
Updating the floor with a custom-painted checkerboard dramatically changed the entry of a Long Island home. Side chairs got a face-lift with fabric by Bob Collins & Sons.
The ground-floor entry of an Alabama lake house is furnished with a Saltire console and a spindle-leg table, both from McAlpine Home. The local fieldstone found for the walls was originally covered in lichen and moss, “so gorgeous it inspired all the colors in the house,” designer Susan Ferrier says.
In a Texas home by Nestor Santa-Cruz, simplicity rules. “The foyer has a minimal elegance and that great curving stair,” Santa-Cruz says. “But it needed more layers. I wanted to hint at the styles we see throughout the house.” The antique stool and lantern were already there; he added the vintage Willy Rizzo console from the Antique Swan and the 1940s Chinese wine vessel, used as a vase.
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Lindsey Coral Harper transformed her one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side into a vibrant retreat. She found the gilded Louis XVI mirror at a Paris flea market, and the zebra Louis XV-style bombé chest was discovered on 1stdibs.
You know what they say about first impressions. Make sure the entryway furniture, paint color and seating you choose send the right message (as in, “Wow, you live here?”).
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To add a feeling of intimacy to a grand two-story entry, Mark D. Sikes piled on the patterns, from the bamboo-motif China Seas wallpaper to the striped Elizabeth Eakins rug. Visual Comfort’s Lancaster chandelier has shades by Fermoie.
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