Welcome Home

Ahhh, the entry or more formally referred to as the foyer..It’s the last room you {whether it be you or a guest} see before departing and the first room you are greeted with upon arriving. The foyer should set the tone for your entire home both functionally and aesthetically. So let’s look at what most of these spaces have in common.

1. A place to momentarily drop your keys and mail {the key word being momentarily – be weary of the clutter bug}
2. A mirror of some sort, looking glasses are good for two reasons. For one, they visually expand the space, but more importantly mirrors allow for a quick glimpse of your pretty face.
3. A seat! The perfect spot to take shoes off and put shoes on.
4. Lighting, whether it be a table lamp, ceiling mounted fixture, a sconce or all three; good lighting is crucial. {and remember layered light is the most appealing}
5. A beautiful table-scape or a “moment” for flowers, found objects, artwork, comfy pillows…there are countless creative options.
6. Storage for the necessities of life!

A thank you to Ivy Lane. I knew Tom Scheerer’s work but hadn’t visited his site in a while, see her blog for a recent post on the designer.
Images from top to bottom: Tom Scheerer, Nate Berkus, Tom Scheerer, Taylor Howes, Mary McDonald, Martha Stewart, Miles Redd, Mark Lund, Barrie Benson – Domino, Celerie Kemble – Domino, via decorpad, Annie Schlecter, Amanda Nisbet, Ashley Whittaker

THE PHOTO + ART WALL

Eric Cohler – great display on a wall that is often neglected!

I LOVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE AN ART WALL – DESIGNERS WILL DIFFER ON THEIR “RULES OF DISPLAY”, I’M USUALLY DRIVEN BY INTUITION NOT DIE HARD RULES. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND.

VARY YOUR PHOTOS FOR INTEREST, EX. CLOSE- UPS, DISTANCE SHOTS, INSIDE, OUTSIDE, BIRDSEYE, LANDSCAPE..ETC. ETC.
HAVE A METHOD TO YOUR MADNESS – BE SOMEWHAT CONSISTENT WITH THE DISTANCE BETWEEN PHOTOS, EX: 2″, 3 + 4″ ETC.
CREATE AN IMPACT – WIMPY ART DISPLAYS FALL FLAT! POWER IS IN NUMBERS + OR SIZE!
VARY SCALE WHEN DISPLAYING A LARGE QUANTITY OF PHOTOS, ART + OBJECTS
{PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL WITH ANY QUESTIONS, ANYTIME!}

Jennifer Delonge’s home – InStyle Magazine
Love this orderly arrangement of family photographs
Mix it up, vary frames, subjects and artwork {the bust adds dimension}
Image: Domino Magazine

Hartig’s home is fun, graphic and never dull
Johnson Hartig’s home – L.A. Times
Keep it real – display items that have some personal meaning!
Note the varied scale!
Super model Erin Wasson’s home

Group by subject – in this case women were the focus
O at Home – Winter 2008.

Frame nature, or photographs from a beautiful picture book
The designers of this home, have created an elegant moment using art in an alcove
Image: Elle Decor, December 2008.

A powerful display has been devised, with oversized photographs
Image: Elle Decor

Create order and a graphic punch, this display enlivens this chocolate wall
Image: Domino Mag.

Frame fashion photography {see yesterday’s post}
Mary McDonald’s office
Image: Domino Magazine
Don’t be afraid of color, color, color
Image: Domino Magazine.

Dramatic Dining – Design Tip + Trick

William Yeoward – Entertaining
Photography: Paul Ryan
Yeoward’s new book has been released just in time to creatively, devise your dining table.
“William Yeoward, charms, delights, and inspires in his latest paean to the art of tablescape” Veranda
I love this time of year, following Halloween I always begin to develop the holiday bug.. On Sunday afternoons you can often find me purchasing, devouring and tearing up every design magazine sold on the news stand (besides the 8 or so I already receive) for inspirational decorating and cooking ideas….So over the next few weeks you are likely to see a number of posts on the subject!!
I began my dining room discussion with a “Look Book” peek at chairs. Dining rooms (areas) can be transformed into wonderfully dramatic spaces. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Dining Design Tips:
1. Don’t be afraid to manipulate scale!!
Oversized (being the key word) light fixtures + gorgeous floral arrangements are the perfect way to bring a space to life!! Clients often think I’m crazy when I present a large scale chandelier/pendant, but as soon as it’s installed they thank me for taking the risk.
2. Display in mass or (en masse): don’t just use a few of an item – Group a number of vases, plates, and candles, this creates a grand gesture; just ensure there is a unifying thread between them (the same or similar color family is the perfect example of a unifying thread)
3. Vary texture among your elements: Contrast is key, pair matte + shiny, rough + smooth, old + new, ornate + clean
Over the weekend, I was flipping through December’s 2008 issue of Veranda – Very Dramatic (per usual) – Design diva, Mary McDonald’s enormous foyer was featured (would love to see the rest of her 10,000 sq. foot home), Below are photographs of her elegant dining room.
Check back later this week for the rest of the shoot featuring M.M.’s home.
Mary McDonald
Veranda, Dec. 2008

Love her chosen color contrast, of deep blue/grey and white.


Love the oversized pendant + wire Eames chairs in this casual dining area

Photo: Source unknown


Photo: Architectural Digest

Note the oversized chandelier

This dining room is beautiful, the post doesn’t do the photo justice.
Designer: Lisa Luby Ryan
Image: Veranda, Dec. 2008


I love these chairs covered in toffee leather,
again the use of a grand chandelier, and oversized greens

Designer: Charlotte Moss
Image: Veranda, Dec. 2008.

Design Tip + Trick

To give an instant lift to a room, add one or a pair of new lamps….
Lighting is a great starting point when updating on a budget.
The options are endless
One of a kind lamp = Unique

Circa – Wood lamps = Inviting
Circa Lighting = Classic
Agate Lamp = Petite

Christopher Spitzmiller = Gourd = Classic
Circa Lighting = Refined
Blackman Cruz – Skull Lamp = Hip + edgy

Pottery Barn – Driftwood Lamp = Earthy + Dramatic

Jan Showers – Blown Glass = Elegant

LUM – Bauble lamp = Glamorous

Barbara Cosgrove – Silver Bamboo = Clean + Sophisticated