If you are an email subscriber, then you may have seen my recent offer for a free 15-minute telephone consultation. I was thrilled to see so many take me up on my offer and thoroughly enjoyed speaking with you one-on-one about your current design dilemmas.
As promised, I want to share a question and answer that I thought would be beneficial for others too so here it goes…
“How do you create a entry way in your home when there isn’t one?”
Mina’s front door opens onto the living room so there’s no real “landing place” when entering her home. She’d already changed the door swing so it would open towards the rear or the room (an idea I thought was genius) but the feel of a proper entry was still missing.
My advice to her was to first purchase a larger rug for the living room, one that would hold most of her existing furnishings. This would essentially help to delineate the space. Go further and add a sofa table to really define the living room from the new pseudo entry I helped her to create.
Need a visual? Here’s what we did on the Cornell Road project:
See the console table behind the sofa? It acts as our first entry point and helps to create a walkway of sorts. Please ignore the black speaker in front of the fireplace. There are some battles with husbands I cannot win. Sidenote: He’s still good with me because he voted for the coral wallpaper in the bookcases to the left but back to the post…
Here’s what the living room / entry looked like on my Kirkwood project before I furnished it. See the front door on the right?
I placed the sofa perpendicular to the front door in an effort to create a walkway. What you don’t see is the entry table I placed at the end of the walkway that serves as a spot for keys and to take a last look into the mirror before heading out. I wish I had a wider “after” shot to share with you but I hope you get the idea.
Above is a room designed by Phoebe Howard in the 2013 Southern Living Showhouse. You can literally see both the front door and another door (perhaps leading to the back) on each side of the room.
Back in 2015 I visited the Serenbe Designer Showhouse where the designer Lydsey Woods created an entry by adding a table, lamp, artwork, and dressed the adjacent window with gorgeous custom drapery.
Here’s a wider, better shot the published in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine.
Clearly my last example probably should’ve been my first. In Billy Joel’s townhome, Nate Berkus gives the clearest example on how to make this work.
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