Foyer Fabulousness
By Karen Parr-Moody

The legendary interior designer Dorothy Draper, author of the 1939 book "Decorating is Fun!," knew about putting one's best foot forward when it comes to home décor.  She inspire countless devotees to exercise "good showmanship" by painting the front doors of their homes.

"The color of your front door announces your personality to the world" was a Draper quip.

One step inside the front door brings one into the foyer, which, when designed in an inviting way, also announces one's personality by welcoming guests and making the returning owner happy to be home.

The photo at right is from Apartment Therapy and features a foyer designed by Jonathan Adler for fashion designer Liz Lange. It has a number of beautiful elements that make for an inviting and organized entryway. The cozy Louis XVI chair, upholstered in a vivid aqua fabric, gives the all-white space a bit of pop. The gilded mirror not only adds a dash of glamour, it also creates the illusion of extra space by visually expanding the contained area. To keep the looking fresh, Adler — known for designing cheeky housewares — added his white umbrella holder that is shaped like an owl. This foyer blends chic with serenity and is a great template to follow.

The chair in the photo, left, is a GasLamp find that would inhabit a foyer beautifully ($125; Booth B-104). This Louis XVI style  — with legs that imitate the columns of ancient Rome — brings an unmistakable grace to a foyer. Adding a chair in a foyer is perfect when the space is shaped like a nook and gives the decorator some room with which to work. In fact, if your nook has enough space, tuck in both a chair and a table; it gives the area a cozier feel.

 

 

 

 



The mirrored console in the photo, right, blends Art Deco styling with a modern edge ($295; Booth B-106). Some decorators might put this piece in a living room, bathroom or bedroom for extra storage. But if your foyer is shaped more like a nook, this console offers a stylish way to sneak in some extra storage there, as well; it could be specifically devoted to storing outerwear, such as hats, gloves and scarves. And since the console is covered in mirrors, it would have an especially dramatic effect against a richly colored wall; how gorgeous would it be against a saffron yellow or a Chinese red? I would compare this piece to a single piece of art: It will give a vestibule so much punch that the rest of the décor could be kept sleek and neat.

A multitude of belongings seem to accumulate in any hallway, foyer or mud room. A stylish way to keep the detritus in check is with a variety of containers and hooks. This mirror features several hooks that are sturdy enough to hold those heavy winter coats ($159; Booth B-104). Its solid shelf will hold a few baubles, as well. And as with any mirror, this one will create the illusion of extra space; it's a win-win item for a foyer.
A chic foyer sets the stage for the home, inviting someone to venture further in. It is the first impression you give to the world. And with GasLamp's many foyer finds, this room will be orderly and eye-catching.


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