A Wild and Whimsical Entryway

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Remy and I are working on the most delightful project at the moment. We’ve been enlisted to create a statement foyer for a client that is confident and adventurous and open to the most interesting ideas. Her only edict when helping us hone a direction: “When people walk into my home, I want them to know that someone fun lives here.” It doesn’t get better than that.

Having recently moved into her home, the house is a fabulously clean blank slate. She has gorgeous hardwood floors treated with Rubio Monocoat in a fresh 5-percent white tone. She loves crisp Scandinavian design but also loves eclectic touches and punchy color when appropriate. So far she has let our imaginations run wild with her gorgeous entryway, which already sports a navy blue banister spiraling down the central staircase. Since the sky was the limit, we put together the above styleboard for her.

JF Brazil IMG_11851We fell in love with this Josef Frank Brazil fabric and used it as the focal point of the room. We’ll have it upholstered on a basic Ballard settee creating an inviting – and exciting – spot to pop on a pair of shoes before heading out the front door…made even more welcoming thanks to a plush sheepskin runner at the feet. We didn’t want to cover her fab wood floors, but felt the ground needed a little softness. It remains to be seen if that woolly sheep ottoman will get final approval, but we’re crossing our fingers.

Turned Leg Ismail Console_media-1These Noir Ismail consoles were the second piece of the puzzle to fall in place and will flank the arched entry leading into the foyer. They’re dressed up in a textural roping that really emphasizes the beautiful and exaggerated turned legs. Again, a sort of whimsical, Wonka-like take on traditional tables.

Made-Goods-Emma_ivoryAbove the consoles we’ll hang two large circular mirrors since the foyer lacks windows. Right now we’re loving these faux shagreen mirrors from Made Goods, but the client may want something a bit more intricate, so the search is still on.

made-goods-coco-36-47-silverThis Made Goods Coco Mirror may end up being the winner instead.

We’re also planning on stashing a few extra-long custom x-benches below the consoles, but haven’t settled on a fabric just yet. More to come on that!

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A lifestyle magazine writer by trade, Mariel swapped her laptop for a hardhat after spending four years (and counting) renovating turn-of-the-century homes in Westchester, NY.

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