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Sharon Cleland: How to Make a Grand Entrance

Initial impressions certainly do count, and the entry or foyer of a home is no exception. The presentation of this room sets the stage for the drama which will follow throughout the home. A careful choice of color, texture, lighting and scale of furnishings mixed with personal favorite items and objet d’art should exude calmness and warmth, and visually communicate “Welcome to our happy home.” Below are foyers which I found especially beautiful and appealing, and an explanation of the details and selections that I thought made them unique.

Note the successful mix of reclaimed floor boards in contrast to the elegant and sophisticated chandelier.

I like the dichotomy of style created by using dramatic artwork and mechanical elements.

Use of the antique mirrored glass and layered artwork adds visual depth and character.

Cool contemporary clean lines look fresh with the splash of color from the alliums.

This is an eclectic, subdued mix of old and new. The grouping of antique prints creates a great visual impact.

Monochromatic drama! Notice the major impact of the nailhead detail on the doors.

The inclusion of the organic elements, along with the rope and basket, add texture and interest.

The size and scale of this mirror is perfect with the ceiling heights in this entry. The elegant neutral hues and contrasting tones work well together as well.

Rustic flagstone floors, and the collection of walking sticks epitomizes English country manor living.

This entry is perfectly balanced with scale and symmetry created with the lamps and stools.

I love this assemblage of artwork, distressed buffet, whimsical flamingo and lamps.

The dramatic floor design with dark trim, and a punch of color in the bench seat are fabulous.

I created an entry vignette using items from the J Banks Retail Store. Components that I feel are important to include in entries include atmospheric lighting to create a warm welcome, an over scaled mirror to add visual depth, botanical greenery for texture, and fresh flowers from the garden for fragrance and to add cheer and happiness!

Entries are not only a first impression upon entering the house, but also the last impression upon leaving. Let this space take center stage to encapsulate personal style and impact.

Cheerio,

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The White Sofa Project: Deb Van Plew

We took one sofa in our retail store and will ask a different designer each week to style the surrounding space using pillows, lamps and accessories.  The end result will show how accessories can change the overall feeling of a room.

Deb Van Plew was the first designer to tackle the project and she did an amazing job!  We asked her a few questions about her selections.

JB: I noticed one of the first things you grabbed when you began styling this space was the large basket that you placed on the cocktail table.  Can you tell us about that choice?

Deb: The basket  is one of my favorite items and influenced my decisions throughout the space.  I used the basket as both my inspiration and color palette.

JB: What emotions or feelings did you want the space to convey?

Deb: I wanted it to feel easy and relaxed … the type of place where you can put your feet up or put a drink on the table and not feel like anything is too precious or fussy.

(We LOVED the rolled blankets used as bolsters!)

JB: Tell us about your lighting choices.

Deb: I wanted levels of lighting that produced a soft room light.  I wanted it to be ‘functional light’ that would be good for reading, etc.

JB: When you designed this vignette, what were your inspirations?

Deb: With this space I really felt inspired by nature. I wanted a rustic organic look.

We loved the cool global chic space Deb created.  Stay tuned for more vignettes coming soon!

JB

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