Entrancing Entrances, Heavenly Hallways and Fascinating Foyers

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When you enter a home for the first time, your initial impression will most likely stick with you throughout your entire visit, and maybe even remain for all subsequent visits thereafter.  At once you'll notice the interior decor, consider the style of furnishings, chosen accent items, displayed artwork, and other pieces presented by its owner.  If we consider first impressions important, it only makes sense that we would extend this awareness to our own homes.


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An entryway and foyer can be easily discounted when designing a home, as it is generally passed through quickly without much thought during the day.  However, if given the chance, this area can offer a wonderful and meaningful purpose within the home.  It is not only what guests will first see as they enter the house, but also where the homeowners will return to from a day of facing the bustling world outside.  Why not make each return an immediately inviting one? Knowing a comforting environment awaits you behind the front door can make even the long days long forgotten.

Depending on your preferences, you can keep things as simple or detailed as you wish, but one thing to bear in mind, is that the entrance or foyer area will be what you'll encounter first in your home.  A lovely occasional chair and console may be all you need in your entryway.  You may also choose to add a few lamps and an accent mirror to brighten the space.  As you'll be walking through the entrance more regularly than most other areas of the home, ensure you'll have sufficient space for foot traffic, and designate places for items you'll be leaving near the entrance.  For example, if you live in an area with fickle weather patterns, you may wish to keep a coat and umbrella rack near the door.  By designating storage areas based on your lifestyle, you'll gain a newfound appreciation for the convenience this space offers.

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A hallway is another area of the home that is often bypassed.  But these less lived-in areas, if viewed from the perspective of a visitor, can be seen as significant passageways that express just as much beauty and purpose as any other area in the home.

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Limited space doesn’t necessarily mean a limit on design.  It’s true that hallways may only allow for smaller furniture and minimal d├ęcor, which should be selected carefully.  You'll also need to allow enough area for walk-through space.  However, don’t let these limitations detract you from creating a meaningful area.  Utilize the space for a symmetric and dramatic passage, or to connect one room to another in a way that is also visually arresting.


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The hallway above is a stunning example of combining graceful decor with efficient design.  Notice that lighting is flush with the ceiling which creates a clean, airy appearance and brilliantly highlights the focus below: a charmingly miniature lily pond.  The self-contained pond sets a tranquil feeling that inspires the rest of the space.  This delightful hallway is further enhanced by lit modern pedestals each carrying a small, yet elegant flower arrangement.  I challenge anyone who would consider this “just a hallway”.  It’s truly a wonder to behold.

Building Your Dream Home Library

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                   Deisgned by Martin Kemp. Photo by Andrew Twort via Architectural Digest.
Home libraries come in all shapes that tell us a unique story about the owners who built it.   Whether you have T.S. Eliot and Edgar Allen Poe hanging out on your shelves, or a display of special travel mementos and family photos, your personal library's contents says a great deal about who you are.

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Bookshelves are a fun way to keep a myriad of wondrous keepsakes, but it’s often overlooked as a way to display artwork and other framed items.  The delightful library above for example, puts to use eye-catching color enhanced by plenty of natural light.  Add a cozy sofa and accent rug and you have yourself the perfect oasis for settling down with a favorite book.
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An intricately carved wooden desk and vintage accent chair can bring your space that old-world charm.  Surround them with favorite oil paintings and sketches to create a European-style setting.  The floor-to-ceiling shelving filled with collected hardcovers will make any bookworm swoon.

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An executive desk and formal sitting area complete with a traditional loveseat, makes for an idyllic place for casual meetings, should you also choose to use your library as a home office. Check the gorgeous glass-paneled wall unit/bookcase, which keeps those cherished first editions safe, yet proudly displayed.

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An accent rug with a unique design such as the one above sets a cozy atmosphere within your library. A handsome round dining table and a few luxury arm chairs make for a truly welcoming library. 
We love this look so much, we couldn’t help but post a few more photos to make you swoon:

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Designed by Alexa Hampton. Photo by Kim Sargent via Architectural Digest.

Rounded, built-in bookcases work especially well with round tables, giving a sense of infinite space as the eyes will never reach an ending.  The pastel blue of the curtains and tufted sofa complete the room with a hint of color.
A few pedestal tables we love:

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Home libraries will always have that endearing charm, one which never fails to spark curiosity, as stacks of books, magazines and journals promise a world of new insight and perspectives.
Perhaps the main appeal of home libraries is that they are the only room in the house that takes you to places beyond its four walls - the stories within bring memories of the past, dreams of the future, and never-ending travel of the mind.

Design Ideas for a Large Living Room

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Perhaps you have plans to furnish a living room area, and immediately think of placing a sofa, coffee table and maybe a few arm chairs together.  However, if you've a larger living room space to fill, and are at a loss for how to best utilize the extra space, here are some of our favorite design tips.

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One insider tip well known by designers is that although symmetry in design is visually appealing to the eyes, it is nonetheless unnecessary.  Consider the possibilities when focusing on an asymmetrical furniture layout design.  This may entail going with a single end table by the sofa, and placing an additional occasional table by a cozy arm chair.  Or it could mean mixing and matching various shapes and styles of accent chairs within the room.  This design approach is not only freeing, but adds a certain depth of character to your overall space, as you will have the opportunity to contribute more of your taste and personality into your design.

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  As can be seen in the living areas above, asymmetry in an interior layout can be just as beautiful as symmetrical design.

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Beautiful interior designs which place comfort as a priority hold a special place in our hearts, especially within living rooms.  Living rooms after all, are intended for living in, and your comfort level within your home plays an important part in your overall well-being.  For this reason, a cozy, occasional chair and ottoman positioned next to patio doors to enjoy a cool, summer breeze is, for us, a most clever design plan. 

Larger living areas afford more space to work with, and one never-fail option is to add extra seating.  One can never know when it’s needed!  Perhaps you would like to display a collection of decadent accent chairs, or maybe you prefer a large sectional or multiple sofas.  Whichever pieces you go with should ultimately factor in your lifestyle – casual or formal, low maintenance or elegantly cozy.  Whatever you choose, take into account how you'd like to spend your time within that space, and focus your design style around it.

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