The Approach Entry Sequence, Part 3: The Foyer

Posted on: November 22nd, 2010by wilsonkelsey 2 Comments

Finally there’s the foyer, the forgotten room. More and more, it seems we enter our home through the garage or a side door. Floor plans are becoming more open. (And over the years much bigger.) Where has the celebration of arrival gone?

Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned, but I like foyers. I like the celebration of Arrival! I like a place where one can pause, take a deep breath and say to oneself, “I’m home”. Or as a guest, being able to step into a room that is intimate and comfortable, where I can pause, look round and get my bearings before moving on. I love being teased with a glimpse into an adjacent room or the center hall. It’s so much more fun!

Photo from Rooms - Creating Luxurious, Liveable Spaces by Mariette Himes Gomez

2009 Architectural Digest: Robert Stern, Architect; Victoria Hagan Interiors, Interior Design

November 2010 Veranda: Gil Schafer, Architect; Miles Redd, Interior Decorator

November 2010 Veranda: Gil Schafer, Architect; MIles Redd, Interior Decorator

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2 Responses

  1. Chris Saad says:

    Brilliant !!! Perfectly stated, the celebration of arrival. I’ve always had an affinity for a well designed foyer and now I get it, it should be a subtle statement that marks the arrival or departure in a home.

  2. John Kelsey says:

    Yes Chris, it is a place where something special happens. What’s interesting to note is that as homes have become larger, the foyer has become a much under-used space. It may be because they are now so far from where the car is parked or from the street. Not quite sure, but I see many secondary doors closer to the drive or carport on larger homes. I’d like to see the entry from the garage into a home dressed up, at least once inside.

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