More small foyer ideas…

Posted on: June 29th, 2012by John 17 Comments

Our new client loves the feel of the foyer in our Prides Crossing project.

 

This foyer was very large with high ceilings and had wonderful proportions, enabling us to add the classic moldings, etc. – creating the feel of a French villa. Our new client’s foyer is an entirely different animal, brought with challenges. Sally and I continue to wrestle with ideas that will make it look and feel bigger than it actually is and how to make it feel like it’s not a little room full of doors. (which it is…) We keep going back to the notion of illusion and drama. You’re only in the space about 30 seconds. Let’s make it memorable!…Here are a few ideas we are playing around with…

Introduce theater and “a little pageantry to provoke delight and surprise.” John Saladino

 

Play with scale as with this over sized pendant light fixture.

 

I was struck by juxtaposition of the unexpectedly small photograph and accessories – how they play off the “super sized” lamp.

 

Mirrors always expand a space.

 

I hadn’t thought of placing a mirror below the consoles shelf…

 

A touch of whimsey perhaps? Imagine  a pair of hands “juggling” the plates…

 

Create the illusion of antiquity – cover a wall with old wall paper fragments with a gorgeous frame around it. Brilliant!

There are so many possibillities and opportunities. What might you do to maker a small foyer memorable?

Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

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17 Responses

  1. Steve says:

    I really love the effect of the huge pilaster base in the first photo. That would be fun to recreate somewhere.

    The idea of hands juggling the plates is really creative, John, and would be a welcome bit of humor in an otherwise formal space.

    Great ideas!

    • John says:

      The idea of an over-scaled design or piece is sooo intriguing… Saladino is such a master at manipulating scale! We’ll have to be careful with how we present the whimsey idea, but we’ll float it. All they can say is “No…”

      Have a great weekend!

      Cheers,
      John

  2. I love the idea of playing with scale like you talked about. Something oversized is unexpected and memorable for those 30 seconds you talked about! :) BTW I was happy to comment on Sally’s post -she did a beautiful job! I think she sent me an email to thank me which I read on my phone but then I couldn’t find it to reply to her when I got home to my computer…sigh. :) Anyway, was glad to do it! Have a great weekend – sounds like your dinner with your friends last night was going to be great fun!

    • John says:

      We’re hoping that these people will be open to some imaginative ideas… Time will tell…

      A Boston Globe editor read Sally’s post and contacted us. Our little porch is being photographed next week and will be appearing in it’s special summer style section a few weeks for now! Pretty cool…

      Yes, we had a very good time last night…
      The Rhone wine was delicious, although I think the best part was dessert – raspberry sorbet with mini-dark chocolate bits sprinklers on top.

      Cheers,
      John
      Yum!!!

  3. Love this post and congrats on the Boston Globe. So excited for you and Sally.

    • John says:

      Thank you Danni. Sally and I spent some time over the weekend tying to decide how to style the porch shoot. Amazing how quickly a simple shoot can become very complex.

      Cheers,
      John

  4. Linda Leyble says:

    Hi John…

    I loved all of those ideas. I have a client who is perhaps one of the easiest clients I have ever had – and I’ve done a lot to her foyer so far that has improved it so much. She’s a great client – but when she makes up her mind about something, she just says “Buy it,” and sometimes the beloved item isn’t exactly right. Or – she will have me go look for a lamp for the console – and then she says she doesn’t want it any higher than 22 inches – which I told her may be a bit too small. But – she has fallen in love with it – and so the die is cast.

    I have to send you a pic of this entry so far – because it needs some tweaking. I think entryways are the most fun to decorate. It really creates an expectation for the rest of the home.

    Good luck with your client – I know you’ll do a great job!

    Linda

  5. I have never seen most of the pictures in this post – an unusual and wonderful thing! I particularly love the large scale lantern with the huge series of framed small scale items (I can’t remember what they are, but will go back and look!).

    Just added you to my blog roll!

    – Holly

    • John says:

      Hi Holly,

      That image was one of my favs, too.
      Found it in an older issue of World of Interiors.

      Thank you so much of adding me to your blog roll!
      I will do the same.
      :-)

      Cheers,
      John

  6. Bianca says:

    You gave me so much ideas John! A mirror below the shelf, that big lamp and that wall frame with kinda antique touch. Just love it!

  7. designchic says:

    What beautiful ways to decorate a small foyer. Love the idea of one statement piece – adore the oversized lantern, and the historic framed wallpaper…genius!! Hope you and Sally have a relaxing 4th ~

    • John says:

      I seem to have foyer on the brain these days.
      We have another project – 1780’s antique in Marblehead with another very small challenging foyer.
      No bigger than a minute. Tiny doors and tiny winder stair. French Country/Shabby Chic theme for this one.

      Hope to find some cross over…

      Hope your 4th is a sunny one!
      Cheers,
      John
      Cheers,
      John

    • John says:

      I’m intrigued with the total change in scale idea, too.

      Cheers,
      John

  8. Lovely house. I like your exquisite design flair. Keep posing more photos!

    • John says:

      We’ll show more as the design develops. The space is turning out to be more contemporary than I had originally thought. The console will need to follow along in that direction.

      Cheers,
      John

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