Our featured contributor today is Amy Howard, a furniture designer, interior designer and decorative artist living in Memphis, TN. She has owned Artisan Studios, LLC (parent company to Amy Howard at Home and Amy Howard Collection) for over 20 years.
I could not be more thrilled than to be guest blogging for StyleBlueprint. Today, we tackle your Entry Hall.
Making A Design Statement With Your Entry Hall.
The first thing you see when you enter a home is the foyer. The foyer/entry has the ability to “set the tone” for the entire home.
When I built my home in Normandy Park I designed a gallery style entry. The front doors allow for a lot of natural sunlight which help to lighten up my entry. To the end of the gallery/entry I placed an antique garden statue and two 18th Century Italian Torcheres. I have two live plants that I change with the seasons.
For this entry we shake things up by adding a modern twist with our McEvoy console table, Cayman ottomans and bold patterns.
Below is a “before” picture of a home in Collierville that went from plain jane to breathtaking, just by transforming the entry. This particular entry did not have strong architectural elements to distinguish itself from the rest of the house. Therefore, it was important to create a wow factor with the furnishings.
Lighting is extremely important for a space so the first thing I did was replace the small light fixture supplied by the builder. The new light fixture is a large lantern that really makes an impact in the room with its painted finish and antique mirror accents.
In keeping with the lighting, I also always like having some form of lamp light in an entry. It greets your guests at the door as they enter and instantly make your interiors more inviting. The lamps in this entryway are actually made from 18th century terracotta fragments that I found while antiquing. Using multiple textures is important to any successful room or vignette.
Another important thing to remember in making a beautiful entryway or vignette is to always use multiple textures. Rugs are a great example of added texture that can make or break a room. I prefer very muted rugs or natural fiber rugs, such as a sisal rug. You never want your rug to dominate your room. Most of the time I look for antique rugs or rugs that are tea stained and made to look old.
As far as the art work, I knew that we were going to have several large original art pieces in the house, so I decided to create a gallery style hanging of 18th Century Venetian prints that I had framed. To continue our monochromatic theme, the frames were done in a silver leaf. Gold would have created too much contrast in this setting. Also, choosing a simpler frame allows for all the prints to create a similar impact of one large print. Simply framing four, six or eight of them makes for a very strong element when hung all together.
Lastly, I focused on the negative space below the console. The iron bench with a monochromatic tufted silk fabric was the perfect addition to finish out the entry. The icing on the cake were the three antique marble balls that added texture and repetition to the console table.
Whatever your space, I believe it is important to create an impact and a memory. It is a reflection of your taste, travels and creativity. Experiment and think outside of the box with your rooms and always mix lots of textures. But, remember to stay within values of just one or two colors.
Photos by Allison Rodgers Photography
StyleBlueprint is thrilled to have Amy’s advice and guidance each month is this special series. To learn more about Amy Howard, see www.amyhowardcollection.com.