The main staircase echoes the geometric design of the home and incorporates the building blocks used in its construction—wood, metal, and glass. Above twinkles a welcoming crystal chandelier, one of the few truly ornate elements in the home.
Varied ceiling heights help define spaces throughout the home, while artwork provides color and texture. A wood panel buffed to a high gloss mirrors the custom staircase, itself a piece of functional art.
The balance of classic and modern starts in the entry hall, where a contemporary open stair is combined with Murano glass lighting, and black floors play against white paneled walls.
Smoked glass globes hang like a cluster of balloons, injecting a note of fun into the hardworking mudroom.
The foyer’s vivid colors, grasscloth walls, and literary references introduce visual refrains that appear throughout the inn.
The front hallway is punctuated with bold blue ocean hues.
A wood and rattan side table, topped by a 1940s painting, is a classic touch in the contemporary setting.
The owners covered the entry’s original brick wall with meticulously painted and glazed woodwork; light wood and a big mirror make the small space appear larger.
Driftwood accents, sea blues, and local artwork bring the beachfront vibe indoors.
A paper sculpture by Matthew Shlian hangs above a console by Holly Hunt, one of many gilded pieces throughout the home.
The marble floor and wrought-iron banister already in place helped inspire the “Paris apartment” feel of the redesign. Designer Starr Daniels painted the stair steps black and added an animal-print runner for a chic, modern look.
The entrance area features an open stairway supported by the walls and outfitted with glass guardrails.
The entry’s tile floor, which continues into the dining room, is original to the house. “It speaks to the home’s character,” says designer Paula Daher. The adjacent living room floors were restained a dark shade as a foil for the room’s creamy-colored woodwork.
A reclaimed nineteenth-century door opens onto the foyer, construction of which required the removal of an old fireplace and the relocation of a staircase.
Original brick walls and wood ceiling beams were preserved throughout the former industrial space. Cold-rolled steel with a black patina finish and reclaimed heart pine comprise the staircase, which has cantilevered elements that make it appear to float.
Interior designer Jenn Sanborn chose to keep the entryway’s existing wallpaper, then introduced vintage pieces both to add a layer of interest and to offer a preview of the home’s casual English country vibe.
An antique hall rack hits a traditional note in the entryway.
White paint transforms the home’s beautiful but somber period woodwork. The beauty of the original mahogany can still be appreciated in the varnished newel post and stair rail, however.
Designer Carolina Tress-Balsbaugh’s lighten-it-up approach is apparent the moment one crosses the threshold.
Russell chose Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee as the trim color for every room, giving the house a pleasing continuity. In the entry, the hue is the ideal partner for the wheat-toned chest.
An unusually wide and long entry was at once “very grand, and a challenge,” says interior designer Kristen Rivoli. The wood trim was painted to make the space more inviting, and a linen-texture wallpaper was installed. Rivoli chose not to fill the space with an entry table, to keep views intact.
A vignette in the foyer foreshadows the home’s refined aesthetic.
Modern steel doors in the foyer and the passageway to the kitchen are, says designer Manuel de Santaren, “a nod to some of the architectural details we saw in Belgium during a shopping trip for furnishings and antiquities.”
Lots of doors and fixed floor-to-ceiling windows blur the lines between indoors and out.
The entry hallway sets the tone for the home with natural touches such as the twig-like door handle.
The wife orchestrated the placement of the engaging cow photos—a nod to the home’s pastoral nature.
In the front entry, bold artwork and grasscloth wallcovering introduces an interior that’s both edgy and traditional.
Reclaimed bullseye windows were used in the entry hall’s transoms.
Brightly patterned fabric by China Seas pops against the neutral surroundings of the main staircase. The J.D. Staron runner is one of Morgan’s favorites. “I just love the simplicity of it, and the way the striped borders give it definition.”
A new foyer was created to establish a true sense of arrival. Navy grasscloth walls let the white furniture, accessories, and high-gloss white trim pop.
A floating circular staircase leads to the second-floor bedrooms and continues to the observatory.
A chevron paper from Candice Olson animates the entry hall; the compass rose was applied to the floor with stain.
The kitchen has a view through the entryway into the dining room; Tony, the couple’s Wheaten Terrier, keeps a watchful eye from his spot in the hall.
Circles and squares are a thematic constant that begins in the entry with a marble-top table on a bronze base, an Urban Electric Baxter Light, and the brass rivets of the Phillip Jeffries grasscloth on the ceiling.
The entry foyer got a shot of drama with a recessed ceiling, the ideal home for a dramatic chandelier.
The prints lining the hall to the central living area are by Pennsylvania artist Emil Lukas.
The reconfigured foyer grew chicer with the addition of a limestone tiled floor, Venetian plastered walls, and a coffered wood ceiling. Smaller in footage, there’s still ample room for a cast-resin-framed mirror, a custom console and small Holly Hunt bench.
Framed Van Gogh sketches and equestrian images create visual appeal
on the stairway from the entry to the second floor. A wall sculpture of gilded citrus peels by artist Sara Bumgardner draws the eye to a corner of the living room, where a window seat, wine-tasting table, and barley twist wing chair form a cozy sitting area.
Designer Vivian Hedges and decorative painter Robert Laniak created a geometric pattern with burnished gold leaf for the front hallway floor.
The staircase design mimics one Rylee admired in the headmaster’s house at Connecticut’s Hotchkiss School, which she attended.
Rusticity reigns just inside the main entry, where a ship-lapped wall and a hand-painted floor cloth offer a warm welcome.
The broad entry allows a view of the sloping front yard, where gentle terracing helps guide rainwater away from the house.
The entryway is the harbinger of gracious things to come. Melding classic and modern, designer Maureen Griffin Balsbaugh introduced limestone floors, bold black door trim, and contemporary caged lighting to complement the show-stopping architectural details.
Stone pillars along a hallway are just one way the natural world is brought indoors.
The foyer reveals an artful tile inlay as well as a staircase with hand-turned newel posts and balusters.
A Warhol dress that the owner had in her closet is a perfect decorative counterpart to the modern stairs, which are fabricated from bronze, teak, and laminated glass
Contemporary Bocci pendants and an organic teak bench from Andrianna Shamaris create a pleasing vignette in the foyer. The freestanding wall houses a TV on the living room side.
Layers of antiques and flea-market finds fill niches such as this one in the entryway.
The paneled wall underneath the staircase landing encloses a small powder room.
The foyer’s curved wall lent itself to the Scenes of North Americaâ wallpaper by Zuber, a paper also found in the White House.
In the foyer, an antique French sideboard that doubles as a bar welcomes visitors. The owners
discovered the painting that hangs above it on Martha’s Vineyard.
The entry’s contemporary console and attention-getting art by James Nares provide a lively contrast to the traditional architecture.
A schooner painting by William P. Stubbs gets prominent placement in the entry hall.
The foyer sets the home’s transitional tone with its linear console and double-ring-base lamp, both from ICON Group, and an area rug from Steven King Decorative Carpets.
A bright red door, twig chandelier, and compass rose create a welcoming vibe in the larger main house.
With its mother-of-pearl wall tiles and a hammered-metal console, the entrance foyer sets the eclectic tone of the home’s interior design.
The foyer is enclosed by sliding translucent glass panels that offer privacy, yet still let in plenty of natural light.
In keeping with the husband’s wishes for a dash of the modern, Carter chose an attention-getting painting-Didactic Method of Elenchus, by Edward Lentsch-from the Lanoue Gallery in Boston, for the serene living room. The welcoming club chairs by Rose Tarlow are dressed in a Cowtan & Tout fabric, while the sofa wears a neutral Jane Churchill fabric. An antique desk set cleverly in the bay window provides a sunny work area.
The adjacent entry hall holds a gilded stool from Rose Tarlow clad in a dreamy Jim Thompson fabric that echoes the striking colors of the art. The candlestick lamps are from Dessin Fournir.
No ordinary foyer, this one includes a Donald De Lue sculpture by the window and antique Foo Dogs atop the mantle.
A side entrance opens to a spacious mudroom with plenty of storage options.
The home’s classic architecture serves as a timeless backdrop for a beguiling range of styles and eras, beginning with the entry’s vintage sconce and Oly chest.
Fronting on the Chacón painting, a leather bench and a multicolor rug by Nanimarquina form the centerpieces of the house's main entrance.
The entry, displaying just a few of the objects the homeowner has collected over the years, hints at the easy comfort of the house.
Architectural details, like the coffered ceilings, abound throughout.
Another view of the interior âskylightâ in the foyer.
The designers whitewashed the walls above the paneling to bring light into the space. The watercolor on the foyer wall depicts a local scene.
The antique work table came with the house.
Joslin incorporated steel, wood and stained glass in the entrywayâs ornamental stairwell, a design repeated in the screening to the dining room beyond.
The foyerâs original woodwork was restored, then updated with a geometric-print stair runner and an antique console given a coat of brilliant automotive paint.
An antique table anchors the entry. The bar table is from Lillian August.
The aesthetically pleasing covered walkway between the house and the garage provides protection from the elements.
After three decades in a traditional colonial house, the owners are happy with the more minimalist decor of their new home.
The back of the living roomâs L-shaped leather sofa slides to orient the seating toward the view or into the room.
The foyer was an opportunity to do something dramatic and unexpected and to reflect the energy level throughout the house,â says designer Gerald Pomeroy, who accomplished his aim with an oversize striped banquette, playful wallpaper, a mirrored screen and a circular console table. Strong architectural details balance out the space.
A meet-and-greet area just off the entryway makes for a casual transition into the house.
A hand-crafted lantern from the New England Historical Connection lends stature to the entry.
The home is a symmetrically proportioned center-entry Colonial Revival built in 1928.
The entryway connects the home’s two discrete pavilions.
The renovation included raising the ceiling to make room for a dramatic two-story entry.
A mirror from Made Goods hangs above a console from Bungalow 5 in the entry.
In the living room, antique mercury glass lamps sit atop a reproduction desk from HB Home.
Twin David Iatesta sconces frame a Dennis and Leen mirror in the entry. The blue and white porcelain hails from the owner’s ever-growing collection.
Eastman painted the entry mirror with white lacquer to highlight its design.
A modern table and bench in the front hall represent contemporary country style.
The simple, organic color scheme plays up the foyer’s original moldings and leaded-glass windows.
In addition to refinishing the original staircase, the couple sanded and stained the foyer’s pine-board floor to awaken its sleeping beauty.
A bright red bench by Bouvé Woodworking and a contemporary painting add zest to the complex textures and colors of the entry. The Venetian plaster walls and ceiling, as well as the tiled walls were designed to resemble concrete and stone.
A vintage hand chair is the first thing to greet visitors to the house. An Angela Adams rug picks up on the blues of the Global Views lamp on a West Elm side table.
The William Morris-style wallpaper in the hall is by Bradbury & Bradbury. A circa-1875 landscape of the Adirondacks by J.A. Hekking hangs above an eighteenth-century Philadelphia games table.
A step-down foyer/inglenook features a staircase with balusters of white bronze.
An oyster-shell mirror and faux-crocodile desk add visual interest to the entry way.
The entry presages the home’s beachy vibe with its stunning piece of coral and a painting by Provincetown artist Anne Packard.
A well-equipped mudroom opens to the pool area.
Divided stairs in the entry hall bestow a gracious ambience that befits a medley of family antiques, including a grandfather clock.
The ceiling is high but not atrium-like. "I just really didn’t want it to feel like a McMansion," the wife says.
The foyer sets the home’s genteel tone with an antique demilune, one of the pair the homeowner and designer Julie Nightingale scored at a French flea market, and an antique Swedish daybed from Circa Antiques in Westport.
The designers tamed the double-height foyer, bringing warmth and drama with a Cole & Son wallpaper and oversize antique lantern.
The homeowners’ art collection includes this painting, by the Brazilian artist Vic Muniz, that hangs in the foyer.
The owners’ fanciful console grabbed a parking spot outside the study.
The diamond-shape cutout on the stairway railing, a recurring design theme throughout the house, harkens back to the Craftsman era.
Architect John Battle wanted to create a "human-scale entry that would be relatively understated, comfortable, and welcoming."
Defined by sleek interior architecture and a simple palette of black and white, the foyer sets a sophisticated tone.
The dramatic, open staircase of iron and oak seems to float in its airy, light-filled, glass-enclosed stairwell.
The warmth of wood carries in from the outdoors, enveloping the vestibule.
Boxed panels on the entry’s walls echo the classic rectangular windows at the top of the stairs. A Bernhardt bench shines beneath the edgy lantern fixture from Lillian August.
The side entryway sets a modern tone with its cool palette of gray and white.
In the foyer, the marriage of an antique mirror and a modern console sets the tone for the home’s striking old-meets-new decor. An antique oriental rug and a contemporary stair runner from Stark also make pleasing partners.
Circular elements, including a custom ottoman, give the entryway a welcoming, feminine touch.
A new entry hall was designed to house the homeowners’ collection of books.
Timelessness, it seems, is the best anti-aging formula. Antiques, Gracie paper, and an animal-print stair runner in a luscious shade of pink stop time in its tracks in this historic Belle Haven home.
An antique table and mirror from John Battle’s childhood home lend a formality to the foyer, with its bold blue-mum wallpaper by Michael S. Smith for Jasper.
A delicate shell mirror and a piece of decorative coral in the entryway subtly reference the coastal location.
A custom lantern based on an eighteenth-century design is a striking contrast to the modern staircase.
The grand staircase provides drama in the foyer.
The front hall has high-gloss walls and a herringbone floor that was hand-rubbed piece by piece as it was installed to give it a patina.
A white-on-white hallway is punctuated by a sleek console and graphic zebra painting.
The entry’s original woodwork and chandelier are testaments to the home’s pedigreed past. Atop the antique table rests an 1899 painting of Lake George, New York, bought at an auction.
A cast-resin sea urchin assumes a sculptural presence in the entry, next to a reclaimed-wood table topped with a lamp custom made by Hudson Interior Designs.
Faux-painted wood and miniature bells make a fantastical mirror frame. The adjacent office, unlike most offices, is as colorfully appealing as the rest of the house.
As the restored entry hall and vestibule of this elegant Commonwealth Avenue townhouse prove, bringing the historic nineteenth-century, 7,400-square-foot building back to its original condition required a skilled team of artisans who worked hand in hand with the project’s architect, designer, and contractor.
After replacing wrought-iron balustrades with more traditional wood banisters and spindles on the main floor’s staircase, the design team commissioned a local painter to create a mural that features historical scenes of Boston.
The bench at the base of the stairs was discovered by the homeowners, who restored it to its natural state by stripping off coats of old paint.
The foyer, which spans two stories, sets an airy, welcoming tone.
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