IN THE KNOW – Winter

Creating a Personal and Welcoming Entryway

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New England Home shares five tips from a stylist for creating a compelling entryway

When we sought advice on how to style an entryway, we went straight to editorial stylist Karin Lidbeck Brent whose work appears in the pages of New England Home, Better Homes and Gardens, and many other publications. Karen understands the importance of a thoughtfully designed foyer.

“Every home is unique, and your entry should set the stage for who you are and what’s around the corner. The entry is where your home delivers its first impression to your guests. It should reflect your personality and style, whether it is bohemian, minimalist, or coastal. Having your home tell your story starts at the front door!” says Lidbick Brent.

Editor’s Note: Click on any photograph in the article to tour the entire home.

Architecture: Lyman Perry and Paul Weber
Interior design: Barbara Lazarus

Photography by Eric Roth

Here are five tips from a stylist for creating a compelling entryway:

Think of your entry as a gallery space. Use the walls for art and important personal elements that reflect you and your history. This is the perfect spot for showcasing that special piece of art since you will see it whenever you come and go—as will your guests.

Interior design: Claudia Kalur, CFK Interiors
Photography by Michael Partenio

A chest of drawers is a great piece of furniture to put to use in an entry. Drawers can hide essentials like keys, gloves, or a dog leash while providing a horizontal surface to display a cherished collection, or create a vignette that reflects your passions and personality.

Architecture: John Franzen, J.P. Franzen Associates Architects
Interior design: Parker Rogers and Katie Holmberg, Parker & Company
Photography by Michael Partenio

Find a unique vase or vessel that fits the space and make it a permanent fixture. Select a special piece, and then change the contents of the vase seasonally. Think branches with colorful leaves in the fall or cherry blossoms in the spring.

Interior design: Gina Eastman
Photography by John Gruen

The entry is the perfect spot for using carefully curated lighting. Be creative while searching for unusual wall sconces, a vintage chandelier, or that one-of-a-kind table lamp.

Architecture: John Margolis
Interior design: Starr Daniels, SD Home

Photography by Michael J. Lee

Entries are usually the smallest room in the house, so carefully select pieces that balance both form and function. A mirror reflects the light and provides a spot for one last glance at hair and makeup, while a bench provides a perch for pulling on boots. Take the time to find pieces that have an interesting shape or patina to create visual interest.

Architecture: Harold Tittmann, Tittmann Design + Consulting
Interior design: Susanna Salk

Photography by Michael Partenio

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