Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Arrivals and Departures

Welcome back!

After years and years of leafing through pages and pages of decorating strategies, one of the things that made an impression on me was the number of designers who stressed the importance of a home’s front entry.

This significant spot, also referred to as the foyer, corridor, entranceway, or simply the hall, among others, is a representation of the rest of your home with regards to style, colour, texture and mood.  It is, shall we say, a little character clip of what’s around the corner, up the stairs, or behind the solid oak doors. It’s the first thing people see when they arrive and the last thing before they leave. 

In addition, this designated area has been given the duty of helping the visitor instantly feel welcomed as soon as the front door opens and they find themselves standing in a space with which they are not familiar. Creating an inviting atmosphere is essential and this can be accomplished in many ways.

 Practical features such as a bench for seating, a chest of drawers or simple shelving for keys, cell phones or mail, a storage unit, whether it is an armoire, closet or a row of hooks on the wall to hang outerwear, pet attire or purses, an elegant mirror for last minute checks can also be aesthetically pleasing in their design.  Interesting wall art and appropriate lighting are additional factors that should be considered in relation to the dimensions of the space and its purpose.

The pictures featured in this post are a few current images of the entrance way in my home. I’ve also included the upstairs hallway as the staircase directly leads to it. I say current images because according to the season, I’m constantly shuffling vases of silk flowers and pots of the fresh variety, rolling out woolen floor runners in the winter, only to store and substitute them with sisal in the spring, and always swapping treasured bonbons of bric-ร -brac for other nifty knick-knacks practically every time I pass by!

staircase window view

Hope you are not too dizzy spinning around the spiral staircase. What’s that? Need to sit down?  Oops!  Guess I’d better squeeze in some more seating somewhere, but where??!

Thanks for visiting.

Talk to you soon.



  1. I love your home..... :-)

    A x

  2. Home Sweet Home. I can't wait to see you and your gorgeous country home.


  3. Hi, Poppy! Thanks for sharing more photos of your happy and lovely home :-) A well appointed foyer / hall you have. I love the custom iron is perfect! A wooden railing would have been too heavy, I think. And, the view out is absolutely fantastic!! Lucky you!
    Cheers, L

  4. Hi Poppy, Your home looks lovely and I look forward to seeing more of it. The entry and stairs are beautiful! How wonderful to live in Crete. We have visited Greece a couple of time but haven't made it to Crete yet. I have read that it is beautiful. Thanks for visiting and I am now a follower.

  5. Your entranceway looks very special! I like it!

  6. Hi Poppy!! Your home is simply gorgeous!!!
    Best wishes from Australia,

  7. That staircase and view are incredible. Thanks for letting us take a peek!

  8. Poppy, Your entryway to your home makes a beautiful first and last impression! Beautiful, especially the spiral staircase.
    I'm happy to be a new follower and hope you'll stop by, Mary Alice

  9. Beautiful staircase Poppy, I love a winding staircase. I'm following you, come join me.

  10. beautiful house!!! i love that you have flowers and small plants in looks so bright and happy!!! the staircase is so nice and the "brick" wall is what caught my eye, beautiful! just beautiful!!!

  11. The entry and the stairs are beautiful! Lovely photos. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from The Charm of Home. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand weekend. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  12. Thank you so much for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. Very pretty, inviting, clean and bright! :)

  14. This is so true! Entries are so very important - I wish we had a decent entryway - that staircase is awesome! But, we do have a front and back porch - I need to create a welcoming entry there - thank you for the inspiration! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  15. Just beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  16. Your entry way is very lovely and inviting. And that stairway view is pretty nice, too. It's great to change things up with the seasons or when the feeling strikes. Best wishes, Tammy

  17. Love the entry !

    But...going up those steps...? I slipped and knocked one of those pots over; so SORRY! I'll clean it up if you just hand me a paper towel or something...

  18. Your entryway and staircase are beautiful! And what a spectacular view you have!! Good tips on the importance of first and last impression.
    Mary Alice

  19. Lovely photographs. I like the angles. Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre hop and please join us again this week:


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