Saturday, April 14, 2012

By Request: Our Entry Hall


A ROOM THAT KEEPS SECRETS

About what lies beyond.

The all white, or as the Italians say, "total white," color scheme could easily give you the wrong impression. The rooms you don't see upon entering this house stand in stark contrast to this minimalist restraint.

We decorated this room more than twenty years ago, and since then only a few details have changed. The silk curtains were hung about five years ago, which was when the rug was introduced.

But the furniture is from the 1970s, from Flexform.

20 comments:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello:
Who could not fall in love with this? For the understated simplicity, the symmetry, the classical furnishings which have a contemporary edge, the light, reflected so well in the two large looking glasses, the touches of grey echoed in the door frames and hinted at in the curtains, combine to make a perfect entrance to the delights which lie beyond. This is indeed the overture for the grand opera of house and garden which we know to be waiting for the curtain to rise.

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Wow!

Rosemary said...

One word - stunning!

The Down East Dilettante said...

Few arrangements better than a French flanked by windows (and for me, loose white covers and pale tones always make it

Kathy said...

The last shot of the room, and the prospect beyond, will be my inspiration today as i work in my garden. It's not what I would have expected at all. The simple and elegant beauty make me smile. Thank you for sharing. k

columnist said...

Is this where I would wait for my audience?

Laurent said...

I like the chairs especially. You don't find it a limitation, not to have a table for "dumping" of visitors' effects? The sense of radii from the hall is classically welcoming, and yes, I do see the invitation and feel the impulse to migrate from the nevertheless smashing white.

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Laurent, I've been searching for years for just the right center table, round and neoclassical, late 18th century, painted white, Italian, but where is it???

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

Columnist, I think the antichambers of the Vatican might intimidate even more! But rather, this is where I would welcome you, already waiting.

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

We retain the unexpected in each other's eyes!

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

There are Italians who find it all very "down East"!

Paul Gervais de Bédée said...

A very appreciated word!

The Devoted Classicist said...

Truly a classic interior! I particularly like the lush yet restrained touch of the curtains.

YONKS said...

Simply BEAUTIFUL!

Reggie Darling said...

I remember seeing this room, many years ago, and am pleased that you have kept it in its all white simplicity and elegance. The introduction of the curtains and carpet have softened the asperity of the room, and add to the desire to linger in its clean and inviting space.

La Dolfina said...

It is so perfect in it's elegantly simple restraint.... Your friends all left such eloquent comments!!!

Paisley Curtain said...

A very peaceful entry hall to calm down all who enter.

Theresa Cheek said...

This is such a teaser! I want to see more. Your lighting is perfect for the total white.

Daniel said...

I love an all I mean TOTAL white interior, especially yours! Im just back from Tuscany and wondering what the h.e. double hockey sticks am i doing in milan!!? Can we be neighbors?

Francine Gardner said...

I just love this room! It is classic, elegant, perfect proportion and feels modern in its classic style.