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Eight Foyers to Inspire

ENTER SMILING: The foyer is the first thing you (and your guests) see when walking through your front door, so make sure it’s special. Show off a favorite work of art, get creative with wall color, and use the space to set the tone for the rest of your home.

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Don’t be afraid of drama—or of playing with scale. Visitors to this North Shore house are welcomed by a nine-foot-tall zinc face (salvaged from a demolished building) hung over an antique jardinière. This statement piece has almost become a member of the family—the homeowners call it Washington.

1 Don’t be afraid of drama—or of playing with scale. Visitors to this North Shore house are welcomed by a nine-foot-tall zinc face (salvaged from a demolished building) hung over an antique jardinière. This statement piece has almost become a member of the family—the homeowners call it Washington.

 

 

In the foyer of this Edgewater condo, interior designer Sean Cowan and his partner, Eric Silverstrim, alternated two-inch stripes of semigloss black and flat charcoal paint on the walls, creating a glamorous backdrop for a white fiberglass Regency-style console.

2 In the foyer of this Edgewater condo, interior designer Sean Cowan and his partner, Eric Silverstrim, alternated two-inch stripes of semigloss black and flat charcoal paint on the walls, creating a glamorous backdrop for a white fiberglass Regency-style console.

 

 

In a cottage in Three Oaks, Michigan, interior designer Julia Edelmann took wainscoting all the way up to the ceiling and put baskets under a rustic turquoise bench to make the space homey and casual.

3 In a cottage in Three Oaks, Michigan, interior designer Julia Edelmann took wainscoting all the way up to the ceiling and put baskets under a rustic turquoise bench to make the space homey and casual.

 

 

An entryway is a great place for an eye-catching work of art. In this North Side home, a painting by Jeff Kruse anchors the space and also provides a hint of the citrusy color scheme that brightens the rest of the house.

4 An entryway is a great place for an eye-catching work of art. In this North Side home, a painting by Jeff Kruse anchors the space and also provides a hint of the citrusy color scheme that brightens the rest of the house.

 

Photography: (1–3) Nathan Kirkman; (4) Katrina Wittkamp

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