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.
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.
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.
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
5 Talk about setting the tone for the rest of the home—a gallery-like entryway is a perfect introduction to the elegant mix of mid-century antiques, edgy art, and belle époque architectural detail that fills this Gold Coast apartment.
6 Attractive storage is always a plus in an entryway—a place to stash everything from mail to mittens. Here, a four-drawer dresser works very well. Its large surface allows for an inviting tablescape with books, flowers, and other elements that say home.
7 It’s a foyer. It’s a bar. It’s a foyer and a bar. Why not make the most of the space? Framed pictures and memorabilia express personality; the owners of this house display hand-lettered and illustrated quotes by Dorothy Parker.
8 Sometimes all you need is one compelling piece of furniture, such as this Art Deco–inspired mirrored console, to make an entryway come to life. Another great idea: If expensive large-scale art is out of the question, hang a vintage map—it’s timeless, classy, and easy.