12 Entries That Welcome Guests In Style


Let your home make its best first impression with influences from these entries packed with charm.


Family dog lounging in airy foyer.

Photo: Andrea Calo

In the foyer, enjoyed by the family dog, Eileen, a Kathy Buist mixed-media from West Chelsea Contemporary hangs above a Hickory Chair bench. The chandelier is from Visual Comfort, the rug is Fay + Belle and the bespoke railing was fabricated by Lars Stanley of Stanley Studio.


Entryway with plaster walls, curving staircase and quatrefoil-shaped window

Photo: Emily Followill

Truett used stone flooring from Materials Marketing and a forged stair railing by Calhoun Design & Metalworks to create an old-world feel in the entryway of this Sea Island, Georgia, home. Designer Suzanne Kasler mixed vintage finds—such as a chair from Caché Antiques in Los Angeles upholstered in Fortuny fabric—with contemporary furnishings, such as the Ironware International table and Formations lantern.


A tree grows inside the double-height foyer

Photo: Aaron Leitz

Beneath an expansive skylight, a ficus and a graceful wood-and-steel staircase mark the entrance to a Manhattan Beach residence by architect Grant Kirkpatrick. General contractor Shawn Nelson oversaw the building of the exquisitely crafted structure.


View of entry space featuring a center table and hanging lantern

Photo: Kerry Kirk

Custom steel entry doors from Atelier Domingue lead to a foyer where a 19th-century French lantern from W. Gardner Antiques lights an antique table from Shabby Slips Home and sculpture from Found. Mirrors—also from W. Gardner Antiques—overlook benches in Tillett Textiles linen. The limestone flooring is from Farmhouse Stone.


Grand foyer with detailed ceiling.

Photo: Michael Hunter

Centering the foyer is a custom table from AOI Home topped with a desert rose specimen from Empressive Earth Gallery. Over custom consoles, an heirloom painting inspired the home’s color palette while a Randolph & Hein mirror is from Allan Knight and Associates. Ginger jars from The Chambers Collection top 19th-century rosewood pedestals from Oriental Treasures.


Wooden console table with lots of framed artwork and books

Photo: Jeff Herr

Laura and McLean say the eccentricities of their Atlanta abode have served to enrich their design sensibilities. Their foyer’s old-fashioned picture rails, for example, provide spots for meaningful pieces such as a Robert Motherwell print and an original watercolor by McLean. A gilded console from Scott Antique Markets displays souvenirs and heirlooms, including a photo of The Who taken by the architect’s uncle.


minimalist entry with front door and windows

Photo: Paul Dyer

The front door is ringed by windows, allowing light to stream in the entry of this Menlo Park, California, home.


Foyer with blue stools underneath a console table and mirror.

Photo: Brantley Photography

In the foyer, Miner placed faux-shagreen stools from Mecox beneath a Redford House console holding Rexhill lamps. The lacquer-framed mirror with a brass detail hangs against Phillip Jeffries’ St. Barts Serenity wallcovering. Serena & Lily’s jute Thurlow rug rests on the floor.


A bright entryway with Scandinavian, minimalistic touches give the space a clean look.

Photo: John and Maura Stoffer

The bright, airy foyer offers a view of the backyard from the moment one enters the house. Before ground was even broken, the vintage rug envisioned and purchased for the entry. On the wall hangs MOD Tapestry 6, an indigo tapestry on linen.


contemporary brown staircase and foyer

Photo: Haris Kenjar

General contractor Tony Moceri and his associate Kenny Nichol oversaw the meticulous restoration of the millwork in the grand foyer. Staton added a velvet Room & Board settee and floor lamp from Design Within Reach that suggest the meeting of new and old found throughout. The oversize damask wallpaper by Ashford House is a fresh take on similar wallpaper that once hung there.


mountain entry door oak-and-iron console tables

Photo: Kimberly Gavin

An entry door surrounded by sidelights and transoms–all by Santa Fe Door Store in Albuquerque, New Mexico–opens to a sunny foyer in an Aspen home. The custom oak-and-iron console tables were sourced through Black Hound Design Company. The artwork, called Flight Pattern I, is by Kelly O’Neal.


contemporary entry mirror artwork bold citron yellow wall

Photo: Brantley Photography

A Claudia Wieser faceted-mirror artwork from Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York welcomes visitors in the entry of this Key Biscayne home designed by Ellie Cullman and Alyssa Urban with the help of architect Thomas Kligerman and builder Grey Marker. Manhattan decorative painting firm Uriu LLC lacquered the entry wall in a bold citron yellow, while a vintage tubular glass pendant from Karina Gentinetta Disegno hangs from the ceiling.