Saturday, August 8, 2009


There are those who prefer to make a grand entrance. A wide foyer with a center table holding books never read, benches never intended as seating, and, if at all possible, a tall, winding staircase to let guests know at first glance that there are rooms outside the scope of their welcome. Surely many historic homes call for such generous anterooms and, for those who hold parties that begin with name-tag tables, that kind of design can be useful. When it comes to new construction, however, I have to side with more humbler openings.
Maybe my preference comes after years of apartment living, and having to make do in smaller spaces. Or maybe I'm reacting to seeing too many builders homes on the newly developed edges of suburbia with doors to rival the bulk of the garage.
But a narrow console table to hold mail and keys and a mirror to check oneself on the way out the door is all I can think of as essential to this piece of floorspace. Russell Groves thought as much in their pared-down entry above, where the small scale of a mirror by BDDW offers a luxurious escape from big, bold statements.
"Let things start out small," says Mouse citing how the gestures of Jack, our affectionate and sometimes overeager labrador can give guests the wrong impression.  "The best architecture is revealed over time." 

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