April: The FoyerApr 04, 2013
We are in April, already four month into the year and there is still no sign of spring in London (it is actually snowing as I type this…). But my hopes are up. It can’t be long now before SPRING, my favourite time of the year starts. After our ‘Living Room’ special last month, we are looking at the ‘Foyer’ in April. What comes to you mind when thinking of a foyer? The foyer is normally the first room to get in from the outside, so it is really the place where you can make the first impression; where you can make an ‘entrance’ to welcome and impress your guests. I always make sure my foyer is well scented, I either use perfume diffusers or scented candles (Diptique and Ortigia are my favourites), to make people feel welcome. In residential houses, the aim of the foyer is to show welcome and warmth. We take off our shoes, leave coats, umbrellas and everything that is associated with the outside world and prepare for home comfort. Foyers can be easily personalized with décor elements, like impressive lamps, coat racks, umbrella holders, picture frames, etc… Have a look at the mood board above for some great ideas. Most of the traditional foyers have console tables (where keys, taxi cards and take-away menus are kept), a coat rack or coat ‘tree’ and most importantly a mirror, so anyone leaving or coming in can have a look at him- or herself. In big buildings, like theatres, hotels and skyscrapers, foyers (or lobbies) are the spaces to show off the power, greatness and luxury of the building and are therefore often referred to as ‘Power Lobby’. We will have a look at the best hallways from our archive and will share some amazing ideas for front doors and staircases with you later in the month. Enjoy!