The Davies' foyer is complete! Bright, preppy, and maybe even a tad cheeky, it packs a punch while still remaining classic and restrained. I love it.
To recap: Traci and Judd lean toward classic stylings with a twist. They wanted their entry to both immediately make an impact and set the tone for the rest of their refined, but comfortable, 1939 home. Here's where we started:
Painting the walls Benjamin Moore's Washington Blue immediately created a dramatic impact. From there I layered on other bold primary colors that tend to evoke an iconic historic vibe – red, yellow, and green. It could've gone childish, but paired with substantial and ornate pieces like the antique bench, paneled console, and textured sunburst mirror, the palette remains mature without taking itself too seriously. Oh, yeah, and brass, All The Brass accents to keep it feeling fresh and not at all stuffy.
Originally I'd intended on using an antique dresser, but wasn't able to find one to fit the somewhat narrow space between the stairs and wall. Before I could wander too far into "How Much Room Do They Really Need" territory, I stumbled upon the smaller-profiled console at an antique store and instantly fell in love with its warm honey tone and paneled sliding doors. Plus, BONUS, it actually fit!
I wrote about my hunt for the perfect lamps here, and I'm so into all the details on the console! The blue floral vase was an on-hand treasure Traci let me snag from another spot in her house. She also found the black and white striped tray from One Kings Lane, planning to use it somewhere else if I didn't like it, but it's perfect! My fav thrift find, though, is that vintage to-scale brass ship model looming in the background. I'm told their girls have already found it very useful when playing Pirate Princess.
The Nashville print got beefed up with a bigger mat and more substantial gold frame. Also that vintage brass umbrella stand... I'm basically obsessed. It's just the right amount of quirky, and so, SO perfect.
But, the real showstopper is the gallery wall up the stairwell. Comprised of over thirty varying pieces of framed art, family photos, patriotic embroidery, brass pineapple sconces, and a functioning porthole mirror, it's definitely where I got a little weird.
Shopping is probably my favorite part of designing for clients – a bit strange, because in general I hate the aimless, time-wasting, retail-therapy notion of it. However, when it's intentional and furthering a specific vision, then it's totally my jam. So when Traci mentioned a gallery wall, I was excited to begin sourcing. But before I began wandering the hallowed aisles of local thrift haunts and antique shops, I asked her what she already had on hand. Luckily it was a lot, and it was good, the patriotic eagle being my main inspiration and starting off point. Then I searched for all the things that reminded me of English royalty, pastoral hunting adventures, scenic tranquility, New World patriotism and dashes of whimsical kitsch. After a few back and forth emails with pics of our growing collections, we pooled them together to create this masterwork:
There are several ways to install a gallery wall, and in the past I've always employed the "lay it on the floor in roughly the right layout, then hammer and hope" method. Since this was an angled layout (and I'm a professional, of course) I figured I should be a little more systematic. I contemplated making a rendering, but sometimes you just have to see how everything works together and create space for in-the-moment fluidity to make sure it's right. So I implemented the "classic" option – paper and tape (also hiring a handyman to install it all, thanks Josh).
I love that every piece has a story. Found on a road trip Luke and I took over the summer, the horse portrait was one of the first items I knew would be perfect for the wall. After exiting the interstate in the name of Dunkin Donuts, we ended up across the road from a huge indoor flea occupying what appeared to be an infinite and former Wal-Mart, or something akin. Without a ton of room in our rental car I couldn't buy everything I wanted, but there was something so compelling about Mr. Mid-Century Horse and his pensive gaze.
Look to the top right, you can't tell from these photos, but tucked just far enough out of the way there's a small embroidery hoop with the lovely script, "These pretzels are making me thirsty." It brings a smile to Traci's face every time she runs up and down the stairs to administer mid-afternoon naps and collect the laundry.
I'm super pleased with how the Davies' foyer turned out. It's a playful take on traditional, and completely Town & Country Mod.