Dreamy Spaces: Front & Center...

We moved into a new house in October and there are still several areas in need of my attention. The foyer for one. It's the first thing you see (obviously) when you open the door. And, like many Texas homes, the space is grand. Soaring ceilings are a delight when you're house shopping... but when it comes time to decorate the space you need to be sure that the furnishings can command a space visually and vertically.

Most days I'm thinking the usual suspects: glamorous console, massive mirror, the requisite mix of books, a chic lamp and a potted flower. End of story. Moving on...

Other days I entertain the idea of the unexpected. Maybe it's plush seating and a massive piece of art. Maybe it's two swanky chairs flanking a handsome round entry table. Any of the above can work.. the question is which is best for our home.

Looking at the above example I have to say I'm smitten with the idea of a settee. If I go for it, the above foyer will certainly be an image I hold in my head as I sketch it up. Isn't this stunning?

Photography by Stephen Karlisch of the sophisticated entry way of Maleiah and Ryan Rogers' University Park home from July/August 2010 issue of DHome Magazine.