22 September 2010

a proposal for an entry hall.

here's a lil peek into a recent proposal by m21 for a client's entry hall:

m21's elevation of a wall niche in the proposed entry hall.

the architecture of the residence is quite contemporary and virtually every room has a stellar view of los angeles- except for the entry, which is rather dark, and not very inviting- hardly even a real entry at all- not what you want to make a exciting first impression, if you know what i mean.  our philosophy is you want to wow your guests (and yourself) the minute they step through the front door- just like a job interview, you can't undo a bad first impression!  the entry needed to be seriously glammed up and lightened up as well, so to up the glam factor, add in some needed elegance and sophistication, as well as lend a subtle sheen to bounce and reflect light around the space, we chose one of our favorite wallcoverings, roger arlington's chinese teapaper, for a focal wall niche. we particularly love this shimmery paper as it's not gold, and not silver, but a little bit of each depending on how the light hits it.  teapaper is very traditional material, so to keep things modern, we chose the random squares pattern which reminds us of the chic and modern 1970's cityscape series by paul evans.

roger arlington teapaper in a dining room by jeffery bilhuber
vintage paul evans club chairs in the cityscape pattern- the inspiration for our choice of the teapaper

to further keep things light and bright, we selected to hang a large, round, polished nickel mirror from orange on the teapaper, over a bargain-priced vintage lucite and suede console in the style of milo baughman (from a consignment shop in palm springs); we also proposed to replace the original navy suede covering the body of the console with a bone colored waxed linen (the suede was cool, but a bit too pimped out for our modern and sophisticated vision). using maison21's patented decorating law of opposites*,  we like the idea of using a round mirror against the squares of the wall paper, and the texture of the linen against the shine of the paper.


*m21's decorating law of opposites: to avoid being too matchy-matchy, when using a design element, try to use its opposite somewhere else in the room:  matte = shiny,  rough = smooth, light = dark, etc.  opposites add needed tension-  but don't get too carried away- too much of a good thing = a mess!


custom mirror from orange


vintage console selection- a steal at $475!  the original navy suede to be replaced with a waxed linen in bone, keeping things light and modern.


above it all, in a stairwell just off the entry, on an ugly 3 x 8 foot stub of a wall, we proposed to again repeat the chinese teapaper wallcovering, which would reflect the light of a chandelier hanging from the ceiling.  we originally selected a pretty fabulous vintage 5- globe chandelier, priced at $3800.00, but at the last minute discovered a just-as-cool modern version made by sonneman (almost a quarter of the price of the vintage version @$1050.00- why spend it if ya don't have ta, y'know?)  the ball shaped globes of the chandelier also echo the round mirror below, and again provide the tension of opposites against the repeating squares of the wallpaper.

kinda of glam for a thousand bucks, we think...
whaddya think?  would this proposed scheme for the entry make you excited to see the rest of the house? or make you want to go home and take a nap instead?

13 comments:

suzannemarques said...

I love the bubble chandelier

jones said...

Wow! I really this this design. The juxtaposition factor makes my eyes crave more. Thanks for the insight into how M21 works.

Teresa@Splendid Sass said...

I LOVE this entryway!!! The teapaper is genius, and everything else falls into place perfectly. This is one of my favorites.
Have a nice day.
Teresa

Brillante Home Decor said...

More please...I want to see everything. I am going to steal the idea of teapaper for a dark hallway of a new client. I have found a similar chandelier for another client on 1stdibs, another bargain and the effect is magic.

Material Girls- Emily said...

Gotta love teapaper! I've been wanting to use it in a client's home for quite some time but haven't had the right opportunity. Your design sounds gawgeous! You must post the end result! The globe chandelier reminds me of one they have at Arteriors now but I actually like the one you posted a bit better!

Layers and Layers said...

Love it! great plan ... "teapaper" is hawt and so is your chandelier!

Sketch42 said...

Ive seen it wallpapered in an entire living room, including the ceiling. Its awesome.

Paul Anater said...

Great concept Christian, it looks so clean and bright. I love it and I love the subtle homage to Paul Evens. Bravo!

maison21 said...

thanks everybody!

tula said...

From here on out, all of my dreams will contain at least one wall of Chinese teapaper. This is lovely, darling!

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

ooh, it's going to be fab! I would add a cool artifact to the console table, like a Ming-style Chinese horse -- ie something fun but serious.

Kellie Collis said...

Gorgeous dining table! Enjoy a beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

LoL7o7 said...

That wallpaper is 'hot'. Love your work.