The front courtyard creates a grand, welcoming entrance to this 7,400-square-foot 1935 Colonial Revival residence. Originally designed by local architect Ralph Frank, the home is situated on a large sloping lot in Point Loma with panoramic views of the downtown San Diego skyline and the San Diego bay.
Since you can see part of the kitchen when you first walk into the house, the designer wanted to make sure there was a nice visual transition from the entryway to the dining room and on to the kitchen. The white counter top of the island connects the white from the walls in the front of the house.
The turquoise front door opens into a bright airy foyer and stair space. This space sets the tone for the modern coastal style of the home. Thanks to wood paddles for wall decor, white shiplap walls and ceilings, a simple black railing and three brass, coastal-feel light fixtures, there is a definite beachy vibe when you first walk in.
Sand and sea come to mind when gazing at the exterior of the HGTV Smart Home 2013. Located in Jacksonville, Fla., the home is full of coastal character: turquoise accents, tropical landscaping and a large front porch. The palm tree detail on the porch railing adds a touch of whimsy to the home's entrance.
Curtains are used in the wallpapered entryway as "portieres," a traditional treatment in a doorway without a door. Brad Cruickshank of Cruickshank Remodeling said the look was fitting with the 1921 home. Also, the doorway is the separation between the formal front rooms of the house and the informal portion with the family room and the kitchen.
Designer Jeff Troyer moved the front door from the living room to this central area, allowing the space to function as a sitting room, music room and foyer for the family. A brown L-shaped sofa is tucked into one corner of the room, while a set of three nesting tables is positioned on top of a gray area rug.
Situated on a lush hilltop, this Spanish villa-style home feels like it's integrated into the landscaping. This is achieved through the integration of the plants onto the house itself -- the climbing vines that circle the pergola that leads to the front door. The pergola creates a grand entrance into the seaside home.
The concrete walkway is broken up with strips of grass, adding softness to the entryway pathway. White columns with stone bases have a rustic-meet-traditional vibe that blends perfectly with the Craftsman-style house. A pair of Adirondack chairs makes for a cozy spot to enjoy the front yard.
The open floor plan of this Westhampton home combines the foyer with the dining room and living areas. Blue-and-yellow stained glass pairs with the custom front door, which leads to the classic staircase. A Craftsman-style dining table and leather dining chairs contrast against the elaborate console that separates the living and dining areas.
This small Portland front yard was transformed into a multi-level tapestry of color that looks good in all seasons. Japanese maples, sentinel yew and evergreen clematis add height. The colors of the tulips, wallflower and 'Crimson Queen' Japanese maple echo the home's burgundy trim. Use a mix of perennials, shrubs and trees to create layers of color and texture in your own entryway garden.
This grand serpentine staircase curving around a crystal and bronze chandelier welcomes us to a home designed and crafted in painstaking detail. Bespoke millwork courtesy of the original owner and the architect Birdsall Briscoe includes the parquet hardwood floors and crown molding found in the foyer. This 14-foot wide reception room leads from the front colonnade through the center of the home to the expansive rear patio and gardens.
The spa inspiration for this bathroom spills out into the entrance of the space. Two floating sinks adorn the vanity, which houses wicker baskets for towels. The space is lit by a large window with a thin curtain hanging in front of it to allow in plenty of light to the bathroom, but also to the adjoined master bedroom, making both spaces feel warm and inviting.
Offset and somewhat hidden away from the front of this majestic home is a side driveway and three spacious garage entrances for the homeowner. The garage doors are arched and fabricated from weathered wood to blend with the rest of the home. The landscaping here, as designed by Mark Scott and Associates, is simple but camouflages the utilitarian purposes of the space.
To help make this space feel warm and open, designers made sure that natural light flows into the space from every direction. At the rear of the space, light enters through kitchen windows and a large double window in the dining room. From the front of the space, light flows in from the living room and foyer. The dining room even has a skylight to bring in rays of sunshine from every possible angle.
A small cedar arbor over the gate creates an entryway into the backyard. By adding various plant types that bloom during different times of the year, the homeowners have a new experience each season. The dwarf mondo grass in between the stepping stones acts as a sponge to soak up any water left standing. Spreading juniper in front of the koi pond provides cover for the filter and pump compartments.
The Craftsman style of the home remains evident in the trim, front door and cabinets in the kitchen and dining room, yet contemporary style is infused into the space through sleek light fixtures and furnishings. A slate wall divides the entryway from the living spaces without losing the open feel of the floor plan. A large kitchen island not only provides more counter space, but also a spot to eat and extra storage.
In the foyer of this cozy, yet spacious cabin retreat, a sliding barn door and wood-paneled walls introduce visitors to the home's rustic ambiance from the moment they step inside. A narrow niche houses a built-in bench, a perfect spot to perch and pull off your boots. Draperies dress the windows that flank the front door, and the panels draw to offer nighttime privacy. A wagon wheel-style chandelier adds sparkle while keeping with the cozy cabin feel.
As a designer, Tanika knows the value of a good entryway, both as a functional part of daily living and as a design feature, setting the tone for everything to come. She makes excellent use of her space on both fronts with a dark-stained wooden bench adorned with colorful pillows in dazzling geometric patterns. Complemented by the modern, artistic mirror hanging above, the bench is the perfect place to sit while putting on shoes or to pause for a moment after a long day, with an underside that doubles as storage for shoes.