Sunday, October 4, 2015

An Entry Hall on Martha's Vineyard

OK Klass,
let's continue with the tour of Wynn and Catherine Newhouse's Vineyard vacation retreat.
If one was to actually enter the house by the front door, this would be the entry hall that you would see.
Houses facing the water very often had the front entry facing the water too.
I guess that would work if you were to visit by boat.
since most folks travel by car, the kitchen is really the point of entry.
(or should I say, "port of entry"?????)
The "tower" sits at the front of the house. 
It's on the right side.
It's kinda squatty, but it creates nice areas inside.
The window seat by the front door is tucked into this space.
It's a wonderful place to sit, pull your feet up and watch the boats in the harbor.
I designed the details of the window seat to repeat the circle motif I used throughout the home.
Remember the living room fireplace mantel?

Since heat was needed, this being New England, we set the toe kick heater under the built-in, and a fan blew the warm air out into the space.
Since I love mixing patterns, we piled tons of different pillows on top of the window cushion, and I threw an antique blue and white quilt across the back.
I was able to crop the window detail so I could show you what I did in the living room as well as the window seat area.
I found cabinet ring pulls that were meant to screw into a door or drawer, and used them by screwing them into the ceiling and tying tab curtains to the rings 
Boy, I wish this was in the days of digital cameras so that I could have taken a close up of the window and door header detail.
Instead I cropped this as best I could.
I found a wonderful molding that was a series of half circles. I had it applied under the scotia detail at the top of the header.
This repeated the circle motif I was using.
For light in this area, we mounted simple tole blue and white sconces that were custom colored to work in this house.
One day when Wynn, Catherine and I were shopping on the island, we came across this nautical figurehead in an art gallery.
Wynn and Catherine just had to have him.....
(I think he's kinda tacky.....) 
We mounted him in the entry so that he could watch over the home.
That's it for today, 
the sun has finally come out so I can go outside and

On that note,
Latah, Gatah


cindy hattersley design said...

Betsey I love that curtain detail. I have been dying for the right space to use it. Beautiful combination of fabrics on the windowseat as well!!

Unknown said...

Lots of neat ideas,i am learning a lot from these posts and i love this old house it is beautiful. Thanks Betsy.

Kelly - Talk of the House said...

Oh girl, I wish you had written this BEFORE I did my post on this house. Loved all the details that you put into it. It was always one of my very favorite homes...when it had YOUR decorating in it.

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