opening act

May 22nd 2014 Comments: 4 Topics: , ,

There’s a magical moment that happens when you’re sitting in a theatre waiting for a show to start. Lights dim, conversation dies down to hushed whispers, the curtain raises and suddenly, you’re waltzed away to another place.
taylor-001In a house, a good foyer should create the same awaiting promise; as soon as the door opens, an act one scene should be expertly set for the play unwinding within. It’s the grand opportunity to create drama – aside from a place to step out of the elements and await invitation, no other program is required.  Devoid of the burden of function, why not present a bit of theatrics while welcoming?


The console is the perfect furnishing for this type of space. This narrow piece, silhouetted against an entrance wall acts as a splendid serving platter. It presents forth, offering the visitor a visual buffet of treasures representing the character of the house beyond. The addition of a dramatic lamp illuminates the miniature stage.


It’s the antechamber to receive visitors, a spatial purgatory one must go through before entering asylum.  The master or mistress of the house gets to daily play the role of St. Peter, welcoming (or turning away) the expectant visitor.  If your home is your castle, the foyer is your drawbridge, congenial arms outstretched.  Grace is held out and admittance is sanctioned.



Come on in.  What may I get you to drink?

Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley


  1. Yes, please pour me a drink, although, the spaces are quite intoxicating.

  2. Shelley says:

    I so love your work! Period.

  3. Christine says:

    I’d so like to send you a photo of my humble entrance, we live by the sea, so there is a boat, a lantern and a sign pointing to Sorrento (Australia’s not Italy). I love it, as this little story greets me each time I open the door.

  4. Awesome interior designing and interior furnishing!

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