|Doors to the right go to the living room; rear doors open to terrace.|
After the staircase, my helpers were exhausted and left the rest of the foyer to me. Fortunately it went well. We wanted a foyer that was quiet elegance because we had colorful plans (hopefully still elegant) for the dining, living, and music rooms.
Since the staircase was already in place, I had a bit of work to make a floor template.
I decided I wanted a marble floor and found a roll of shelf lining paper that had the colorations I wanted: a mottled creamy blend with a slight surface sheen.
|"Marble" colorations are almost right.|
Wallpaper and Paint:
The wallpaper is dollhouse wallpaper, MiniGraphics, I think. I picked a white on white stripe for the greatest effect (I hoped). Here too, I had made the mistake of gluing the staircase in place without at least wallpapering that section first.
The trim paint is Delta Creamcoat Eggshell.
I found a wonderful “swag” moulding by Unique Miniatures, and it came in two smaller “sizes”, which turned out to be needed.
|The three swag mouldings|
|Finally, matching mouldings|
Actually, here was a bit of a problem. I bought the double doors to the dining room and living room from HBS (Houseworks). I planned to remove from their frame and hinge into my own frame.
The problem was that the wood was rather odd with “imperfections”. I don’t know what wood was used, but even with a filler-sealer, the wood did not stain well with the mahogany MinWax stain I used. I put on a couple of coats, trying to even it out. It finally looked “reasonable”. I would really like to replace them at some time. (The doors do look better in “real-life” than in the photo, though.)
The hinging went well except I had to first sand off the curve on the edge of the door (the “pins” side). I even managed to mortise-in the hinges! Of course, I kept losing the brads for the hinges.
|The doors and their moulding: Ionic half-columns and a classic pediment.|
I had a lot of fun here. Two Ionic half columns hold up a pediment made from Unique Miniatures “Classic” moulding. Cutting the two end “turn-around” pieces was a pain because the pieces needed were small.
The Ionic columns are from a local craft shop (baking section). I cut them in half with my band saw.
12-Arm Grand Chandelier by Cir-Kit Concepts.
The foyer didn’t need much furniture. The chair, settee, and tables are Bespaq. The magnificent Chinese mahogany mother-of-pearl screen was found by my sister. My sister had the knack of finding the most wonderful things.
|Chinese mother-of-pearl inlay screen.|
And a preview of the next room to be discussed: the Chinese and Chippendale Dining Room:
|View into the dining room.|