Even a small entry hall can hold a big, bold surprise
Every square foot of home space is too precious to be ignored.
Q: I have a funny little alcove off the living room. It’s too small for furniture, other than a chair and tiny table. Do I ignore it, or is there a better idea?
A: Every square foot of home space is too precious to be ignored. Any space — even if it’s truly too small to be actually lived in — can be persuaded to make a big decorative contribution to your home life.
Witness the drama that’s been condensed into the entry hall shown here. Black-and-whiteand-red-hot all over, it’s a direct descendant of famed designer Dorothy Draper’s decorations for the Greenbrier hotel in West Virginia.
It’s no surprise, according to Susan and Lauren McGrath, who in- clude the photo in their new book, Good Bones, Great Pieces (published by Stewart Tabori & Chang).
The hall hails visitors to the New York apartment of Meredith German, a fashion designer who lived a scant mile from the Greenbrier and grew up with Draper’s signature bright colors and super-scaled accents.
Designed in collaboration with interior decorator Barrie Benson, the apartment is all about bold gestures such as big black stripes and sizzling floral upholstery piped in black patent leather.
As you can guess from the mirror’s reflection, the rest of the room is just as jazzy — picking up the pace set in this dazzling little entry ... and proving in black-andwhite that little things sure can mean a lot!
Decorating for college-grad daughter
Q: I’m trying to do some “welcome home” decorating for my daughter, who just graduated from college and will live with us while she finds a job. My idea is to make her room like a studio apartment so that she can have friends in. Are they still making those beds that fold up against the wall?
A: “They” sure are — just check out www.murphybeds.com
The wall-bed, originally invented by William Lawrence Murphy, is still alleviating space pains for thousands of the squeezed-in, including apartment-dwellers and university students, who can flip their dorm beds up and out of sight by day.
Murphy Beds can be a smart idea even when space is not the main issue. We just admired the sleight- of-hand executed by the owner of a large and lovely beach home near The Hamptons, on Long Island, N.Y. She had tucked her Murphy into what had been a double closet and hidden it behind built-in folding doors with curtains that match the window treatment.
With the bed banished into the closet space, the room can hold extra tables for large dinner parties or whatever. Come bedtime, it folds down between two small bedside tables that hold hisand-her reading lamps on each side.
But be warned. Before you work such nowyou-see-it, now-you-don’t magic: You might conjure such a comfy “welcome home” that your daughter will want to stay on even after she lands a job.
— courtesy Creators.com