A fabulous house begins with a fabulous entrance, and William Levy’s spectacular early 19th-century grand foyer doesn’t disappoint. Just as gorgeous as the rooms it prefaces, the sophisticated space is black-tie ready for the most elegant of evenings.

     David Blakely and his team brought the grand foyer to life with creative vision and carefully chosen materials and finishes. “It’s a rich and luxurious foyer, and we tried to let the architecture do the talking,” Blakely says. “We went dark, because when you do that, it creates a cave effect, and we wanted the space to be enveloping.”

     Walls glazed in chocolate brown, and a metallic gold on the dramatic barrel ceiling, work together to highlight the unique chandeliers. “When we first walked in, our eyes went directly to those alabaster chandeliers. They look like a clasp on vintage jewelry, and the gold rub actually brought out their lights, elevating them to what they should be.” The design team continued the gold theme throughout the foyer, including the accessories on the radiator-turned-console just inside the front door.

     “The radiator was probably our biggest challenge,” Blakely says. “By incorporating the grasscloth panel above it, with the mirror, we were able to utilize it as a piece of furniture.”

Niche: David Blakely, Meredith Wanamaker, Paige Gilbertson, Jay Eiler, Linda Lowenstein, Paul Doerner, Stephanie Pondrom

Vendors: Arch Framing & Design, Sherwin Williams, The Design Deli