Kim Taylor / Leah Jarrell
K Taylor Design Group
Welcome to #23 Lenox Place, a home firmly rooted in a romantic, gracious past, but clearly designed for sophisticated and stylish modern living. That’s the message conveyed by the spacious, wood-paneled entry foyer, which sets the tone for the 2013 Ladue News Show House.
Designers Kim Taylor and Leah Jarrell saw the room not only as a place to receive guests and provide a smooth transition to adjoining rooms, but also as a central gathering spot for a busy family. With that in mind, they strove to balance the room’s inherent formality with a feeling of comfort, warmth and welcome. In place of traditionally styled furniture to match the home’s turn-of-the-century features, they opted to create a strong transitional contrast, selecting large-scale, clean-lined furniture and lighting, and grounding it all with a mix of organically inspired textures. The color palette consists of dusted pewter, soft gold, cream, and steel gray, and coordinates nicely with the room’s original wallpaper, which the designers left in place.
Central to the room’s design is the comfortable shelter-style sofa, accompanied by an upholstered accent chair and low coffee table. On the opposite wall, they placed a contemporary console table featuring a light-colored rustic wood grain. A pair of velvet-covered ottomans are tucked underneath, providing additional seating, as well as a convenient place to set a purse and parcels. Two large light fixtures on the ceiling and a large floor lamp on a wood tripod base, all with white linen shades, provide crisp, clean light.
“The idea is to create an entry point that is tasteful and inviting, while allowing the architecture, including the soaring ceiling and amazing woodwork, in this historic home to shine,” Taylor says. “The foyer is a wonderful central space for a family to gather at the end of the day before going to bed or heading out for activities around the Central West End.”
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