The Entry Hall is entered from the front door. While coming up the stairs leading to the front door you can peak through the large windows and get a sneak preview of what is inside. Through the overdoor window you can see the lovely Entry Hall light.
I have had the glass shades of the lights(there are two in the Entry Hall) blown by glassblower Leo Reijnders at the miniatures fair in Arnhem spring 2006. I gave Leo a sketch and some measurements and he was able to make it exactly as I wanted it! At home I set to work at making the lights and I must say I am very pleased with the way they turned out.
Behind the front door is the first section of the Entry Hall. On the ceiling I have used a beautiful ceiling rose by Sue Cooke. I have put elegantly curved marbled arches with decorative plaster work on the walls. I made the panelling and floors from matt board, which I then marbled. Click on the picture for an enlargement..
I got the idea for the decorative marble arches from a picture of an 18th century entry hall in an Amsterdam canal house, which I found in an Amsterdam Theatremuseum leaflet. (Look at the real thing on the Amsterdam Heritage website! Fantastic site!) My version is a bit more austere, but I like it.
To make the Entry Hall more interesting I divided it into two sections using a small wall. The section directly behind the front door is slightly raised, so that there is now a step down into the second section.
One of my favourite plants, the hydrangea, sits on the floor of the second section of the Entry Hall. I made the hydrangea using a workshopbox by vaRIAatjes*.
I like to peek through windows into a house, like this picture on the left, looking through the window next to the front door.
A view from the second part of the Entry Hall towards the front door. I had made a chest of drawers to put against the back wall, but I didn't like it there so I removed it again. I don't know what I want to put in its place, maybe I'll just leave it empty.
I still have to finish the step, but then the floor will be all finished. Although I have used exactly the same colours marbling the floors and the walls, to give it a bit more life, the floor has a more beige overall colour.
Today Grandpa is honouring us with a visit. Grandpa was made by dollmaker Miep Felix Perquin. I am not all that fond of dolls, but when I saw this doll at the spring fair 2006 in Arnhem, I just couldn't resist him.
It is nice and warm inside, so Grandpa is taking off his jacket. He still looks quite smart in his shirt and vest. The gold watch chain was once his fathers. Please click on the picture on the right to see a short photostory of Grandpa.
Although we're not having much of a winter this year, in the early mornings it can still be quite cold. Warm wool mittens, a scarf and hat are close at hand on the chair.
I made the chair using a kit and printed the fabric on the seat using my computer. The beautiful tulip vase is by Henny Staring-Egbers.
A winter theme is developing more and more in the room. I added a pair of leather cowboy boots (Precious Little Things), Frisian skates (I bought the skates, but made the leather straps and laces myself) and a nice warm knitted jumper (Le petit tricot). It looks like someone has just stepped off the frozen canals.
In this world you can have whatever you like of course. Therfore it is not at all strange to see a flowering clematis outside the window (and a couple of sparrows), while inside it is suggested that ice skating had just been going on outside. Late frost or an ice skating rink maybe?
The hall table was a gift from Erna Hoeing, a lady who entrusted her entire collection of miniatures to me when she decided to concentrate on another hobby. The table fits perfectly in the entry hall.
The lilies were made by Gill Rawling (Petite Fleur), the plate Cocky Wildschut and the drinking horn with silver mounts and stand by Jens Torp.
The winter theme continues in the painting by Elly Ypma. The scene of a city with people skating is a free interpretation of the 19th century painting 'Winter in Amersfoort' by Oene Romkes de Jongh.
The painting still needs a frame before it will be hung on the wall permanently. I would like to find two companion paintings to hangs on the dividing wall. As the wall is very narrow, the paintings will have to be really small.
The double doors on the right lead into the Hall with the staircase. Visually the winter theme reaches into the Hall where you can see my water colour 'Winter landscape with pollarded willows'.
A view through the double doors of the Entry Hall to the Hall and through the next door to the Dining Room. I love views like this. I also love rooms one behind the other, without being connected by a corridor . I believe this is called rooms en enfillade. Rather unpractical, but very nice when all the doors are open and all the rooms are visible! This view reminds me of that.
The Entry Hall on the cover of The Worls of Interiors!
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Please come through!