One of design’s most challenging tasks is turning an odd-shaped space
into one that is livable and exciting. To learn about making a daunting space
dazzling, we consulted industry pros from area showhouses. From entryways to
landings, small spaces to sizeable ones, these designers turned obstacles into
personal welcome As the first and last impression a home offers, the entryway
must be brilliant. And for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Randall Beale
and Carl Lana of Beale-Lana Interior Design, New York, made sure this one was.
To outfit the 48-foot by 20-foot space, the duo started at the top. “Once
we figured out where the center point was for the chandelier, it all fell into
place,” says Beale. The designers’ advice for anyone creating an
entryway: Don’t be afraid to make it look personal. “That’s
the problem with grand spaces,” says Beale. “People just don’t
know how to personalize them.” But with four centuries of art and furniture-including
an Irish Rococco mirror and 18th-century marble statue from the pair’s
collection-that certainly didn’t apply here.
New York Spaces, Volume 4, Issue 5, 2007