I am regularly approached for "a word" of design advice. What would YOU do in this and that case?
This is not a rare occurrence and as flattering as it is to be asked, giving advice for a space you usually have not seen is not exactly like driving blindfolded but it does feel a little like driving without a rear view mirror; not really impossible, but pas très comfortable. 
Hence, this column: 
I will post  general advice in answer to non site-specific questions I have been asked. 
You may participate, of course. 
That would be so much fun. 
Just keep it relatively general, if you could. 

Donna:  I have a long  narrow entrance hall. How can I furnish it without blocking the way while making it welcoming?

There are a number of possibilities when dealing with a small narrow front hall.
There are also a few rules:
- use a narrow furniture- a console or a tall hutch or bookcase- that can be as long as the space will allow, but remember two feet at either end.
- Place a very large mirror above it to give the illusion of width.
- Choose lamps and accessories that complement the style of your piece so as to keep cohesion in the look.
- Keep the foyer uncluttered from furniture that might get in the way.
- Keep things simple.

A wonderful Asian piece will lend instant atmosphere to the hall without cluttering.

Coordinate a theme over and under a console but keep it light and focused

If you choose to go classic, keep things compact and uncomplicated

If you want to use a tall piece that's fine, as long as it is narrow.

A very large mirror will do wonders for a narrow space, visually doubling it through reflection.

A clear table will disappear  and give the illusion of size.
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I hope this helped. 
If you have any topic you may want me to analyze or any design question you would like answered, let me know at un petit commentaire below. It would be so much fun for me to put my 2 cents in. 
au revoir.


  1. great solutions and diversity for the problem! Great post.

  2. Merci Theresa.I wish I had the hall in the first image... thanks for the visit. a bientot.

  3. Great tips. Mirrors work wonders don't they! And of course clutter free is the key to any room!
    Good weekend to you,