Monday, January 20, 2014

The Grand Entrance - Architectural Digest - February 2014

A theatrical term, Grand Entrance, can be defined as an outstanding, attention-grabbing introduction to a character. As a verb, entrance is to to fill with delight, wonder, or enchantment.  Without qualification, both apply to the settings featured in the new Architecture Digest Magazine, particularly the entrance hall recently re-decorated by Mariette Gomez. 

WOODARD WEAVE Stair runner Norfolk #270 adds a strong counter-balance to the dream-like quality of this 1754 Georgian residence in Washington, DC. Old flooring with rich patina is deliberately left bare, a striking contrast to the exotic French scenic wall paper panoramas, as well as the softening texture of the WOODARD WEAVE striped runner on the grand staircase. 

Ms. Gomez has managed to fine-tune a flawless, classic setting, mixing a bit of history with a healthy dose of Hollywood glamour. Reminiscent of 19th-Century American muralist Rufus Porter, the romance of the French wallpaper captures the colorful excitement of historic decor confidently at home in any time period.  WOODARD WEAVE historic designs are inspired by that same vitality. Timeless. 

Image published in February 2014 Issue of Architectural Digest. Article: American Heritage by Douglas Brenner. Photography by Scott Frances. Produced by Howard Christian.