Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Ma Maison…Stair Parlor {Our Foyer}


I am not really sure what the room is actually called, but J & I refer to the room as a faux foyer though it exists beyond the parlor. Others have referred to it as a hallway or landing and the residents prior to us used the area as an office. To me, it is an excellent space for an entry table as you head to the second floor or to the rear of the home entering the dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, or den. * Since my post of this room, I have found out it is called a Stair Parlor or Stair Foyer. * I say potato. You say po tah toe.


The “room” features a central table I picked up from an Atlanta antique market called Antiques & Beyond . It is a vintage French clock set upon a draftsman table base. It is one of my favorite pieces in my home. It was purchased right before J & I moved back to New Orleans picked especially for this spot. On the table is a central vase usually filled with seasonal blooms. My favorite blooms of Casablanca lilies and white hydrangeas fill the vase throughout summer.


The table features some of my vast collection of coffee table books which serve as risers for my collection of boxes and an oyster shell votive holder. Vintage magnifying glasses also find a special place on the round table.

Over the table is a crystal filled chandelier purchased from local vendor, Armstrong Lighting. I just love how the crystals cause the light to dance around the room.


On the right hand wall, there is a large Audubon reproduction print of the Louisiana Blue Heron purchased from a dealer at Scott’s Market in Atlanta. Surrounding the Audubon print are two stone sconces from Chic Chateau. Over each sconce is a wall carriage-style lantern. For parties I really like to use candles in these, but year-round I place a seasonal curiosity.


Atop the print is a collection of small abalone shell mirrors purchased from Hazelnut New Orleans and from RSH catalog months ago. I love how the mirrors enhance my coastal Southern style.


The door on the back wall leads to the small powder room tucked discreetly under the stairs.
On the back wall are two botanical crustacean prints from
Chic Chateau over an antique chair covered in Hazelnut's New Orleans toile.


To the left side of the room, the stairs lead to the second floor. There is a small Ballard Designs cabinet, a print of the Mercer House in Savannah from artist Vicci Waits, owner of the Raffine Galerie in Historic Savannah, two lamps from Hill Street Warehouse, vintage books, a silver bowl filled with lettered & numbered balls at the base of the staircase.


Two coastal bird oils from Chic Chateau complete the “foyer” area.


The numbers on the stairs were purchased from Elephannie on Etsy and are actually decals-easy to put on & easy to take off. Thanks to my BFF over at Dixie Delights for the excellent idea. At the base of the stairs there is a saying, “Attention a la marche”, a warning for guests to watch their step. I like all things French.


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  1. Love the "virtual" tour of your "faux foyer"! It is lovely and so Southern--definitely as beautiful as anything I've seen in Southern Living. :)

  2. Hey Ron!! Your foyer is beautiful!!! Miss seeing you and by the way love your blog:). You are so talented!

  3. Love your foyer... So beautiful! Miss you and hope to see you soon!

  4. Love it all, especially the "Attencion" warning.

  5. Ron, I took a class on New Orleans architecture last spring, and a very common feature of Queen Anne and Eastlake style homes is a room just for the stairway. I believe the architectural term for the room is the "Stair Parlor". I'll check my materials from the class when I get home tonight to make sure. It was a sign of wealth - that you could have a room just for the purpose of having a stair in it, as opposed to earlier styles where the stair was in the hallway, hidden behind a door, or on the exterior.

  6. Thanks, Brian. I love the term "Stair Parlor". I cannot wait to use it. Hope to see you soon.

  7. Hey Ron, I pulled my materials from the class and the proper term is actually a "Living - Stair Hall" (a room for the stairway that is big enough to also use as living space as well). However, I think I like "Stair Parlor" better :-)

  8. Brian- I like Stair Parlor better. I am thankful for the info.

  9. I'm calling it a STAIR PARLOR too!

  10. Really nice Ron! I love graphics so I really love the table and numbered stairs. Visiting from Open House Party.

  11. Ron, I am in love with that leaded beveled window! I have many types of hydrangeas and love each for a different reason- but your white ones displayed with the Lillie's is perfect!

    Visiting from OHP- and glad to find a more traditional home to enjoy.


  12. Hi Ron,

    I love your STAIR PARLOR. It's gorgeous!!!


  13. I love that table that looks like a clock face! So unique and adds so much personality. I'm even more in love with your staircase. I love the posts and the painted numbers. GREAT JOB!

  14. What a beautiful stair parlor it is! Stunning! You have so many wonderful things, I could linger there for a while, just taking it all in!

    Fabulous! Found you via Savvy Southern Style! Following!


  15. Oh what a fabulous spot and I love the way you have it decorated. I am not sure what this area should be called, but you have it designed to be such a lovely area. Love it all. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  16. WOW! What a beautiful space you have created! There are so many fabulous pieces that it would be hard to choose which is a favorite.

  17. Ron, This is beautiful!! You have so many gorgeous things in your home.

  18. LOVE the table. I want it. xo Jill

  19. I just love everything you do! Your so talented and I am thrilled to be your newest follower! Thank you for the inspiration.
    p.s. I love your centerpieces at your parties and that reindeer punch bowl is exquisite!

  20. I was born to live in a home like this. Since I am 72, I better get cracking. Love every inch of it. It is terrible that someone had an office in this awesome space. So glad you rescued this place.
    Hugs, Ginger:)

  21. Very Nice! I need the roman numeral table in my life!

  22. Whatever it is, I love the way you decorated it! We have a room in our home that we are not sure what to call it as well! I do like the name "stair parlor" fits!

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