Tidewater Landing: Entry

Text by Lacey N. Howard
"Because this part of the world has so much history," says interior designer Susan Lovelace of Lovelace Interiors, "we created spaces that are transitional but inspired by local tradition. When you enter the front door, you immediately know this house will show you a new twist on Tidewater Virginia style."

"The foyer introduces the relaxed, coastal feel of the home," adds Susan's associate, Debbie Faulkner, of the towering entry with its wide staircase. Here, antique heart-pine floors showcase a honey-hue shine. Stair treads and banisters finished in a rich, long-lasting stain repeat the look of the floors' reclaimed wood. Accents set the coastal tone. Distinctive artwork showcases native flora, and a bowing shorebird rests on the landing. A small table with turned legs, a shapely lamp, and a striped wool rug offer color and style.

Off this vestibule, a study exudes masculinity with stained paneling and built-in bookcases. Twin leather armchairs and an ottoman gather in front of a moss-color marble fireplace. A leather-topped oval desk and statuesque lamp create a handsome space for paying bills and checking stock prices online. Above, the room opens to a spacious second-floor landing accessed by the stairwell and complete with seating and storage.

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