Front Doors

A deep recess shades the pivoting wood front door. Part of the courtyard wall is cast glass, which, Ehrlich points out, “has a sense of reflecting the quality of light and the mood of the day.” Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer

Soon after attending an open-house reception for Marmol Radziner Prefab’s prototype, a Colorado couple commissioned the firm to create a custom prefab residence for vacation use. The minimalist front door leads to more views. Photo: Roger Wade

Stainless-steel columns mark the entrance to a private modern-art gallery and guesthouse in Dallas designed by architect Bill Booziotis for Marguerite and Robert Hoffman. Phillip Guston’s Studio Landscape, 1975, hangs beyond the front door. Photo: Mary E. Nichols

Los Angeles-based interior designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard created an adobe in Santa Fe for art gallery owner Allene LaPides and her husband, Jerry. Flanking the entrance are an Indian gourd and a 19th-century French oil jar. Photo: Tim Street-Porter

The front entrance of a Beverly Hills residence, an early-1920s structure by architect Ralph Flewelling. Photo: Scott Frances
Dorothy Draper & Company president Carleton Varney, director of design Dan Parker and associate Laura Montalban redecorated a Palm Springs house for a physician whose Cleveland residence Varney worked on two decades ago. The front entrance is bathed in warm green light. Photo: Mary E. Nichols

“We created an old Andalusian atmosphere,” architect Richard Landry says of the Los Angeles house he designed for Lorna Auerbach and her husband, Larry Wheat. Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer

Interior designer Chris Browne collaborated with architect Nick Plewman on a house for Steve and Nicky Fitzgerald at Leopard Creek in Mpumalanga, South Africa. In the entrance hall, Browne “kept the furnishings to a minimum.” Photo: Tim Beddow

While renovating the original 1929 Dallas residence for Nancy Cain Marcus, architect Peter Marino added two wings; he arranged the interiors as well. Above: The skylighted family entrance to a Dallas-area house. Photo: Matthew Millman
Architect Richard Landry, of Landry Design Group, “adapted modernist philosophies” for a Los Angeles house owned by Jack and Alice Berberian. “The glass element, with the floating steel stair, acts as a beacon leading to the front entrance,” he says. Above: The entrance hall, with Ken Shutt’s sculpture Celebration of Life, 1991. Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer

“We’ve done a lot of houses together, but this is the first one we did for ourselves,” says designer Norma King, who, with her husband, architect John King, rebuilt a villa in Ajijic, Mexico. Above: The entrance façade. The couple retained the structure’s existing domes, which helped spawn the idea of a Moroccan theme. Photo: Chris Browne
Article featured in Architectural Digest.
 
 
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