The entry hall can often be an overlooked part of the house. Usually not a place to relax in, it is simply used as a transport area from the front door to the rest of the home. However, the entry hall is where guests have their first impression of you and your style.  It’s an unspoken introduction…a visible prologue of sorts.  In order to discuss this room, which clearly carries importance in its aesthetic, we felt it necessary to go straight to one certain designer for his expertise on the subject. We are beyond delighted to have Landy Gardner of Landy Gardner Interiors ,educate and “wow” us on his experience designing entry halls.

BACKGROUND: With a reputation for superior quality and excellent service, Landy approaches his diverse clientele with a unique philosophy, focusing on individual needs, blending the comfort of familiarity with elements that are fresh, using techniques proven and untried. How a client works, plays, entertains and relaxes all must be considered.

In 2001, Landy was named, “Southeast Designer of the Year,” by the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center, and he has been named, “Designer of the Year,” by Nashville magazine. He has been published in Southern Living, Southern Accents, Traditional Home, Nashville Lifestyles, Showcase of Interior Design – Southern Edition, Better Homes and Gardens, Boulevard, Southern Rooms – Interior Design from Miami to Houston, Spectacular Homes of Tennessee, Atlanta, the cover of Veranda, and a feature in Veranda’s 20th anniversary edition, “Twenty Years of Memorable Rooms.” Landy has also appeared on HGTV’s, “Interiors by Design.”

Landy’s design projects include private residences in Tennessee, New York, California, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan, Texas, Arizona and Georgia, as well as in the Grand Cayman Islands and Great Exuma, Bahamas. He has designed rooms for the Tennessee Governor’s mansion, the Junior League of Nashville’s Designer Show Houses, and the Judd House in Dalton, Georgia. His commercial work includes health spas and executive offices in Nashville and office buildings across the country for Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), as well as restaurants and bars for Strategic Hospitality.

The Entry Hall

Most people don’t think of their home’s entry hall as a priority.  We tend to think first of the rooms in which we will entertain, or eat or sleep.  The things that affect daily living are important, of course, but the things that give our homes character are the ones that show a glimpse of our lifestyles and personalities –what we love, what has been in our families for generations, where we have traveled, what we have collected.  A foyer is the first impression of the story our homes tell, the room that sparks interest in the rest of the house.  It sets the precedent for the unfolding of the other rooms, and it invites people into our most personal self-portraits.

In this apartment there was no entry hall space, only a hallway that led to the living room.  We literally created the space from scratch by cutting a window that looks into the bar and having a shutter made to add some architectural interest.

An interestingly shaped bench is the feature in the foyer of a Kiawah Island beach house.  It represents a nice marriage of the natural and unrefined with the elegant.

This foyer, which was indicative of the whole house, was massive.  It felt cold and overwhelming without the substantial Italian painted cabinet and a modern wood sculpture.

This modern foyer celebrates architectural geometry.  The front doors were a custom design, as was the water jet cut marble floor.  The whole home is very sculptural, and the clients are avid art collectors.

This is the view of the same modern foyer from the front doors.  The most impressive feature is one of the clients’ favorite art pieces – a ladder that creates a three-sided prism – which works beautifully in the sleek space.

The main entrance to this house is on the bottom of three floors.  There is no foyer area to speak of, so the warmth and personality had to be achieved architecturally, with wood paneling on the walls and a driftwood swan sculpture.

An intimate sitting area in the corner of this traditional foyer provides, not only a practical use of space when entertaining, but a beautiful vignette for showcasing a collection of antique botanical prints and a family heirloom table.

In this same Foyer, a modern photograph is a fresh counterbalance to an antique Italian chest.


A large contemporary painting keeps this Tuscan-inspired foyer from looking heavy or stale.  The traditional furniture is in keeping with the architectural style of the house and provides balance with the modern art.

A modern foyer is created by two handmade art glass panels, which divide the entry hall from the formal living room and serve as a dramatic, translucent wall.

These entry halls are inspiring! What incredible work.  Thank you Landy for your post today! For more information, see below:

Landy Gardner Interiors
2212 Bandywood Drive
Nashville, TN 37215

Tel 615.383.1880
Fax 615.383.4167

(All images courtesy of Landy Gardner Interiors and photographed by Matt Harrington)

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