We’ve talked a lot on the blog about entries and how important they are in setting the tone for a house or apartment. We visit many homes where all of the creative energy has been focused on the living room and other gathering spaces while the foyer feels like an afterthought. For us, we see the entry of a home as an opportunity to use a bold wallpaper, a statement-making mirror, or a place to show off a favorite collection. You only have one chance to make a first impression, so you better make it good, right? Choosing a console table is the best launching point. Below, our current favorites:
#1 is Hickory Chair’s Kina console by Alexa Hampton. One of the reasons we love purchasing furniture from Hickory Chair is the level of customization that can be achieved. If you can dream it, they can usually make it happen! At last Fall’s High Point Market, designer Alexa Hampton lacquered her classic Kina console in the most fabulous shade of red (a color that ran throughout her room). It was a great way to showcase how this very traditional piece can be totally transformed with a little creativity.
#2 is also made by Hickory Chair. It’s Mariette Himes Gomez’s Peony console. The lovely ladies of Tilton Fenwick used it a few years ago with great success at a show house in the Hamptons, below. The apron of this piece is so pleasing to the eye.
#3, Palecek’s Brighton console table, is wonderful mixed material piece that feels both rustic and glam at the same time.
#4 is Celerie Kemble’s Ellsworth console for her collection with Henredon. Here it is at her 1st dibs booth. We love its creamy lacquer finish and elegant curved lines. This piece is a highly flexible piece that could be used in both modern and more traditional settings.
#5 is Soane’s ripple wicker console which comes in a few different sizes. We’d like to use this piece in a sophisticated beach house. It’s whimsical, and surprisingly durable.
#6, by Made Goods, is a great piece for apartment living. It’s narrow enough to fit into a small entry but packs a glamorous, modern punch!
# 7 is Schumacher’s Dynasty wrapped console and is our favorite grasscloth covered console. This table can be covered in any wall covering or fabric that you like.
#8 Crate and Barrell’s Silvano console is so sleek and streamlined it almost disappears against a wall. It’s versatile enough to work in almost any interior.