Did someone say make an entrance?

image Ok not to worry, I don’t really have Lady Gaga in mind when I visualize our entrance. But I do want to give it the WOW factor. The facade, the front landscape, the front door and hallway – they all play a very important role in giving the house street appeal and I want our Hudson to make a stunning first impression. Here’s the vanilla 2d version of the front elevation.


Modified Traditional Facade

I tried to do a 3d render of the front elevation on Google Sketchup but sadly my attempts were abysmal. So, I settled for the next best option that was Metricon’s online design program Envisage.  I found it quite handy to get a visual of our colour scheme but thought the selections of items and colours were limited. Here’s the mockup closest to our facade and exterior colours. image So, my ideas for a rocking entrance are…

Modular wall panels with slats along the front boundary painted in Dulux Mount Eden to match the render to the portico. The main thoroughfare from the street to the house will be accessed via a small gate positioned opposite the entrance with a paved pathway leading straight the the portico decking.

image Now that’s the easy bit. I have a lot of ideas for the entry / hallway. Thank God I have the luxury of time to mull over the options and I don’t have to commit to a decision anytime soon. Without further ado, here are some of the pics that are inspiring the heck out of me.

A feature stone wall with drop-dead gorgeous pendant lights

via Houzz

via Houzz

An eye-catching wallpaper

via Metricon

via Metricon

Stunning feature wall panels with custom built console


via Stonini

Statement mirror and beautiful pendant

via Houzz

via Houzz

Keep the wall simple and let the art do the talking?

This bold eye catching Lynne Roberts-Goodwin original took centre stage in my husband's bachelor pad

This bold eye catching Lynne Roberts-Goodwin original took centre stage in my husband’s bachelor pad

What a great conundrum to be faced with!

Which one would you choose?

6 thoughts on “Did someone say make an entrance?

  1. trixee says:

    I’m 100% with you on the entrance thing – must have wow factor! I like your exterior colours, they look nice and strong without being too harsh.
    Of the entry options, I would personally choose the statement mirror/pendant option, but probably only because I think it would suit our space better. (I’m loving this one at the moment: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/240731542554756960/).
    I think with the feature wall/wallpaper/wall panels, it looks best when there’s some sort of alcove for it to fit into. Those feature wall panels are stunning though, I think I’d go for that if I could get away with it.

    • Sheilzy @ ourhudson.wordpress.com says:

      What a stunning console / mirror! That will definitely give your entry the WOW factor. Thanks for your input, I love bouncing ideas off of people other than my disinterested husband 🙂 We have an alcove in the hallway that is 3m wide x 2.7m high so I think any one of the feature wall material will look great. My husband also has a collection of Lynne Roberts-Goodwin and he thinks the ‘Falcon’ https://ourhudson.files.wordpress.com/2014/08/image20.jpg will look great in the entry. I’m not convinced the entry is the best place for it. Decisions decisions decisions!

      • trixee says:

        Yeah, the alcove will be perfect for a feature wall 🙂 That is a gorgeous photo, but I think it’s too bold and overwhelming for an entryway. Maybe if it was part of a triptich or series or something, maybe it would work, but as a single feature I think it’s a bit too much. Imagine coming through the door and seeing this great big falcon swooping down, might freak some people out 😉

  2. Johanne says:

    I love the stone wall with amazing pendants. I’m starting to wish I’d planned more than one light point now in our entry void. Although good pendants are expensive, installing 3 makes for a very expensive artwork.

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