• Make An Entrance


    A visual discourse on how it’s classically done. Oriental runners, gold picture frames, dark hardwood floors with creams and whites...this is how you make an entrance.

    Feb 22, 2011 | Permalink (16) Total Comments

    Fredrik the Great left a comment on 2/27/2011 at 5:43 PM:

    Yes, mjl, probably very easy to pick up this kind of interior in, say, the US. Unfortunately, my country lacks that kind of thrift/2nd-hand possibilities.
    Here, everything “old” is sold for alot more than its actual value. And that’s a shame.

    Whelan left a comment on 2/24/2011 at 5:19 PM:

    Wonderful classicism…  Would love to know the name of the architect/location of house.  This is how a house is supposed to look.  For more examples if anyone is interested, look up the architect Gil P. Schafer and his Greek Revival abode in New York State.


    Niles left a comment on 2/24/2011 at 4:27 PM:

    @FEC Over in my neck of the woods (Lexington, KY) there are numerous examples of beautiful preppy houses. None do it as well as designing couple/business partners Mark Badgley and James Mischka though. A great article with photos is available here http://www.elledecor.com/decorating/articles/home_badgley_mischka

    Brent left a comment on 2/24/2011 at 1:57 AM:

    great style…did you go to SMU? have been trying to contact you more directly…I like the green pants.

    KB left a comment on 2/23/2011 at 9:44 AM:

    This is beautiful! Where is this/whose house is this?!

    CHC left a comment on 2/22/2011 at 11:25 PM:

    Oh great!

    Good job Castlebury! This will be useful for me.

    Richard Ross left a comment on 2/22/2011 at 10:07 PM:

    I love the staircase.

    dan left a comment on 2/22/2011 at 6:32 PM:

    here, here mjl!  Same with a stylish wardrobe as well!

    mjl left a comment on 2/22/2011 at 6:13 PM:

    it’s funny, everyone looks at the decor and style here and the immediate reaction is that it’s super expensive stuff.  sure, buy it all new and it probably is going to cost you more than c&b.  but, you can pick stuff up like this at estate sales, salvation army, etc.  most of the stuff you find at places like that are built to last a heck of a long time, not with veneers like stuff today.  finding a solid walnut armoire or hutch is really not that difficult, you just need to know where to look, what to look for, and how to spruce it up a bit if needed.  i could go on and on about how to build and furnish a house in this style on a budget, but i’d rather not fill your comment area with a novel.  good post.

    K left a comment on 2/22/2011 at 4:14 PM:

    Lovely entrance. This picture could of been taken 20 years ago or today, which means this classic style can hold on for a long time.

    McCarthy left a comment on 2/22/2011 at 3:52 PM:

    I’d like to see the right wall directly…. The room looks very nice, but when people feel the need to line every inch of wall with something it starts to feel suffocating.

    Hoot left a comment on 2/22/2011 at 2:30 PM:

    Mr. Castlebury,

    I’d love to see the whole house!  I really enjoy when you post the preppy homes and apartments.  I agree with C. Randolph, too much of fabricated wood: IKEA, Crate&Barrel;, West Elm crap is for the “apartment phase”, this is how a prep house should look, which in fact, really isn’t a “look”. 
    More of these posts would be most appreciated.
    Side Note:  Did anyone see Mr. Castlebury in the Jan/Feb DC Magazine?  I saw it in my Dr’s office in Washington. 



    Cary Randolph left a comment on 2/22/2011 at 1:39 PM:

    Dream room. So, so, so much better than the mod, minimal, Crate & Barrel look that is choking the life out of today’s American house.

    pat s left a comment on 2/22/2011 at 1:10 PM:

    IMHO nothing looks better then Oriental Rugs on a wood floor

    Fredrik the Great left a comment on 2/22/2011 at 1:00 PM:

    Environment like this are truly beautiful, it’s a shame that the material you need to build this kind of interior is so god damn expensive.

    G.M. left a comment on 2/22/2011 at 8:37 AM:

    Just beautiful.  Although the futuristic/minimalist aesthetic seems to be taking hold, decor like this is classic.