Mar 26, 2013

Fabulous Front Entrance :: no space but lots of style...

I often show examples of fabulous front entrances with beautiful gardens.
But what if you don't have the luxury of space between the public and private realm
in which to create a garden to set the scene for the entrance?
Then the choice of numbering and the door entrance itself must become the hero,
so that visitors can clearly find it.

Here, in this townhouse at Fitzroy Melbourne,
very fine brass numbers are held in deep relief against a brass backplate,
adding a hint of the industrial nature of both the setting and the architecture within.
The door is simple, but it carries a fanlight above it to allow light into the courtyard behind.
And the choice of paint for the door and downpipe, of a rich but soft periwinkle blue,
echoes the blue-grey colouring in the masonry bricks of the wall.

There is one other element here that I want to draw attention to.
It is the balance between horizontal and vertical lines.
The generous banding in the brickwork,
where either 1 or 3 rows of bricks are laid in relief against the main wall,
creates delicious shadow lines falling in the horizontal.
Which is balanced out by the vertical lines of the door,
made tall by the fanlight,
and the contrast colour of the downpipe,
which reads as a vertical line against the horizontal brickwork.

All up, in a minimum of space,
it creates a most fabulous front entrance, I think. Do you?

Oh, and just in case you were wondering,
here is what that terrace behind the front door looks like...'s a sunshine-washed courtyard with sleek steel windows and climbing figs on the limed walls.

With a dining room looking back through those sleek steel framed windows 
onto that sunny courtyard,
maximising the area with sunlight and views onto open space beyond,
in a style which echoes that fabulous front entrance: integrity and balance of lines. 


  1. I really love this. There is something about walled courtyards, they tempt a sneaky peek through the open door. Like the internal courtyards in cities like Paris. We only get to see what they want us to see - the facade. This would be such a gorgeous, quiet, private spot to relax in. Love the simplicity.

    1. Yes I think that too Rachel - it becomes very tempting to sneak a look inside - just as a small window can be more alluring than a large, in the right space. x

  2. Love it. I really love the brick banding too. It makes another wise pedestrian brick wall much more interesting. Once all the fig has grown that courtyard will be just fabulous, a little green oasis in the inner city. xx

  3. The brick banding is great but I'm not a fan of climbng fig! x

    1. Because it can become an unwelcome guest? x

  4. Beautiful! The brick wells and the industrial touch, absolutely beautiful!
    Wish you and your family a blessed Easter.

  5. Beautiful sample of industrial chic. When one sees the entrance where the front door's hardware, the house numbering and a post box (which often forgotten) are matching in style, one can be absolutely sure that the inside will be equally fabulous.

  6. Absolutely love everything about this place, and of all the beautiful amazing houses you have posted, this is the house that would perfectly suit me - especially if it has room for car parking!


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