NOV 16th

Please Be Seated, I Will See If The Mistress Is Home

Not that mistress.  Or that one either.  Although there are a lot of them being bandied about these days.  Here in Charlotte, we seem to have the corner on the market when it comes to “the other woman” bringing down well known political figures.  Two of the most recent famous ones live here in the same neighborhood…must be the water.

Anywho.

Many moons ago when there were butlers like:

Mr. Carson Downton Abbey- Amy Vermillion Interiors

Mr. Carson- Downton Abbey

Guests were “received” in the entry of a home such as this:

Downton Abbey- Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

They presented cards like this:

Calling Cards- Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

These cards were given to the butler to announce one’s visit.  They were left (usually on a silver tray in the hall) when the mistress of the house was not at home or if she simply did not want to receive them.  It was considered rude not to pay a return visit to someone and whole days could be spent “making the rounds” in order to fulfill protocol.

Most of the time, depending on the size of the house and the nature of the visitor’s call, the guest was ushered into a parlor to wait for the mistress to come down.

Later, and in smaller homes, friends and suitors alike could be made to wait in the entry way on a bench, chair or small sofa.

Today we carry on that tradition…not so much the receiving of guests in a formal fashion but in the placement of seating areas (sometimes comprised of only a single chair) in the entry or foyer.

It’s nice to have some soft upholstery to break up the hard surfaces of the staircase and floor.

And a place to add beautiful mirrors, lovely rugs and interesting lighting to make a great first impression.

I bring you…today’s foyer.

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

 

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

 

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

 

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

 

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

 

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

 

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

 

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

 

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

 

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

 

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

 

Foyer & Entry Design Amy Vermillion Interiors Charlotte NC

Pssst…Season 3 of Downton Abbey starts January 6, 2013 on PBS!

In the mean time, have a seat while you’re waiting.

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images- 1:PBS, 2: Google, 3: PBS, 4: This Photographer’s Life 5: Veranda 6: Diamond Baratta 7: Zsa Zsa Bellagio 8: ELLE DECOR 9: Going To Make It Mine 10: Bates Corkern Studio 11: Significant Homes 12: Veranda 13: Atlanta Homes 14: Rachel Reider Interiors 15: Pinterest 16: Donna Benedetto Designs 17: Meg Braff Interiors

 

 

 

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5 Responses to Please Be Seated, I Will See If The Mistress Is Home

  1. Marianne says:

    I cannot wait for the new season of Downton Abbey to start!

  2. Whoa! So much gorgeousness…one stunning foyer after another, brilliant. I got your email..strange about the comments, all kinds of odd things happening with blogger lately..kind of scary:) Thanks for stopping by..wishing you a fabulous weekend!

  3. Mr. V says:

    The calling cards are fantastic – especially those marked as “Equire”! Happy weekend!

  4. great images amy, particularly the first foyer!

    curious, in seeing tina’s email, are the two of you receiving the garbage like i am from the likes of ‘elephant tube’, or ‘getting laid’?
    driving me crazy
    anyways,
    happy thanksgiving sweet friend!
    debra

  5. A fan of Downton Abbey too! Can’t wait for the new season to start. I just love the sophisticated and elegant designs you featured here especially the 3rd image. Kudos for the great work.

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