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.
Many moons ago when there were butlers like:
Guests were “received” in the entry of a home such as this:
They presented cards like this:
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.
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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