The foyer sets the mood for the entire house. This photograph was created while standing at the foot of the stairs to the second floor. The front door is visible on the right. The afternoon sun streams down from a large, leaded-glass window on the landing between the floors. Hence the shadows on the floor. The arch of the top of the door balances similar architectural details – like the arch that separates the living room from the foyer. On the far left of the image is a door that leads to a small hallway. From the hallway one can access the kitchen or a small room and bath. Not visible in this image is the stairway to the second floor.
In the morning, the sun streams into the foyer from the dining room, and from the kitchen, through the hall, and into the foyer. As beautiful as that is, nothing matches the beauty of the foyer in the afternoon. The light descends through the leaded glass windows on the landing to the second floor and then streams across the foyer. The rich tones of the tapestries, the colors of the rugs, and the warm tones of the wood fill the space with a sense of calm and beauty.