The Louis Entrance

January 22, 2014

With a few key pieces, Jean-Christophe creates a seamless transition between the outside and inside.

Louis style entrance with gilded table

Louis style entrance. Louis style stairwell with figurines.

Detail of Louis style gilded mirror frame.

Detail of Louis style gilded vase and light fitting.

First impressions last, which is why creating an inviting entrance is key to your home’s appeal. This stunning hallway, reminiscent of the Venetian baroque decor, really has the effect of etching a lasting memory on the visitor’s mind.  It provides a great interior to walk into and sets the tone for the rest of the house.

As you walk through the front door and into the hallway, the first piece you are greeted by is a Louis XVI demi-lune console, which Jean-Christophe reworked with a black and gold finish to tie in with the entrance door and the black and gold frame above.  A fresh pot of lavender was placed on top of the marble surface, providing a pop of colour as well as a beautiful homely scent as you walk through the door.  It is often the case that clients have an existing piece of furniture that does not work with the room, but can be transformed to fit with the new decor simply by reworking the finish.

As you travel further through the hallway you can see a lavishly carved, fully gilded Louis XV hall table with a marble top ornamented with two marble urns. This is an extremely striking piece, and is complemented perfectly by the gilded mirror which has been hung above it.  Together they create a glamorous spot to take that last look at yourself before you leave the house.

Paving the way through the entrance is an inviting blue and red patterned rug, which sits daintily amongst the fine pieces.  Even when leaving the house you are met with a picturesque scene as the door arch acts as a frame to the view of the charming garden urn and lush green topiary.  However you look at it, this entrance or exit is a truly magnificent scene.

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.