I'm participating in a new monthly party -- Room By Room with Rene at Cottage and Vine and the Room this month is the Entry Hall.
Alas, Linderhof has no formal hall. It is a 1920's house and I read in a book on 20's architecture a long time ag0 (and actually, I should have bought the book) that in the 20's, they often did away with entry halls for they wanted their guests to see their nice things rather than having guests cool their heels in an entry hall.
It does make sense for I've seen lots of 20's houses without halls (and I've seen lots with -- depending upon the style). Linderhof is one without!
And so what do guests see when they first enter Linderhof?
The bookcases that are opposite the front door -- filled with our colleciton of leather bound (and some antique) books. A table in front and two chairs so that it has a sense of being a hall.
And to the right of the front door . . .
Our European sideboard -- it's either German, French or Belgian we think but we don't know it's pedigree for sure. But it is definitely European. There are two sconces on either side and with it's marble top it's perfect as a bar.
And further to the right of the door is . . .
A landing at the bottom of the stairs -- an alcove with the stairs on the left side and the guest closet on the right.
And if you look to the left . . .
You see the living room. Which is how they planned it back in the 20's.
I must admit that I would love to have a real hall. A real formal hall -- but alas, that is something that Linderhof will never have.
And without a hall to "buffer" guests from the living room, we have to keep the living room a bit tidier!!!
I so enjoyed looking at everyone's halls at Cottage and Vine and I can't wait until the next room next month!