Making a Grand Entrance

Openness reins from the first step into Doug and Kathy Lystra's grand, dome-topped entry. "Everything was built around this," says Doug of the vintage, stained-glass piece that features roses against art deco-esque rust, amber, green and olive designs. The dome's palette inspired the rich colors throughout the 3000-square-foot home. Multi-colored slate floors with rich, area rugs complete the grand entrance in this lovely Eagle Point home.

Any good actor knows that the right entrance can make or break a role. A home entry isn't so different. Homelife took a look back at some of the grander entrances we've featured around the valley in the last couple of years. Greek or Italian inspired, Victorian or just an adventurous dream, their design may hail from many inspirations but they all say "welcome."

Openness reins from the first step into Doug and Kathy Lystra's grand, dome-topped entry. "Everything was built around this," says Doug of the vintage, stained-glass piece that features roses against art deco-esque rust, amber, green and olive designs. The dome's palette inspired the rich colors throughout the 3000-square-foot home. Multi-colored slate floors with rich, area rugs complete the grand entrance in this lovely Eagle Point home.


Jackie and Nicolee Barker built their eclectic 3500-square-foot home north of Jacksonville. It was designed almost entirely by Nicolee.

The oversized windows make the grand foyer truly grand. Inspired by the couple's trips to Spain and Italy, the area is accessed through a pair of intricate, leaded-glass front doors that lead into a wide entry and oak-floored hallway. Two floor-to-ceiling pillars pull the eye upward, toward a spectacular 21-foot pitched ceiling.

Nicolee, a self-described amateur artist, has successfully woven together several styles to create her lovely one-of-a-kind entrance.


In this 3100-square-foot house built on a gentle hilltop bordering Central Point, John and Edie Ferrario were inspired by several dreamy trips to Italy, and they took off on an architectural adventure.

The first of many arches leads from a grand entry into the great room, vast and cool under its 11-foot coffered gold-painted ceiling. The doorway's Mediterranean-style arch is seen throughout the house in variations on that classic shape. The elegant entrance says "benvenuto" in just about any language.


A nod to nature in Pat and Glenn Wintemute's 2,600-square-foot Medford home is evident from color palette to materials. A massive, wooden door opens to expose box beams that criss-cross a 12-plus-foot ceiling in the elegant entry. Oversized furniture balances out the impressive entrance and lovely, area rugs warm the madrone flooring.

Rhyan and Marie McDermott designed and built their 3800-square-foot Medford dream home with a Victorian vision. "We're both hopeless romantics and we love anything antique or vintage from that era," says Marie.

Inside the large home, a grand, vaulted entry with its sweeping staircase and hand-turned banister greets guests. One could easily see a gowned lady sweeping down the elegant stairs, welcoming gentlemen callers and making an entrance that would do any Victorian hostess proud.


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