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Making a grand entrance in Sudbury

A designer-homeowner creates a welcoming space behind her own front door.

Joyelle West

Linda Griffin-Fox loved the roomy entry of her home in Sudbury the minute she saw it. The challenge was how to decorate it. “It’s a nice add-on, with two coat closets, but it was drab,” says the owner of Violetta Interior Design. Since the foyer creates the first impression, she splurged on a patterned grass-cloth wallcovering, East Gate by Thibaut. “I love that you get the tactile and the pattern,” she says. “People walk in and touch it, so it’s a conversation starter.” The designer also commissioned a decorative painter to create a glossy, hand-brushed crisscross finish on the ceiling, executed by layering a pearlescent tint over a Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter base. “It catches the light nicely,” Griffin-Fox says. “The space is no longer a boring box.”

1 Griffin-Fox bought the antique console table “for a song” from Boston auction house Grogan & Company. The wooden lamps, complete with patterned shades, were HomeGoods finds.

2 The antique trumeau mirror came from a Lord & Taylor prop sale. “I worked there as stylist back when they used real antiques to decorate the store,” Griffin-Fox recalls. “It’s been in storage, waiting for an entrance.”


3 Runners and area rugs, stashed in a basket, are ready to protect the custom-cut striped wool rug as needed. “We grab one and throw it down if there’s rain or snow,” Griffin-Fox says.

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4 Benjamin Moore Nantucket Fog paint on the front door connects the exterior to the interior. The brass fox door knocker by Rhode Island-based artisan Michael Healy is a fun play on the
homeowners’ name.

5 Shutters from Budget Blinds add architectural interest to the two front windows, and custom flat Roman shades in a Greek-key stripe soften the effect.

6 Guests can set bags and coats on the love seat, a leftover from the designer’s days living in an apartment. The custom pagoda-patterned pillow with mossy green fringe ties into a display of vintage Blue Willow china in the adjacent dining room.

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