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Impress your guests as soon as they open the front door

I think of front halls as the calling cards of homes: When you open the front door and cross the threshold, the first room you encounter sets the tone for what to expect in the rest of the house. Yet these critical "front of house" areas, considered mere transit areas to grander or more important rooms, are often (and unfortunately) overlooked. So forget the fact that you don't eat, lounge, entertain or sleep in them - embrace their potential as vital first impressions that speak volumes about the design direction of your home.

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WHERE TO BUY Walls: Para’s SR5 Bubbles (P5116-34), accent walls: Para’s SR58 Elephant (P5221-41), ceiling: Para’s SR15 Cotton (P5226-14), trim: Para’s SR29 Snowfall (P5223-14D) through www.sarahpaint.com. Marble and slate tile, Ciot (www.ciot.com).

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WHERE TO BUY Light fixtures, Artcraft Lighting (www.artcraftlighting.com). Plaster crown mouldings, F.B. Mouldings (416-505-3532).

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WHERE TO BUY Chair and bench fabrics, Designer Fabrics (www.designerfabrics.ca). Zigzag pillow fabric, inVU Drapery Co. (www.invudraperyco.com). Area rug, IKEA (www.ikea.com). Brass umbrella stand, Of Things Past (www.ofthingspast.com).

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WHERE TO BUY Paint colours: Walls: Para’s SR38 Barn (P5081-85), trim and lower paneling, Para’s SR29 Snowfall (P5223-14D), ceiling: Para’s Cotton SR15 (P5226-14) through www.sarahpaint.com. Tongue-and-groove paneling, Brenlo (www.brenlo.ca).

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