Dissecting the Details: Timothy Whealon

Hello LDV readers, it’s Nancy of Marcus Design blog here sharing an installment of Dissecting the Details with you today! I’m analyzing the work of NY-based high-end interior designer Timothy Whealon. Specifically, I thought it would be interesting to look at his layouts, use of space, and vignette design in entry ways and hallways. The entry is of all-importance as it’s the first impression of the home, and transition spaces and hallways must also be considered and maximized to create memorable moments. Let’s look at four defining features Timothy utilizes when designing these spaces.

Within a hallway or passage way, Timothy creates interest by drawing you into the space and pulling you to move towards a key focal point. In the examples above, this focal point can be as simple as an inviting vignette including seating, or a mirror at the end of a hall, or even repetition of light fixtures down the hall as you see in the example directly above.
Whether one large piece or a carefully curated grouping of artwork, this is a feature that is always immediately impactful. It’s a bonus if the artwork you display in these vignettes is of personal meaning to you and others that live in your home. As seen in the examples above, the art’s placement also enhances the furnishings placed with it. 
I love Timothy’s keen eye and use of contemporary and antique pieces in entries and hallways. Each is carefully selected and leaves a very lasting impression in a space that guests might literally not spend more than two minutes passing through. Who could forget the amazing fabric on the settee above? Also note that each vignette displays bilaterally symmetry for greater impact.
Grid paneling and millwork, textured grasscloth wallcoverings, and hand-painted chinoiserie treatments – I think it’s impossible to pick a favorite among these! One thing is for certain, each wall treatment creates a perfect and lasting first impression in a home. It’s often said that if the bones or the backdrop of the space is right, you can’t go wrong building from there, and in each of the cases above, I think that holds true!
There you have it, four key features implemented in Timothy Whealon’s entry and hallway spaces. I love to gleen wisdom like this from the seasoned designers I respect so much, so that I can try to bring some of what I love about their designs into my own home. Which feature is your favorite here?
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  1. I’ve always held deep regard and respect for you, but I’m quite surprised you’d be blogging at all right now — much less about opulence, when people in your city have lost all earthly possessions and in some cases, family members. People are sitting on rooftops fighting for their lives, while their pets and farm animals are drowning. So you really think it’s the right time to be posting about millwork, hand painted chinoiserie treatments, amazing fabric and curated artwork? Sorry, I’m Southern and I was taught if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything, but I truly feel you just aren’t thinking right now.

    1. Hi JW,

      I respect your opinion and am very sorry to have given you such an impression. Today’s post was written by our contributor, Nancy Marcus and was scheduled ahead of time. I am not sure if you read yesterday’s blog post, but I shared my thoughts on the devastation in my hometown along with links for people to make donations, if they are inclined to help. Tomorrow’s post will also be about Houston.

      I was born and raised in Houston and have never lived anywhere else in my 35 years. My roots here run deep and I love this city and its people with all my heart. I am gutted over the devastation across Houston. I spent my day cleaning out closets and pulling together bedding, toiletries, and clothing to donate to the flood victims. We also dropped off hot meals for first responders at our local fire station. We were spared by the grace of God, so the least we can do is try to help others in need, even in some small way.

      Part of my responsibility with this blog is to help provide joy and an escape for those who need it. I’ve gotten emails from local readers expressing their thanks for providing them with a glimmer of positivity amongst the heartbreak that we are enduring in our town. To each their own, but please know that my intentions are good.


    2. This is a very interesting conversation to me as I am a former crisis communication manager, a certified homeland security communications responder and a native Houstonian. First, I commend everyone for the level of respect and civility in this dialogue, which is sometimes not evident on the internet. During times like this, posts that do not center around the tragedy can inadvertently offend those who are emotionally involved. It is certainly a difficult and subjective decision to make. However, while Paloma Contreras Design is based in Houston their audience is national so a balance needs to be found. This is not a personal but a professional blog and monthly / annual impressions can make or break a company’s decision to sponsor, partner or collaborate with another, which Paloma has previously explained is part of her business model. Her decision to start the week with a post devoted to the topic was textbook. As another reader commented, the subsequent non-storm post was a welcome respite during her own recovery efforts. Just wanted to share a professional perspective as this type of conversation is surely taking place elsewhere on the internet. My heart and all my very best wishes go out to everyone affected by this.

      1. Kate, thank you so much for sharing your perspective. It is as if you read my mind. It has been such a struggle this week. I have a responsibility to both the city I love as well as to my business and all of the people it supports, so I feel as if I am walking a fine line. I know a lot of people affected are looking for a distraction, a source of inspiration, and a sense of normalcy. I hope that this blog can contribute to that in some small way.

        I plan to resume my regular editorial content next week. As I do, I hope that everyone knows that Houston is in my heart and that we are are simultaneously doing as much as we can locally to help in the recovery efforts.

  2. Paloma,
    I agree with you! Please take some photos of the devastation and plan a “Before and After” story so those hurting now can see the goodness of all and feel the love and excitement that is generated through renewal.
    Sometimes it takes a huge loss to remind us what is important…love of one another simply for who we are.

  3. Paloma, as always, thank you for allowing me to contribute to your most beautiful blog. JW, I just wanted to chime in on behalf of Paloma and mention that I was truly hoping today’s pre-scheduled post would be even a small distraction from all of the devastation that is currently taking place. And in truth, I hoped it would help relieve Paloma of her duties to this website, freeing more of her time to take care of her family and help others around her. Paloma has done such an excellent job of using all of her social media outlets to share her thoughts on what is happening in Houston, she’s kept us all in the loop which I personally have been thankful for so that I can be more specific in my prayers. I hope that some readers near and far found something they could enjoy in my contributor post here, but that we all remember that this idea of beautiful living can be stripped away in a moment and it wouldn’t even matter. What matters most is family, friends, our animals, the safety of those we love. And when it comes to times like these I think we all recognize that the pretty stuff is wonderful but we are quick to let it go. My prayers go to all those who lost everything, may God give them strength they did not realize they were capable of having. And to those who have lost family or animals, may God comfort them beyond what feels humanly possible!

  4. Paloma and Nancy,

    Thank you for the wonderful post. I loved learning more about Timothy Whealon. Nancy, I really enjoyed reading your insightful and informative narrative. Your observations were spot on.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by recent events in Houston. I have no doubt that you are doing all that you can to help others in need during this difficult time.

    Missy Walsh

  5. I enjoyed your post today as well. I read yesterday’s touching post and reposted your message on my FB design page. Thanks for writing about this epic storm. Someone commented on my FB page that the picture of a rainy, blue Texas with a red heart in the lower right corner would make a great tee shirt. I would be interested in your thoughts on such a tee shirt as a fundraiser for flood victims.
    Houston is in my prayers.