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Open House: What Makes Your Entry Work?

The entry is such a massive multitasker. It has to provide room for storage, mail, putting on shoes, hanging jackets, and placing keys. It also often functions as a gallery space. Often, this happens within a very small square footage, many times in 10 square feet or less! I'm still looking for the perfect skinny console that offers adequate storage for shoes, hats, sunglasses, and letters and bills. For now I make due with various storage vessels, including a repurposed knitting caddy stand. I'm also terribly fond of the decoupaged bowl that a friend made for me, which is the perfect size for all of our various keys.

How do you organize your entry? Is there any piece of furniture that makes everything work? What kind of art do you include in your entry?

Tell me about what makes your entry work — and what you're still figuring out — when you


Do you have some must haves that are essential for keeping your entry tidy and design-forward? Are they the same as my must haves shown below?


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