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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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nancita nancita 8 years
I have a small closet with a baskets for hats and scarves below the coats. Otherwise, I have no furniture in there: just a little ledge that contains a dish for keys and coins. Most everything else, like umbrellas, I store in the closet. I wish I had a better place for mail though, since it goes on the kitchen table!
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
i have the perfect slim console table w/ a drawer (i keep my various sunnies and fresh dog-poo baggies in there). there's a low shelf w/ a basket for the dog leashes. i have a pretty hanging shell lamp on top and a red/gold dish for keys. over it hangs a gold mirror. i think my entry way is my favorite area!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Personally, I think the reason why my entry works is that I do NOT clutter it with all those tasks. There is no storage for mail, coats, shoes, keys, etc. I have a walk-in closet room (and office) for all of that, and so does my husband. When we arrive home, we head into our respective closet areas, put away our personal belongings, change our clothes, and emerge in comfortable, house clothing. Upon passing our entry way, one would be greeted by an elegant, contemporary seating area, not storage for personal belongings.
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