Inspiration: Entryways

Your entryway – if you have one – sets the tone for your home. We have two points of entry, the front door that enters directly into the living room and the side door that dumps you into the kitchen via something we switch between calling a mudroom, a foyer, and an entryway. The front door is a lost cause, since there’s no room for, well, anything and coats and shoes get stuffed into the closet. The side door area is a bit more spacious but our mudroomfoyerentryway is tiny, so no cute benches or coat racks.

This post is for all of you out there who either have a real entryway or just dream of having one – like me! Why should a simply entryway get so much priority when it comes to decorating? Consider that it’s the first and last place anyone visiting your home will so. And while you may not sit and relax in it, you do spend a lot of time there, donning shoes, finding the right coat, and getting ready for your day. It can be a very important and useful space if you let it. How about adding: A mirror to give yourself one last look over before heading out to your meeting? A bench to make taking off muddy boots easier? Bins for shoes? Hooks for purses, backpacks, and coats in the wintertime? A bowl on a table for your keys and other pocket sundries?

Basically, think not of how you’re using your entryway, but how you’d LIKE to be using your entryway, and then decorate and accessorize accordingly.* Here’s some sweet inspiration:


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*Good advice no matter what room you’re improving, actually.

2 Responses to “Inspiration: Entryways”

  1. La Petite Acadienne December 13, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    Oh, I would LOVE for my mudroom to be as tidy and lovely as any of those. Mine is just a shambles right now — workboots and stroller and shovels and bags of birdseed, not to mention the multitude of footwear. I do like that long bench with the bins underneath, though — it’d be good for kids’ hats and mittens, so that they can reach that stuff themselves.

  2. Christa Terry December 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm #

    You should see mine! Shoes shoes shoes, two purple plastic pumpkins leftover from Halloween, wine bottles that need to be taken to the recycling bin, bits of chalk (?), and more. Not to mention autumn leaves that have blown in and not been swept back out. It’s a madhouse!