Smart Entry Solutions

The entry is that place where we come into our homes and apartments at day’s end, where we drop the keys, take off the coat, toss the mail, and even kick off the shoes.

Smart entries are equipped with organizational solutions that meet the needs of the residents, but there’s no need to sacrifice style.  The entry is a first impression, so it’s an opportunity to make a statement about your home, and also include sensible solutions that make the daily transition into the world and easier one.


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A narrow entry table is a practical choice because it allows for traffic flow and is also a place to set your keys, mail, and phone on a daily basis.  There are many options available, from demilunes to console tables, and so many style choices from antique to rustic to painted finishes.


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What you place on or hang above the table is up to you but consider that your entry is the place to showcase personal art, photographs, display house plants or flowers, or hang organizational tools like pinboards and chalkboards.  A tray to corral mail is always useful and stylish too.


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A place to sit and remove shoes is always handy, whether that’s a bench or a simple chair.  Hooks for coats and hats provide a functional place to hang frequently worn outerwear.


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Your entry storage solution is also an opportunity to display meaningful accessories too – notice how this entry maximizes the vertical space with modular stacked cubes that hold books and collectibles.


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Looking to introduce beautiful form and function into that valuable square footage in your own entry?  Here are a few of my style picks!



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From top left:  Reclaimed Wood Key Hook, Urban Outfitters, $24; Lacquer Tray, West Elm, $30; Soda Fountain Hook, Anthropologie, $28; Wall Mount Mail Holder & Key Rack,, $16; Present Time Hat Rack, Amazon UK, $11£;  Ocean Mosaic Mirror, Pier 1, $150; Rustic Console, West Elm, $399; Entry Pinboard, Pottery Barn, $159; Leather Storage Cube in Fern, Crate + Barrel, $169; Rugby Stripe Bin, Container Store, $15; Stackable Modular Storage, Linens N Things, $132; Jerald Console, Clayton Gray, $1,260; Campaign Storage Bench, Serena & Lily, $375; Coventry Storage Bench, Ballard Designs, $739; Demilune Entry Table, JustEntryFurntiture, $160; Naples Hall Tree, EFurnitureMart, $342,


What furniture or storage solutions work best in your entry?



12 Responses to “ Smart Entry Solutions ”

  1. Hello Kate,
    Enjoy reading all your decorating articles. Since
    my entry opens right into my living room. I have
    a clear 3.5 foot glass urn in the corner that holds
    several colored umbrellas. It’s hand made WV glass and has lots of seashells in the bottom collected during vacations.
    Beside my umbrella holder is a bench my husband made (the top opens up to store my
    seasonal large flags I change regularly. Then
    underneath the bench I have two large wooden
    totes that hold our shoes. Like Martha, we have
    a no shoes policy (walking on holy ground-ha ha).
    at our house.
    Then beside the bench we have a console table
    that is constantly changing each month depending on the time of year or holiday.
    Under the console are two benches that can
    be moved around for extra seating. I love the
    Keep up the great work! All the best.

  2. Hi Kate: All your ideas are wonderful. I run a private home daycare and my entry/porch area has coat hooks placed low so that children learn to hang up their coats. I have a bench so parents can sit their kids up and help them with shoes/boots. Under the bench are shoe mats to teach kids where shoes/boots are stored until pick up time. I also have a table which I decorate with kid friendly fun stuff for each season.

  3. Thank you Kate!
    Great idea and solutions. I am in the process of decorating my front entry as a part of a blog series I have planned. Just the inspiration I needed!!!
    Keep up the GREAT work!!

  4. Hi Kate. Thanks for the mention! Great article!

  5. Another great article, Kate! I recently inherited a beautiful dresser from a relative who passed away. I love it. but struggled to find a place for it in our home (It doesn’t really fit in the bedroom). Now my problem is solved–it’s going in my entry!!
    Also, thank you, thank yoiu for the ability to subscribe to your blog here. I absolutely love reading it and now it will bein my inbox. : )

  6. Yep!! Love these ideas!!

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