entry solutions

Five Ways to Style an Entry

Written on March 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm , by

The entry is the first impression of your home, for those who live there and also for those who visit. It should be a smart space that serves as place to toss your keys, phone, and mail when you arrive at home, but it’s also an opportunity to place your personal style on display for visitors who pass through the threshold. Here are five ways to style an entry with pieces that guarantee a polished presentation to all who enter.    

With a Console.  If there was one piece of furniture that is destined for the foyer it’s the console table. Defined by its long and narrow shape, a console table squeezes into narrower spaces and is perfect for an entry because of its design. Pair it with a statement mirror or work of art, then add a bouquet of seasonal blooms to make your foyer welcoming. 


entry console


console and mirror entry


unique console table entry


With a Dresser, Demilune, or Desk.  Furniture with drawers allows for additional storage for a charging station or a place to keep stamps for correspondence, extra sets of keys, or smaller seasonal attire like mittens and scarves. Add a lamp and photographs to give the scene greater personality. 

dresser entry


demilune entry


small desk in entry


With a Bench.  Whether your bench is built in or freestanding, placing a bench in the entry acknowledges another important purpose of an entry, as a place to remove shoes and set down groceries. From a style perspective, including a bench is an opportunity to layer fabrics and pillows to add pattern and color.  

bench entry


built in bench in entry


With a Round Table.  Space permitting, a round pedestal table is the perfect perch for a daily vignette in the entry. It can be situated in a central position or off to the side. Books, decorative accents, and seasonal blooms placed on top of a round pedestal create a sophisticated entry.

round table in entry


table entry


With a Statement Piece.  Perhaps you possess an heirloom you inherited from Aunt Rose or you’ve scored an antique on a weekend second hand treasure hunt. Placing that piece in the entry pays homage to its importance in your family and offers a chance to share its history with anyone who visits.

antique buffet in entry


antique bench cabinet entry


In our foyer, I use a simple console table topped with a tray to collect the daily mail and as a place to drop my keys. How have you styled your entry in your home?



Smart Entry Solutions

Written on June 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm , by

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.


demilune console entry bhg



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.


bookcase entry bhg


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.


modular entry bhg

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



entry style and storage collage



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, Buy.com, $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?