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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.

 

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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, 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?

 

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