6 Tips for an Organized Entryway

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Bria Hammel Interiors

Entryways don’t hold much weight during summer, when we’re all wearing far less clothing and the school year is an afterthought. But once autumn rolls around things find a way of stacking up – fast. A good entryway can act as ground zero when it comes to keeping life organized and thought out. Check out these simple tips for making the most of the space you have.

Tip #1
Perhaps the most used lamp in the entire place, a tabletop lamp in the entryway can be flipped on as you head out the door. No one wants to come home to a dark place after work. Not only that, but it manages to add both height and style to whatever nook you carve out.

Jenny Komenda

Tip #2
Someplace to Sit
Every entryway needs a place to sit while wrangling shoes on and off or waiting for someone else to get ready. A bench, a chair, a small stool – all do the job nicely without occupying a lot of real estate and also offer an extra seat to pull up to the table when necessary.

Homey Oh My

Tip #3
Clip a few flowers from the yard and pop them into a vase or pick up a bunch of greenery at the farmer’s market for a fast and cheap bouquet. I don’t do this all the time, but make a point of it when having guests over. The extra touch makes the entryway feel like more than an afterthought and helps to give a great first impression of your home.

Style At Home

Tip #4
A Basket
Add a medium size basket to act as a catchall for umbrellas, scarves, and whatever else can be tossed in. You’ll never have to wonder where that second glove disappeared to ever again and manage to keep rain and melting snow off of your floors. Bonus tip – add a boot tray nearby to keep things even cleaner this winter.


Tip #5
A Console
If you can spare the space for a small library table or desk your entryway organization can be taken to the next level. Add a tray for mail, keys, and sunglasses while storing stamps and other little things in the drawers. It also makes for a great spot to have your kids leave permission slips and anything else that needs signing.

A Pair & A Spare

Tip #6
A Sturdy Rug
It’s no secret that any rug in an entryway is going to have to be able to handle more foot traffic than others. Choose a sturdy, durable weave in a color or pattern that’s not likely to show small marks from dirty shoes, etc. Here are a few of my favorites from Rugs Direct:

Entryway Rugs

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Liven Up Your Foyer

Your entryway may seem like an easy room to overlook when it comes to decor, but it’s the first impression for your guests upon entering your home. Think about what you see when opening your door. Are there mismatched shoes scattered about? Purse on the floor? A stack of old mail? Can’t find your keys? Don’t fret! We’re here to help. Getting the wow factor in your foyer can be easy if you follow these few helpful tips. You’ll be a pro in no time.

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Tip 1. Declutter

The easiest way to see the light at the end of the tunnel is to clear the area. Remove the shoes, and recycle those catalogs from last fall. And hey look! We found your keys! Now, do a little dance because this was the hardest part.

Tip 2. Add Storage

The entryway might be one of the smallest spaces in your home, but let’s think about how you can add seating and storage. Even if your entry is a simple wall, add a bench or slim console with baskets below to act as cubbies. Suddenly you have storage and can stash all those cute shoes.

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Tip 3. Lighting

I don’t know about you, but half the time I enter my home, it’s dark. A task lamp on the console or brass sconce near the bench will not only make the space look cozier, but no more fumbling around for a light switch. Practical meets pretty.

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Tip 4. Hooks and Trays

Above the bench, add a few hooks for keys, leashes, hats, and coats. Do you rent and can’t put holes in the walls? No worries, add a small tray to the console to catch those keys and a coat rack for the rest. Neat and tidy.

Tip 5. Make It Bigger!!!

The easiest way to make a small space look bigger is by adding a mirror. Hang or prop a medium to large mirror against the wall.

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Tip 6. Add Some Personality

This hardworking space is really coming along, but how do you add a bit of your personality? Easy. Let’s think rugs…a runner specifically. By adding a pretty rug, you not only create a solid foundation to introduce the space, but you add pattern and color as well. Be sure to look for a multi-purpose rug that is perfect for indoor and outdoor use for better wear and tear.



ONE: Surya – Picnic

TWO: Momeni – Baja

THREE: Surya – Storm

FOUR: Safavieh – Amherst

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The Most Popular Interiors of 2015

Another fantastic year is coming to an end but not before we do a round-up of some of the most popular interiors of 2015 according to you — our followers. We scoured our Pinterest page and found 15 of the most pinned interiors of the year.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

Neutral and Indigo Living Room
Neutral + Indigo Living Room | Amber Interiors

Moody Corner
Moody Corner Space | Design*Sponge

Cozy Bedroom
Cozy Loft Bedroom | Derek Swalwell

Natural Light
Natural Lit Hangout | Tumblr

Colorful Shelving
White with a Bit of Color | Not Just a Housewife

Neutral Living Room
Patterns and Texture | The Everygirl

Colorful Entry
Colorful Entryway | C Magazine

Libary Nook | Houzz

Pops of Orange
Bright Accents | Pelle Lundquist

Overdyed Rug
Overdyed Statement Piece | Studio McGee

Cozy Living Room
Contemporary Symmetry | Design Rulz

Metal + Wood + Color | Emily Henderson

Outdoor Space
Cozy + Stylish Outdoor Space | Blackbird

Bathroom with Style | Dwell

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Mudroom Makeover Ideas


To have an orderly and stylish entry that you are proud to welcome family and friends into takes careful planning. Each member of the household (including the dog) should ideally have at least a small dedicated space to put away gear and store important items when entering and leaving the home. Baskets and wall hooks are essential, but don’t forget to include something purely pretty as well — you will notice that in each of the photos featured here, there is an equal balance of practical storage and aesthetic appeal. Incorporating artwork, meaningful photos, and cherished decorative pieces will put a smile on your face each time you walk in the door, so don’t skip that step! In the space shown above, hooks and baskets rein in the mess, while a high shelf provides the perfect spot to display a collection of black and white photos, and a paper mache animal sculpture.


For a creative take (and one that works well in smaller spaces) consider a bulletin board framed with reclaimed wood, accessorized with hefty hooks, as shown here. Use art postcards, small photos, and inspiring quotes to create your own changeable display. Wall mounted barn-style lighting is an industrial cool look that also saves floor space in a narrow hall.


On a tight budget? No problem! Just stack up a few wooden crates as shown here to make your own rustic storage cubbies, and fasten a few pieces of scrap wood to the wall. One board with hooks can hold your coats, while another fitted with bulldog clips can hold a rotating display of photos.


If you’re feeling crafty, bust out the paint sample pots and go to town, customizing your wooden crates for a unique look in your favorite color scheme. Fasten your crates to the wall to transform them into floating shelves, or attach casters to the bottom to make a rolling shoe or magazine storage container.


And of course, no mudroom would be complete without a sturdy rug to protect your floors from scuffs. Choose a darker hue to hide the dirt… you’ll be glad you did! If you have a no-shoes policy in your home (a great way to keep floors clean) it is helpful to provide a spot to sit while taking off and putting on shoes — storage benches with shelving below and seating on top offer a space-saving solution.

So now it’s your turn: Do you have a full mudroom, or just a tiny entry area? How do you organize your space? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Surya Scarborough RugSafavieh Tunisia RugJack White BookshelfIsaiah Honey Oak Storage Bench.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) Style Me PrettyVT WonenA Beautiful MessBrit + Co.

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