Our early 1900’s farmhouse does not have what one could call a proper entry. When you come in the front door you immediately enter into our living room. When you enter the back door you step into our mudroom/laundry space. Most of our friends and family always enter our home through the back door and I wanted to create a proper station of sorts where our guests and our family could drop keys and hang a jacket. It was also important to me that this was inviting and cheerful especially since it creates a first impression upon our home! Here are some tips on keeping an organized entry space!
Start with a table
Have an entry table is a great way to create a beautiful moment in your home and keep your belongings organized. This table (similar one here) is a drop zone for ourselves and guests and I love to style this table in a welcoming way. I wanted an entry table with two shelves so I could keep certain items handy like a dog leash or a pair of sandals when I need to run out the door at quick notice.
Ground it with a rug
I love grounding a space with a rug. Often if a space looks bare it usually needs a rug. Since this is a high traffic area I opted for a washable rug that I could easily throw in the wash or spot clean when necessary. Having a rug here also warms up the space and gives it a finished look.
Use baskets for storage
I added these beach house baskets on the bottom shelf of my table for seasonal items to be stored in such as hats, gloves, sandals, etc… Baskets are such a great decor item yet functionally store unsightly items keeping them within reach. Baskets are also fun to shop for as they are made in so many different shapes, sizes, and materials. Some of my favorite places to shop for baskets include The Container Store, Marshalls, Serena and Lily, and Crate and Barrel.
Style with functional accessories
I love using pretty little dishes or trays as a spot to drop keys or other small important items. Umbrella stands for rainy days, a woven bag for the market, and wall hooks to hang jackets or scarves. Make it both beautiful and functional.
Add a mirror or art
Adding a mirror creates depth to your space but is also perfect for that last look as you head out the door! I love how this mirror has simple clean lines and doesn’t compete with everything else that is happening in this space but perhaps you would prefer a statement mirror or fun piece of art to create conversation with your visitors! Check out my blog post on beautiful mirror options for your home here!
Finish the space with fresh flowers
Fresh flowers are so welcoming in any space. Try using a contrasting color for a pop against your walls and change them with the seasons. These pink flowers in my favorite woven vase are so cheerful and happy and the perfect welcome for the Spring season! You can also pop my favorite faux tulips into a vase on your entry table!