Friday, January 27, 2012

Organize Your Foyer & Entryway

In an effort to help you organize your homes I will be touring through a typical American home, giving tips on how to organize each space, working to blend form and function and create the perfect home! The entryway is the first room that you see when you enter a house. The entry in each home is configured very differently. This space can range from a large open foyer with a spiral staircase to a modest entry with two simple walls. No matter what you have to work with the entry must be a welcoming place. Here are some tips to get a perfectly efficient and effective entryway:
  • Effective task and ambient lighting
  • A cozy place to sit
  • Umbrella holder
  • Coat hooks and or a closet
  • Baskets, bins and cubbies for small items
  • Command center to organize mail and keys 
  • Area rug or door mat to wipe off wet feet
  • Art work display wall
  • A mirror
This geometric wallpaper is wonderful for the foyer, wrapping the wall paper up onto the ceiling draws the eye up where the pendant light makes a bold design statement.

These cubbies and coat hooks are a great way to maximize storage in a small entryway. Use a bold complimentary color scheme in a small space such as an entry or powder room for big design impact.

House Beautiful
 I love these tangerine lockers for the entry. Added shoe storage maximizes each locker space.
A quick DIY:  Use a metal tray or a large cookie sheet to make clever boot storage. 
Place small pebbles at the bottom of the tray, use as boot storage to drain excess water from rain boots.

 The architecture in this space is outstanding! The skylight brings in much needed natural light to this stone entryway. Simple and functional decor is all you really need for any entryway.

 Create a command center in your entryway using a chalk board, key hooks and mail slots. 
Use this as a drop spot for mail and other necessities until you can sort and file appropriately!
Consider refinishing an antique armoire and using it as storage in your entry.

  This entry has pin boards for leaving notes and pinning important mail items. 
Drawers create storage that can be hidden from view. Always look for a rug that will withstand the elements that come in from the outdoors.

 If you have a large and open entry way use a small round pedestal table in the center of the space to display a fresh bouquet or even an indoor plant such as the one below.

 Provide seating for guests to leisurely put on their shoes, 
these cool chairs act as art in the space and serve a purpose too!

 An entry is the perfect place to add a built-in cubbie and coat system. You can create a custom design or assemble store bought systems to serve this purpose.

 If you have over head cubbie storage consider putting under counter puck lighting to illuminate the space below. Great use for free standing antique furniture pieces and a gorgeous natural fiber runner. I love the look of a wood paneled ceiling in a foyer!

This entry has a little bit of everything you need! A mirror, pendant lighting, basket storage, shoe and coat storage, a cozy place to sit and a striped rug. 


I am accepting design clients for projects beginning in February. I love a good design challenge and believe that beautiful and functional design can be created in any size space.

Email me at with all of your design questions and for pricing information! A simple 1 hour consultation could be all you need to turn clutter into function in your home. I look forward to hearing from you, enjoy your weekend!

1 comment:

  1. Do you have a tip for creating an efficient and organized entry?