It’s about the first impression. When you walk into a home that greets you like an old friend, you just want to stay. You can get a feel for what it’s like in that home by the sights, sounds and smells that greet you just inside the front door. That’s why I love an entryway that is unabashedly peppered with little bits of the people who live there: shoes, flowers, umbrellas, artwork…every detail is a like a little clue. I am learning that a bona fide entryway is highly elusive in the city, which is full of open floor plans that drop you right into the living room. But I think a welcome space can be fashioned just about anywhere. My dream entryway would be simple but charming; a manifestation of everything that inspires our comings and goings. There would be rain boots, a basket for mail, a spot to sit & tie your shoelaces and a mirror placed just so for one last look. There would be photos of people & places we love, sweet smelling flowers and hooks – lots and lots of hooks. So. Perhaps the first impression of our home would be one of lovely chaos. And I suppose that’s just us.
- Beautiful functionality…with many shoes and a delightful shade of paint! (Photo by Rachel Rileys found via Frolic)
- Clean, simple, inviting. Love the nautical hooks. (via A Beach Cottage)
- A bit of personality, with a photo collage wall & country-style rattan baskets. (Norfolk Bench via PotteryBarn)
- Everything goes! What a quaint – and useful – little bench. (Martha Stewart Home via Maggie Rose)