the entry

{ en·try  /ˈentrē   [noun] }

For me, the entry is one of the most interesting places to tell a story in our home. It’s where we greet guests and welcome them into our home for an intimate dinner party, game night or just in for coffee. Almost always, we step into the outside world each morning and re-enter the comfort of our home each evening via the entry. Many times it is the first glimpse a guest gets into our personal style. As functional as the entry is, it can still be a true reflection of who we are and how we live. Don’t have a dedicated entry? No worries! You can create an entry space with a small table, a piece of art or a mirror and a simple vase of fresh flowers.

Here are some tips to make the most of your entry space…

:: ADD A BENCH ::

A bench is always a safe bet in an entry when you have the room. It’s a great place to put on and take off shoes and to drop handfuls of grocery bags. And never underestimate the power of a mirror – it can double the visual size of a small space. [Photo source: harvestfurniture.blogspot.com via SWANK on Pinterest]

:: ADD STORAGE ::

The entry is a terrific place to add baskets and lots of hooks to keep clutter stylishly at bay. [Photo source: hollymathisinteriors.com via SWANK on Pinterest]

:: ADD A TABLE ::
Always a plus, a small table adds a spot in an entry to drop keys and the mail. For additional storage options, add a table or stand with drawers and/or doors or a small chest. [Photo source: atlantahomesmag.com via SWANK on Pinterest]

:: ADD SOME PRETTY ::
It’s important to note that, while the entry is generally a functional space, it should also be welcoming. Add a lamp or a mirror or a tray and pretty it up! [Photo source: Uploaded by user via SWANK on Pinterest]

:: ADD ARTWORK ::

Draw the eye upward {which makes the space feel bigger} using some favorite artwork above a table or bench. No Picasso’s needed here. 😉 Framed book pages, kids artwork or photos provide inexpensive, personalized art. Group them in odd numbers and change them seasonally. Adding a beautiful potted plant or a vase of flowers will up the welcome factor and enliven your entry space as well. [Photo source: hautemamasfaves.tumblr.com via SWANK on Pinterest]

{ Be inspired. }

P.S. These spaces have inspired me to make over my own entry, but more on that later. 🙂 E.

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