Entryway Details in Our Small Space

Friday, July 20, 2018

"The details are not the details. They make the design."
—Charles Eames

After a super-satisfying round of decluttering and finally getting the stroller out of our entryway (our son rarely uses it anymore), I realized our foyer needed some attention. A few purchases and a couple of tweaks have made things feel so much nicer, so I thought I'd share them here:

A designated landing spot for mail. I'm usually a straight-to-the-recycling bin person, but there are days when you've got arms full of groceries, so it's nice to have a spot to dump the stack and deal with it later.
Acrylic tray, $45; amazon.com

A place for shoes. We have proper shoe storage in our clothes closets, and we're not a shoes-off-at-all-times family, but still shoes seemed to gather here. Having an attractive, open-top bin for them neatens up the space.
Market basket, $59; rejuvenation.com

A home for keys—but only those used daily. We had a bowlful of every spare key in our lives. Pairing back to store only my and my husband's keys on the console was a major step towards streamlining.
Handmade Stoneware Farmhouse Bowl, $46; food52.com

A proper charger. We had a too-short cord that was always falling down behind the sideboard. Replacing it with a handsome, extra-long one with its own marble base was a major style and life upgrade.
Night Cable, $40; lennoxandharvey.com
A wonderful smell. I recently reread Deborah Needleman's The Perfectly Imperfect Home (so good, by the way!) and she writes about the joy of opening your door to a scent you love. Like me, Needleman loves Santa Maria Novella's potpourri, and it has the advantage of smelling great 24-hours a day unlike a candle that must be lit and can't greet you at the door.
Pot Pourri Box, $35; smnovella.com



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