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Dilemma: An Open Entryway
This is such a common scenario, especially in smaller homes: The front door opens directly into the main living space, with no defined foyer or hall. In this situation the challenge is creating a transition from outside to inside without breaking the flow of the rest of the space.
One smart solution is to use a console table behind a sofa positioned near the entry door. This creates the enclosed feeling of a hall and provides a place for mail, keys and bags.
Another sleek and efficient option is to hang a row of hooks on the wall and place a boot tray on the floor below. If your space is small, don't worry about not being able to accommodate tons of guests' coats — those can go in another room (or on a rented rolling coatrack). A few hooks for daily use is all you really need. A market basket on one of the hooks can hold odds and ends.
Wall brackets like these can provide more than decoration. When hung in a cluster in a small entryway, they are perfect for keeping keys, mail and a tiny vase of flowers neat and tidy.
Tell us: What has been the biggest challenge in designing your entryway?