I was recently asked to do a post on my entry hallway. At first I was hesitant since it’s not finished but then I thought, well duh, neither is the rest of the house! So here is a little post about a little room that I have yet to talk about much (which doesn’t mean I don’t obsess over it)!
As I have mentioned before, entry hallways are important rooms because everyone sees them. From neighbors passing by, to the mailman, to friends stopping over just to drop something off. If these short-term guests only go in one room in your house, it will be the entry hall. And in our case, we leave the front door open most days when we’re home so people walking by can see in through the screen door. Although this room is small, it makes an important first impression.
Our entry hall is very much a hall. At only 5 and a half feet wide, this narrow corridor has to serve a multitude of functions. It is the most important thoroughfare in our home, so it must be free of clutter and the furniture has to be quite diminutive. I found this fabulous weather-worn blue bench at an antique store in Houston, TX during my last shopping trip. The 18″ deep bench was a simple, yet fun design. I knew it wouldn’t overwhelm the space, but would still give off a whimsical vibe – I wanted something eye-catching but not overbearing. The finial next to it has migrated around the house, but will probably end up in the master suite. I plan to replace it with a small side table to serve as a place to collect mail and hold our guest book.
Speaking of where to put things, storage is also an issue in our entry hall because we turned our closet into a bathroom. Behind the front door I am hanging a long antique coat rack I found in my parents basement. Although he would deny this, my husband is addicted to buying outerwear and we need a place to store all his jackets in the colder months. Last year we attempted using a coat tree but I quickly learned that I’m not a fan. They take up too much room and on occasion – fall over!
Our entry is extra tricky because it has to function as a formal greeting place for guests as well as our main exit/entrance from the house (since we park on the street). In the winter this room can get dirty, snowy and full of coats, gloves, hats and even shovels in about a weeks time so organization is key. To help remedy this problem, under the fun blue bench I plan to have baskets (currently obsessed with these) to collect boots, leashes, gloves, dog bags hats, etc.
Some of my other favorite elements of the entry include the large West Elm floor mirror which helps me double check my hair before I run out the door. It also reflects light around the small room making it feel bigger. Speaking of light, I absolutely love the window halfway up our stairs – sunlight pours into the entry hall from it all hours of the day. And finally, who couldn’t love the white resin deer head above the kitchen entrance? It is a funkier version of a real deer head my mom had in our entry hall growing up – every time it catches my eye, I smile.
So, like I said the entry hall is not yet complete, but it’s getting there. Here’s what else is on the list…
- Re-paint walls – we destroyed them when we moved furniture up to the second floor and the contractors did a number on the walls near the tiny half bath
- Repair, sand, and and paint the trim (to be done after the walls are re-painted)
- Install new front door (I like this one) and screen door (love this one)
- Add artwork going up the stairs (undecided on what to do…)
- New Rug (probably a sisal material)
- Wall lamp in the corner behind the bench (I have a fun DIY project for this, but I need the time!)
- Side table next to the bench (I can’t find one I love, ugh!)
- Ceiling light to replace the broken/old one (we already bought it, we just need to install it)
As always, stay tuned…