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Meeting your mother-in-law for the first time …interviewing for that huge promotion … impressing your future hubby with your wit ...you never getting a second chance to make a first impression! Here are seven tips for getting organized in your entryway that will set the tone for what's to come in your home:
1. Landing Space: Whether it’s a bench, console table or mirrored accent table, a place to drop your keys is key.
2. Lighting: Set the mood with adequate light. I love a statement-making drum shade chandelier in an entry – a huge one in a small entrance speaks volumes. Don’t forget a fabulous lamp with a decorative lamp shade that ties into your color scheme so your space has more than one source of light.
3. Hooks: They offer a place to hang your straw fedora and pom-pom fringed scarf. From a standing coat rack to a piece of weathered barn wood with old doorknobs as hooks, to simple numbers stenciled on the wall - get creative.
4. Mirror: Not only does a stylish wall mirror reflect light and make a space feel larger, but it’s a great place to make sure you don’t have any lipstick on your teeth before you walk out the door.
5. Bins: Wicker baskets, wooden crates or vintage metal locker drawers add texture and can hold tons of pairs of flip flops.
6. Seating: If there's room, add a small chair, stool or bench or carve a built in niche from an unused closet for the perfect place to slip on your shoes before you race out the door.
7. Personality: The entry sets the stage for what’s in store in the rest of the house. Add pizazz with a bold wall color, unique piece of art, a framed family portrait or your favorite collection.So make that first impression count by getting organized in your entryway ...
It's much less painful than impressing the in-laws.
Image credits: Homedit, Indulgy, This Little Estate, Better Homes and Gardens, A Beautiful Mess, via Pinterest, The New Yorkie.
Kelly believes vintage + modern = singular style and shows you how to find yours at Eclectically Vintage, the lifestyle blog that she writes from her 100 year old house in the New Jersey burbs. Eclectically Vintage has been featured in many national publications. Kelly hearts thrift shops, tarnished silver, cool collections, margaritas and vintage anything and she screeches to a halt for yard sales. Follow Kelly on Google+.
What a great collection of entryways. There was a little something in them all I loved and found useful!