Inspiring Entryways

Entryways, are the funniest of spaces. 
Because they are high traffic areas, 
they  are generally the most overlooked and uninspiring. 
 I have to admit, my own is embarrassingly neglected!  

Like you, we use our entryway in an endless number of ways. Finding the right balance between function and style isn't always easy, and because I also work where I live the entryway in our home is particularly challenging. It's time to take the same approach I would with any project.  

Function First: 
What elements are necessary for ME in a fully functioning entryway? 
Because each of our families and lifestyles are unique your answers may be different. 

These are mine: 
Surfaces for resting of keys, handbag and outgoing mail,
Seating (comfortable, but compact) for putting on/off shoes and boots, and to take a break from work to admire our fortunate outside views.
Mirror for last minute "checking" before answering or heading out the door and reflecting natural light throughout the studio.

Style Second:  
Look around the rest of your home for style inspiration, there is no right or wrong answer to your personal style with a balanced design approach. 

 If you are starting with a blank canvas, consider yourself lucky- 
and hire decorator to save time, money and aggravation.  

Is your Entryway less than Inspiring?  
What functional elements does your entryway lack?

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