- Hooks: Three attractive and well-placed hooks are ready to take your coat, handbag and umbrella and provide enough room to accommodate a few guest items as well. A leash, or a roomy bag for errands and groceries, hung here is easily accessible but still looks neat.
- Door mat: Winter weather often means wet weather. A green mat catches umbrella drips and wipes off dirty shoes and boots while the dark mat acts as a visual border to differentiate between the entry point and the rest of the home. It's a subtle detail but one we think is important and that underlines that this point is your barrier between your home and the outside world.
- Bowl neatly catches keys and pocket detritus. It's large enough for a cell phone and a few envelopes.
- Flat surface: (here the green surface next to the bowl) holds packages, the book you have to remember to return to the library or a shoe that needs a trip to the shoemaker for a new heel. The place mat, in bright green, acts as a visual spotlight and ties this space to the doorway.
- Vase of flowers: while not essential, acts as a bright smile to welcome you home. Try a single posy in a wall hanging vase if your space is limited.
- Art or Mirror by the front door: is pure pleasure. A piece of art or something whimsical here is like a little wave goodbye connecting you with your home and personalizes a functional space. You might also want to try a mirror here, as a last minute place to check your makeup or make sure you're not walking out the door with food in your teeth.
Think you don't have even this much space for a landing strip? Don't forget a space that many people overlook: the back of your door! Put up a hook or two, install a flip up or flip down shelf (a Wooly Pocket might be another way to go), put down a mat or paint a small square or rub down a fun decal on the floor and you're good to go.
Take a good look at your entry point. What can you do to up its effectiveness?
Image: Red Paper Record's Flickr, used with permission