Before & After: Annie's Entryway


We’ve already put bookshelves in every other room of our home, so naturally, we think this entryway by designer Samantha Reitmayer Sano is genius.

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Sano (of style/SWOON) designed the entryway for her client Annie as part of a larger home redesign. She calls it the “game changer” of the project and we can see why—the bookcase incorporates an awkward ledge and creates a focal point in a hard-to-decorate space at the base of the stairs. It’s also incredibly welcoming, revealing Annie’s tastes and interests while providing lots of storage in an area that was underutilized. While this entryway is fairly large, we think it’s an idea that could translate well to smaller spaces, particularly for bookworms who need new places to shelve their collection.

See the entire house tour on: style/SWOON.

Images: Samantha Reitmayer Sano

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.