How much functionality is packed into this tiny ~50 square feet entryway in an NYC studio: it's a landing strip, a working office, a closet, and guest coat rack all in one. Despite needing to do all these things, it doesn't feel cluttered walking in the door. It's a mishmash of styles, decorated on a shoestring budget with things I love.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Entryway:
Believe you can get the functionality you need out of a small entryway. In my case, this was hiding a full office so it wouldn't take over the living, sleeping or music areas of my small studio. I'm a musician who works a lot at home and it was important to be able to put work clutter out of sight and mind. Gather ideas sans budget, then improvise within your budget. These too-expensive things spawned other ideas: Eames wall hook > Galapagos animals coat rack. Thin MCM console > reclaimed homemade wood table with hairpin legs. Long art quilt > $5 Indonesian batik sarong. Make it easier to put things away by thinking about your homecoming ritual. This spatial arrangement lets me stow things away in the order I would set them down before I've stepped into the rest of the apartment. I've never misplaced my keys since.