How To: Make A Colorful And Organized Entry Way

The entry way acts like an anchor. A place where we say goodbye last and hello first. A go-to area for the details of everyday life - keys (check), purse or wallet (check), umbrella (check), quick look in the mirror (check). Even in smaller homes, where space is more limited, creating an entry way will allow you a moment to gather yourself as you head out for your day. Home Magazine's September '08 issue has a few tips for creating a colorful and organized entry way in your own home.

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Tip #1: Re-use existing furniture, like an old desk. With a few hours and a little paint, this piece will feel brand new.

Tip #2: Place a large mirror or group a collection of smaller mirrors over the desk. This will help expand the space and allow a typically narrow entry way to feel larger.

Tip #3: Place a storage ottoman under the desk. This doubles as a little place to sit and a place to put scarves, hats, blankets, etc.

Tip #4: Use letter boxes to organize papers, like mail and catalogs, to organize any clutter on the entry way table. We also like the idea of a small tray or hook that is designated for keys so you'll know where to drop them off and where to pick them up.

Tip #5: Place a large vase or container nearby for umbrellas. We love the example Home Magazine features - the Two's Company Owl Umbrella Stand, $99

[Images and tips via Home Magazine September '08]

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