Look! Foyer with Antique Mailbox Cubbies

We're hosting our very first holiday party this year and it has us thinking about our home's first impression — the foyer. Not every apartment dweller has a legitimate foyer but we do and it is currently a precarious balance between function (coats, mail, shoes) and formality (art, lighting, furniture). This antique mail cabinet is in our family member's foyer and we love how it addresses both issues in a playful, elegant way...

Their foyer is located off of the kitchen which has little storage so the mailbox cubbies hold everything from wine bottles to tea cups and extra dish towels. We love the combination of the large, antique furniture anchoring the foyer and the storage-on-display immediately stating that the homeowners don't take themselves too seriously. Its warm and real — the perfect first impression for guests during the holiday season.

How do you treat your entryway when guests are on the way?