Outfitting Your Entryway for Cold Weather

Winter is a wonderful season with the holidays and warm tidings. However, those of you who live in colder climates have to take extra steps to ensure a warm home environment. I remember living in New York and San Francisco during some of the coldest seasons where even just few extra preparations at your door step and foyer make a huge difference.

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1. First things first: Keep the the dirt, rain and snow outside. Having a doormat is not only a necessity in the winter, but it also adds a decorative touch to the outside of your door step. I loved this colorful mat as seen on Manolo Home, with its Autumnal colors and nature motif.

2. Having a coat rack in the entry way allows us to hang our hats, jackets, heavy coats and even umbrellas leaving the cold weather layers at our door. It's also quite handy when you need to run out for just a moment whether it's for the morning paper or to the corner store. I loved this multi-functional rack as seen on B Gallery's website.

3. Nothing is more cozy and warms up your toes faster than fuzzy slippers. These sheepskin and suede slippers are designed for indoor and outdoor wear with a full treaded sole on the bottoms. Again, keeping these close to the door at your entry way, will make for a nice transition at the end of the day.

4. Most entry ways depending if you're living in a full house or apartment, are floored with hardwood or linoleum. You can easily warm up with a runner or entryway floor rug. Thus adding another color or pattern to your home for fun decoration.

5. If you have a formal entry way foyer, a bench like the Hemnes Ikea bench would come in handy every day. Not only does the seat lift up for incredible storage, but it makes a great quick seating option for putting on your shoes or even an extra place to put down your bags and purse when you walk in the door.

6. If you make room for entry way seating or a bench, why not make it even more comfy (and colorful) with some fun bench cushions. I loved these striped ones from Ikea.

7. Whether you're in a cosmopolitan city or a small farm town, if it snows or pours rain you want to invest in some good rain boots. I know, I know, this is more of a fashion accessory- however when I lived in SF, my rain boots were also a staple at the foot of my doorway. Taking out the trash, running to the market, walking the dog or even going out for the afternoon- all can be daunting on your feet in cold wet weather. Why not have a fun and comfy option to slip into and out of it in seconds. Love these red wellington boots by J.Crew!

8. One feature I love in formal entryway spaces are mounted shelves like this one from Target. Not only do you have the advantage of shelving and hooks, but it's a great alternative to a formal coat rack. This could be an easier option for those with limited space.

9. You may not have central heat, but investing in a good (and safe) space heater is always smart. I have this radiator inspired heater that cooks the room slowly and is insulated with oil in the piping. It's a lot safer than the ones that spin out hot air from a red electric flame. Having a heater close to your entryway will help you warm up faster.

10. If you have the space, keeping a blanket in the entryway could come in useful. Why not? Who doesn't want to come home to warm fleece after they've ridden the subway for thirty minutes and walked in the snow?

Images in top gallery: 1. Crate and Barrel, 2. Tell Your Interior Decorator, 3. Sandy's Cozy Nook via Apartment Therapy, 4. Betty Browser , 5. Pottery Barn; All other images as linked above.