When dealing with a bite-sized entryway, you'll first need to assess how the space will need to function. Will you need a place to hang coats? If you're renting, are you allowed to drill holes for more permanent shelving? Once you determine the functionality and constraints of the space--a solution will be within reach. Take for instance, Michael's entryway
A small space with two doors right next to each other leaves little room for a landing strip. Instead of permanent shelving, Michael repurposes a butler tray in the corner which reads chic and classic. A tall potted plant helps to hide the electric box and the large piece of artwork pulls focus away from the eyesore. A grouping of photos cozy the landing strip with room to spare for a set of keys, cell phone and mail.
(Image: Michael's Calm TriBeCa Apartment )