The entry in your home is a lot of things: it's the first taste of sweet freedom when returning from a hard day's work; it's your landing zone for odds and ends like keys, mail and dog leashes; it's where you do your "Did I remember everything?" check before heading out the door. Oh yeah, and the foyer is the only space that absolutely every guest sees of your abode, no matter how far you let them venture in. Your entryway, regardless of how large or basically non-existent it is, should be functional and beautiful. It should provide a glimpse into what's shakin' decor-wise in the rest of your living quarters.
Here, we put together a rather robust, dressed-up console where more was more, but feel free to mix-and-match these elements for what works for your life. The take away here is that an entryway doesn't have to be all work horse…it can have a little fun, too!
Start with a sturdy table that fits your space
Some people prefer benches in their foyers—which are a great option if that works for you—but a table provides a landing spot for all kinds of goodies that a bench just can't provide. This IKEA table has a ledge down below which would be great for baskets to collect shoes, umbrellas and beyond.
Add a mirror or art
Mirrors work great in small spaces like foyers to bounce around any available light (plus, doing a last look at yourself before running out is always helpful to make sure you didn't accidentally forget to shake out the powder from your dry shampoo). Art also works great.
Bring the outdoors in
We think every space needs a little touch of nature, so have some fun with succulents, cacti or fresh cut flowers on your console table.
A tray or two to collect practical (& beautiful) things
As we mentioned earlier, your foyer can be equal parts practical and beautiful. Bring a tray or two into the mix to catch everyday items like headphones, sunglasses, keys and mail, as well as some decorative items (if you have the space) to layer in some personality and ambience.
Books? Why not!
This particular table has some open shelving which acts as a great spot to store items you don't use often (but don't necessarily want to get rid of, like neatly stacked books to reference whenever you need to).
Console Table: IKEA
Acrylic Tray: (Similar) CB2
Mirror: (Similar) Wayfair
Ceramic Hand: (Similar) Amazon
*Styling by Stephanie L. Yeh in collaboration with Arlyn Hernandez; special thanks to Nicole Sauma for sharing your beautiful home with us for this shoot.