4 Tricks to Create an Entryway (When You Don't Have One)!

How long have you been dreaming of the perfect entryway? A long time? I know, me too. My dream includes a spiral staircase, large vase of flowers, and lots lots lots of storage. Oh, and a super special place for setting my kate spade purse when I come home. That girl needs a royal setting.

If you don't have room for any of this dream nonsense (like me), then you probably need something I call a transition space. Since storage in the entry area is virtually non-existent in small apartments, it can make coming home stressful and messy. What you need is a temporary place to set your bags and shoes, store your keys, and easily transition into the home. Check out how I transformed a tiny spot into a functional, and pretty, entryway, using four easy tricks. 

Mirror salvaged from an old medicine cabinet and re-purposed. Flower vase and key hanger were gifted (but you can find a fun vase here and key hanger here. Chindi rug from Laytner's Linen & Home, but you can find them everywhere! 

Mirror salvaged from an old medicine cabinet and re-purposed. Flower vase and key hanger were gifted (but you can find a fun vase here and key hanger here. Chindi rug from Laytner's Linen & Home, but you can find them everywhere! 

The key rack used to be beige, but I wanted a pretty gold accent so I spray painted it using Rust-Oleum Hammered in Gold. The mirror was sanded and painted with a matte sample of Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Creek Bend.

The key rack used to be beige, but I wanted a pretty gold accent so I spray painted it using Rust-Oleum Hammered in Gold. The mirror was sanded and painted with a matte sample of Behr Premium Plus Ultra in Creek Bend.

What's your favorite flower? Mine's lilac, but I couldn't find any at the flower stands! I guess I'll settle for roses. ;)

What's your favorite flower? Mine's lilac, but I couldn't find any at the flower stands! I guess I'll settle for roses. ;)

  1. You need a place for keys

    How many times have you lost or misplaced your keys? I used to lose them every single day. Seriously, I lose everything unless it has a home! Now, I always know where those darn keys are because the moment I walk in the door, I hang them up.
     
  2. You need a place to take off your shoes


    Because this entryway isn't a storage place, but a transitioning place, you need a place to take off your shoes, not store them. A pretty rug provides a nice spot for that, and a place set down your bags. Then you can put shoes away in a closet or shoe rack elsewhere. It also helps your guests know where to leave their shoes and bags. Toss down another rug if you have a large group of people coming over.

    I like this method because it discourages you from leaving a heap of shoes in the doorway, since you'll trip on them if you do. Well, at least I would! I often leave one pair out if I know I'm going to be in and out a lot during the day. The rug designates a perfect spot for on-the-go shoes, and keeps the space looking tidy.

  3. You need a "last look" before you leave

    A mirror gives you a chance to apply some lipstick, check your hair, and make sure you don't have anything in your nose (super important) before you go out into the world. It also creates the illusion of more space and light in your tiny entryway.
     
  4. You need a little pick-me-up

    When you come home after a hard day, how nice would it be to be greeted by a fresh flower? Hanging a small vase is a great alternative when you don't have a table to set one on. If flowers aren't your thing, hang a small photo of a loved one, or a favorite place that makes you feel happy and relaxed.

Permanent storage of things like coats and bags need a closet or shelf. For really tiny apartments that can't even house a rolling clothes rack, you can add hooks to an entry wall for storage, or hang them where ever you hang your clothing. You can also use over-the-door hangers for yourself and guests coats/bags, like this:

I hate the look of a bare coat rack...it feels too utilitarian to me. I like to add some kind of art, like this paper and string mobile. Coats and bags can be hung right over the top of it!

I hate the look of a bare coat rack...it feels too utilitarian to me. I like to add some kind of art, like this paper and string mobile. Coats and bags can be hung right over the top of it!

Oh, and one more very important thing. A pretty rug is great for sleeping fur babies.

Penny loves this spot since it's also right next to the kitchen!

Penny loves this spot since it's also right next to the kitchen!

 

Do you have an entryway that needs help? Send me a note today and let's fix it together!

Thanks for stopping to chat, friends! Happy decorating!

xoCarole