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Organizing your home room by room is my favorite strategy to keep from getting overwhelmed, plus it gives your bank account a chance to recoup in between projects which is good for any marriage :).

For 2013 I’ve decided to write a series of articles on different rooms in the home, starting with one of the most trafficked areas but often gets overlooked; The Entryway.

Entryways are responsible for housing keys, mail, and outwear, just to name a few things. Whether its the front, back or side door, your entryway is a critical spot for functional yet decorative storage.

Depending on the size of your space, the possibilities can be endless. In keeping things simple, and not to overwhelm, I’ve highlighted 3 items from one of my favorite catalogs, Ballard Designs.  They are great source of inspiration for almost any room in the home.

1.     Vintage Mirror Train Rack

entryway mirror



Why I love it…This versatile piece has just the right touch of character for a small space that needs to serve multiple purposes.  Use the hooks for keys, sweatshirts, purses, leashes, or umbrellas.  Check your make-up in the mirror before you walk out the door and don’t forget the top shelf that can hold a basket with hats and gloves. Love it!






2.     Metal Hooks

Metal Hooks



Why I love it…These rustic hooks come in two sizes and are ideal for backpacks, coats and hats. Hang at varying heights so kids can access their items independently. Narrow enough to be functional for almost any space.  Love it!







3.  Beadboard Entry Cabinets

beadboard entryway




Why I love it…A wonderful alternative to custom built-ins. These entry cabinets are multi-functional, with plenty of drawer storage for hats, gloves, and scarves; roomy bench seating for putting on shoes on or taking them of; not to mention hooks for coats and bags. Love it!






Entryways are your home’s first impression. They are the first thing people see when they enter your home and the last thing they see before they leave. Not only does an entryway set a tone for your guests, but for all who enter and exit including YOU.  Allow your entryway to reflect your style, coupled with a healthy dose of functionality for your family’s needs.