How to Decorate Your Front Entryway to Make it Organized and Inviting

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We’ve been in our house in Savannah for almost three weeks, so I’m going to show you small areas instead of entire rooms, since the whole thing is still a work in progress.  I decided to work on the entryway first, because every time we open the door we’re showing it off (for good or for bad) to the rest of the neighborhood.  My goal is always for my front hall to be an inviting, organized, and welcoming space.

Front hall entryway decor

The white mirror was a thrift store score.  I wrote about its transformation from gold plastic (!) to white {here}.  I need a mirror by the door so I can check my hair and makeup before I face the world!

The white dresser was a trash-to-treasure find–I rescued it from the side of the road.  All of its chippiness is 100% authentic.  A dresser is a fabulous idea for an entryway–you can maximize space by stowing hats, gloves, scarves, dog leashes, spare keys, even extra table linens in the drawers.  I have all of that, and then some, inside of my dresser!

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Front hall entryway decor

Here’s a wider shot so you can see all the crazy symmetry I brought into this area (I love symmetrical design–it’s the OCD in me!).  The wall color is truer in the below photo, too (it’s Sherwin-Williams Weimaraner):

Front hall entryway decor

I wrote about the cane chairs {here}.  They are wearing a coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Grey.  The pillows are from Home Goods.  A chair or two is so functional in the foyer–we’re always sitting down to put on or take off shoes.

front entry way decor

The sugar mold turned candle holder is from the Nashville flea market.  If you are a regular reader, you read about my major scores that day {here}.  A lit candle makes your home smell wonderful as soon as you open the door to guests.

sugar mold candle holder

The children’s silhouettes are by Clay Rice and were my birthday present several years ago.  I framed them myself–I love oval picture frames!  You can sneak a peak into my dining room by looking in the mirror below.  The entryway is open to the dining room.

front entry decor

And here’s a long shot from the front door.  Everything I just showed you is along the wall on the left, and then you look straight through into the living room.   Slowly but surely, it’s all coming together!

front-hall-long

If you have stairs that are visible from your entry, like mine are, here’s an easy tip to minimize clutter:  always stow the things on the steps high enough so that you can’t see the piles of things from the front door.  My kids have shoes, laundry, etc that need to be carried upstairs on the steps almost all the time, but at least you can’t see it all from the front door!

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Comments

  1. LOVE it [and] LOVE the Stained Glass from Munderf Church!

    Steph

  2. Beautiful entry!!…Just love Savannah…a group of bloggers and I were just talking about taking a trip to Savannah!…

  3. Lovely! I wish I had a larger entry way….Actually, a larger house would be nice – just for decorating purposes.

  4. Beautiful entry! I currently have a sofa table in mine, but I’m thinking of putting a dresser in its place. I’d love the extra storage. 🙂 Beautiful chairs too!

  5. Looking really pretty – you’re lucky to have a large entryway. My house doesn’t even have one! You walk through the front door and you are smack dab in the living room.

    • We’ve lived in houses like that, too, Melanie, but I think you can do the same things (a storage piece like a dresser, a chair, and a mirror) in your living room. A few hooks on the wall help, too!

  6. i really need an entry makeover – my trouble is finding things for the table that my 1 year old can’t grab and break. Tall dresser just might be the answer! Thank you.

    • Out of sight, out of mind is the best way to hide things from the toddler set! Be sure to secure it to the wall if you have a climber, though (I did–lesson learned the hard way!). Christy

  7. Love the dresser in the entrance. Never thought of doing that! The Clay Rice silhouettes are beautiful! I was fortunate enough to teach one of his sons a few years back and they are the nicest people.
    Love your blog!

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