Welcome to the third edition of Getting Ready for the Holidays with Team M.Swabb. Our first post looked at getting your dining room ready and last week's was about gussying up your guest room. This time around we're looking at entry spaces – because of all the motherly cliches my mom ever imparted on me (and trust me, with four kids she had a lot) the one most applicable to interior design is “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”... unless of course you're doing a remodel!
So your entry should be quite easy to get together in the next 52 days until Christmas and 23 until Thanksgiving. It should be equal parts welcoming and functional, especially if you live in the colder part of our continent and need a place to hang coats and store rainboots. But ultimately, a good entry relies on accessories and stylizing.
Every entry needs a console table. Whether it be long, short, narrow, or wide, it's nice to have a place to set down mail and keys, and a lamp to turn on when you first walk in the house. We also love to hang mirrors in entries for last minute looksies before your guests arrive, and/or a beautiful piece of art that will set the tone for the rest of the house.
Big baskets are a nice way to store stray shoes, so look for a console table that's open at the bottom or has a low down shelf. A runner is also a nice touch if you have the room as it adds warmth and saves your floors from dirty shoes. One last note on functionality – if you don't have a coat closet nearby, buy some nice hooks to hang coats, scarves, and bags.
Clockwise from Left to Right: Runner, Coat Hooks, Candle, Vase, Console Table, Lamp, Ginger Jars, Picture Frames, Mirror, Key Bowl, Basket
Now, as I said before, when it comes to entries, accessories are the name of the game. It's always nice to have a bowl for mail, loose change, or keys so you're not scrambling around in the mornings. We also think your entry is a great place to display frames with nice family photos.
When company is visiting, fresh cut flowers in the entry are a must (or a poinsettia for Christmas!) and this vase can be complemented by a few other vases or jars like the Asian-inspired ones above.
Finally, you can't go wrong with a really great smelling candle. The entry to your house should be where you spend the big bucks on Smell Factor, and while the one above from Anthropologie is a little pricey it's worth every SCENT (see what I did there?).
So there you have it, dear readers, your homework for the week. Need the class nerd to do it for you? Then call us, we'll get you an A!