You know how Mom always told you to stand up straight and smile because you never get a second chance to make a first impression? Well, that’s yet another thing that Mom was right about. (Hey, you’re a mature adult now. Time to face the facts.) That particular adage is not only applicable to you on job interviews and dates, but to decorating your home as well.
The entry provides visitors with their first glimpse of your home. If it’s unkempt, ugly, or uninspired, no matter how lovely the rest of your house is, it gives guests an unshakable feeling about your decorating choices and housekeeping skills. Keep it neat and inviting – This is especially important (and difficult) if you don’t have a separate mudroom – and the rest of the house will follow suit.
Hang a gorgeous mirror over the table so that you can check yourself over before going out (and when coming back in).
A great bench gives residents and visitors alike somewhere to rest their weary feet and take off their shoes (especially handy if you live in a place where you wear boots for a good portion of the year).
Don’t forget the coats and hats! A coat rack and some hooks let you hang all-season gear as well as bags while looking pretty and neat.