How To Create A Welcoming Entryway

Entryways in Brooklyn apartments are small. How small? Compared to the epic suburban “mud rooms” we keep seeing photos of in our favorite grown-up home decor magazines, they’re practically non-existent.

But every apartment’s entryway is important, no matter the size! It’s the first thing you notice when you return through your front door and your last moment of home before leaving.

So we challenged Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves to create a functional foyer in her own small space.

We’re excited to share Erin’s photos + her top 5 techniques for carving-out a welcoming entryway in your own home. Take a look!

How To Create A Welcoming Entryway

1. Hang a mirror.

“Practical because it lets you take one last look at yourself on your way out the door, a mirror can also help brighten a dark corner and help define a space. I hung the Floating Wood Wall Mirror sideways to fill a small wall and to reflect light into a corner of the apartment that doesn’t have any windows.”

How To Create A Welcoming Entryway

2. Create landing spots.

“We all have a tendency to unload our stuff as soon as we walk in the door. Whether it’s a hook forĀ  keys, a shelf for a bag, or a basket for hats and gloves, designate specific places for specific items so that you get into the habit of always returning your belongings to the same place. I’m using a Wire Mesh Storage Laundry Caddy to stash hats and gloves now that the weather is chilly.”

Wire baskets - How To Create a Welcoming Entryway

Wooden ledge - How To Create a Welcoming Entryway

3. Think outside the box.

“Small apartments require a bit more creativity of their inhabitants. If there’s no room for a console in your entryway, consider something much smaller but just as useful. There’s no reason why you can’t think of a Deep Picture Ledge as a mini shelf and use it as a spot to stash apartment keys or out-going mail.”

“If you have a small space that can’t accommodate a larger shoe rack, consider a crate turned on its side or a small basket for stashing shoes. I squeezed an Apple Crate in the space by our apartment door.”

Wooden bookshelf - How To Create a Welcoming Entryway

4. Add a personal touch.

“Maybe it’s a favorite piece of art, or a favorite plant, but dress up your entryway up with a little something special to avoid it becoming an ugly dumping ground.”

How To Create A Welcoming Entryway

5. Pack it out.

“It can be hard to hide a mess in a small apartment and I notice that entryways are often places in people’s homes where things can linger where they shouldn’t. I keep a basket tote by the door where I can stash recyclables and other things I want to remember to take out with me when I leave the apartment.”

Basket tote - How To Create a Welcoming Entryway

Move your mouse over me
Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves

Erin Boyle is the Brooklyn-based founder of Reading My Tea Leaves, where she blogs about apartment life, kids, and the objects she loves. Her first book, Simple Matters, is on the way. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Get the Look

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


December 2, 2014

I’ve been looking for ideas on what to do in my entry way as well! I imagine the solution is this mythical hall tree that has a built in full length vertical mirror, a bench with storage and a shoe rack. All within my teensy budget, easy no?


December 3, 2014

I loved this post, hope you will feature more tiny apartments and DIY / creative ideas on a budget.


December 3, 2014

I love the plant stand, but a few too many doodads for me. Also wondering how the feather stays on the shelf with the door right there.


December 4, 2014

Some great ideas. I would love to win the 24 merry days gift card and buy that mirror, or a parson desk.


December 4, 2014

Love that floating wood wall mirror!


December 4, 2014

I commented before, but it was removed. Disappointing!


December 6, 2014

That mirror is perfect.

Required Reading – Rebecca Atwood Designs

December 11, 2014

[…] A welcoming entryway. […]


December 27, 2014

Erin, I love the big white bowl. Any suggestions as to where to find one?


June 22, 2015

I used an old dresser I found for free on the side of the road. Took out some drawers and replaced them with shelves made of fence board. It’s now a shoe shelf in the entry check it out at on my blog


November 3, 2015

A great use of everyday items to create a foyer!! Good job.

Related Posts