How to make an entry // House Call

Design a front hall entry that stops your guests in their tracks

By Emma Gregg

On Thursday May 28th, 2015


A home’s entryway can be a tricky one. It is your guests’ first impression of your space so you want it to be beautiful, but it also has to be functional enough for everyday life. Careful planning is required in order to avoid the dreaded front-entry dumping ground.

I had neglected our entryway for all too long and this month, I decided to make it over — on a budget, of course.

Ready for your own entryway revamp? Follow these five easy steps:

Mirrors make an entryway1. The “last-look” mirror.
Try and find one that has a dual capacity, i.e. the functionality of a mirror but that feel of a piece of art. My Pick: Crate and Barrel’s Clarendon Large Wall Mirror






Consoles make an entryway

2. A console that will act as your place-holder.
We had a very small area to work with so I was limited in terms of size, but I love the idea of the acrylic console to place your things. My Pick: CB2’s Peekaboo Acrylic Console Table







3. Hooks to hang your stuff.
This was my favourite part of the makeover. Anthropology has the most amazing hooks in a variety of colours and sizes. Vintage markets finds are also perfect to add character and interest. My Pick: Anthropology’s B&W Wall Hook






Baskets make an entry

4. Woven baskets for shoes and umbrellas.
Be advised that these can get pricey, so for look, think of Pottery Barn, but for price, purchase from Homesense. My Pick: Pottery Barn’s Open Weave Basket






Style makes an entry

5. Décor elements that make your entryway uniquely you.
Include fresh flowers or succulents, beautiful trays, candles, books, or small artworks framed and stacked against the wall. I used Pinterest for inspiration.









See how I included all of these elements in our brand new entryway!

Before:                                                                         After:

How to make an entry: before

How to make an entryway: after 










Emma Gregg Emma Gregg is in-house counsel at Travelers Canada, and
Precedent’s design columnist. Read more of her tips for DIY decor.