When planning an entryway it’s useful to know the main elements that each one requires. Here Studio McGee shows many of the classic items needed but I also noted a few that are missing but that may be because these are instead incorporated into this house’s mudroom. If you only have one main access point into your home though, here is a list of both:

Hooks for jackets, handbags
Console Table (ideally with a few drawers – even Shea changed out the open one for a sideboard with cupboards)
Lamp (make sure your positioning of the table includes a plug point)
Decorative Ornaments
Trays for keys, phones, wallets (having a plug point here also helps with charging all your devices)
Letter Tray for post
Chair/Ottoman/Stool (to sit on for putting on or taking off shoes)
Rug (comfy for when taking off shoes and in the long term better for your floors that will eventually get worn from the throughfare)
Full length mirror (great for checking your reflection just before going out the door)
Vase with flowers
Candle and fragrance sticks (it is nice to come home and into the door and already it feels and smells homely)
Large oversized planted tree (I love the idea of incorporating plants into every space)
Large piece of art (this always looks great above a console and I think better to have a big piece to settle the space and give it a “room” rather than a “Hallway” feel.


Cupboards for storing of both hanging garments (jackets, coats) and shelves with baskets (scarves, gloves, handbags, totes). We also have floor to wall shelves in our cupboards for shoes: just remember most need not be wide (for sneakers, heels) but also do have ones half a metre or so (for boots).