When dreaming about my "one day" home, the entryway is key. Not only does it make that first impression, but it's such an important landing pad for the whole family. In general, what I want in an entryway is what I want for the rest of a home -- classic, convenient, warm and inviting. Here is one of my favorite examples; it's neutral with a hint of color, neat but not stark, and full of traditional styles without feeling stodgy-- the pup in the background doesn't hurt either!
Looking at my Pinterest collection of entryways, you can tell I love a good oriental rug, need a console table, and favor a white staircase with black or dark railings. Here are some more favorites:
As gorgeous as all these examples are, realistically I'm going to need a little more storage space wherever I enter the house. I'd prefer to have something neat set up than just inevitably throw my purse / shoes / mail around on the floor when I walk in. I could go for elaborate, well-styled built-ins:
The entryway situation in my apartment now is pretty weak, so I can't wait to spread out eventually. Are you with me, or do you think entryways are just an outdated spot for leaving calling cards with the butler?