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When searching for my current home (my first!), I had a pretty long list of must-haves: a fireplace, crown molding, hardwood floors, a fenced-in yard for my pups and an en-suite bath for myself. I also wanted a foyer — a separate antechamber with enough room for an entry table and a few decorations plus a closet for hidden storage. Well, as is true of many first-time homebuyers, I got most of the things on my list but something had to give. You guessed it: I didn’t get a foyer; the front door opens directly into my living room. Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all.

Luckily my living room is pretty big (15′ x 21′) so I just designated a 6′ x 10′ area to use as a foyer:

traditional home entryway with collection of framed photos

A sea-grass basket under the entry table holds my pups’ leashes and harnesses plus a few must-reads:
basket with magazines in traditional home entryway

An old window-turned-coatrack is conveniently located behind the door:

coat rack behind door

Ready to re-imagine your home? Check out our handy features Make Space and Small Space Design Guide then tell us in the comments below how you’ve put space planning to work.

34 Responses

  1. Cookie says:

    This is the most lovely faux foyer I have ever seen. Great job.

  2. Debbie says:

    What is the color name of the paint on your front door? It is exactly what I have been wanting for mine.

  3. Sandra Girard says:

    Love what you did, unfortunately for me when you enter my home on the right is a closet and on the left is the dining room as you enter the great room. If you have any ideas I would appreciate any ideas.

  4. Beth says:

    hopefully you will get this helpful comment for a smaller space which i had and this is what I did My coat closet is behind the entry door so that was an easy one for storing coats etc. I placed a console table just past the coat closet added a picture some buffet lamps for added light and decorative things the actual living room space is kind of floated (hopefully u can picture that lol) to the left side of the room from the entrance door I have a large area rug to anchor that space and a decorative rug to distinguish the actual entrance space

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H. Camille SmithCamille is a managing editor for HGTV.com, fine artist and antique furniture devotee. As a former interior designer and Nickelodeon animator, she has a real passion for balanced, beautiful interiors...

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