Interior Design: Re-Imagine Your Entry for the New Year

As the entry is the major focal point to your home it pays to put some thought and time into making it as inviting as possible  Typically this area particularly in New York apartments is a relatively small space, but whatever its size this is an opportunity to make your entry remarkable and show off some creative flair!

I'm a big advocate of making the entry both easy on the eye and practical.  This is the ideal spot to drop your mail, handbag and keys when you arrive and doing a final check in the mirror before leaving. Essential elements include a console or small chest, mirror, table lamp, wall sconce and small tray to throw keys. If there's room add a whimsical chair or ottoman. Add drama by replacing the mirror with a piece of art and a runner with a jazzy print for an intimate jewel box or big wow effect.

  Townhouse Cobble Hill, Brooklyn  - if you're fortunate to live in a spacious brownstone or townhouse you have endless options to create a super sophisticated  entry...Design by Doreen Chambers Interiors

Townhouse Cobble Hill, Brooklyn - if you're fortunate to live in a spacious brownstone or townhouse you have endless options to create a super sophisticated  entry...Design by Doreen Chambers Interiors

  Condo Sutton Place, NY  - a tailored Asian aesthetic sets just the right tone for this homeowner's entry...Design by Doreen Chambers Interiors

Condo Sutton Place, NY - a tailored Asian aesthetic sets just the right tone for this homeowner's entry...Design by Doreen Chambers Interiors

  Photo by Timothy Kolk -  multiple mirrors, sculpture and books create an artistically imaginative vignette 

Photo by Timothy Kolk - multiple mirrors, sculpture and books create an artistically imaginative vignette 

  Photo by Patrick Cline /Lonny  - If space is limited a cabinet can do double duty as a bookcase and there's still room for a piece of sculpture, a pair of lamps and a vase of tulips that pull in the graphic area rug -.scale and balance are key

Photo by Patrick Cline /Lonny - If space is limited a cabinet can do double duty as a bookcase and there's still room for a piece of sculpture, a pair of lamps and a vase of tulips that pull in the graphic area rug -.scale and balance are key

  Photo by Simon Upton/the Interior Archive -  This entry scores high for being  both beautiful and practical...sometimes you need to customize a console for the space to get a piece that fits perfectly and does the job you need - it's money well spent

Photo by Simon Upton/the Interior Archive - This entry scores high for being  both beautiful and practical...sometimes you need to customize a console for the space to get a piece that fits perfectly and does the job you need - it's money well spent

   Asian Aesthetic - One Kings Lane   Loving the Chinoiserie collection display and tapestry runner

Asian Aesthetic - One Kings Lane Loving the Chinoiserie collection display and tapestry runner

   Nordic minimalism - One Kings Lane    This dynamic artwork with intense color takes center stage in an otherwise neutral decor...although there's nowhere to place keys, mail etc. I still find it to be very inviting...love the juxtaposition of distressed wooden and woven containers against the textured printed fabrics

Nordic minimalism - One Kings Lane  This dynamic artwork with intense color takes center stage in an otherwise neutral decor...although there's nowhere to place keys, mail etc. I still find it to be very inviting...love the juxtaposition of distressed wooden and woven containers against the textured printed fabrics

  English Traditional - One Kings Lane   -  nothing says gracious living quite like an entry with a circular table sitting atop a densely patterned antique area rug 

English Traditional - One Kings Lane - nothing says gracious living quite like an entry with a circular table sitting atop a densely patterned antique area rug