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Use This Simple Formula for a Great First Impression
When it comes to decorating your entryway, less is more, Schuman writes. All you really need is a place to hang your keys, like a hook or small tray; a light so you never feel like you're entering a cave; a mirror to reflect that light; and a chair so you have a place to sit as you take your shoes on and off. If you want to include a console table, stick to one that's 12 inches wide. It's large enough for your key tray, yet not so wide that you're edging around it to get through the door.

The one thing to avoid? A bowl for emptying your pockets—it will soon overflow with crumpled receipts and other odds and ends, and nobody wants to be welcomed home with a pile of clutter.

Photo: Reprinted with permission from Cupcakes & Cashmere at Home by Emily Schuman, ABRAMS, Spring 2015