Ask Estee: The Disheveled Entryway

ask-estee-01 Q: My front door opens straight into my living room and, as a result, the coats and bags-and mail!-have no where to go. Any ideas on how to corral that stuff in a way that's stylish but also functional? Investing in a great piece of furniture that serves dual purposes for any space is a good strategy. One way to solve this design dilemma is to purchase a great hutch or credenza with closed storage cabinets or drawers on the bottom like this Cora Large Credenza from HD Buttercup. This will give you that place to hide away bags and fold up coats or blankets, while also providing you with counter space.Tossing your keys or mail in a stylish basket or bowl on top of your entry piece will hide them from view, but still be easy to access when you're running in or out of the door. Hang some of your favourite art or a mirror on the wall above and you're left with a great storage solution that fits both form and function for your living room.
estee-signature-layout Photograph: Courtesy Architectural Digest Spain