easy en­try­ways

CRE­ATE A FOYER AREA WHETHER YOU HAVE ONE OR NOT BY US­ING PLANTS, HOOKS, BENCHES AND RUN­NERS

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There’s no one way to show you how to dec­o­rate your en­try, nor a sin­gle for­mula for de­sign­ing a drop-off zone for the stash of keys, sun­glasses, wal­lets, loose change, back­packs, purses and what not you lug into your home upon en­try, ev­ery sin­gle time. Be­cause, sim­ply put, not ev­ery home has an iden­ti­cal, cor­doned-off foyer area or vestibule to la­bel as the en­try.

And let’s not even get started on mud­rooms. They’d be ideal to have in the UAE: a place to dump all your gear and rid your­self of the buck­et­fuls of sand you’d usu­ally lug back home from a day at the beach, a place to hang wet tow­els af­ter a jaunt in the pool, a place to bring in your or­ganic pro­duce af­ter a morn­ing at the Ripe mar­ket, for ex­am­ple. But they are non-ex­is­tent in apart­ments and rarely de­signed into a villa’s in­te­rior, use­ful as they may be.

But there are plenty of ways to fake it in de­sign, and cre­ate the kind of nook you need, which would be both aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing and serve a pur­pose. and we’re here to show you how. now that the school year is well un­der­way, you’ll be hard pressed not to trip over school bags and gym gear and back­packs ga­lore, not to men­tion crafts cov­ered in glit­ter - all of which will be strewn all over the floor right by the front door. no one likes a clut­tered en­try, and there are so­lu­tions to avoid the mess and still have a des­ig­nated foyer upon en­try to your home.

So - let’s start with the ob­vi­ous. if you have ab­so­lutely no en­try once you walk in through the front door, you can fake one with your choice of clever work-around. The idea is to cre­ate a pause be­fore the seat­ing area. one so­lu­tion to in­tro­duc­ing an en­try­way could be by po­si­tion­ing a rug and some key pieces of fur­ni­ture just inside the front door. That will al­low you to set up a drop zone. Book­end the door­way with two greet­ing ar­eas. “A bench with some hooks nailed into the wall above it is a combo that lets peo­ple know right away that this is an en­try area,”

ANOTHER CHOICE IN LAY­OUT IS TO SET UP A DI­VIDER UPON EN­TRY

says Sarah dab­bas, an in­te­rior de­signer based in dubai. if there’s space for it, place a chest of draw­ers which can dou­ble as a shoe cab­i­net, and dec­o­rate it with a tray on top for grab-and-go es­sen­tials, like sun­glasses, keys and phones. Hang a mir­ror above it “for that last check on your way out”. Places like Zara Home – which now de­liv­ers on­line – can be great stops for ac­ces­sories like mir­rors, trays and wall hooks. We es­pe­cially love the Fiona Walker an­i­mal felt hooks stocked at Tribe dubai, all of which make a fun state­ment upon en­try.

don’t for­get the floor. Cen­ter a rug be­tween the drop zones to help de­fine the space as a foyer. Make sure it’s not a puny rug; you don’t want it to feel like a door­mat. Maisons du Monde have some ex­cel­lent op­tions for run­ners in var­i­ous sizes.

Then, con­nect the foyer and the main liv­ing area (couches plus Tv) with a pair of poufs or low stools. They’ll dou­ble as spots to pull shoes on and off as you walk in or out of the house. dec­o­rate with a large wicker bas­ket nearby to cor­ral all the shoes as well.

Another choice in lay­out is to set up a di­vider upon en­try, ei­ther by us­ing a bench, a book­shelf or a con­sole, and not nec­es­sar­ily against a wall. That, with a run­ner laid down, can carve out an en­trance cor­ri­dor. now, as with all spa­ces, do bring in green­ery. Pop­ping a plant into a cor­ner fac­ing the front door can help fill out blank space and is in your line of sight as you walk in, mak­ing the room feel in­stantly wel­com­ing. if the cor­ner doesn’t get a lot of light, go for a snake plant from ikea.

now, for that mu­d­room so­lu­tion. You can cre­ate a school bag nook and keep bags off the floor by des­ig­nat­ing a hall­way. Hang a sturdy bag rack with mul­ti­ple hooks – again, eas­ily found at ikea, but there are also some great vin­tage op­tions at Arts and Craft Fur­ni­ture in Al Quoz, made out of brass and wood shoe in­serts, or get one cus­tom-made by the car­pen­ters at the dubai gar­den Cen­tre. Above the hook, you’d have space for a bul­letin board to pin all the school no­tices and crafts that kids are al­ways bring­ing home, or you can even cre­ate a gallery wall of fam­ily photos. Be­neath the hooks, a long thin bench – Muji has some ex­cel­lent op­tions – can pro­vide seat­ing for putting on and tak­ing off shoes, and just slip some bas­kets un­der the bench for ex­tra stor­age. Pot­tery Barn has bas­kets of all shapes and sizes, and can­vas ones can even be cus­tomised with each child’s name to des­ig­nate per­sonal space. Pan Emi­rates has even cheaper op­tions, and indigo liv­ing has up­hol­stered benches, if you’re so in­clined.

The bot­tom line is this: there’s a so­lu­tion for what­ever need might arise in your home, even if there’s no one des­ig­nated space to ad­dress that need. You just need to get creative.

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04 01. Con­sole en­try 02. Zara Home con­sole 03. Mu­d­room and en­try us­ing bench 04. Farm­house-mu­d­room 05. Sim­ple mu­d­room us­ing ikea hooks 06. Con­sole-ta­ble-styling 07. En­try­way or mu­d­room with Pot­tery Barn bas­kets

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