Blending style and function is part of an enduring design dilemma that often begins at the front door. Making a good first impression on guests is important—but so is being able to find your keys and corral shoes. As part of Decorist’s recent Home Room launch, which gives you access to designers and their SOS styling advice, Jeremiah Brent addressed the entryway issue head-on. “An entry should always have three things: a cabinet, a lamp, and a really beautiful bowl to throw all of your everyday items in,” he says. Here are his favorites, with ideas to make yours work from the minute you walk through the door. 

Start With a Solid Foundation 

Whether you’re looking for a small chest to hide extra shoes or a surface upon which to drop your bags, Brent says investing in a credenza or cabinet is the place to begin. This arched and reeded beauty (designed by Brent and his husband, Nate Berkus, by the way) is not just a focal point; it has lots of storage space inside and a hidden USB port so you’ll never run out of the house with a low battery. 

Add a Little Ambience 

The second item Brent swears by is a sculptural table or floor lamp. The right one sets a soothing mood and helps light the way, whether you’re setting out for an early-morning run or getting home from a late night out. 


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Make It Work for You 

Similar to the junk drawer debacle, a catchall can sometimes create a house divided, but Brent always includes one in a foyer, because most of us are constantly looking for a place where everyday items can land. Just be sure to do weekly clean-outs so it doesn’t become a landfill for crumpled receipts or unread mail.