Entryways can often present a design conundrum. Tight spaces mixed with the need for organization can lead to spaces filled with a bevy of stuff – console tables, baskets and coat racks or cheesy oversized entry organizations systems. But sometimes less is more.
I’m loving the look of a simple, classic entry bench. A bench can serve as an intentional piece of decor rather than a catchall, but still offer the function you need. I’m definitely stealing this idea.
A bench offers the functionality an entry needs. You can sit and put on shoes, set down a bag – even drop keys or mail in a small tray. If needed, hang a hook or two to capture a hat or coat. Sure you can’t hide away clutter, but that’s kind of the point. An open bench helps you avoid the traps of closets or other closed storage – cramming them too full, holding onto too many things you no longer need or forgetting what you actually have.
You can also use a bench as a place to display a few prized accents; maybe a favorite coffee table book or a fresh bouquet. It gives you something lovely to look at the moment you walk through the door.
And the bench itself can also be beautiful. There’s a long history of craftsmanship and design into this seemingly simple piece of furniture. After doing a little hunting, I found the perfect bench for my entry. Custom made in San Francisco by Moroccan Tazi Designs, I found a piece with classic construction features a black metal base and a thick mahogany slab in a natural finish. The look is understated and timeless. But it’s the brass feet that give it a little something special. I”m so excited to have this piece in our house!
Here’s a little inspiration for how I’m planning to finish off my entryway look. PS be sure to stop by Instagram today for a little sneak peek of my set up.
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