Front Entranceway: From clunky to clutter-free

It's a no-brainer that your entranceway should set the tone for the rest of your house. But by its very nature, the entrance to your home is often the receptacle for things like shoes, jackets, keys, junk mail, and anything else you—or your roommates—are too lazy to put away at any given moment.

Better Farm's front hall was mismatched. Without a cohesive color palette or storage setup, it was an easy target for forgotten items.

So, we made a few simple improvements that made a big difference:
  • Giving the walls and ceiling a fresh coat of white, eco-friendly paint
  • Removing gross, musty, old carpeting from the staircase
  • Painting all the wood trim and stairs the same color
  • Creating shelving for items such as shoes
  • Initiating a landing pad for mail, e-mail list sign-ups, and guest book
  • Hanging a mail and notes organizer from the wall (found at an antique shop, it's significantly more lovely than a boring old bulletin board. Old clothespins affix notes and letters to the wire)
  • Hanging reusable shopping bags next to the front door so people on their way into town can avoid paper and plastic
Results after the jump!


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.