We have this habit of piling things up at the end of the hallway, in front of the linen closet door -- backpacks, purses, bike helmets.... Not only does it look terribly messy (in my beautiful brand new hallway!), but it makes it a pain to get into the linen closet (which I've commandeered for all my craft supplies). Of course, it would be lovely if we could keep the hallway clear of clutter forever. You know, if we just got rid of all our stuff. But I think the worst thing you can do in designing a space is to ignore the way you'll actually use that space when the "big reveal" photo shoot is over and things go back to normal. So, that means finding strategies to artfully wrangle the stuff. Always a work in progress around the house, but here's one step forward for the hallway:
I found some knobs I liked at a local store called Boutique Fabulous (some great vintage stuff, and locally owned), and mounted them on the closet door. Here's a closer shot:
Not a huge additional amount of storage, but enough to hang up a few bags and helmets!
I installed the knobs a little bit lower than the line of sight from the front door (so you can see everything hanging there when you walk in a little ways, but the pie safe in the hallway blocks the view of it all at least at first). If we have to have stuff, at least it's a little more orderly!