Cubbies, bins, and hooks conceal everything and keep a polished feel.
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The Samantha Entryway Benchand Shelf Set (bench, $299; shelf, $229: www.potterybarn.com) stores easily lost essentials, like scarves, newspapers, and mail. Hooks hold coats, backpacks, and leashes.
Red CD Boxes ($20 each, the Terence Conran Shop, 866-755-9079) tame unfiled mail and papers.
Umbrella Stand ($109, in five colors, Kartell, 866-854-8823) stylishly keeps puddles off the floor.
Mesh Storage Bins have a rust-proof coating that makes them ideal for drying out wet shoes. Place an absorbent liner in each bin to stop leaking. Design Ideas Mesh Storage Nests, $18 each, Cocoon, 800-842-4352. Dyn-o-mat absorbent liner, 10 5/8-inch-by-12-foot roll, $10, www.sears.com.
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