(The Washington Post)

Designer and HGTV personality Sarah Richardson believes that the entryway to your home should make a strong first impression and set the tone for the style in the rest of the house. The textile designer and author of “Sarah Style” and “At Home: Sarah Style” says that entryway pieces should be beautiful, but also functional, to create a clutter-free gateway to your home.

Here are her picks.


(Candelabra; Wayfair)

SPLURGE: Oly Studio pearl round mirror, small ($1,890,  shopcandelabra.com ), left. SAVE: Round metal framed mirror, large ($106,  wayfair.com ).


(Design Within Reach; Schoolhouse Electric)

SPLURGE: Eames Hang-It-All in white/walnut ($299,  dwr.com ), left. SAVE: Mollie hook in natural wood ($88,  schoolhouseelectric.com ).


(Horchow; West Elm)

SPLURGE: Daisy console ($1,299,  horchow.com ), left. SAVE: Sculpted geo console  ($499,  westelm.com ).


(Lumens; CB2)

SPLURGE: Bash vessel, small ($275,  lumens.com ), left. SAVE: Stipple bowl, large ($20,  cb2.com ).


(The Rug Company; Rugs Direct)

SPLURGE: Refraction Light runner by Paul Smith ($3,548 for 3-by-10-foot rug,  therugcompany.com ), left. SAVE: Surya Centennial runner in teal, tan, sage and ivory ($302 for 2½ -by-8-foot rug,  rugs-direct.com ).