Zooey Deschanel's entryway hack makes organization easy – here's how to recreate her ultra-functional idea

The actress's foyer is a lesson in practical design

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If you're like us, you're always brainstorming little ways to keep your home more organized. Recently, Zooey Deschanel revealed a particularly innovative method. The actress took to Instagram to share a picture posed in the entryway of the home she shares with her husband Johnathan Scott. The photo showed Zooey holding onto the stairs with Robin's egg-blue built-in shelves and a closet behind her.

Interior design experts love Zooey's entryway idea. San Francisco-based designer, Soledad Alzaga states: 'Extensive storage in your entryway helps with organization and functionality, keeping shoes, coats, and accessories in one space. It streamlines daily routines by making essential items easily accessible. You can also store coats and umbrellas, rain boots, and other items like shopping bags for easy access.'

Soledad Alzaga
Soledad Alzaga

San Francisco-based Interior designer Soledad Alzaga has worked on design projects in San Francisco, Sonoma, Atherton, New York, Martha's Vineyard, Los Angeles, Mexico, and Argentina. Her firm has been named one of the top 15 Best Interior Design Companies in San Francisco.

Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens continues: 'While the common assertion is that entryway storage should be invisible, Zooey Deschanel's foyer proves why this is not always the case.' Jen adds, 'By painting her built-in closet and drawers in a chic robin's egg blue, Zooey adds not only an organizational but an aesthetic dimension to her entryway. It is at once a space to keep clothing right as she enters the home and a pop of color in the space.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

For those hoping to incorporate Zooey's clever storage idea, Soledad Alzaga offers some advice. The interior designer says, 'Limited space in smaller entryways could be a challenge when trying to incorporate extensive storage, making the area feel tight and crowded. While storage helps with organization, it also provides a place to hide clutter or things you don't need. Curate your storage area thoughtfully and try to keep it organized.'

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No matter the size of your entryway, built-in storage can make using the space for putting away coats, jackets and boots much easier. Whether you are considering large entryway storage or small entryway storage, Zooey Deschanel's idea is a great way to execute it.

Sophie Edwards
News Writer

I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.