There are different schools of thoughts on this, but we like to see a few coats by the front door. Maybe a sweater or two. Maybe throw in a scarf on top of a jacket to spice things up. Some people like to hide all that away in a little closet. Totally fine. I think seeing them left exposed reminds me of my grandmother’s house and just feels homey.
But, we like to have it both ways, so because you enter on a split level, we were able to carve out a little closet area on top of what is the pantry that you can access from that little built in bench.