"Impressions" by Susan Rios Designs
I was reading a home design book about the impression an entryway gives to a home. If you have no hall or actual entryway space built in, all you have to do is define the area by adding a high table with a lamp and a coat tree with space for umbrellas . This may also serve as a handy place for things you need to remember to take on your way out, or a place to put the outgoing and incoming mail, or temporarily a handbag and keys.
Several times I have seen articles written by Christian ladies comparing the entryway to a home to the Christian woman and the welcome she gives to her guests. It sets the mood for the remainder of the visit.
One cannot help but admire the Susan Rios depiction of the lady in the painting who seems to be getting ready for guests or putting finishing touches in her home for her own family.
Ancient history descriptions, including the Bible, speaks of "porticos" (porches and entryways) which were used as reception areas. Victorian houses had parlors which were for people who stopped by, while they waited to see if the host would receive them.