View into the apartment. Door at left is to the bathroom.Carrara marble flooring in the entry hall is unexpected, but it makes sense: It's fairly hard-wearing, it's not as expensive as you might think (especially in such a small area), and it puts visitors on notice right away that although your space may be compact, it doesn't stint on the details.
It also helps introduce the thread of gray that you'll be seeing throughout the space. And the tiles' veins pick up the gauzy shadows thrown off by what we think is a crystal pendant light overhead. (We'll see similar lights elsewhere in the apartment.)
Built-in cabinets provide welcome storage space. The stool makes the space practical for removing slushy shoes in winter (and adds a nice gleam -- here's a similar silver stool for $70). Even the hooks above the stool are thoughtful: See how they echo the graphic black-and-white poster of eyes that you can juuuuust glimpse in the next room?
The door you see at left in the smaller photo of the entryway is to the bathroom -- an impressive use of space if we've ever seen one, but we can't bring ourselves to feature a bathroom before you see the rest of the home. (Click here if you want to skip ahead to the bathroom, though.)