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March 23, 2021
Although it’s the first thing guests see when they enter my home, the entryway is an area I admittedly put off decorating. To say this space is tiny does not quite explain just how tight it is. When you enter my front door, you’re looking at stairs, both up and down. I basically have about a six by two foot area to welcome guests. And to make it worse, we take our shoes off at the door, so they pretty much take up that entire space when they start to pile up. Finding a solution for this small space seemed nearly impossible.
I finally faced the fact that I needed to step up my entryway during a black Friday sale. I saw this shelf and the hooks for 40% off. Meant to be, right?! I had no plan for the small entryway, but since the table idea wasn’t working (see the before photos below!), I envisioned either a shelf with some hooks connected, or maybe a single shelf with hooks below. This multi-level shelf was the perfect solution. There’s enough room for the essentials like keys, wallet, and sunglasses plus some cute decor to show my personality and style as soon as someone walks in. It also brings the eye up and utilizes the vertical space, since the square footage here is so limited.
Of course, I still needed somewhere to hang jackets, masks, etc, so this little hook set was perfect. It wasn’t meant to be slanted, but again, I wanted to expand the vertical space, so I had the idea. I think it adds some fun and whimsy to the area!
Entryway Solutions for Shoes
Finally, we had to find a solution for shoes. It is a must that shoes be taken off – I don’t want those germs in my house! So after months of searching, I finally came across this simple little white shoe cabinet. I wanted something that was no more than 12″ from the wall, and this one at just 10″ was perfect. But of course, it didn’t come like this. After glamming up my media console, I realized just how easy it is to elevate a simple piece like this. I had these gold legs left over from that project, but I only had two. So to make it work, we attached the back end to the wall. I couldn’t believe this piece fit so many of our shoes. So convenient! Let’s see how long we keep it clean, ha!
I added decor pieces from two locals in particular. The art is from Christina Kwan, who also painted a mural on my outdoor patio. And the statue and vase are from Millie Swan, one of my favorites stores ever! You can use code LUSHTOBLUSH25 for 25% off there – so many great finds! Overall I’m so happy with how it turned out. The space seems so much bigger and more open. Now all I need is a good rug. Any suggestions?!
How do you have your entryway decorated?
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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.