Category Archives: Entryway

February 9, 2011

Color Crazed

I’m obsessed with teal. Conveniently, that’s okay because it is one of the colors we chose for our first floor color makeover. We scored this adorable little teal box over at Home Goods for around 10 bucks. I love it.

It’s the perfect size for our entryway and adds a splash of color in that area. It was in desperate need of it. It’s also the perfect place to store recent receipts, phone chargers, really whatever we need at the time. I guess the magnifying glass misrepresents it somewhat. No, we do not keep odd miniature writings in there.

But if the need arises… I suppose we’d be set?

February 2, 2011

Inspiration: Entryway

So, you guys got a little taste of our entryway last week, how about a little more inspiration to get you started on your own? I thought so. Whether you have an entire foyer or a small nook there is always a solution. Check out how some of these spaces tackle the job.

I’m loving all the bright pops of color… spring, please come soon.

January 27, 2011

Working with a Small Entryway

Ok, not 100 percent complete but hey, that’s what this blog is all about anyway right? Keeping you guys updated on the process not just the before and afters. That’s something I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around. Definitely not in my DNA. I’m a “lets get this all done in one day” kinda girl. Not so much on lets drag this out for 3 weeks and show piece by piece. I’ll come around though, hopefully. For the sake of your brain and sanity Jess, please come around. Alrighty, that’ll be enough talking to myself for one day. Shall we?

After three years in our current house we finally broke down and switched up the living room. I say “broke down” because this wasn’t a simple living room rearrangement. Like I mentioned here, we have a HUGE sectional, which we split up. We’re storing half in the basement until we craigslist-it-up. Next we had to move our entire media wall to the opposite side of the room. That called for rerouting the cable and internet as well. The hubs loved that. And lastly, mounting the TV up on the wall. The 57 some odd inches TV. Can you say heavy? Oh, and not to mention the actual moving of all the furniture. Whew.

Anyway, completely worth all of the trouble because we ended up with an awesome space for an entryway, something we’ve never had the pleasure of creating (previously the front door opened directly into the side of the media center). So, we ended up with something a little like this. Well not really like this I guess, this. πŸ™‚

It’s still a tiny space so we had to keep things fairly simple, which was a task with such a long “need list” of entryway necessities. Some of those included, coat storage, mail organization, shoe storage, winter wear storage, keys catch-all, and of course a mirror to check out your style… or lately, my lack thereof. Basically, storage, storage, and a little more storage, which is exactly what we ended up with. Starting from the bottom, we used one of the over-sized baskets that we mentioned here. It’s the perfect size to collect our daily shoes in. Our gloves, scarves, and other winter gear is stored in the ottoman to the left, an awesome buy from target at only $59 (we actually snagged two of them). We knew that we wanted to have several storage options so we chose an open console table with space for that below. This one we picked up on a trip to Ikea, which is technically a dressing table but we’ve found it to work just fine for our purposes. It even has a nice drawer for keeping things like ipod and phone chargers.

One of my absolute favorite items in our entire home is this change jar. We found a vintage apothecary jar on Etsy, but it could easily be done with one like this from Target. Add a little black chalkboard paint and you have instant function. Yes, this mini DIY project turned out pretty charming, but the reason I’m truly in love with my handy jar can be credited to my hubs. We have quite the change issue over here at the R Residence (which is a problem I’d take over many others any day). I’m talking change in the hallway, change in the bedroom, change in the laundry room, change falling out of your shoes and under your pillow kinda problem. Thanks to Big Money up there, yes that’s his name, now we only find change in half those places, ha. And since we are just full of issues over here, I’ll go ahead and lay our keys problem out on the table while we’re on subject. Well, you probably get the point. We’ve been late more than once from misplaced keys. This cute little candle holder ($2.99 at Ikea) does the trick.

And since we’re closing in on the end of this post I should mention the starting piece from this entire space, duh. Our oh-so-wonderful rustic mirror. I admit, we splurged a little on this guy, but it was oh-so worth it! We’re loving the modern/rustic vibe that we started with our dining table, so why not continue it. We found him on Etsy (popular place today) at a little shop called, Nature Inspired Crafts. It’s a winner, check it out!

Now, we realize that this space is still far from being finished. We still need a little color and some lighting (in the works), but we’re well on our way πŸ™‚ What do you guys think? What do you use for entryway storage? What problems have you run into with compact entryways?

January 10, 2011


I have been eyeing these delicious Beachcomber Baskets over at Pottery Barn for quite some time now. Aren’t they precious?

I’m loving the oversized look and the chunky weave. Definitely a new style this year. They would be perfect for an entryway to hold anything from shoes, to scarves and gloves, whatever your heart desires.Β The problem? The price is not as oh so nice. I’m talking $70 – $200 per basket. Yikes!

Unfortunately, it was too late. I’d fallen for them. So, I was left with only one option. Gut the Internet. This is a process where I find something that I deem absolutely necessary to have in order to continue with my day. I then scour the earth in effort to find an alternative. Okay, a little dramatic. But here’s what I found!

Crate & Barrel’s Basay Basket at $60! Compare that to PB’s similar sized basket (extra large round) at $130! Talk about saving some money. More than half the price. Great success! But…. You know me, I couldn’t just stop there.

What is that above you ask? Let me just tell you. Ballard Designs is offering a set of three (yes three!) woven baskets for just $99!! Sized as small, medium, and large which can be very misleading. The small is 11″H x 19″W x 10 “D. I’d say that’s large, meaning you get three oversized baskets at around 33 bucks a pop! We’re talking 1/4 the price of PB’s. Not to mention they’re better looking baskets. SOLD.

And if the organizer in you really wants to go crazy. How about these adorable little label holders?

I think yes.

PS – We’re finishing up the kitchen/hall floors tonight! Check back tomorrow for the updates!

Jessie R.