Skip to main content

Entryway: The Start of Something BIG

I've been having a hard time taking photos of the entryway -- being tall and narrow. So, here's what I've come up with so far.

In this angle, yes, you'll see the gold pendants I made for Christmas falling down. Classy! But you'll also see that piece of molding under the second floor railing. See it?

OK now imagine if I continued it into the entryway -- all the way around ... thus dividing the tall space into two. That's good, right?

The top half would be painted the glorious white that I'd like to paint all the awful beige walls.

The bottom half, well, that's the fun part. It can be just about anything! I thought about adding some built ins or bold wallpaper. I have a Pinterest board that is slowly getting filled with inspiration.

BUT, maybe I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning...

What are my goals for my entryway?

1. Hooks! This space isn't a daily dropzone, but I have lots of neighbors and playdates who traipse in through this door and drop their stuff on the floor. I recently installed two hooks and they're usually full. I need at least four more. And, if you know me at all, you know that I love hooks.

2. Display. Because this area is a transition space that you'll just pass through, it's a good place to display collections or treasures. I'd love to fill it with colorful art and maybe my milk glass collection.

3. WOW factor.  I want people to walk into the house and think, "this is cool! I wonder what the rest of the house looks like." Colorful, lively and functional. A preview to the rest of the house and the family who lives here.

4. Organization. I gotta have some baskets or drawers -- right? Because something is going to be stored in here. Right now, the shelves include our record collection and a bunch of coloring books.

5. A Place to Sit. Because, really, putting on shoes (or snow boots) is so much easier when you've got someplace to plop your rear end, am I right? I have fantasies of a post-modern upholstered bench.

The thing with this entry way is that's pretty narrow -- as I started saying at the top of this post. And one wall is the French doors into our office. So, it's not like I can install deep cabinets or shelves.

Is your mind whirling with ideas? Mine is.

To be continued ...


Related posts: 
See all the "Entryway" posts

Comments

Most Popular Posts This Month

Reusable Cotton Rounds

Maybe one of the things I'm digging so much about this plastic-free venture is getting to be a little creative and crafty. It's a fun challenge to figure out the better choices and make them.

When looking through the bathroom for easy swaps, I zeroed in on those little cotton pads I use to remove mascara and swipe on face toner.  Harvesting cotton, pressing it into little disks only for me to use it once and throw it away!? Plus, I'm spending 5€ for a plastic bag of them every few months? I can do better.

A little Pinteresting found a quick step-by-step to make these reusable pads. You can find better direction here, but basically I....

1 - traced circles in color flannel fabric using a water glass.
2 - Pinned three pieces together.
3 - Used a tight zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine to close up the edges.
4 - Last, I trimmed around the edges and repurposed a pickle jar to store them. 

Nothing to it.

I wash them with the kitchen rags on a hot water setting. And I've i…

Three New Plastic-Free Swaps

This week I've been thinking about the plastic-free swaps that are slowly getting added to our home. One thing I read a lot is the misconception that you need to "buy all this new stuff" to go plastic-free. And that's kinda silly. I mean, the idea of buying a lot to become sustainable is a littlecontradictory, right?

Chances are, you have a reusable water bottle and shopping bag rattling around the house, or you can probably ask a family member for one. And you've already created a pretty good swap.

While I DO like shopping, I'm a touch frugal. So, I'm swapping out plastic items that are ready for replacement with more renewable sources as they need to be replaced. Here are the latest three.

First up, replacing our plastic toothbrushes for bamboo. 
While usually I buy Preserve toothbrushes, made of 100% recycled plastic, mostly yogurt cups, I wanted to switch to a sustainable material. Bamboo! This Bam and Boo company offers a 3-month subscription and, mos…

My Tips for Visiting Paris

One of the absolute joys of being an expat living in Paris is that I can be a tourist without the jet lag and limited luggage space for new shoes. It's such a privilege! Having traveled to Paris several times, with and without kids, I have a few tips I can share to make your trip here enjoyable.

Wear good walking shoes. Paris is one of the most walkable cities. You can start at the Notre Dame, walk to the Louvre along the river, and up the Champs-Elysees in one day. Or over to the Palais Garnier. And just strolling through neighborhoods, picking up snacks, desserts, etc., is the reason to come here. It's beautiful. But it can also be hell if your shoes are too tight. I love my grey Nike sneakers or a pair of trusty Birkenstock sandals for when the weather is nice.

To blend in with the local gals, you'll want to pack a scarf. Or two. I love a scarf and always travel with one, because it's a blanket/pillow on a plane, and an extra layer while walking around -- adding jus…