Date: June 1, 2016

My Small Space Entryway Solution

Small Space Entryway Challenges

Small spaces can pose certain challenges.  For me, this is most true in my entryway, which is scarcely big enough to open the door and allow guests in without encroaching on their path.  I have to immediately wave them up the stairs so I can close the door behind them.  Needless to say, there is little space to store jackets, bags, and my dog’s leash–all of the things that are ideally stored close to the exit.

Mercifully, the builders did allow for a small, recessed space behind that door that–if I was strategic–would allow for a little bit of storage.  I also longed for a small seat where I could put my shoes on.  However, I only had about a foot of depth to work with.

My Small Space Entry Solution on

Small Space Entryway Solution

Step one was to find a small perch that was only about a foot deep.  As you can see from the pictures, I ultimately went with a furry, three-legged stool, which you can read about in the previous post.  And step two was simply to hang a coat rack.  I chose a classic mid century design that has more hooks than I will probably ever need.  All in all, it was pretty easy.  I’m not sure why it took me so long to check this project off my “to do” list.

MotleyDecor: My Small Space Entryway Solution

The other advantage of this set up was creating a visually pleasing last impression.  My guests might not initially see where I hang their coats and bags.  Still, on their way out, as they’re climbing down the stairs, that wall behind the door is in plain view.  And shouldn’t the last image they see of my house be pretty?  With that in mind, I added that glazed ceramic floor vase to add balance to the scene and double as an umbrella stand.  (You know–in case it ever rains here in Southern California.  A girl can hope…)

So, what do you think?  Functionally, it’s worked out well so far.  However, I welcome comments and other ideas.

Furry Stool Makeover

$25 Craigslist Score | Shopping with Gwen | Motley Decor

I take great pride in finding a good deal and Craig’s list has always been good to me in that respect.  Case in point–my latest acquisition–a $25, three-legged, triangular stool with gold, cabriole legs that hit the ground and then spiral like pumpkin stems.

Although, I can’t say this find was exactly what I was looking for, a few things drew me towards it.  First, it was only $25.  Secondly, the dimensions worked in my favor.  I was in search of something small enough to fit behind my front door that I could sit on to put on my shoes before leaving the house.  And finally, I had never seen anything like it before.  This a particular weakness of mine.  I spend hours each week scouring the internet for various pieces of furniture and vintage items.  So, it’s not often that I come across the unfamiliar.  However, when I do, my hunter-gatherer instincts surface and I feel compelled to add it to my collection.  So, one sunny Sunday morning, Gwen (pictured above) and I set out to collect our new stool with cash in hand.

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For aesthetics and hygiene reasons, I always like to reupholster anything I buy second-hand.  Luckily, I still had some long, black, faux fur leftover from my Kelly Wearstler-inspired chair makeover that I thought would suit my new stool well.  Recovering a pop off seat is pretty simple and I’ve discussed it a couple of times already on this blog–both in the previously linked post and on my Fortuny-inspired footstool post.  So, I won’t bore you with it here once again.

In any case, I was pleased with the results.  The stool now feels a bit edgier and, although the faux fur may be a little trendy, I didn’t spend any additional funds on the fabric.  So, I can recover it in the future with no remorse if (or when) this whole faux fur/sheepskin trend gets played out.  Please check out my next post to see how the stool looks in my entryway.


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