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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.

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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.

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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.

Storage Meets Style

Thanks to PopSugar for picking this picture of my guest room’s nightstand off of Instagram and featuring it as bedroom inspiration on their site.

Living in a small home means maximizing storage potential.  This nightstand by Sunpan affords a decent amount of room, especially in a vertical capacity.  (Thus, the stacks upon stacks.)  However, I didn’t want to just shove books in this open, clearly visible space.  So, I added decorative objects: a watercolor eye miniature by my sister (which I’ve since moved to my gallery wall)  and a smoky quartz specimen on a brass stand.  The goal was to achieve a styled look.

I guess PopSugar thinks I pulled it off.  This made my day!  Follow me on Instagram for more posts like this.

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