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Inviting Entryway

It takes a while to settle into any new home. This certainly holds true when you build two homes in two years time like I did. While I plan to take my time on certain projects, an entryway holds some level of importance as it is the first impression to the home.

Our entryway is light and bright but small. It was a challenging space in terms of furniture size and how to jazz it up. While I still ponder what the space should truly be someday, for now I had a plan. The plan was to find an existing piece of furniture and for a max budget of $100, decorate it so that it feels inviting but also purposeful.

Below is a "BEFORE" photo of what the entryway looked like just a couple days ago:
BEFORE
Over the last few days I had some time to pick up various items at local shops that I thought might work well in the space. Also, I had a mission-style sofa table that was collecting dust in another location of the home. Turns out that it is pretty much the exact dimension of the entryway (give or take a couple of inches). I used the sofa table and a neutral tone floral table runner that I owned to set the scene. Here are a couple shots of the "AFTER":
AFTER
Some of the detail pieces I used were items I already owned, like the metal egg basket below that is filled with sones and shells that we collect at the beach in Wellfleet each summer. The picture frames I found in basement storage boxes and the Lincoln print is a favorite of my history teacher husband.

The wall unit below was a "scratch and dent" deal at Homegoods for $36. The chalkboard hangers were $5 on clearance and I chose to write our home address on them. For now they are housing a couple fun knick knacks I own.
The bins below are perfect for a lot of kid clutter, stationary and books that I wanted to try and hide. They fit well under the mission table and I LOVE the look of both of them. 
Storage Crate for Books, etc.
Storage Basket for Larger Misc. items
For now I'm happy with how this all came out. It's fun to try and find new purpose for existing items and pair them with some new finds. It's amazing just how much stuff you can find lying around your home, and it's fun searching. This whole project cost me right around $100 and gave some life to my drab entryway.

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