Monday, March 26, 2012

FOYER ENTRY AREA


We had this small, empty spot right next to the front door.  It's kind of tiny for any big piece of furniture but we wanted to have some sort of entry/exit stopping off point by the door.  Originally, I thought about a coat rack but I got a wall mounted one a few weeks ago (mounted just across the open doorway on the other side of the foyer) and so we decided we needed some sort of table as a focal point for the spot.





The first thing we did was look for a table that would fit. A couple of weeks ago, we found this great little table at Nadeau, and it fit the narrow spot perfectly.  It was the same color as the desk we recently got which is at the other end of the foyer.  It also had a small drawer, and a lower shelf so that was perfect. Of course, we can't just have a table with nothing else around it.



So, in comes this mirror that I salvaged off the street a few years ago.  I think it was part of a dresser once upon a time. It's got some great art deco type details etched on it, and some of the silvering is coming off in spots which we feel just adds to the vintage look.  I decided to mount it on the wall above the table.

 



Next, I found a small key rail at Target and mounted that below the mirror.  We had this antique bowl that's been hanging around forever, so I put that on the table (on top of a doily) to give us a spot to throw whatever we want in there as we go in (or out).





 

Here is a close up of the mirror after it was mounted.  I just used those standard plastic mirror mounting clips.  Then, I pulled out these two wall pocket vases that I picked up a few years ago and hung those on each side of the mirror.
Finally, I added a basket on the bottom for additional storage (can you ever have TOO many baskets?) and voila!  Finished!From unused spot to a place to keep the keys, check yourself in the mirror before going out the door, a bowl to drop off the cell phone or loose change, and a drawer where we can keep stuff we might need as we head out the door.  The perfect solution for this previously unused small space. So look around your own house for that small space you don't know what to put there and maybe you can find enough room to create your own little organized spot.

16 comments:

carolyn said...

Wow, that is so pretty. Thanks. I have a spot that I didn't know what to do with and I just might be able to pull this off. by the way, I love those vases with the flowers. Too pretty!

Marcia said...

I like it! I'm enjoying reading how your decorating your little farm house. Seems like you should be featured in some future issue of Country Living magazine or something like that.

1st Man said...

Thank you for that. I hope it works for you. Just a few things together can make such a difference. I hope it works for you. Please come back soon!!

1st Man said...

Wow, what a compliment! I don't think we're there, yet (LOL) but we are trying slowly and surely to make it a comfortable little home. It's funny, we use pictures from Country Living (thanks to a dear friend who gave us a subscription last year when we close) as inspiration. You are very kind to say that, thank you again.

Anonymous said...

I agreen with Marcia, that is just beautiful. Keep up the good work.

casey said...

Wow, just beautiful!!

1st Man said...

Anon and Casey - Thank you for the nice compliments. It's just our crazy little farmhouse. We want it to be comfortable and practical and most of all just simple. Hope we're getting there. Thanks again to both of you for commenting!!

dianefaith said...

Simple, functional, and beautiful -- all in one small corner. I love that about small spaces -- that you really have to think about what to do, instead of simply placing something there.

Lurach said...

It looks perfect! You are so talented at finding just the right pieces to complement whatever space you're decorating.

redhorse said...

I love the whole thing. You packed so much into a tiny space, and so tastefully. No, you can never have too many baskets, it's a universal law.

Susannah Sanford said...

love the little table and the doily, in particular! adorable.

Alison said...

You are an amazing decorator! Nuf said.

1st Man said...

Exactly!! It's just a small space that it might be easy to just stick a table there and hang a picture but with a small house (900 square feet) we're going to always be looking for ways to maximize the space. Thanks as always for taking the time to comment!!!

1st Man said...

Thank you for that! We try to get it right, sometimes we feel we might miss though on occasion, but comments like yours make us think we're doing something right, ha. Thanks again!!

1st Man said...

Ha, thanks!! I figured there was some sort of universal law about baskets!! LOL! Thanks again, very kind!!

1st Man said...

Thanks! that doily was made by my grandmother. She used to crank those out by the dozens, ha. I wish I had them all but have just a few now. Thanks for the comment!!