I guess I can't really say this is an update since there was really nothing there before, huh? We moved into this home last Spring and although there is somewhat of a formal entry, it lacked a little panache. I'm not sure I've quite achieved the 'panache' that I wanted to, but I thought I would share at least the beginning stages with you.
To top off the need for a 'formal delineation' of this space, people (especially my oldest) would come in and deposit her shoes by the front door. There were so many times when I found 6-8 pairs of her shoes there! Now, that's just over-the-top. One or two, I'm fine with that. But after that, take some responsibility, already! Her solution sounded like one of my own: "Mom, I'll put a basket there!" because she knows my penchant for baskets. But too many baskets solving problems is a problem in and of itself.
I really wanted a leaning floor mirror for this space. A large, leaning floor mirror. But since there are hardwood floors in this space, I sure didn't want something heavy to go slipping and sliding, hurting someone and resulting in a law suit. Lord knows, that's the last thing I need to cap off my pace of life at the moment! I had a much smaller-than-leaning-but rather-hanging wall mirror in my office that I had taken down so I decided to paint it and hang a shelf below it for candles, flowers, mail, and keys. Here's a picture of it all taped off to paint:
The shelf I intended to use? I've had it for many years. Probably 10 or more. In fact, it used to hang in the eldest's room with pegs for jackets and the top surface for 'things-to-remember-to-take-to-school'. It served a practical use. I had painted it a gloss white, congruent with her 'little-girl-style' at the time, and it had corkboard for 'notes' between the pegs and the top shelf.
Never think that something you have CAN'T be use more than once, or in more places than one, or for more purposes than one. During our recent garage sale, I had thought to sell it, but in the catch of the moment, I kept it. So I pulled it out recently, painted it black and. . . voila! The result:
I put the candle holders on it that Aly gave me for Christmas one year. I confiscated this amazingly real-looking orchid from my bedroom dresser, and I think the overall effect is cozy and welcoming. I still intend to cover the space originally covered by cork-board with a coordinating fabric (perhaps in a French bulletin board type of style). But for now? Who would know the difference? I'll show a picture of the entire entry at a later date. . . when I feel it's ALL more finished. And I'll get something else for my dresser!
It is still stylish AND practical. . . an "A" in my book.
(Don't you love the reflection of my piano and painting?!)