4/10/09

What to do with the entryway

Our entryway is currently a disaster. This is it 'cleaned up'. Normally it is completely overflowing with backpacks, jackets, shoes and...stuff. I'm on a mission to put something together that feels nice when you walk in. This feels not so nice. I bought the MOlger Benches from Ikea thinking I could do something like this image:

Don't know if you can tell, but it isn't working at all like that.

Then I bought a bunch of hooks thinking I could just add a clean row of hooks above the benches, but I'm not so sure anymore. So before I go running around town trying to find anything else, I'm taking a step back and considering what some 'ideal' options would be so that I have more of a vision for the space.

For one thing I think I completely overlooked the importance of hiding half the stuff in some kind of credenza. I haven't moved by Torsby Credenza from my place yet, but it might be the perfect solution: white, simple, clean:


If it was something like that, then there's the possibility of a little display area for a piece of art, a plant, a bowl for keys. Oh and the mail:





I also love the Eames hooks. Don't know if they'd really fit anywhere, but they are great. All these images are from apartment therapy except for the poster which you can buy at Supermarket.

Then maybe if there's enough space left over once the Torsby or some other credenza is in place then I could add this coatrack for the backpacks, etc.



As for the poor Molger benches, I was thinking they could move outside to hold plants on the balcony...

10 comments:

Laurel said...

I am working on our entry way too! I love all your inspirational photos. My first goal- find some place to put the dog food ! Suggestions?

Laurel said...

LOVE your blog!I have actually followed it for quite a while!

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking these are school backpacks with books? In which case, the coatrack might be too unstable to hang them -- esp. if only 1 backpack was there (could tip it over). Maybe something with cubbies is needed for backpacks... like Ikea Expedit on its side with doors - top row have one cubby with door per kid packpack and baskets below for everyone's shoes? Hooks above for coats, hats, scarves. Mail and a decorative tray for keys on top, and there is still room for a poster, lamp, art, etc.

mj

THE BRICK HOUSE said...

ohhh. your inspirations are right on.

I say the white credenza would be fab. I'm on the hunt for an eames hang it all as well - that way no floor space would be taken up by a coat rack would really make the credenza poppity pop.

then you can vignette the crap out of it!

jane said...

Do you have a service porch or any area near the kitchen for the backpacks? I put up a shelf with hooks in my service porch which is right off the kitchen. I've trained my kids to take their lunchboxes out in the kitchen and then hangup the backpacks on the hooks. I (personally) HATED seeing the backpacks in the entryway. For me it made sense to have them near the kitchen for the lunch box aspect, but also because they weren't on view the minute you walked in the house. Good luck!

stacy di said...

we have a coat rack in our entryway, and it is ALWAYS piled high with coats. It's amazing just how much stuff one can put on a hook. Let's just say, it looks less than lovely.

I'm trying to figure out different options for our entry too...I'd love to know what you end up with! Like your ideas so far...

Anne (in Reno) said...

I think that your Molger benches would work a lot better with the baskets in the second picture - so you can't see everything in them like you can now. I'd get half a dozen opaque baskets for that underneath shelf to corral bags, camping gear, shoes etc. and stick a plant under the window. Then get your hip hooks on the wall. It's still nice to have a place to sit and take shoes off or whatever, the credenza still gives you space to stack junk but you lose the seating.

sunnygirlsf said...

I love all the entry ways you showed. I'm entry-way-challenged myself, so I need loads of help. Your photos provided inspiration!

Thanks.

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