I’m on a mini-quest to complete 14 semi-creative projects in 2014.
I did 12 projects in 2012 after being inspired by Elise’s projects, took a break in 2013, and now I’m back at it again. I don’t have a full list planned out, but I’m well on my way to getting these projects done. I already crossed another project off the list: make sushi.
The second completed project on my list of 14 projects for 2014 is our Entryway.
A little background: Our last apartment didn’t have a real entryway. You opened the door and you were in the apartment and kind of in the way of the TV. There wasn’t a lot of space to open the door all the way, and our “landing station” consisted of two koa wood bowls on a thrifted stool. It was adorable, but not very functional.
Now that we’re in a different place, we have a proper entrance and the perfect spot for a landing station. I repurposed one of my IKEA EXPEDIT cubes to act as our main piece as you walk through the front door. The EXPEDIT was originally in my “office area” holding a bunch of stuff, but now it’s at the door. I took the drawers from another EXPEDIT I was using as my dresser and asked Alex to install it in these drawers. He uses the drawers for his running things – flashing arm band, holder for his phone, his ear buds, etc. The three other spaces have white baskets (similar here) to hold our shoes and my bags/sweaters that I normally just dump on the floor as I get into the apartment. We try not to wear shoes in the apartment because people aren’t great about picking up dog waste outside and cleaning that out of the carpet is a nightmare.
On top of the Expedit is a basket that we share for our keys, garage opener, and other tidbits that need to go out the door with us on the regular. We have some kinckacks here that may rotate throughout the year.
I was originally going to hang my paint chip project in the space above the landing station, but Alex and I felt that it may be too overpowering considering its size.
After considering a few of the prints we have in our collection already and thinking about creating something new for the space, I decided to leave the space empty until something called to us.
I searched one of my favorite sites, RedBubble, after finding out that there are new semi-gloss posters available now. I normally search under the “nerd” section when planning which shirts to wear at comic book conventions (one of my favorite shops is by Campfire Chic friend Jen) but I thought we should stick with something a little more nature-y. These prints by Nic Squirrell seemed like the perfect solution for our small space – we are able to fit two pieces on the wall without it feeling overwhelming. While at TJMaxx looking at frames to use for these prints, I casually mentioned to Alex how using pant hangers was “a thing” and after looking at the price difference ($40 for frames compared to $4 for a set of 4 hangers), we made our way home with the hangers.
Tips for creating a landing station of your own
- Know what you need – if you need a bowl for your keys, get a bowl. If you can’t share with your roommates/family, get separate bowls. That sort of thing. If you know you need an incoming/outgoing mail center, make it fit in with the rest of the space. If this entryway is going to act as a desk for you to pay your bills, find a hallway table that can fit a small ottoman underneath – the ottoman can act as extra seating when you have guests! If you’re in a snowy part of the world, a boot pan that can slide under the landing station may be what you need
- Repurpose where you can – the basket is from a Mrs. Fields gift basket from work, we already owned the EXPEDIT, we had the tabletop decorations and the drawer elsewhere but pulled them into this space to make it feel homey as soon as you walk in
- Find inexpensive alternatives – the original basket idea we had for our storage sections were between $14-16 each! Thankfully, we found these other baskets at IKEA for around $8 each. They don’t come in many colors, but the white helps us see everything that’s in the baskets without things blending into the dark color of the EXPEDIT
- Prioritize space – Just because there is space to collect things doesn’t mean there is space to collect all the things. Try to keep your piles of mail, the keys, the purses, the receipts, and all the other junk we bring home to a minimum in this space. It’s the first thing you see when you get home and clutter shouldn’t be part of it
- Schedule a clean-up day – Just because this space is catching all of your crap as you walk through the door doesn’t mean can be ignored for long. I like to go through the shoes every other week and see what shoes can be moved back into my closet (like, my boots move back into my closet when the weather gets warm and my sandals come out), what cardigans need to be hung up, and what random things need to find a different home. It’s a good time to also dust the area and re-evaluate what you need there and what can be moved or repurposed in another part of your home
What suggestions do you have for small spaces?
The prints in today’s post were generously given to me by Redbubble – one of my favorite places to shop online when it comes to finding geeky tees for conventions. Redbubble has much more than shirts – they even have poster sized prints, iPad cases, and phone cases of popular designs! With so many artists selling on Redbubble, you’re bound to find something you absolutely love. Shipping was quick, which was nice considering I wanted to finish this project without delay. Find prints like these and more on Redbubble.com. While Redbubble supplied the prints shown in this post, the opinions expressed are my own.