The first impression in the side door is much different then when we first bought our house 15 years ago, the entry was an awkward space. I wish I had photos to show you! The side door opened over the stairs which was interesting when you are carrying small children and groceries. Inside the cramped space were two more doors (one to the sunroom & one to the kitchen). Nine years ago we added a small covered porch and revamped the small space to maximize storage and functionality. We closed off the door to the sunroom, tore out the closet and created the bench and cubbies. We added hooks on the wall opposite the cubbies for extra jackets. The kitchen and family room was renovated at the same time so we were able to take some of what previously was the kitchen and put in two small closets for my husband and myself. This created a transition area to the kitchen, powder room & dining room. The vinyl decal has been there for several years now, people often comment. It kind of sums up our family. A lot of the little touches make it homey, the baskets in the cubbies are all fit with vintage chalkboards, the bench got a homemade ruffle I made from painter’s drop cloth. You can buy them at Home Depot. I just stapled the ruffle right to the bench under the cushion. The baskets underneath the bench add more concealed storage. Almost all the accessories are from Target, the rug, the baskets and pillows. My goal was to make our home warm and welcoming the minute you step in the door.
The table is opposite the vinyl decal wall. This $5 table got a makeover with chalk paint and we hung my grandparents mirror over it. They had it hanging in their little house for 50 years. The table gets changed around often depending on the seasons. I tied the stack of red vintage books with ribbon to make them a little prettier!