Thursday, July 9, 2015

Something's Missing... Foyer Edition

I shared my front porch and foyer earlier this week on the blog. But, as is every room in my apartment, it's a work in progress. There are a few things I know that are missing and I'm leaning toward DIY...

The first very obvious thing that is missing is a coat rack of any kind. There is a coat closet up in the main part of the apartment, but who wants to trek all the way to the back of the apartment to hang up their coat? It hasn't been an issue for us yet since we moved in the spring, but I know how tiring it will get in the winter. 

I like the idea of these simple paint dipped ones from Nellie Bellie. And, I could make a lot for very little $$$.

These faceted wall hooks are to die for, but I don't have all the tools I'd need for them... Boo.

And this modern coat rack - made of just concrete and broomsticks - definitely caught my eye!

Although this coat rack made me stop and stare...But it does take up more floor real estate, which I don't have a lot of in this space.

If I did decide to buy rather than DIY, I'm in love with these coat hooks from CB2.

Or, the way Cup of Jo used the Fintorp IKEA system is another great option and would totally work for us.

I also have some ideas for art on that big blank wall that faces the door and am thinking of some better options for where to put our shoes... stay tuned!

***All of the DIY options are pinned from the original source over on my Crafternoons Pinterest board, and the options for purchase are on my New Apartment board. Please pin from original source. You may also to get a sneak peek at some of my upcoming project ideas! ***

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Come on in!

 I think the entryway of the home is SO important. Often, it's the only part of the home that someone will see. Think of the last time a friend popped over to just drop something off. You probably found yourself leaning against the door frame and chatting, allowing plenty of time for their eyes to roam over your space and assess your style.

Our last apartment was garden style, and while the brick buildings and big, shady trees on the exterior painted a pretty picture, the medicinal green tile and khaki-colored walls in the stairwell weren't the most welcoming. It was cold, clinical, and not at all inviting. Once you stepped into our apartment, things warmed up a bit, but I always hated that the first impression people had was walking up that stairwell that always smelled of other people's food.

Now, our entrance is much more welcoming. There's greenery and trees, and my little herb garden to say "hello!"

The little black oval on the door is actually our doorbell! It was painted some sort of weird yellow (I think the original idea was that it was "gold" to match the lock and doorknob but it definitely missed the mark); I went over it in black to make it stand out more. This was a key functional change, as the front door is down the stairs from the rest of the apartment, and we keep the door at the top of the stairs closed for much needed temperature control. A knock simply is not loud enough for us to hear!

Right inside the door, I like to have a mirror. It just lets you take one last look before you head out into the world. And this dresser is the same IKEA one that was completely busted in our old apartment. Layne removed the drawers and gave me shelves instead. It was white in its past life, but I painted over it in Tricorn Black paint from Sherwin Williams, sealed it with high gloss polycrylic, and gave the hardware an update with my favorite gold spray paint, Rust-oleum Metallic Gold. I used Live Love DIY's tutorial for painting laminate furniture to make sure this high traffic piece would hold up.

The rug was a TJMaxx steal - $15 and it's just about the perfect size for this awkward space. I have the white side up now, but it's reversible. I think in winter I'll flip it so we drip snow on the side that will hide it better.

The plate was a present from my mom. I think it may have worked better in my head than it does now that I see it in the space, but I'm holding off on any changes for now (plus, I love it and want to hang it somewhere)... The key rack is also a new purchase, from Amazon. We have the key plate on top of the dresser, but Layne didn't like that he couldn't see whether or not his keys were there from the top of the stairs.

 So many of my design decisions start with issues of functionality like this. In fact, this whole space right now has been all focused on making it work better for us and being able to use it. I have a few missing pieces to add that will make it even more functional, and a few design additions I would like to add, but all in all I think it's suitably welcoming for now!

Make sure to pop back tomorrow to see some of my future plans and later I'll show off some DIYs through this space!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy 4th!!!

(A few days early...!)

I don't know about you, but I seriously love Independence Day! Great food, high energy, and you end the night with beautiful fireworks exploding in the sky. It is the absolute epitome of summer.

This 4th of July I'll be hitting up my church's pancake breakfast in the morning, heading over to the in laws for some amazing food, and then watching the fireworks down on the National Mall!!! I have wanted to go to the Mall to watch the firework display FOR YEARS but every year it hasn't worked out for whatever lame reason. Finally, I'll get to enjoy the nation's firework display from right underneath them. It's pretty much as patriotic as you can get!!

P.S. Be sure to check out these articles to make the most of your photos on the 4th! This one will help you take those awesome sparkler photos, and this one will help you capture the firework displays as they light up the skies. Enjoy!
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