The entryway in our house is really more of a nook. A very tiny nook – if you open the door too far it actually hits the wall across from it.
When you walk through the front door, to the left is a small closet
and to your right is an empty space – at least it was empty when we bought the house. It looked like this:
There were two things I immediately envisioned for this house the moment I walked in 1) bookshelves along the back wall in the living room, and 2) a built-in bench and shelf in this little entry “nook”.
For the longest time, I had wanted an entry system similar to these at Pottery Barn:
As soon as I saw that nook, I knew it would be the perfect space for us to do a built-in version of the Pottery Barn bench and shelf. As it turns out, I was right. 🙂
We built this probably a year after we moved in (and by we, I mean Jordan – I just drew the plan on paper), and I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s the perfect spot for us to hang our coats, drop my purse, and keep the dog’s leash.
We use the baskets up top to keep scarves, sunglasses and hats within easy reach, the basket underneath stores shoes and boots, and the bench provides a place to put them on and take them off. And we can’t forget the jar of dog biscuits to reward Alice for good behavior after a walk. 🙂
I gave the walls in the entry a quick refresh with paint this weekend and it really brightened the space. I used a Benjamin Moore color called Cloud Cover – it’s a beautiful creamy white with just a hint of gray and I love how fresh it makes the space feel. I’ve used the same color up the stair walls and upstairs hall as well and I like the subtle contrast it provides with our trim and ceiling (painted Benjamin Moore Simply White).
Our bench is not as wide as most benches of this style, so I had trouble finding a cushion to fit. I’m not much of a seamstress, and the cost of having a cushion custom made was more than I wanted to spend, so I picked up two dining chair cushions from World Market and they fit perfectly. I added a couple of pillows I had stashed away and our charming little entry bench is complete!
I’m thinking of hanging a basket of some sort on one of the adjoining walls to hold mail or other items needing attention, but I haven’t found what I’m looking for yet. I didn’t really find much of a need for one until I forgot a check that needed to be mailed on the bench before leaving for work one day. When I got home the only thing left of it was a small corner of the envelope – Alice apparently thought she needed an afternoon snack that day. 🙂
What do you think of our little bench? How do you keep your entry organized in your home? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.