The Big Reveal: Our completed entryway

At long last! I've been anxiously waiting for the arrival of our rug to share this completed look. 

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Throughout our entryway refresh, we had to keep functionality in the front of our minds. It's important that our space looks great, but more than anything that it works for us. Every household has a slightly different need from their entryway. Luckily, with just me, Michael, and our pup, Sunny, we had a pretty easy time pinpointing exactly what we needed to keep a functional space. This is what we designed around: 

  • a hook to hang Sunny's leash

  • a hook for our reusable bags

  • a hook for my purse

  • two extra hooks for jackets

  • a basket for Michael's work clothes (he wears nomex coveralls every day and immediately takes them off first thing when he goes through the door)

  • room to slip off shoes

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Shop the look: 

Bench

The exact bench we have isn't for sale anymore, but I got it from Target a few years ago. There are so many great benches out there for right around $100. Here are a my top three picks if I were in the market for a new bench: 

 This one from Overstock is the closest look-alike to what we have!

This one from Overstock is the closest look-alike to what we have!

 I looove this one from Target. Except the bottom crossbar wouldn't work for how we store some of our odds and ends below our current bench.

I looove this one from Target. Except the bottom crossbar wouldn't work for how we store some of our odds and ends below our current bench.

 Another nice option from Target. An upholstered top would add some more texture and warmth.

Another nice option from Target. An upholstered top would add some more texture and warmth.

Hooks

Hooks took me longer to pick out than I would like to admit. I had something very specific in mind but didn't really know what it was. I knew I wanted something that was the perfect blend of modern and vintage, a warm metal without being too shiny and it had to be a coat and hat style hook. Oh, and also not break the bank. 5 hooks should not cost close to the grand total of the board and batten. 

 I started my search at Anthropologie, my favorite spot for funky hardware. I fell in love with this wire look but couldn't get over the $18/each price tag.

I started my search at Anthropologie, my favorite spot for funky hardware. I fell in love with this wire look but couldn't get over the $18/each price tag.

 Then I moved on to CB2, another great source for more edgy hardware. I loved this slightly asymmetrical look but still wasn't thrilled with the $12/each price.

Then I moved on to CB2, another great source for more edgy hardware. I loved this slightly asymmetrical look but still wasn't thrilled with the $12/each price.

 What we ended up with. Can't go wrong with a 10 pack for $15.99. I liked that these were simple but still skewed a little bit modern. We didn't want to go too crazy on the hooks because we were doing 5 in a row. They are also sold individually from Home Depot in  nikel and brass  finishes.

What we ended up with. Can't go wrong with a 10 pack for $15.99. I liked that these were simple but still skewed a little bit modern. We didn't want to go too crazy on the hooks because we were doing 5 in a row. They are also sold individually from Home Depot in nikel and brass finishes.

Rug

Finding the perfect rug for this space came down to figuring out the perfect size. We are dealing with a small space and didn't want the rug to overhang too far beyond our bench, so we ended up looking for 2'x5' runners. As much as I would love an ethically sourced and authentic vintage rug, it's simply not in the budget at the moment. But don't for a second think I didn't weigh my options before making a decision. 

 I immediately fell in love with this locally available 24-year-old rug, but sheesh...for $450 there are just so many other things I want more than this.

I immediately fell in love with this locally available 24-year-old rug, but sheesh...for $450 there are just so many other things I want more than this.

 I love Rug & Weave. They have a wide selection for reasonable prices, and I love supporting small businesses, but they didn't have exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something a little more muted and that 2'x5' size is a tough one to come by.

I love Rug & Weave. They have a wide selection for reasonable prices, and I love supporting small businesses, but they didn't have exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something a little more muted and that 2'x5' size is a tough one to come by.

 Overstock's one-of-a-kind selection did it for me again. I recently bought another rug from them for our kitchen and I was pleased to find that this rug was the right size AND the colors I had in mind. It's not vintage, but it has the vintage look I was going for.

Overstock's one-of-a-kind selection did it for me again. I recently bought another rug from them for our kitchen and I was pleased to find that this rug was the right size AND the colors I had in mind. It's not vintage, but it has the vintage look I was going for.

Baskets

For our entryway, we needed two baskets. One for Michael's work clothes, and one for our yucca plant. Michael thought I was insane when I said I wanted a basket to pot our plant in, and was shocked that we were able to find a plastic lined basket exactly for that purpose from Marshalls. 

 This basket from H&M home looks similar to the one we found at Marshalls!

This basket from H&M home looks similar to the one we found at Marshalls!

 This basket from Amazon adds so much texture with the white net overlay.

This basket from Amazon adds so much texture with the white net overlay.

 The basket we got from Target for Michael's work clothes. It's big enough for his clothes and small enough to be tucked under our bench.

The basket we got from Target for Michael's work clothes. It's big enough for his clothes and small enough to be tucked under our bench.

And just in case you forgot, this is a reminder of what this space looked like before. We think we’ve pushed this space quite a ways in the right direction, but what do you think? Should we paint the door? I love that color but it might be a little too close to the wall color now. Either way I’m happy our house is no longer 100% a white box!

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