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Small Space Entryway Mood Board & Ideas

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I have pulled together a small space entryway mood board and ideas for our apartment entryway that we are making over. Catch my favorite finds and ideas on KaraLayne.com

We are currently living in a 1500 square foot apartment while we search for our forever home in Nashville. Luckily, and because we have an attached garage, our entryway is a bit larger for an apartment. This area comes with a lot of pain points since it is the main area of traffic coming and going. We are wanting to infuse style into this area of our temporary home while also tending to those pain points. As I have gone through planning for this project, I have pulled together a small space entryway mood board and ideas. Doing this step prior to a project always helps me to stay focused on the end goal, keep the style and design tight, while also staying on budget. 

The end goal is to create and style an entryway that not only functions well for our family, but that is cozy, and inviting.

Let’s begin with the pain points

  1. There is no place to catch shoes that we remove as soon as we enter through the garage. And with seven people in the home, you can imagine how miserable this gets. Shoes are everywhere in this hallway usually! So we have to have some functioning pieces available that can double as decor and storage.
  2. Currently, we drop keys and wallets around the corner on the built-in desk we have in the dining area. It would be so much more convenient to have these things closer to the garage where we come in and out of.
  3. I would love to find a way to incorporate umbrella storage for easy access since we tend to get a good amount of rain throughout the year here in Nashville.
  4. For little ones needing to put shoes on, I would love there to be something better for them instead of sitting on the floor and getting run over by oncoming traffic.
  5. And, of course, even though it is a small space in our home (and without windows and any natural light, unfortunately) I want this to have a very comforting “welcome home” type of vibe.

Favorite console table finds for a smaller entryway

Originally, we were going to make this console table a DIY project. However, while the Bearded Gent is handling other projects for me I would like to make this entryway happen now instead of waiting. Currently tired of looking at all of those shoes all over the floor!

Knowing that I need decorative storage to tuck shoes away, I know the console table will need to be longer in size. This will allow me to add baskets underneath that can be pushed in after shoes are put on or taken off. I also don’t want it to be light in color. In a high-traffic area such as this, I know I will regret doing anything that will show marks from shoes, bags, and anything else being tossed around. Here’s a handful of favorite finds I found:

I pulled together a small space entryway mood board and ideas for our apartment entryway that we are making over. Catch my favorite finds and ideas on KaraLayne.com

Rentz Console Table from Birch Lane

Above the budget I have set for this project, but I love this look. Straight lines, added storage with those drawers, and the dark color would be wonderful in a high traffic area.

Orion Console Table from Wayfairsmall space friendly!

The finish on this one is gorgeous and the drawers are wonderful for added storage. An easy drop for keys, wallets, etc. While I don’t think this is large enough for what I am wanting to do, I love that it is small-space friendly. The price point is also great too!

Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Console from West Elm

I have been in love with this table from West Elm for some time now. I love that it adds that bit of rustic touch with the wood texture and color, but has cleaner lines. Again, a bit above budget, but I would love to see this one in our future home. Or a recreated version of it that we build!

Everett Foyer Table from World Market

This is a great piece. I love how long it is and the finish is just a bit weathered which is great. However, I feel like I want a more sturdy look to the legs for the table we go with.

Before purchasing brand new, I love looking for a used piece or one that I can upcycle. I’m keeping my eye out for the next week or so, but wanted to make sure and share my top finds and the ones I will be looking at if I can’t find a used piece!

Functional decor finds to maximize and elevate the space

We know we are going to need decorative baskets for tucking shoes away and keeping messes hidden. And I would love something that can double as decor, but also catch things like keys, pocket change, and wallets. Lastly, with no natural light in this small space entryway, I know that I will need to infuse lamp lighting. This will help me to make it inviting and cozy instead of stark and…. not so cozy.

Here are a few findings I have gathered up and will be shopping depending on the table I end up with:

I pulled together a small space entryway mood board and ideas for our apartment entryway that we are making over. Catch my favorite finds and ideas on KaraLayne.com

BASKETS

Threshold Natural Basket from Target

Branas basket from IKEA

Beachcomber basket from Pottery Barn

 

LAMPS

 

Mainstays Ceramic Table Lamp from WalMart

 

ADDITIONAL DECOR POSSIBILITIES

Hand-knotted Jute Runner from Wayfair

Jules Oriental Runner from Wayfair

Carved Wood Accent Table from Target

Fall Magnolia Leaf Stem from AFloral

Ceramic Farmhouse Vase from AFloral

Threshold Classic Wood Round Mirror from Target

 

Pulling the look together

So all in all, here is what I am envisioning. A few different kinds of wood for added texture and warmth and a good balance between function and style. And because fall is around the corner, you better believe there will be some autumn foliage and cozy details – wink!

In a house with seven people, especially when tiny living, I don’t care for home design that doesn’t make sense or design choices that don’t serve our family. I believe you can have a beautiful design and style in the home while also giving everything a task or job to do. This helps me to not only cultivate an ambiance of home comforts but to also give our family a space that works for us and not against us.

I pulled together a small space entryway mood board and ideas for our apartment entryway that we are making over. Catch my favorite finds and ideas on KaraLayne.com

 

I’m going to begin shopping for this project in the next week or so. If you want a look behind the scenes and to come shopping with me, make sure and join me over on Instagram right here. I would love to have this project done like, yesterday. However, a small space entryway that is both cozy and inviting is the goal! Slow and steady wins the race, right?

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