If you are new here, we are currently living the rental life in a 1500-square-foot apartment in Nashville while we search for our forever home. Luckily, and because we have an attached garage, our entryway is a bit larger for an apartment. This area is the main hub of traffic coming and going and comes with a few pain points. Two years ago I started tackling this project and got sidetracked. So I am circling back around and today I am sharing with you my small space entryway project part one. The mood board I created and ideas I have gathered. Doing this step prior to a home project always helps me to stay focused on the end goal, and keep the style and design tight, while also staying within the set budget.
The end goal is to create and style an entryway that not only functions well for our family of seven (plus a Great Dane), but that is cozy and inviting. And even though this is a temporary space, I believe we can still make things beautiful while also making sure to invest in pieces that can be utilized in the next home.
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 my favorite finds I found:
A great option for a small space that is also budget-friendly. It gives the flat surface space as well as the underneath storage ability.
This one is a look that I love! Cleaner lines and a touch more modern with added drawer space. And even though it doesn’t have a lower shelf, some great storage baskets could still be placed underneath and tucked away.
A fantastic way to add some texture and interesting lines with those rounded ends! If you have the proper space, this table could be great and I love that it has more flat surfaces to add decor including storage.
This one gives a more traditional feel and has a beautiful look to it. It’s also nice and long, but narrow which will help in a smaller entryway.
This one is from Wayfair, but I found it on FB marketplace. The size is perfect, it’s extremely sturdy, and I love that it has added drawer storage on top of the space below to place baskets.
I already have the baskets as well as the rug that I love for the entryway. However, it needs to be finished up with a few additional decor items, some functional pieces to help alleviate some more of the pain points, as well as some added ambiance for a warmer welcome when we walk in the door.
Here are a few findings I have gathered up and will be shopping for:
The baskets I have purchased for this project have since sold out at Target, but here are some that offer the same look and functionality: