We don’t have much of an entryway at the Farmette; when you walk in the front door it dumps you right into the heart of the house. Though it’s technically the only designated living room space in the house, we have repurposed it into the dining room as it is completely open to the kitchen.
Our previous house didn’t have much of an entryway either, but it was never an issue because we always parked in the garage (which opened up immediately to the mud room). I’m now realizing that I never appreciated that space enough! Somewhere to drop shoes and dump backpacks out of the way and out of sight. With three of us girls in the house, I am drowning in shoes! James tries his best to enforce the “shoes belong in the bedroom” rule, but it’s just not sticking… and I might be the worst offender.
As James finishes up my farmhouse table (eeeeek!) and it gets closer to time to bring it inside, I’ve been dreaming up ways to improve the flow of the entryway into the dining room. Seating would be nice, simple storage is a must, and it has to make sense in the small space. I’ve been keeping my eye out for a vintage church pew at all the antique shops here but haven’t found anything yet. I found plans online for James to build one, but with all the other projects we have going, I’m not sure when we will get to it on the list. Until then, I will just be drooling over these gorgeous entryways from friends:
I love the simple hooks + seating here from the blog Skreytumhus. The blog isn’t in English, so I wasn’t able to find the exact post from the Pinterest link. I’m hesitant to go with a bench in this space because we plan to eventually build benches to match our table.
If I decide to drop the seating requirement, this idea from Liz Marie Blog would be perfect. That is exactly what our entry looks like- just a little open space between the front door and a large double window to the right. I love the DIY Rustic Entryway Coat Rack– perfect to hold my purse and maybe a backpack or two.
This Wood and Pipe Entryway Organizer is another great idea. I like that it’s all one piece and would fit in the space perfectly, but it’s also something James would have to build. You can get the full DIY tutorial on Making Home Base.
I am dying over these vintage theater seats that Perfecting the Homefront found! I can just see my three little ones sitting there with their feet dangling above the floor.
This setup from Bless’er House is probably the closest to what I’m envisioning in my mind. I’m hoping to do a similar board and batten wall treatment as well… if we ever get that far down the to-do list. (Totally jealous that she scored that bench for $35!)
After months of working on projects outside or unseen (attic duct work, etc), I’m getting anxious to start beautifying the inside. Especially with the holidays right around the corner, I am just dying to setup some cute Christmas vignettes! I can just see a sweet little wreath hanging from one of the hooks and a couple plaid pillows on the pew. I’d love to see your entry way (bonus points if it’s decked out for Christmas!)- tag me on Instagram @Farmette825.