Our Entryway Area

I have another room reveal up my sleeve for you…however, it’s not technically a room. It’s just the corner of our living room (I’ll be fully revealing the whole living room sometime later this summer). Because we live in a small bungalow, we need our furniture to be both functional and practical. In other words, we needed this corner to store shoes, coats, hats, and other necessary house¬†items. Closets and storage space is sparse around here!

We had our eye on the Samantha Entryway Collection from Pottery Barn, but we ran across two problems. First and foremost, it was out of our price range. And secondly, it was too wide for the wall we were working with.

Alternate View

To solve both of these issues, we commissioned a local woodworker, which meant we could customize the size of the piece and it was much more affordable(not to mention we were supporting a small, local business Рalways a plus!). 

The results? See below…

entryway-console

entryway-console

entryway-console

And for those of you who religiously follow Restored Style, you’ll remember meeting my letter N from Athropologie a few weeks ago. Well, it resides on the entryway bench. It’s the first thing you see when you open our front door and I think it makes quite the statement.

entryway-console

entryway-console

The baskets seen in the above photos are stuffed with stuff. We LIVE in our home and I hope that comes across in the photos I post on Restored Style. The scarfs are always changing, I actually wear those rain boots (remember, I live in rainy Portland), and Kyle digs into the baskets daily to find his beloved hats. This piece helps us organize our chaotic lives and is a great catch-all for workout bags, purses and my keys, which I’m constantly “misplacing”…

22 thoughts on “Our Entryway Area

  1. Sarah Said:

    That N is ginormous! I love it.

    What a nice job your wordworker did replicating the pottery barn piece.

    The whole area looks great (and very organized)!
    :)
    Sarah

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  2. Lisa Said:

    Looks lovely :-) I have something similar, although mine isn’t as nicely styled. We put a low 9-cube bookshelf and a 27 pair shoe cubby in our entryway. Everyone has their own cubby for hats, sunglasses, shoes, etc.

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  3. Irma Baker Said:

    Love it! Especially if you did not pay PB’s hefty price and the “N” found a great place to make it’s grand statement:)

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  4. Kara Said:

    I LOVE this! I have the same PB photo tagged to do the same thing in our entry way. So cute Kirsten!!

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  5. Kari Said:

    Nice! I am starting to try to corral shoes and stuff and need something like this in our mudroom! Can you pass on the name of your woodworker… Love what you did!!!

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  6. Stacey Said:

    This is great! I absolutely love where you put the letter N. Can you come over and decorate my house? Or at least give me ideas? LOL

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  7. Stacey Said:

    I’m totally kidding but seriously…you’re good

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  8. Two Lovely Spaces Said:

    Nice. Oh how I wish I had a mud room. Apparently in the 1950′s Colonial Revival movement, which is what our house-style is….they were looked over. Love what you did. We have a letter too, but it lives in the guest bath.

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  9. Amanda Said:

    I’m curious if you are willing to share what it costs to have a carpenter make the shelf and bench unit? Did you paint them yourself?

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  10. Jennae @ Green Your Decor Said:

    Beautiful! The N looks just as great as I thought it would :) Thanks for the reminder that I really need to work on my own entry area. When I open my front door, it resembles a disaster area. Not a good look…

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  11. Leila Said:

    Oh I love! What cute styling, and I love that you commissioned a woodworker. Love it!

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  12. Kim Paiement Said:

    so cute kir!

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  13. Stacy Said:

    adorable! Found your blog a month ago and love what you’re doing with the place! I would love to know the wall color. Is it the same as your kitchen? I love your kitchen by the way! Also wondering like someone else did you paint the pieces or did your woodworker?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Stacy! The living room wall color is also Benjamin Moore, but the exact name of it is escaping me! Let me look and I’ll get back to you. I LOVE the color too though, it’s really rich and vibrant. We had our woodworker paint the entry way furniture…we thought we’d just let him finish what he started:). I’ll get back to you on the gray wall color – stand-by!

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  14. Pamela Said:

    Did you ever find out what the gray wall color in your entry way is called? We are in the process of painting our house and I’m kind of obsessed with that color.

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  15. kirsten Said:

    Hi gals! The wall color is Copley Grey from Benjamin Moore. It’s heaven! Happy painting!

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  16. Erin @ Where Beauty Meets Function Said:

    LOVE the entry way!! And I am impressed that you hired a local craftsman to make the shelf and bench!

    Your layering on the top of the shelf is just gorgeous! :)

    I’m totally in love with your blog and your style…I’m definitely your newest follower!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Thanks for visiting, Erin! So glad you found Restored Style:)!

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  17. Janet Joy Said:

    I have the same problem that I need something smaller and will use a carpenter for a custom size. I was curious as the distance you have the hooks from the bench? I’m considering the separation at 48″ so that my longest coat could hang without draping the bench but of course I still have to reach the shelf. Thanks.

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  18. April Said:

    Do you know if your builder would share his blueprints?

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