Despite only just now posting about my entryway, it was actually the first space I updated and designed when I moved into my apartment nearly three years ago.
A dingy, half torn down shade (not pictured) had adorned the windowed door, while a dilapidated shelf and IKEA cabinet (which stuck out like a sore thumb, despite its slim profile) haphazardly hung on the wall. A far cry from anything resembling a welcoming space, it screamed “enter if you dare.”
More of a breezeway than an entryway, I needed to make a bold statement in order to capture visitors’ attention, but didn’t want to overpower the small space. Similar to my equally tiny bathroom, I went with a neutral palette of white, cream and black, but mixed in several different patterns (six, to be exact) to create playful intrigue. Using a high gloss white, I painted and installed a new shelf and topped it with patterned canvas totes to store extra bed sheets, blankets and beach towels. I also painted the existing storage cabinet, opting for the same color as the wall (an eggshell off-white) to create a minimalistic effect, and swapped out the original wood pulls for vintage brass knobs I picked up from the flea market. I styled the top of the cabinet with additional flea market finds (the sign says “Derby”) and a modern white potted aloe vera plant from IKEA. For the door, rather than configuring a whole new window covering system, I simply used the existing IKEA roller kit, but replaced the old shade with one I sewed. Lastly, I installed a few decorative storage hooks to hold my ironing board, beach bags, hats and a purse, then finished off the look with a southwestern patterned rug.
Three years and several projects later, this is still one of my favorite makeovers! It makes me so happy to come home to every day, especially since it’s pretty much the only area in my house that’s never a mess. Ha!
– S A D Y E E V Y N R E I S H
Rug, canvas totes + metal antler hooks (old) // HomeGoods
Shade fabric // Nate Berkus from JoAnn Fabrics
Ironing board cover + jar with rope netting (old) // TJ Maxx
Shelf supplies (wood, brackets, screws + paint) // HomeDepot
Brass knobs, “Derby” sign + real antlers (vintage) // flea market finds