Small Entry Hallway

I have shared some pictures here on the blog of the small entry hallway of our home. It’s one of those areas that calls for all the creativity I can bring. How do you add personality and function to an area that is basically a hall, with a door that opens into it?

Over the years, I have tried a few looks.

Even though it’s a small area, there is some separation from the living room. Usually, there are mail and keys, a coffee cup and random other items on that half wall. It’s a very convenient landing zone.

This past weekend I went thrifting and found a bamboo mirror, which has always been on my wish list. Did I tell you that right now I am on the hunt for any rattan, bamboo, vintage wicker “stuff”? I do have my eye out for those items, so when I saw this mirror for $20 I grabbed it. I didn’t know where I was going to put it but I knew it had to go in my house. Guess which area needed a big shot of pizzaz?

It’s hard to appreciate at this angle. However, when you walk in the front door, this is the first thing you will see.

Once past, the first step into the house, your eye falls to the hallway and opening to the living room. The skylight, which was here when we bought the house, really floods this area with light.

This little section of the living room is not really part of the living room yet it kind of is, let’s say, the edge of the living room. It’s up to me to define the space. I think of it as an extension of my entry way.

After several ho-hum efforts I am trying out this iron rack as a kind of filing system/organizer for those items that used to go on the half wall. I can stage my library books that I need to return and the old box can hold the mail that until now sat on my kitchen island. For the time being, and blog purposes, I put some decorative flowers on there too.

Of course Mr. Bee will have to be trained on the new procedure.

Also, I changed up the little area that is behind the front door.


I think these small areas can require more effort and creativity than the larger ones.

I couldn’t resist this vintage botanical print. I’m not sure it’s getting its due in this passageway, so we will see if it stays here.

I am trying a few different looks on this rack.

I found a few other exciting items on this thrift store binge. I can’t wait to show you.

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