Creating the Perfect Entry

I love my new entry, but it was definitely a point of contention between the husband and me. He likes open spaces and doesn’t care what things look like as long as his 6’3” frame is unlikely to bump into it. I, on the other hand, want everything to look like a magazine.


At the end of the day—or six weeks, if we’re being honest—I finally convinced him that a “landing shelf” would be the perfect compromise between his desire for space and my desire for beauty. Behold:



IKEA Ekby, Century 21, Kate Spade, Michaels, Artwork by friend



Key hook from HomeGoods


After much agonizing, I thought I’d share how I made my space work. Here are my tips on how to make your entryway perfect.


  1. Measure


Our little hallway measures just over three feet, 36 ¾” to be exact. As someone who was hoping to fit an electric piano in that space, I was sorely disappointed when I first saw our place completed. But, I try to find the silver lining in everything, so I fitted the hallway with a pretty shelf instead. Three feet is too narrow for a full 15” console table, so we went with the IKEA Ekby shelf instead. At a mere 11”, 12” if you count the brackets, it leaves plenty of room to walk around and gives us drawer storage too!


  1. Think about color


Our walls are white, which I think makes our small space feel a little bigger. The Ekby matches our walls and the black brackets are a perfect match in a neutral, color-blocking manner. It gives us the opportunity to play with color on top, and display some artwork as well.


  1. Make it practical


This shelf acts as our landing strip, and our “don’t forget me” strip. We added hooks for keys, and a basket for our work bags underneath. I frequently leave reminders for my husband on top, or just items he needs to take with him in the morning. Underneath, I keep the step stool I need for reaching the high up things in my apartment (more on that later), as well as our umbrella stand.


  1. Welcome home


Last weekend we had a belated Mother’s Day brunch with both of our moms. It was the first time either of them would see our apartment with mostly clear floors and our decorations up. I wanted our entry to be welcoming so I sent the husband out for flowers. I’m not a florist, but I know that a single bunch of one type of flower always looks classy. The flowers looked beautiful and gave the entry the last pop of color it needed.


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If you liked this post about my entry, feel free to peruse my previous posts:

Touching on Progress

New Kitchen, New Me


Touching on Progress

After several weeks of running around in life like a headless chicken, more progress has been made!


Last year, anticipating our move, I took an old Hemnes Dresser off the hands of an acquaintance. The dresser was HUGE and I thought it would be perfect for the two of us (after I gave away more than half my clothes). Sadly, when our little apartment was finally ready for move in, I realized there was no way that dresser was coming with us in one piece. I absentmindedly asked my grandfather if he thought that dresser could somehow be divided into two smaller dressers. A lo and behold, my wonderful IKEA hacked Hemnes nightstands!


Originally IKEA Hemnes 8 Drawer Dresser, Kate Spade vase

The other lovely update this weekend is that I finally organized my curio cabinet, rather than leaving all of my china looking like I tossed it in there. The curio has been a bit of struggle since one of the doors has a fracture that we didn’t see until we were almost done putting the cabinet together. Unfortunately, the manufacturer doesn’t have a replacement part, but after they offered me a discount I decided to keep the cabinet. I’m lucky to have many handy people in my life and I think we will find a fix. In the meantime, this is how I’ve staged it!


The one thing that is holding me back is that every time I feel like I’ve made progress on one small space, I look at all of the random boxes left to unpack and feel defeated. Here’s to another week of small steps toward being 100% moved in.