September 26, 2011

Functional Foyers

When we were looking for our first home, one of my criteria was a mud room.  Call me crazy, but although we were only engaged at the time, I was envisioning us having a busy family that would need to get out the door quickly, or come in from the elements and need a place to sit and remove boots, hats, coats and the like.

Unfortunately, the mud room was one of the compromises when we purchased our home…there wasn’t one and there just isn’t a place for one.  That’s sort-of the price you pay for a 102 year old house in the city…great character…no mudrooms (or closets for that matter, but that’s a post for another day).

Currently, we have a front table in our foyer with a lamp that almost ruined our engagement…let’s just say I wanted a more masculine lamp for our curvy-legged table and my then-fiance, now husband that that was ridiculous…also…can we talk for a moment about how I totally was under the impression that men didn’t care about these things until I moved in with my fiance and found out some of them do?!  But I digress….

Anyway, as you can see, there really isn’t much room in that corner and to the right of the door to the kitchen is just a sliver of space so that won’t work for us either.  But never you fear, because I have found some really great small-foyer-big-storage solutions lurking around Pinterest lately and thought it would be fun to share them with you.

I SO wish I had seen this amazing set from Pottery Barn back when it was, uh, still available in 2006.  Whoops…but it a great visual for how something like that could work in the small corner we have without feeling too top heavy, which was my main concern when we visited this idea a few years ago. (photo via Apartment Therapy)

I also really like the idea of this bench with wainscoting details and hooks.  Even better…it’s a DIY project.  Details can be found over at

Of course, you don’t actually NEED a structured piece to give a foyer more function.  Just look at this beautiful entryway found via Blueprint Bliss.  Just a few stools, a tall case and some rustic hooks make a small, but powerful statement.

And for the minimalist, this great DIY project found over at Design*Sponge is the perfect addition to a small space that truly marries great form and function.

Do you have a mudroom or a faux-mudroom to share?

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