We had been used to using the front closet for storing things like extra light bulbs, batteries, rolls of tape, winter scarves and hats, board games, etc. While some of those things have been relegated to the laundry room, there was still a lack of a place to hang coats - unless you count throwing them over kitchen chairs a solution.
Before: This was an unused nook on the first floor. I installed the row of hooks after we moved in. I actually though of uninstalling them to take a true before picture, then I realized that was crazy talk.
After: In addition to the wall hooks, I purchased a storage bench (for larger board games and blankets) and hung some pictures we already had to dress up the area.
Alternate view of our new "front closet".
Wall Hooks: Wal-Mart
Storage Bench: Target
Picture Frames: Pottery Barn from years ago
Orange coat: Banana Republic
Kids' trench: Old Navy
This just goes to show you what a difference a few simple items can do to make your entryway a little more organized. I still feel like the corner needs a little something, like a vintage sign or a chalkboard, but for now, it is quite functional.
What about you? Are there any entryway dilemmas that you have had to overcome? Please share!