Okay so a strange part of my house has always bothered me since we moved in (a year ago by the way, can you believe how fast that went?). My entryway. It-is-so-boring! Blah, blah, blah. I've worked hard to put up cute wreaths on my front door, but once you actually come in to my house the entryway is a great disappointment. So we were having people over for a little Valentine's Party on Saturday and I decided I had to do something quick to brighten up the space. I did what they refer to on Design on a Dime as "no cost decorating." I went through my house and tried to find things I already had to brighten up the space.
First off I had put up a photo gallery of sorts a long time ago, but never really liked it. I spaced everything too far apart and didn't like the results, but didn't care enough to switch it out. I didn't want to deal with patching and repainting, so it just kind of stayed there the way it was. So I decided it needed something in the middle to pull it all together. I already had this wooden J and I just modpodged a piece of paper on top that matched my color scheme. What do you think? Does this look like a last minute patch up job? Maybe, but I still like it better with the J.
Then this little buffet thing, that belonged to my sweet Southern Grandmother that we called O'Pee, has been sitting here empty since I took down the Christmas decorations. So I put up some bird pictures that I bought a while back and never knew where to put, and found a few chotchkeys to tie it all in with. Does it look okay? Maybe it looks more like it should go in a sweet Southern Grandma's house (I think that's what Travis thinks).
Can you tell I like birds? Travis doesn't get them, oh well. Either way this has to do for a little while. I'm deciding it's time for Spring time decor even if the weather doesn't think so. I'm kind of over this whole Winter thing. I haven't even worn a coat since Saturday night, and even then I didn't feel like I really needed it. I'm surprised how quickly I've acclimated to Utah's climate.
I do have grander visions though, when my budget and husband are ready for it. I want to put up some bead board and make more of a ledge for pictures and get some sort of bench. I don't have a mud room in this house so I decided I need a nice "mudroom" of sorts here. Some sort of coat rack, maybe a shoe basket. What do you think? These are some pictures I pulled from the Internet that kind of look a little like what I have in mind. I believe these pictures are all from Pottery Barn.
These next images I found via My Simpler Life.
I think they are perfect for the back door area, especially the backpack one, I think I'll actually try to do that, if I do I'll be sure to share the results.
And this is a coat rack that I totally snuck a bad photo of at Swiss Days and plan to copy when I can get my FIL's help.
And if you didn't see enough fowl things in this post I thought I'd show you one more. These are the party favors I gave my friends at the Valentine's party. Fun, huh? I made a CD for everyone with some of my favorite love songs and put them in some cute Valentinesish packaging and used this letter holder to display them because I get a kick out of things like that. These CDs were really easy to make and fun to give, I think I'll have to do that at my next party as well.