Fresh Fall Entryway with Style and Storage
I’m dipping my foot into Fall as I partner with Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart on my first project of the season. A refreshed, organized entryway with a new hall tree for coats and jackets! Perfectly timed with Autumn weather on the way. I decided to work down at The Little Cottage on this particular project, because I’m notorious for stealing furniture pieces and leaving a room in shambles, I did just that when I stole a piece for the loft makeover [here]. And when I say a shambles… I’m not exaggerating. It stood mostly empty, save for a few discarded cast offs, for a few months. With Austin back home and getting ready to start college this month, I thought an organized entryway would be much appreciated.
Welcome to the formerly naked entryway!
I started how I do most room refreshes. I stripped it down and cleared everything out. I this case, that didn’t take long. It held a side table, a tote of decor that needed to be taken back up to the main house, and a bag of packaging trash. I’m not too proud to tell the truth. It was a mess! I just managed to get the loft and one other project done before my surgery, and then… I very successfully practiced some out of sight-out-of-mind about the entry at The Little Cottage. Until now.
I took a poll about which furnishing I should use for the entryway, and though the majority choose a little white console table (which I agreed with — I loved it too), I ultimately went for a Hall Tree. This time, function won over form. I knew Austin would appreciate the hanging storage for bulky coats and wet jackets as the rain and cold come to visit.
I’m guessing a lot more than a cute table full of mom’s decor.
Though I did have some fun fluffing up to share this post with you!
I decided on the Parker Hall Tree [here] in the toffee finish. It’s a pretty, rich wood tone. Like much of my other Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart furniture picks, I ordered online and had it dropped right at my door! As I was only a few weeks post-op, the boys put this together for me. I sat down there and handed them hardware. It was exhausting. haha. It wasn’t at all difficult to assemble. These pieces just take a little time and patience.
The fabulous heathered grey & cream rug is actually an indoor/outdoor variety — Hello easy to clean!
I thought it would be so perfect for this spot right inside the door! But sadly, I opened it and laid it out in the living room first. And you GUYS! It’s sooooo cute. It looks and feels like a heavy cotton weave, and I totally plan to nab it, basically as soon as this post is done. What does Austin care about a cute rug anyhow, right?
For everyday life and a busy hub coming in-and-out, the hall tree has five sets of double hooks, and space for two storage vessels down below. You can use cubes, or bins, etc… I decided to opt for another set of the beautiful square water hyacinth baskets [here]. These are just like the ones I’ve got up in the living room at the main house. I haven’t seen them in my store though. If you love them, you might need to order them online like I did.
They are a gorgeous color. Big, sturdy, they have handles — a staple decor item in my book!
I love a beautiful basket for staying organized & capturing clutter.
Besides the hall tree for storage and function, a good washable rug and the lighting I stole (are you sensing a theme here?) The rest is just for fun — and to get me & YOU in the mood for Fall!
Are you getting ready for the change of season where you live? If you are a Summer lover, like me, it really does help to find the joy in the season changing, and getting prepared (with a little pretty) is something that I’ve found helps take the sting out of the shift in the weather.
I played with some faux florals, added in some pumpkins and yummy candles (check out the new seasonal scents from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart)! I got some ahhhmazing smelling limited edition scents last year.
I always pick up extra, because Austin kept steal… “borrowing” them from me. He definitely grew up in a candle loving house, and now I make sure to gift him candles for holidays.
I will always be a sucker for an old schoolhouse chalk board! I’ll be putting the vintage green one out on the porch here next. It’s my view when I look out from the main house, and I love to decorate the porch down here!
The buffalo check feather filled pillows have a soft, flannel cover and voluminous feather stuffing. They go really well with the new rug. So I might have to confiscate those too.
Good thing Austin’s a great sport and as long as I don’t touch his room… he doesn’t care what I add and delete.
It’s okay though. Because I realllly like the new hall tree and the brass wall sconces here, and I know I’ll be right back here soon enough. In fact, I am already envisioning how cute this is going to be for Christmas.
Scoot over Pumpkin Spice… I’m dreaming of Peppermint.
What? Too soon… hehe — now you know I’m kidding. Mostly.
A little BEFORE & AFTER fun to finish things off!
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As always, I’m including clickable affiliate shopping links below to all my Better Homes & Gardens items featured in this post so if you can’t get to a Walmart, or find what you are looking for at your local store, you can shop online!
CLICKABLE SHOPPING SOURCES:
Better Homes & Gardens Parker Hall Tree in Toffee [here]
Better Homes & Gardens Crossmill Hall Tree [here] (this was actually my first choice, but I knew the finish would clash with my flooring and wood beam)
Better Homes & Gardens Grey Stripe 5 X 7 Rug [click here] available up to 7 X 10
Better Homes & Gardens Square Water Hyacinth Basket, Set of 2 [click here]
Better Homes & Gardens Buffalo Check Feather Pillows 18 X 18 [click here] I also have these in the NAVY color.
Better Homes & Gardens Gold Hurricane Candle Holder [click here] this is also available in a chrome finish.
If you have a questions, I didn’t cover something, or you need info on a non-BHG item… please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!