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Do you have a space in your home that needs to work hard and function well, but traffic flow has to be clear and open? Me too! I bet our entryway in The Little Cottage is much like yours. You want it to work hard and store all those things we tend to drop at the door, or need on the way out, but we still want it to look good!
Hidden Storage With Style Cottage Farmhouse Entryway
MY SPACE: The entryway is 9 feet long X by 6.5 feet wide.
Not huge, but definitely enough room to work with.
THE LAYOUT: In this space, the layout of the room makes it a mini hub.
It has a switchback to the guest bedroom (behind and to the right), a door to the bathroom (pictured below), the staircase to the storage loft to the right, and the pass thru to the main living area to the left.
Because I “borrowed” the previous entryway piece and put it in the guest bedroom… and loved it there, I really needed to replace it.
THE REQUIREMENT: I needed a furniture piece that had hidden storage & style.
I decided on the Farmhouse TV Stand. It kind of made perfect sense, since it’s from the Modern Farmhouse Collection, just like the Farmhouse Storage Cabinet that is used in the bathroom as a linen closet.
It’s touted as a TV stand but it screamed “entryway console” to me!
It had style, it had flair, I put it there… did you say that like “The Nanny” Oh good. Me too.
But seriously – Measure your space & measure potential furnishings. Use cardboard cut-outs, or yarn outlines, whatever you need to do to make sure you’ve got proper clearances. It’s the smartest thing you can do when ordering large pieces and making big changes.
I measured to make sure I had proper length for my door to fully swing open, and to make sure that the piece I selected was not to deep as to hinder walking thru past the stairs.
Check and check. At 62 inches long and less than 20 inches deep. It’s perfect.
VERSATILITY IS A BONUS: This beauty come with 6 adjustable shelves and you can use (or not use) them however best fits your needs. I love that!
As you can see, I skipped them in the middle and filled that section with some decor instead. If you were using it as a TV stand, shelves could hold electronics instead. And you’d still have two barn-style doors to hide stuff away!
These hidden shelves could hide shoes, backpacks, pet supplies, or any manner of mud-room necessities, like hats & gloves, etc…
Because of it’s location, mine will hold things like city maps, extra hats and gloves, magazines, and “guest” type goods.
IN STYLE! Because look at those cute new baskets! And they are collapsible. They just boop, boop, boop.. pop-up and go together. Or back down if you need to store them. I like that.
NOTE: I bought the baskets in-store and I’ll add the link if I can find them online! The had them in natural/black and natural/navy.
And because I love symmetry, I bought two matching lamps to sit on top.
And because I’m cheap… I stole the harps & shades of a set I’m not using at the main house right now. Double win!
LIGHTING IS SO IMPORTANT: I love having softer lighting for this space. It’s got two pot lights in the ceiling, but when company is coming I like to turn ambient lighting for a warmer, more cozy welcome. And leave one on at night for safer trips to the bathroom, for guests staying in a strange place.
I may move Moby and the hurricane when company comes. It’s nice to have somewhere to set your cup after a coffee run, or someplace to toss your keys. But he’s fun for now.
Remember what I was saying about measuring? Yeah… well, I forgot.
Normally, I love to tuck a chair at the bottom of the stairs so guests have someplace to sit and put their shoes on. And so I ordered that darling little number with the cute legs you can see off in the background there.
It had the perfect lines and a light profile, being armless. Not too big, and not too visually heavy for the space. I loved it! Well, it’s a bit longer than I anticipated, and I felt like it stuck out into the thruway too much. I could make it work, but I want a comfortable feel, not crowded.
Since I didn’t want this spot totally naked, I popped the little green cart here for now.
See? Isn’t she so cute? I fell hard for those white-washed turned legs!! Now, I do have to say, it’s listed as “blue” online but to my eyes, it’s grey. Three shades of grey. One, when next to a steely blue, may look a tinge blue, but it’s grey to me. Just FYI in case you love it too. It’s fine for me.
Because that only makes it… say it with me – “MORE VERSATILE!” LOL. And we all know that is my favorite feature.
She’s looking pretty in the living area for now, just as if it were meant to be!
Overall I’m loving it! The continuity between the two pieces coordinating in the entry and the bath looks great when you walk in! I wish you could see both spaces at once.
Now, I need to re, re-paint the vintage fireplace surround, because the blue that looked so beautiful at Christmas is not cutting it now! And so it goes…
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