Adding Form to Function: Inspiration for our entry

As I showed you last Friday, my entry is tiny and lacks a coat closet. This makes having a landing place to store jackets, shoes, keys, etc. challenging. It's also just steps away from the only living space, so creating a functional area where I don't have to look at all of our stuff can be tricky.

Since building a closet is not in the cards right now, here's how we're rolling.

A mirror with hooks we bought shortly after we were married almost 15 years ago keeps our keys near the door and off the kitchen counter. Of course I'd rather keep the hooks free from jackets and artfully styled with cool hats and the like, but here, form has to follow function. The rest of our coats go on hooks just inside the basement door.

Since my mom firmly refused to give up her Dorothy Draper knock off, my Ikea Expedit (now the Kallax) will stick around for the time being. In reality, it's a workhouse that can look great when styled nicely. The baskets corral our hats and gloves and there's one for each family member. The white finish also brightens up the room which is north facing and can read as kind of cold. The best part about the Expedit is that when something sexier eventually replaces it, I know it can go to good use elsewhere.

So, although not ideal, the function part is really there. The form part is my next project.

Here's what's inspiring me these days:

Royal Designs Studio Stencils's Cheetah stencil a la Simple Details
The layout of my entry is very similar to the photo above. I've always been drawn to graphic patterns, and lately seem to be keen on adding more black and white accents. I love the crispness they add to a space. This pattern, in small doses, (inspired by Thibaut's Tanzania wallcovering) could be both fun and elegant. I picture it just inside the door and on the wall at the top of the stairs with a great light fixture.

Here's a couple of more takes on a similar theme:
Here the palette is just a touch lighter in grey and white.
via Making a House a Home
I love how the pattern works equally well with the sophisticated Chinoisserie and rustic wood pieces. 

I'd add some new, budget-friendly lighting to pull it all together too.

A flush or semi-flush mount in the true entry...
 Striped Schoolhouse Ceiling Light
Shades of light Striped Schoolhouse Light
 Ceramic Basketweave Ceiling Light
Shades of light
 Young House Love Geometric Diamond Ceiling Light
Shades of light
and a lantern or pendant at the top of the stairs...

 Clear Glass Prism Pentagon Pendant Light
Shades of Light

circa Lighting

I love Thomas O'Brien's Hicks pendant, but it's out of my league right now.

Here are two options that could work instead:
 Clear Glass Globe Industrial Pendant
Shades of Light

Oil Rubbed Bronze Finish Pendant Light with Large 10 inch Clear Glass Globe
Vintage Copper Works

It's fun to start designing small spaces in my home that can make it feel fresh for me without a huge time and budget commitment. I'll keep you posted and share a moodboard soon.

Do you have any small projects in the works right now?