Well, it's both actually.
Our house has a pretty small footprint, and everything passes through our narrow entryway. Jackets, backpacks, leashes, diaper bags, reusable grocery bags, you name it. For the first few years in our home, I did my Best Decorater attempt at a proper Foyer with a console table, symmetrical chairs and a decorative mirror. It looked good for about two minutes before something landed there, and then it looked like crap.
Here are some BEFORE pics:
It just wasn't working.
And I had to be honest, with two littles and a dog, we needed something that could handle all the stuff.
I looked high and low for the perfect storage bench, but nothing on the retail market matched what I wanted -
a long bench with storage drawers. I wanted a place to put grocery bags, the diaper bag, and dog toys.
I designed a bench and had a local cabinetmaker build it. It is the perfect length and has three large drawers for all the junk. For the wall, the same cabinetmaker used reclaimed wood to make a coat rack, and the circular knobs came from CB2. I wanted a way to display photos, so the coat rack got a ledge for layering frames.
Here is the AFTER pic:
Do you need help refreshing the Entry to your home? Give me a call!