Showing posts with label Entrance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Entrance. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Splitting Up My Wall Art

In our house, I decided to split up our wall art.  The framed pieces originally hung over our dining room table in our old house.

Pictures above table in old house www.simpleispretty.com

Instead of grouping them all together, I decided to split them up a bit.  Three now hang over the new sectional in our living room…

Pictures above sectional in new house www.simpleispretty.com

And the smaller three pictures are now in the entrance area of our house…

Pictures above dresser in entrance in new house www.simpleispretty.com
Pictures above dresser in entrance in new house www.simpleispretty.com

As Always,
Sandra

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Our Entrance…

I did a post for Kelsey at Poofy Cheeks last month.  Something was missing from my front entrance and it took me awhile to figure out how to best complete the space.

Front Entrance Before www.simpleispretty.com

Check our my post on my front door entrance here –> http://www.poofycheeks.com/2013/07/creating-inviting-entryway-simple-is.html

As Always,
Sandra

Monday, July 8, 2013

Painting Progress… Before and After Pics

We decided to paint our whole main level before we moved in.  I’m so glad we did!  Click here for our paint choices.

Lets start with the entrance…

Entrance Before www.simpleispretty.com
Entrance Before

Entrance Before 2 www.simpleispretty.com
Entrance Before

Entrance After www.simpleispretty.com
Entrance Mid Painting

Entrance After

Kitchen…

Main Level Before www.simpleispretty.com
Living Room, Kitchen and Dining Room Before

Kitchen Before www.simpleispretty.com
Kitchen Before

Kitchen mid move www.simpleispretty.com
Kitchen in the Middle of Moving

Living Room and Dining Area After www.simpleispretty.com
Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen After

Kitchen After www.simpleispretty.com
Kitchen After

Living Room...

Living Room After without Furniture www.simpleispretty.com
Living Room in the Middle of Moving

Living Room After www.simpleispretty.com
Living Room After

Staircase to Basement…

Basement Stairs Before www.simpleispretty.com
Basement Staircase Before

Basement Staircase After www.simpleispretty.com
Basement Staircase After

Master Bath…

Master Bath Before www.simpleispretty.com
Master Bath Before

Master Bath Before 2 www.simpleispretty.com
Master Bath Before

Master Bath After www.simpleispretty.com
Master Bath After

Now that we have painted the trim, I can’t imagine going back to the original oak.  I love the white!

As Always,
Sandra

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Quick Porch Update… Part 2


simpleispretty.com: Quick Porch Update

In case you missed it, here is A Quick Porch Update… Part 1.  And now, here is the conclusion of our Quick Porch Update!…

The bookcase in the corner is a new addition to the room.  Originally, the bookcase was in the living room behind our TV.  I needed a place to keep some of my houseplants, but I didn’t want the plants located where they could get knocked over or attacked by the kids.  So up on the bookshelf the plants made their home.  If needed, the bottom shelves of the bookcase will hold baskets of more winter accessories such as scarves and mitts and such.

simpleispretty.com: Kid's Coats in Porch

On the other wall, the boys hang their coats.  They each get 3 hooks at a level they can reach, so they can hang up their own clothes.

simpleispretty.com: 3M Coat Hooks in Porch

I chose 3M hooks so I could reposition the hooks easily as the kids grow.  The hooks attach to the wall with the 3M adhesive sticker.  When you need to remove the hooks from the wall, they remove easily and with no damage to the wall.  I use them all over my house!  I also used a 3M hook to hang my boy’s backpack on the wall.

simpleispretty.com: Coat and Boot Storage in Porch

This quick little update to the entrance area makes the space more functional and gives us more space.  One of the biggest improvements… No more water bottles sitting in the corner!  To find out where my water bottles ended up, click here!

simpleispretty.com: Bookcase and Dresser in Porch


In addition to the IKEA Storage unit, the boys also use the 2 lower shelves of the dresser for storage.  Each boy gets a drawer to keep their mitts, toques and hats.  The dresser works really well and both my little boys can get out their own items.

Make sure to check out "A Quick Porch Update... Part 1"!

Thanks,


As Always,
Sandra

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

A Quick Porch Update… Part 1

simpleispretty.com: Quick Porch Update

Autumn is here and Winter is soon on it’s way.  I’ve unpacked the kid’s winter clothes and coats.  With the cold weather, the boys unfortunately have to put on lots of layers of clothes to keep warm when they go outside.  The winter clothes and coats needed some organization so I changed and improved our porch/entrance area to our house.  The current system was alright, but I added some more storage and hid the unsightly water bottles!

Here is a post on how our entrance used to look.  And here are some quick before pics…

simpleispretty.com: Porch Before Pic
Before
 

simpleispretty.com: Porch Before Pic Shoe Storage
Before

I moved the lighter brown chest to the living room.  We keep our firewood for our wood burning fireplace in this chest.  Originally, we placed it near the front door so we could easily load it up with wood without tracking snow throughout the house. 

I decided to give the firewood chest a new home in the living room, which makes sense because this is where the fireplace is located.  To refill the chest, my husband brings the wood to the back door in tubs and I stay inside and grab the tubs from him and refill the firewood chest.  So far, our system is working well.  It is also cutting down on the mess.  No more snow and pieces of wood tracked throughout the house.  Why I did not think of this solution sooner I will never know!

Now that I freed up some space by removing the firewood chest from the entrance area, I could add a new storage solution.  I needed a place to keep the kid’s splash pants and winter ski pants.

simpleispretty.com: Living Room Toy Storage Unit IKEA

I decided to move the toy storage unit that was in the living room to the entrance.  Not only would it give me more room in the living room, we would also benefit from the extra storage in the porch.

simpleispretty.com: Porch / Entrance Storage Unit IKEA

We can even use the storage unit as a bench to sit down and take our shoes off.  Each person in our family now has a basket to keep their winter belongings.  All I need to do now is add some labels to the baskets.

simpleispretty.com: Extra Kid's Shoe Storage in Porch

Under the storage unit, I’ve hidden a plastic shoe tray for the boy’s shoes.  A little extra storage and a place to keep the snowy, wet boots till they dry.

Stay tuned for the 2nd half of our Quick Porch Update!

Thanks,

As Always,
Sandra

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Water Bottle Storage Solution

I’ve found the solution to my ugly water bottle storage problem.  Stuff them in a closet!…

I used to keep my water bottles in the corner of the entrance.

Before
 
This is where they got placed.  It was easy and that is where they stayed for years.  YUCK!  I hated seeing the bottles every time I walked in.  My youngest son has also figured out he can pull the little plastic lid coverings off the bottles.



Not good, since the lid coverings keep the bottle openings clean and free of dust when storing.

The entrance closet is not large enough for jackets and is in an awkward place.  The closet opens to the hallway between the kitchen and entrance.  So I did some re-arranging of my entrance closet and luckily the water bottles just fit!

After


To my surprise, I can store 4 bottles of water at the bottom of the closet.  (Why have I not thought of this sooner?!)  My recycling bins were previously at the bottom and got moved up a shelf.  The recycling bins are still within reach for my oldest son who likes to help recycle.



After


On the next shelf up from the recycling bins, we store our garbage bags, reusable shopping bags, watering can, and Swiffer cloths.

After

On the next shelf, I have some kitchen cleaning products.  I don’t like to keep anything harmful under our kitchen sink with my little boys in the house.  Anything harmful gets put on this closet shelf instead, out of reach.

After


After


I keep my stove top cleaner and plant sprays and fertilizer on this high shelf.  I also keep the sunscreen and bug spray on this shelf, close to the front door and easy to grab.

After

On the top shelf, I keep all the bug killing and repelling supplies.  We have a few mosquito lanterns, cans of Raid and containers of ant killer.  (Who needs 5 cans of Raid??, now I have them all in one place so no excuse to not find a can and buy another at the store!)

Currently, my youngest boy is too short to open the door to the closet.  The water bottles are safe from having their lids removed for the time being!


Before & After

Upper Shelves:

Before

After

Middle Shelves:

Before

After

Bottom Shelves:

Before

After


The space still needs to be spruced up a bit with labels and such to make it prettier.  But I feel so much better not having to look at water bottles when I walk in the door!

Where do you stash your water bottles?

As Always,
Sandra