Showing posts with label Porch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Porch. Show all posts

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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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

House Tour 2012: Entrance



I love our home's large entrance area.  If there is one thing I hate, it is falling over people and shoes when you enter or leave a house.  With our entrance, visitors can come in the door and have plenty of space to take off their shoes.  Since the mats are large, they stop most of the dirt from entering the rest of the house.  

My husband built the shoe and hat racks from plywood and we stained the racks black.  The dark color hides most of the dirt that falls off the shoes until the racks get cleaned. 



Another must have is a mirror in our entrance.  Perfect for that one final teeth and hair check before leaving the house.

We stash our full and empty water bottles in the corner.  This is one thing I would like to change/hide, I hate looking at them.  But they are located in a handy spot, since the water dispenser in the kitchen is only a few steps away.  The long chest is where we keep our firewood for our wood burning fireplaces.  We keep the kids' hats, splash pants, mitts, and other items in the dresser under the mirror.

Our paint colors are Pittsburgh Paint's Pony Tail and Tabu.  The 3 walls are Pony Tail and the one wall with the mirror on it is Tabu, as it leads into the laundry room.

Pony Tail 315-4

Tabu 412-3



I made this simple "LOVE" sign earlier this year.  Super easy to make.  I just found a font I love (ha ha), printed each letter on to letter size paper and put them in frames.  This sign works well on the entrance wall as it is near the ceiling.  This wall is used a lot for leaning on while people put on shoes, and since the sign is high it never gets bumped.  


To keep the frames straight, try this trick.... put a little sticky tac in the lower corners of the frames and hang the pictures on the wall as usual with a nail, make sure to press the lower corners to stick the sticky tac to the wall.  Works great, no more picture adjusting!

The Transformation:

Before

After


Do you have any tricks for organizing your entrance to your home?  What are your must have items?

As Always,
Sandra