Here’s the truth: I had something entirely different in mind for our entryway, but I cheaped out. I was going to DIY a coat rack situation, but I found this Ikea coat hook tree and knew it was cheaper than anything I could build, and it looked totally fine. I figured I’d balance it with a high-end bench to class up the joint.
And then last week I clicked on the new Studio McGee for Target line and everything changed—back to my original idea.
I saw this sweet little tiny bench that would be perfect for transforming a blank wall into an entryway and, well, I went back to my original plan. I immediately sat down and sketched it out so Dustin could see what I was thinking. Given that I’m not an artist, a sketch is a pretty serious step for me to take, and a good sign that I’m in for real.
In the meantime, here’s how the new bench looks with our Ikea coat hook:
I’m not going to say too much, but rest assured, I’ll share a tutorial once I figure out exactly what I’m doing with the coat rack.
Formula for a Dreamy Entry
But, today, in honor of my 360 (back to my original location, get it?) I thought I would share a formula for a perfect entry.
Whether you have a super clear entryway space or, like us, you’re trying to make a sliver of wall *feel* like a welcoming entryway, these 3 elements are the foundation for a good entryway:
Most people think they’ll want to check their own look on the way out the door, but in Minnesota, I’m thinking of my guests, who will often be removing a beanie on the way in the door. Help them avoid hat hair for the entire evening.
A Bench or Stool
Because it’s really awkward to sort of squat and hover to get your shoes off. If you don’t fall over, it’s a miracle.
A Coat Hook
You need a place to put coats, scarves, and hats. Unless you have a coat closet, hooks are it!
Below, I’ll showcase how to mix these 3 simple elements to divine perfection. Let me know your favorite combo in the comments!
So, let me know: which one is your favorite? Or would you combine elements to create your own style?