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I posted earlier this week about the design plans for our small back foyer. Which you may recall was actually just a big blank wall in the kitchen. Not anymore!
I’ve had readers ask for more ‘how I go from blank walls to finished design’ blog posts, and this back foyer is a good place to dive into that process. Decorating should be fun not overwhelming! Think about your priorities for the space and the look you want.
A few things played into my design of this space:
- The main goal was storage, storage, storage
- Using some pieces we already had
- Design theme and textures
First, a look back at how the space started, because I think you can’t really appreciate a good ‘after’ till you see a space’s beginnings.
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Storage, seating, lighting, whatever your priority is for a space, start there.
Functional, pretty storage was most important here so it was my starting point for this space. We wanted (needed) places to stash shoes, keys, coats, sunglasses, Oakley’s leash, you name it.
Cue the hooks, key rack and crates.
We had the hooks already – more on that in a second – which led to shopping for the other storage pieces.
The rustic look of the wood message center with the mail sorter and key hooks matches the wood on the hooks just perfectly.
The message center is from Dwellbee. You may recall I got a wood tray from Dwellbee earlier this year, which is equally rustic and pretty. My readers will get 15% off any item from Dwellbee with the code GREEN15. Plus there’s free standard shipping.
The mail sorter caddy is PERFECT for hiding Oakley’s leash. I can’t even tell you how happy this makes me.
Oakley’s cute and all (and, like I shared on my Instagram Stories earlier this week, she literally wouldn’t stop following me around while I was taking these pictures), but we don’t need to stare at her leash all the time. Stashing it in this little cubby keeps it hidden and makes it easy to grab as we’re walking out the door.
I also was determined to find a cute way to store our shoes. The wood crates, in that same beautiful rustic wood color, with the rope handles were the winner. I popped some furniture pads on the bottom of them to keep them from scratching the bench in case we want to leave the cubbies open at some point in the future.
2. Using some pieces we already had:
After storage was taken care of, I shopped our house for some pieces we could use. Which is always fun, right? Shopping is great, of course, but using what you have in a new way is a fun challenge, too.
I bought the hooks before we moved – they will actually be perfect for the back landing in our Milwaukee house.
We’re reusing the window valances from our Milwaukee house kitchen. It’s a fun DIY (and one of my most popular blog posts). The fabric started as a shower curtain. You can read about turning a shower curtain into a window valance here.
That picture frame with our wedding date fits perfectly in that little wall space on the other side of the window. We used those numbers as our wedding table numbers – see the DIY here.
We’ve had the throw pillows for a while. I pretty much buy throw pillows in the same general colors for the entire house because then I can swap them out between rooms when I get bored without having to buy new. Win-win.
Think about what colors you want in the space. I’m apparently having a thing with dark wood lately between the message center/key rack, hooks and crates. I love it.
But you know I love white woodwork, too. To keep the space light and bright, I went with a white bench. (It comes in other colors though if you’re interested;)
The wall color is Aesthetic White by Sherwin Williams.
Obviously my love of green is alive and well. The window valance and pillows add pops of color.
4. Design theme and textures:
Focus on the ‘feel’ you want the room to have and incorporate textures that will make it happen. To keep with the beachy/coastal design theme we’re going for in this house, I wanted a mix of wood, crystal and rope textures in this makeshift mudroom.
(If you’re going for farmhouse, get some chippy paint in there. If you’re going for glam, well the crystal curtain rods I talk about below are perfect for that look, too.)
I bought yet another of my favorite curtain rods with crystal finials. (It’s embarrassing how many of these we own between this house and our Milwaukee house. Actually never mind, I love them.) The crystal balances out all of the dark wood pieces.
I specifically looked for storage crates with rope handles. I cannot get enough rope lately! I might need an intervention.
Oakely’s a fan, too.
Get the look:
The question I get most often is “Where’d you get that?!” so I rounded up everything pictured in this post below. Click the images below for more info. (If you’re on mobile, click the arrows to scroll left and right to see more images.)
The window valances and wedding table numbers as seen in the picture frame were DIY projects. The wall color is Aesthetic White by Sherwin Williams.
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Do you have a mudroom? Small back foyer? How did you design it? Any tips for keeping it organized?
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