One of the things I'm looking forward to in the new house is having an actual entryway. In the existing house, the front door opened right into the den. Other than a row of hooks on the wall behind the door, there was nowhere to stash bags, towels, jackets, water bottles, car keys, etc. The new entry will be modest at best, but there will be a coat closet, room for some wall mounted hooks, a small bench or stool, and places to corral small items (sun screen, dog leashes, keys) that we use all the time. A big improvement!
Let's start with some basics.
|Ikea Leksvik rack|
|Paddle Coat Rack|
|Reclaimed Driftwood Rack|
Hooks for hanging coats, towels, and sweatshirts are essential. The Leksvik rack (top left) from Ikea is a classic look...and it's less than $10. Perfect for a beach house is this 8-arm hook in the shape of an octopus (top right). It's $48 from Anthropologie. And how cute is this coat rack made from old paddles (bottom right)? What a great idea. But my favorite is this upcycled driftwood piece (bottom left) by Stephen Saint-Onge. So simple, but so amazing. I'm going to start looking for suitable pieces of driftwood.
|Reclaimed Sunburst Mirror|
It's handy to have a small, narrow table for mail, keys, and cell phones. This distressed blue table is perfect. Might be a good DIY project...A mirror is useful for a last check before going out the door. This reclaimed wood sunburst mirror would make an incredible focal point. It's also nice to have a vessel of some kind for keys and change. A pretty piece of vintage pottery is a good choice. I found these on Etsy for $27.50.
Baskets, boxes, and totes are very useful for storing small items. The choices are plentiful and the prices range from modest to astounding.
These baskets from Ikea are sturdy and cute. They come in this wonderful beachy gray color and cost $7.99 for the small size. I also love these industrial metal storage boxes from Restoration Hardware. The media box shown is $55.
|Vintage Locker Basket|
Vintage locker baskets are another fun option for storage. I found this one on Etsy for $25. If you're looking to stash larger stuff out of sight, this Daytrip Lidded Large Basket from Pottery Barn might fit the bill. It's on sale now for $63.
And last, but not least--tote bags. The first summer we had our cottage, we purchased several L.L. Bean Boat & Tote bags to carry everything from clothes to food to laundry back and forth between our house and the cottage. That was 1996. Now, 17 years later, we still have and still use these same tote bags. Although they could probably use a run through the washer, they are as good as new. This has to be one of the best purchases we ever made. Heck, they were in the house when the hurricane came through. The house was a wreck, but the bags are just fine. What more can I say?