This home solution was inspired by this post on The Shabby Nest about her closet turned mini mudroom. Genius. Pure genius. I filed that amazing idea away in my mind. It was only a short time later when the lightbulb went off and I had finally found a use for this eyesore in our entryway.
Isn't blogging the best? So many people willing to share their creative minds with the world. We can find ideas we love, make them our own and our homes are all happier because of it! Wendy even featured my little nook on her blog because what could make a decorating blogger happier than inspiring someone else to improve their home? That is what it's all about!
You see we live in a cookie cutter sort of house so I love personalizing it. This was just the spot to make a statement. It had been painted green along with the rest of the living room since before we even moved in over 5 years ago. It had a ton of possibilities and we discussed many different options. I am not sure what the original purpose was for this spot, but I just could not settle on its fate.
After I saw Wendy's mini mud room, I knew that was it. I love bead board and would put it all over the place if I could. So, I saved up the money necessary to complete the project and quickly put my husband to work (on Labor Day weekend, of course). Liquid nails became my husband's new best friend.
After all the bead board and trim was glued into place and painted a basic white, the hooks were placed on a separate piece of wood and installed. The hooks were bought at Ikea and were only $10 for all four. Not bad, huh? I found a sign that seemed to be meant for this spot at T.J. Maxx for $5.99.
Next up, Jason installed a piece of wood that we stained dark for a nice contrast to all the white. I loved the way it looked and the kids were pretty excited about a new bench to sit and stand on.
Then it was time to have fun with pillows for the little bench. Wendy came in handy again and inspired my pillow choices for the nook. I didn't have a sewing machine yet so I put my Mom to work. She sewed the larger pillow out of muslin and then pinned 3 handmade red burlap flowers to it. The flowers are pinned on since I am famous for frequently wanting a change. I chose yellow fabric that we already had for the smaller pillow. I added the j. using iron-on transfer paper. (And just to keep it real, my son had used the yellow pillow as a kleenex right before I took this picture. That would be the reason for the wet spot on top.)
And finally the reformed nook in all its glory...
Now guests have an easy spot to place coats, purses, diaper bags, etc. I am thrilled. It is my new favorite spot and it sets the tone for the whole house right when you walk in. It was definitely worth waiting for.
All of us hope you have found inspiration for your homes and lives right here at Lemon Tree Creations. I know we have been inspired by so many of you. Thanks for visiting!