23 April 2012

monday refresh: small organized entry

I live in a rented condo with a small plain entryway that opens directly into the open living room/dining room. I'm limited in what I can change, but that doesn't mean I can't give it a refresh and make it functional. 

BEFORE (bad point and shoot photo!)
I wallpapered the plain white closet door with strippable wallpaper that matches the back dining room wall and the bookcase backing in the living room . The vintage-look glass door knob from Home Depot adds a pretty touch. 

I showed you in this post how I refreshed an IKEA chest to create an industrial-looking storage cabinet that holds everything from mail to shoe polish to shopping bags- everything that I need on my way out the door. The striped mats are also from IKEA, and a large vintage wooden bowl holds scarves and accessories. New gray-brown curtains are from Bouclair Home.

The vintage tray on top of the chest corrals cute Karim Rashid mugs that hold my keys, mints, change and sunglasses.  

A full-length mirror not only makes the space look bigger, but allows me to have a final prep moment before heading out. Black iron hooks make it easy for guests to hang their coats, and an oversized vase holds umbrellas and other stuff. Finally a thrift store makeover lamp adds ambience at night. 

Small but stylish and functional, without spending much or changing much. See, even we renters can refresh our space! 


  1. Kelly that is awesome! I had no idea you were renting? Or did I miss that somehow {bad. bad reader ....} And that Rast hack - aak! Love it!

    Would love to feature this in my "loving your rental series!"

  2. You did a great job creating a pretty & functional entry :-) Love the wallpapered closet doors with the crystal knob, and great idea to use the mugs to hold your leaving-the-house necessities - I never would have thought of putting sunglasses in a mug!



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