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 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!