I started the draft of this post over six weeks ago – yikes!! There were some technical difficulties uploading photos and I became discouraged. I set things aside “for a bit” until I felt confident to tackle the tech side of things and, well, “a bit” turned into “a lot” pretty quickly! So without further ado, here’s a much-delayed post.
Whew! What a weekend! On Friday, Greg and I hosted our 4th annual Birthaversary party and I spent the rest of the weekend recovering. I absolutely loved celebrating with my friends and I was as much in a food coma on Saturday as I was hungover.
Speaking of which, have you ever wondered if you’ve officially become an adult? When you can’t go out twice in one weekend despite really wanting to, that’s when you’ve become an adult!
In preparation for the party, Greg and I gave the whole house a good clean, including the entryway. Which, let’s be real, is an amazing rarity that totally necessitated visual documentation for posterity’s sake. (Be honest with me: when was the last time you got on your hands and knees and scrubbed the quarter-round under your front door? Is the answer never? It fucking should be! I felt ridiculous.)
But, hey, while things are clean, I might as well share some pictures!
We painted the entryway, hallways, and living room bright white to try and bring some light and warmth to a place that doesn’t get much natural light. I think it worked! I love how bright, cheerful, and uncluttered the entryway has become. And the white background allows the pretty pastels of the pink front door and mint hallway closet really pop!
We have a dog gate in place to stop our pups from running into the street. They both grew up in an apartment setting, where we didn’t have to worry if they accidentally ended up in the hallway during the excitement of the humans arriving home. Our new place opens directly onto the street, so the gate is a necessity, even if it’s not the most beautiful addition.
We take out dogs for lots of walks and having a hook to store their leashes for easy access is a must! So is the cheeky print of Brett and Jemaine from Flight of the Chonchords’ second album.
We have a lot of footwear in this family. The shoe cabinet and a well-organized coat closet are complete necessities in our four-season climate. Between our everyday shoes, sports footwear, formal footwear, work boots, and winter boots, we have over fifteen pairs each! Add to that our many coats, hats, mitts, and scarves, and the entryway can become very crowded, very quickly!
I painted the door using Rustoleum’s new Chalked paint in blush pink. The paint finish wasn’t the best for such a regularly-used piece, but I reeeeeally didn’t want to sand the door or do any prep because I’m lazy and everything that’s being done in here is just a short-term solution. I finished with a poly coat and everything is holding up just fine. So, if you have chalk paint burning a hole in your pocket and a front door that needs some love, go ahead and take the risk!
The floor is hideous in here. When we very first were moving in, we knew how dated and wrecked the 1970s builder-grade vinyl was in the entryway. I planned to rip it up and put down some new peel-and-stick tiles in a black and white checkered pattern, or maybe a striped pattern. My dreams were semi-quashed by the landlord, who wants to wait and put down proper tiles instead. By the time he had revised his decision (he originally gave me free reign to make design and small reno choices), I had taken zero care to protect the shitty vinyl while I repainted every other surface in the entryway.
By the time he had revised his decision (he originally gave me free reign to make design and small reno choices), I had taken zero care to protect the shitty vinyl while I repainted every other surface in the entryway. All that means is that now, in addition to being gross, dated, and an aesthetic affront to humanity, the vinyl has globs of paint all over it. Womp womp.
Awe, see how cute the little accessories on the shoe cabinet are… but what on earth do you need an ice bucket for in an entryway?
For ice! Er, rather, de-icing. We keep road salt in there so that we can easily salt our walkway in the wintertime and avoid as many slips and trips as possible. At our old apartment, the bucket held change for the laundry machine. One of many ways to include drinking paraphernalia in your non-drinking life!
That makes me sounds like an alcoholic. I swear I just think barware is cool.
The other side of the cabinet has these nice wood and marble candle holders from Chapters, complete with faux candles! I’m paranoid about leaving candles unattended, but I love the ambiance the glow creates. These led candles have a built-in timer that turns them on for a few hours each evening, solving all the world’s problems!*
I used to avoid decorating with photographs of people because it weirds me out to have a picture of someone in the room at the same time I’m talking to that person. I eventually realized that this was an insane stance to take, and I’ve slowly been adding pictures around the house. This one was taken when Greg and I visited San Francisco last year. It’s am amazing place and I recommend it ten billion percent. The frame was scored at Dollarama, but was originally sold at Target before they went bankrupt. #RIPCanadianTarget
(*may only solve fake candle-related problems)
It’s pretty impossible to do anything in this house without my assistants photo-bombing.
I loooooove that hallway rug. I was able to get it from a very friendly lady who was moving to Toronto. She had listed it for more than I could afford, but luckily she was willing to negotiate and this unique wool beauty now adds all the incredible warmth that this bland, 70s-era hallway was lacking.
I think the view from the entryway ain’t too bad either! The dining room and kitchen are to the left, the guest bathroom is to the right, and the living room is straight ahead. Tours of all of them are soon to come!
And what entryway is complete without a place to hang your keys? A simple hook rack from IKEA keeps things simple and accessible – just what’s needed!
Speaking of photobombs… That’s my reflection in the mirror! Another sweet used score – only $25! I was so happy to put this space together entirely with items we already owned or that were very affordable. Because we already owned the shoe cabinet and some of the accessories, my total out-of-pocket expense was under $150, including paint, accessories, and lighting fixtures!
Next, I want to replace the bench with something of a more appropriate scale; the bench is quite deep and it’s a hassle moving around it to get to the shoe cabinet. I also can’t wait to redo the floor! I’m dreaming of travertine… I also think I’d like to move the coat hooks up a bit and add a slim shoe shelf underneath, or not? What do you think??
Until then, I’ll just have to love what I’ve got!!