February 23, 2018

Like four seasons in one day

The weather in SoMa has been pretty erratic over the past week or so. Back in England a puddlesuit would be a toddler staple in February, but this week we seem to have gone from snowsuit to shorts in a blink of an eye.  It kind of reminds me of the Crowded House song
from the 90’s;

Even when you’re feeling warm
The temperature could drop away
Like four seasons in one day

The winter season certainly can take its toll every time we go outside or return to our homes. The donning of layers and pulling on of boots; making sure our children won’t freeze, and ensuring we are properly geared to jump out for school pick-up, or going out to shovel snow from our driveways. So this week I’ve been thinking about entrances and exits. How can we make the coming and going easier? How can we revamp our hallways and create mudrooms with purpose, so that everything is more organised?

There are some beautiful custom made mudroom ideas that you can use for inspiration, why not put your local carpenter to work? Or factor it into your renovation plans? Sometimes a hallway or the entrance from a side or back door appears to be a waste of space or lacks flow, but with a clear vision and planning, you can make it into a practical and pleasing space. Why not create a section for each member of your family with hooks and storage, or add in a built-in bench or locker-style sections. Even the space under the stairs can be altered with built-in cupboards to create new storage for coats, bags and footwear. The most important thing is to personalise your space so it works for you and your family.

Even on a budget there are some fantastic furnishings and accessories to create a useful space in your entryway. Here are my 5 top tips:

  1. Add a bench. It makes it so much easier for everyone putting on and taking off their winter boots. The Declan Entry Bench from Pottery Barn will brighten up any hallway.
  2. Purchase a freestanding storage locker. I love this wire and wood double locker from At West End. it will even fit into a small space.
  3. Put up some shelving. Shelves are so helpful to declutter a space. This hanging entryway shelf from Home Depot can easily be personalised with a lick of paint.
  4. Dedicate a basket or box for each member of your household so you don’t spend ages looking for hats, scarves and gloves.
  5. Install some hooks or a rack for coats, bags and keys. I’m digging this handmade coat rack from Maplewoodshop.

And remember it’s not just your own household that comes in and out of your entryway, it’s important to make space for guests too and make them feel comfortable. Create room for their winter coats and footwear, and a dedicated place for them to leave their keys and bags. It will make hosting far calmer for all involved. My best friend’s mother even supplied guests with cosy slippers when we visited. First impressions really do count.

We have come to the end of our Winter at Home program, and we’ve had so much fun sharing
our experiences and survival tips for home ownership through this season. Thank you to
everyone who has joined us. Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook and stay tuned on the blog for our Spring program starting in March. For more design inspiration for Winter at Home, take a look at our Pinterest board.
Check back often and please stay a while!

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