Anyway, for today's regularly scheduled post I wanted to welcome you (back) into my home!
A lot of the furniture in my apartment is temporary. "Temporary" can have many definitions, as anyone who has ever set up a home on a budget knows, and I'm sure that we'll bring some of the pieces I have now - Craiglist finds, curbside scores, and hand-me-downs - to our next home, but that doesn't stop me from dreaming about more permanent possibilities!
At the moment, I'm fantasizing about upgrading our entry. It might sound like a strange project, but you actually walk into a room that measures 7'x7' when you come through my front door - that's a lot of space to play with when the rest of the apartment is technically a studio! The set up I have now works, definitely, but it won't really when Jon gets here. Do you see that door just to the left of the front door? Well, it's meant to be a walk-in closet, but we're going to turn those 36 sq ft into an office for Jon. (The credit for that idea goes to Beth!) Management has given us permission to remove the door to the closet, because the space would be way too claustrophobic otherwise, and that means we'll have to rearrange the contents of the entry a bit so Jon's not faced with a jumble of coats and leashes as he tries to work or read or whatever it is that men do in their studies when hiding from their wives and dogs.
My plan is to take down that panel of hooks, bought through Joss & Main back when I first moved into the apartment, and to use that wall to hang some of our art. I imagine that the wide expanse of wall just opposite - currently empty - will be the new home for these pretty coat hooks and that gorgeous tufted metal bench. (The front door is set far enough out from that wall so there's plenty of room.) We'll replace the pine console, refinished by my mother about two decades ago, with a more angular one made of metal and glass and move the canvas bin into a closet. Since we'll lose some storage in the process, we'll get a few attractive baskets to go under the table to hold Charlie's bags and things. Since I first gave you a tour of my apartment back in May, I've acquired a big gorgeous mirror from Target that was, for reasons passing all understanding, on clearance for $35, and that will remain where it is, over the console; I'm not sure where the rubber mat will make its new home - maybe under the bench, so boots and shoes are still accessible and near the coats. The picture frame will keep its place of honor on the console and will be joined by this handsome wooden tray, which will replace the key basket and mail sorter to serve as a catchall. That's how it will all eventually look in my dreams, anyway! What do you think?
1: Beveled Over the Sofa Wall Mirror, Target
2. Switch console table, Crate and Barrel
3. Wandsworth hook rack, Anthropologie
4. Tufted Bench, West Elm
5. Silver Mesh Folding Cubes, The Container Store
6. Whitewashed Wood Tapered Tray, The Container Store
7. Silver-Plated Engravable Frame, Pottery Barn
8. Smith & Hawken Black Rubber Doormat, Target