Welcoming and Bidding Adieu: Styling Front Door Spaces

Welcoming and Bidding Adieu: Styling Front Door Spaces

It’s no surprise I like quirky things, right?  I like quirky things so much that I want them to be the last thing I see when I leave my house (you know, for a good sendoff!), and the first thing I see when I open my front door!  It is important to have things you love all around you, but I think entry ways and front door spaces in general are usually forgotten and left behind.  Not over here!  Even though I don’t have a formal entry way I have found ways to make the door hold it’s own against the other living areas.  I gather things from all around to perfectly position to greet, or bid adieu, whoever may come into my home.   Since I don’t have much space in my tiny Los Angeles apartment, most of what goes here serves a purpose.  The hand hook is used to hold whichever purse I might be using at the moment and to hold a cute little “Home Sweet Home” sign I picked up while living in New York.  The ice cream cone bank is a great place to dump any pocket change I have gathered throughout the day, instead of letting it get lost in the laundry.  Putting little pieces, like the plant tray under the bank, add interest to any piece and make them seem more deliberately placed instead of just dumped in a corner.  My umbrella is both cute and obviously functional (although I hardly ever have to use it), so it can sit out without being a nuisance.  Add in a couple of other things...
Colorful Sofas

Colorful Sofas

Sources: 1. Emily Henderson 2. Brit + Co 3. Nous Decor 4. My Old Country House 5. Apartment Therapy 6. House of Turquoise 7. HomePins 8. Wild Birds Collective 9....
Getting things together.

Getting things together.

This little cluster of things sits on my table in my kitchen.  I love putting together little areas of things that make me happy.  Either clustering things together on a tray, hanging things I love by my door to greet me, or decorating shelves with silly toys, these little areas can be found all around my house.  So many things to share with you guys so soon, be excited!  More about my house, about my life, and even documentation of the random inkling to cook!  Well, really it’s my boyfriend who does the cooking, but I love the making-it-cute-for-a-picture part.   This is just a taste, so stick around and bear with my short absence from frequent posting as I get everything ready! Rabbit: Anthropologie, they are out of stock, but I think these would make for the perfect replacement! // Candle: Anthropologie // Copper tray: Target, similar idea here and here // Tea towel: HomeGoods // Suckers:...
Too many shoes.

Too many shoes.

Too many shoes?  No, that isn’t a thing, BUT trying to store shoes when there are a lot of them can be really difficult.  Never fear my friends! I have the solution!  I guess I mean that I have a solution for MY shoe problem, and HOPEFULLY it can also be the solution to YOUR shoe problem. I have tried every rack out there, I swear to you, and none of the racks that are made for shoes have worked for me.  Either the shelves are too short for boots or it is a wire rack and the heels just slip right through, or it’s just plain bulky and ugly.  I was also having the problem of shoes getting ruined because they were basically throw into a pile.  Some of my favorite shoes have been ruined because they became misshapen by another pair sitting right on top of them. I looked everywhere and it seemed that every option for shoe boxes was REALLY expensive.  Seriously, I’m not kidding, SO EXPENSIVE.  I love the idea of having little plastic see through tubs for every single pair of shoe I own, but I also like the idea of breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so food came first.  Then I came across these lovely boxes at IKEA.  Oh, IKEA!  You crazy stupid place.  Fairly easy to put together, very cheap (around $3.00 to $5.00 for two!), and I think if you write on them nicely, they can be left out of the closet.  I stack mine against one wall, out of the way and easy to get to.  I put a link to them...
THIS IS HOME.

THIS IS HOME.

When I first saw this dress I kind of thought it was a little girls dress but started walking towards it anyway.  I got close enough to realize it was in fact for adults, and not children, and immediately grabbed it, it was definitely coming home with me!  I didn’t care how it fit or if it even fit at all, I needed it.  It’s like a massive leopard print sweatshirt in dress form.  HELLO!  Can you beat that?!?  I knew it needed shoes to rival it’s awesomeness, and what better than these space cadet boots?  I literally feel like a space cadet when I wear them and I am so happy about it.  They feel like you are walking on the moon, which I think is hard to accomplish in a platform boot of such height.  Camper has it mastered!  What do you think?  Would you rock them? I like to change things up in my house quite a bit.  I am constantly changing something, moving from one room to the next.  Whether it’s switching the quilt on my bed, adding more pillows to my couch, or putting wheels on my kitchen table (more on that later my friends), I like my surroundings to change!  I tend to gravitate towards the colorful, as you can tell by the color of my couch, and then change things around to make it not feel so overwhelming.  Case in point, the canvas hanging above the couch!  It has been quite a few things, but as soon as I decide I am over what’s on it I just start over again with...