Making the Entry Winter-Ready



I’m trying to live a slightly more minimal lifestyle these days, but winter with all of its layers is trying to throw a bit of a wrench in my best laid plans. Scarves, hats, gloves, boots – the necessities of cold weather are no fun to corral. My usual (bad) habit it to shove as much as possible into the pockets of the coat I just took off and hang it on the stairs’ bottom newel post.




My solution was to take those unfortunate habits and make them work to my advantage. By adding a wooden bench with woven accents I created a small storage area right out in the open. Boots can be tucked underneath while other cold weather gear can be stacked on the lower shelf. It will also make a great place to sit to lace up footwear, as well as a spot to put friends’ bags when they’re over for a visit.


Winter Entry-Target-1-Design Crush


The pastel blue seat of the bench will make transitioning to spring and summer easy with its breezy feel. And I’m also really feeling the combination of the woven pattern next to my tribal throw rug. Completely unexpected and slightly out of my comfort zone, but it seems to be working well.




I tucked a white sherpa throw into a vintage metal crate nearby for those extra cold Pennsylvania days that will be here soon enough. The idea being that you walk in the front door, take all of your outdoor gear off, and grab a blanket to cozy up with immediately. (It’s especially going to come in handy after I come inside after taking down those Christmas decorations!) So take that winter, because I’ve got you all figured out.



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  • Rebecca

    January 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Where are the prints from?

    • Kelly

      January 6, 2015 at 12:10 pm Reply

      both are from Minted.

  • leenie

    January 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm Reply

    I love that runner, and the wire basket. Are those from Target too? Thanks!

  • Amy@OldSweetSong

    January 8, 2015 at 9:12 am Reply

    Now I see what it is! Super cute.

  • Kelly / The Poetry of Living

    January 13, 2015 at 1:04 pm Reply

    i love that carpet. It’s nice and thin enough for an entryway for sure but the design is so great. It looks vintage.

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