Home Tour: Natalie's entryway

Often over-looked and under-styled, your front entry is the first introduction one gets into the style and feel of your home. It sets the tone for what to expect in the rest of your space so it might as well say welcome. Bonus points for being bright, open and well organized. See how we achieved all of that goodness.


Entryways are high traffic areas  - and my house was of no exception. With two kids, a lack of functional organization and a shoe-loving hubby, our old entry wasn't working for us. It quickly became a catch-all and dumping ground - especially during the winter months. A mudroom would solve allllll of my storage woes, but there's just not enough room for one. Instead, we opted for making the best use of the space we already had.  

you can never have enough light

Since moving into our home a few years back, both of our neighbours have re-built their houses which drastically reduced the amount of natural light coming in from the sides of the house. {Sidenote: Julia + family built their home and were our neighbour's to the right before moving to the east-end.  In case you missed it, read more about our blog-start story here.} Okay, back to my entry...

Our original front door was nice {and actually one of my favourite things about the house before moving in,} but it didn't allow for any natural light to come in on the east-side of the main floor. It was the "dark zone" in the house cause it also happens to be where our staircase and garage are situated. Aside from installing security cameras, we had no visibility to the outside world other than the front window located inside my husband's office. We replaced the door with a black window-paneled beauty and now the foyer is flooded with much-needed and loved light! We also replaced the ceiling fixture and added new sconce lighting to either side of the mirror and just like that we. are. lit.

adding some texture + a spot to sit

Insert shiplap walls {right?!}. Admittedly, I toyed with the idea of using wallpaper instead {debated between this one and this one,} but ultimately fell in love with the idea of adding some texture to the space. Our everything to do with wood-working friends were wanting to try out this application for a while, so naturally we were the perfect guinea pigs. I won't go into detail about how it was done {read our blog post When Not to DIY if you're interested in know-how.} Spoiler: it was a pretty painless experience.

We also commissioned them to create a custom bench for the space using hot rolled steel for the legs painted in black, and century-old wood from a township called Oro-Medonte - isn't she a beauty?! A neutral chunky rug and tassel pillow complete the look. We used the Stockholm Mirror from IKEA for the walnut veneer as well as its wide base that holds our keys + sunglasses in a pinch!

a place for everything + everything in its place

This was the biggie for us. Before the reno, we were trying to cram everything we needed on the daily into our standard size closet. The first thing we did was remove the builder grade hanging bar and the wobbly shelf and headed straight to IKEA. Guys, the online planning tools were super easy to nav! We wanted a system that would give us the flexibility to arrange and re-arrange our stuff according to the season and the ALGOT system fit the bill perfectly. We installed shoe racks, hanging space, and low shelving so the kids could easily access their things. This gave us room for bins of winter gear and space above to store other seasonal items. I bought an extra shoe rack and hanging rail for the winter set up when jackets get bulkier. The end result: I now have extra closet space for when guests come over.......finnnnalllllly. 


Shop my space + some other foyer favourites below.

want more entryway inspo? Follow our Mudrooms + Entryways board on Pintrest.  

Like the look? shop these + more entryway goodies: