Welcome to Week 2 of the One Room Challenge! I’m participating with a group of bloggers, hosted by Linda from Calling It Home, in a challenge to transform a room in six weeks. Last week I introduced you to my empty back entry foyer and outlined some of my visions for the space. This week I’ve started to carry out the plan by adding in the basic but essential furniture pieces.
The first thing to think about in any room design is the furniture layout, and this tiny space was no exception. In fact, particularly in a small space, each piece must be considered for functionality above all else, and then for aesthetic impact. While I was certain I wasn’t going ‘mudroom cubbies’, I nonetheless needed a place to store things to grab on the way out the door, as well as providing seating for putting shoes and boots on.
The best part of this week’s task is that all of the foundational items are things I already owned, repurposed from other spots in our home. The two chairs are Darcy Chairs from Rachel Ashwell and they’ve already played many roles in our home.
I recently used them in our master bedroom for our breakfast bistro table.
They also flanked a chest of drawers in the front hall of our former home.
So they were a natural for our new back entry. Our front hallway is much bigger and grander than our old home and houses larger more formal pieces. But here at the back entrance they are perfectly suited with their sweet cottage detailing, cane backs and distressed white paint.
The white linen skirting is lovely, adding a feminine touch, but the chair covers are removable and washable for the utmost of convenience.
The diminutive cream colored chest also has some pretty decorative embellishments, with curved edging and corner detailing, as well as French inspired hardware and trim. This is where we keep gloves and hats and other similar items.
The size of this room and the lack of windows make it a very difficult space to photograph and this fact wasn’t lost on me as I realized I’d have to be struggling with this for 4 more weeks. Still, today I am just revealing this one corner and hopefully you can see the layout in the side view. The chairs flank the chest and a mirror is centered above.
This mirror was in the family room in our old house presiding over the bar server. I love the gorgeous curves in the carved wood and the soft gilded patina.
As pretty as it is, the mirror is better sized for its new space over the small white chest. The French server is now in our front entry with a much grander mirror which our now higher ceilings can accommodate.
The character of the furniture paves the way for French Country accessories. It’s both casual enough for a back entry yet special enough to elevate it to more than a mudroom.
Having a mirror by the door is essential for a last minute check before you leave the house.
Next week I’ll start adding in the accents that give the spot personality. There’s also another wall to be decorated and a few corners waiting to be dressed. Please follow the link in the logo below to see the other participants’ work, as well.
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- White cane back chairs
- White chest (similar, in fact I like this one better… ;-))
- The mirror is vintage, found in an antique shop
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