Before & After: Our $150 Interior Entryway Makeover

It was once a breakfast nook, then it become a shoe pile area, and now it’s an organized entryway!


After scouring Pinterest for tons of inspiration photos, we finally had time last weekend to make 2 trips to Home Goods and 1 trip to Target to set the ambiance.

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At first, we toyed with the idea of making it a reading nook with small couch and lamp. But with the minimal direct sunlight and distractions from the stop sign outside, we were 99% sure that it wouldn’t make sense for us. After all, that’s what the living room is for. So instead, I focused on finding a nice entry bench where we could sit to put on our shoes and collect mail from the slot in a cute wire basket.

I knew I wanted a bench with clean lines with either a wood or white finish. I found a few options from Amazon, but we couldn’t pass up this bench for $100 from Home Goods.

I also knew I didn’t want a shoe rack, and I loved the look of large baskets to keep our shoes completely hidden. These were $20 each from the kids section at Target.

I styled the bench with a newly potted Swiss cheese plant from our friend Kristy (it’s THRIVING) and a West Elm throw pillow that had been on the couch. We’re also using the bench to store our purses and backpacks until we install coat hooks.