One challenge we've faced with our front room is the multi-purpose aspect of it. It's a living room, dining room, computer desk station and entry. We've worked to figure out the best way to lay out the furniture according to how we use the space and after owning the house for over a year we have a pretty good idea of what we need out of the room.
Which is why one of our goals for this year is to rethink the front room. We've decided to make a few changes to the room's layout and function over the course of the year.
First on the list is creating a more defined entry. We want a zone that has a place for mail, keys, shoes, and our hats & gloves in the winter. Here's what we had set up in the corner of the room by the closet:
It worked. Mostly. The cube ottoman holds our hats and gloves and also acts as seating when we're putting on shoes and boots. The silver urn holds our keys. We usually don't lay the mail on the table, though that's the intention.
Then, I found a solid wood, long table (I actually think it was originally a headboard) at a thrift store. And it was a deal.
An $8.99 deal. Score! I may refinish it in the future. But I like to try the pieces in the space before changing them.
Here's what the space looks like now:
Check it out: there's a place for everything. The silver urn will still hold keys. The gold tray is a catch all for the yet-to-be-sorted mail. The copper bin can hold shoes and the cube (at the lower right corner of the photo above) still holds the mitts and hats. And a bonus: we've added a mirror for those "do I look ok?" glances we all love to make before heading out the door.
Now that we have a new and improved entry area there's only one more problem to address here. Let me explain the issue.
Our front door opens up into almost the center of the room, with the coat closet right next to it. Because the door swings away from the closet guests come into the room and usually step carefully to avoid going into the sitting area. Things get especially tricky when a stream of people are all trying to come in, remain on the rug and let the next person in.
To fix this, we're thinking about rehanging the front door so it'll open up the other way. It's still only just a thought churning in the old noggin at the point, but we'll see.
Any insight on the matter would be great.