Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Admitting Seat Defeat

It's been over a year since I stress-DIY'ed my way through Hurricane Sandy with this board and batten entryway project, which at the time seemed like a totally normal way to process the stress of 12 days with no power and with a newborn, a 2-year-old and my in-law's.

I had planned to install a bench with rolling bins for storage underneath, having gone so far as to sketch out a plan and to source the bins, but other things (life) got in the way.

Then, a few weeks ago I was at Home Goods looking for pillows for this hug pillow project when I came across this lovely, clay-colored bench. I called home to ask Mike to measure the distance between the doorway and the radiator in the hopes the bench would fit.  He measured and reported that it was, and I quote, "something like 37 or 38 inches", which may help to explain why I'm the handy one around the house and why he's in charge of the laundry.

After double-checking Home Goods' return policy, I loaded this bad boy into the back of our car and headed home, hoping against hope that the bench would fit.

I literally 'woo hoo'ed when the bench slid perfectly into place.  I'm sure I'll end up doing something to it, whether it's painting the bottom third of the baskets or covering the cushion with a different fabric, but for now I'm happy to have somewhere to dump all the kids' mismatched mittens and winter hats.

I'm still struggling with what to put on the shelf above.  I'm toying with the idea of hanging something on the wall and actually leaving the shelf empty, something small and dimensional, not unlike the smaller antlers in this picture. Any ideas?


  1. I thought that first picture was from a magazine or something! Seriously, it looks awesome. Also, I love that this is a post about a bench and I still laughed. You're kind of fabulous like that.

    1. Thanks so much! I only wish my entryway always looked so tidy. And thanks for reading and commenting, it really makes my day to know that you enjoy it! :)

  2. Always say yes to antlers...and maybe a plant? Succulents perhaps?

    1. That's a great idea, I love succulents. Any ideas for what to put them in?


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