With blog post number one, I knew I wanted to start with some kind of introduction, but nothing too drab or run-of-the-mill. Most of you aren’t coming here for a life story, and those of you that know me personally know that story already! (If this becomes a common request, we can do a formal introduction!)
Instead, I thought it would be appropriate to give a little bit of a peek at some of my favorite spaces within my own home. This will be an evolving collection of posts touring my small 500 square foot apartment, but for now, we’re going to start in the “entryway”. I’m already laughing at the fact that I’m distinguishing such a small space in the apartment. Carry on.
When it comes to small apartment ideas, learning to separate your functional spaces, no matter how tiny, is incredibly important. Learning to give purpose to every corner of the house allows each space to have a need, thereby giving you a functional basis to style it to those needs. While it sounds complicated, it’s much simpler than it seems. Stacking the proper objects, furniture, and accessories will make or break your space.
Anyone who knows me in real-life (or has seen my apartment) is going to immediately laugh at even trying to make this a separate room of the apartment, but it still does have a purpose, I promise!
Your entryway is a pass-through space, one that typically doesn’t have a purpose other than to travel from the front door to another spot in the house. Some pass-through rooms are harder to design than others, like Emily Henderson’s pass-through living room reveal. Others aren’t nearly as tricky, this is one of those.
In the old apartment, we never had the space to actively display things. Books, photos, trinkets, there wasn’t a designated spot for them all, and we’ve got a ton of them. My mom got me this bookshelf from CB2 for my birthday a while back, and moving into the new apartment, we found the perfect space for it right in this entry area.
While still limited on “display” space, I tend to rotate the objects, books, and artwork on it every month or so to make use of everything we have. January was cool neutral tones, with winter-themed artwork, and blue and white books. This month is a bit of a nod to warmer weather (over this winter!) with warm tones and hints of blues. I plan to do a post with shelf updates every month, also!
Working in Small Spaces
Keeping the entryway open, airy, but functional is important in any space, but even more so in small spaces. Making sure you keep the essentials front and center is key. Accenting with fresh florals, bright colors, and everyday essentials (hellllllo, bar shelf!) can keep even the smallest of “rooms” feeling styled, and purposed.
A few other shots from the entry include two signed albums of each of our favorite musicians (Lorde & Amanda Palmer), a simple coat rack, and a dog bed that seems to be purely decorative *upside down smiley face*. I’ll source most things below the final photos, but if there’s anything I missed, please let me know!
Until next time!