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2.26.2012

Project: Entryway Closet Makeover - The Reveal!

Drum roll please..... It's finally done!
Our once small, useless, overly-cluttered-builder-grade coat closet has officially turned into a functional, prettier, more organized entryway nook!

If you've missed out on our Entryway Closet Makeover journey, you can check out parts 1 & 2 first, to see how this crazy-awesomeness came about!



It's been such a fun, challenging, LONG journey to get from a boring closet with a door that basically blocked our entire entryway, when opened... to an airy, fresh, larger space that definitely brings personality, visual interest and comfort into our home.

I knew that the finishes in this space needed to be ones that could stand lots of traffic, dirt and well... kids! So we decided to paint the beadboard walls with a color called Wood Smoke from Glidden in a satin finish. The trim is just a plain ultra-white, straight from the can semi-gloss. I wanted a higher sheen so that the white parts could be wiped down easily if they get scuffed or bumped by anything.

Pillows were purchased from: Vibe Home, Kimoley Deco, Willa Skye Home and from Home Again. I had my super talented sewing-nerd-friend Katie whip up a slip cover for my cushion out of this awesome, heavy-duty gray circle fabric from Waverly.

I found the hanging star from Joann's and the intricate white frames and organizational baskets (for light bulbs, batteries, extension cords, flashlights, etc...) from Pier 1 Imports. Instead of using the white frames for pictures, I found little mirrors and put them inside. Also, the star came in silver, so I painted it with white spray paint and hung it by a piece of twine.

The cute print hanging on the wall beside our nook is from Brightsides Designs and the frame is from IKEA. It originally came with a cream colored matte, so I used the same Wood Smoke gray from Glidden and gave it a quick coat of paint. That way I wouldn't have to spend money or time on getting a new matte!

I'm sure you recognize the DIY wood crates from our previous tutorial, but just in case you  missed them, here they are again! Honestly, these are the PERFECT solution for shoes, gloves and hats! Just make sure that you use some sticky felt pads or small wheels for the bottoms of your crates, to keep them from scraping other surfaces when you pull them in or out.

We always have random papers flying around, so I thought I'd create a little "paper center" for our nook as well. I purchased some of these cute metal baskets, printed out our kids names and a mail label on my computer, mounted them on cute cardstock, rounded the corners and attached them with twine.

We are seriously excited to have this space all done! It was SO fun to design, and I can't tell you how nice it is to have this beautiful nook, instead of a space-sucking closet in our entryway. This little cove is really comfortable and Cason finds me often times sprawled out in it, chatting on the phone or checking my email. I've become a bit obsessed with making unexpected spaces in our home, a LOT more purposeful and cozy. 

Over the past few years we've come to realize that our house doesn't have to be the biggest, or filled with the nicest, most expensive, trendiest decor... it just has to make us FEEL happy. And we've found that being more organized, adding lots personal touches and utilizing every inch of our given space, the best we know how...is what makes us really love our home.

Questions Update:
Okay, I've had a LOT of the same questions about our nook, so I thought I'd answer them.
Everyone is mostly concerned about where all the coats went. ha! Obviously I staged this photo so it looked all "pretty", but really, the kiddos usually each have a coat up on a hook, with their little backpacks over it. The other sweatshirts that were in this space just got hung up in the closets in our room :)
- Yes, it STILL looks cute, even when things don't 'match' with the space. (I'll take a photo of that and post it if you all want)
- The kids' snow bibs that we had in the closet before are actually folded in half, and inside one of the crates.
- Gloves, hats and a pair or two of school shoes, for each kiddo are in the other crate. These crates are HUGE, they fit a ton of stuff!
- No, my little kids can't reach the hooks without climbing on the bench. Yes, I'm sure my bench fabric will get a bit dirty. Usually the kids have taken off their shoes and put them in the crate, before they climb up... BUT they ARE kids, and so that's not always the case. Hence the reason that I picked a darker, thicker, more durable fabric! I also had the cover sewn with a zipper on the back so I could slip it off and deep clean it if necessary. (aka: dry clean it)
- No, this nook does NOT always look like this. LOL. Of COURSE there are sometimes coats on the bench, or still backpacks on the floor. We ARE just a normal family with three little kids. Please don't be fooled that just because it looks like this for the 'reveal' photos that it's always this tidy. No matter HOW organized you get or how cool your space is, it's just a fact... KIDS ARE MESSY! :) But at least now having a space where I can quickly put things back in their proper place is really nice!
- Our vacuum that we had in this closet before is now just right outside our laundry room door in the garage. We also built a little shelf out there that houses all the hoses and attachments as well. (I'll show you that later). I liked the idea of keeping cleaning products and 'dusty things' outside, instead of inside.
- Our entryway rug is from IKEA. It was only $20.00. Again, I went with a darker gray, because it hides dirt well.
Whew! I hope I got them all! Really, I just hope we got across that this space was really more of a "dumping ground" then a coat closet, before. Sometimes we'd have stuff in there, sometimes we wouldn't. It didn't serve much of a purpose, so that's why it was easy for us to decide to make it into something else.
If your family uses every square inch of your coat closet for storage, then you might think of some different ways to makeover your space! Maybe you need more hanging capabilities, so you add additional hooks, or leave the coat bar up, don't do the bench, and just make cubbies for storage baskets along the sides or bottom! Really, the great part about DIY projects like these, is that you can customize them to exactly what you need to store in YOUR space!

270 comments:

  1. Wow amazing as always! Such a great idea to use up that space.

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  2. Absolutely stunning! I am slackjawed and don't know what else to say. It would never stay looking that good in my house but I adore the way it looks in yours!

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  3. LOVE this change! Oh my gosh! It is PERFECT! Great job! I am sitting here brainstorming how to make this happen in my own home! Thanks for your amazing inspiration!

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  4. LOVE IT!!!! What an amazing end result!! I'm happy for you. :D

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  5. This turned out amazing! I love everything about it ... great job!

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  6. It looks AMAZING! What a wonderful project!! Loving all of it.

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  7. I SUPER love this!! What a wonderful upgrade!!

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  8. WOW LOVE it!! I can't believe how much it opens up the space!!...you now have my wheels turning!! Thanks for the inspiration...totally pinning this!

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  9. So incredibly awesome. I love everything about it!

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  10. I love it!!! I just wonder...where do you put all your coats???

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  11. OMG Shelley!! This is too stinkin' cute!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way it turned out!!! What a transformation!!

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  12. I love it!!! I just wonder...where to you keep all your coats??

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  13. SHELLEY!!!! Oh my goodness girlie you amaze me! This turned out so beautiful! I love it! Absolutely incredible job!!

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  14. Definitely one of my favorite projects yet! I absolutely love everything about it! Great job y'all!

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  15. I love it!!! I just wonder...where do you put all your coats???

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  16. That's so Awsome! You guys are 1 talented family! Can't wait to see more:)

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  17. I love how unexpected this is! Looks amazing. One question...where do you store your vacuum??

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  18. Absolutely Amazing! I have been wanting to do this to our entryway closet, and yours may just be the perfect thing to inspire my husband!!

    Great job!

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  19. That is BEAUTIFUL!!! I wonder how many people are going to do this project now! Man, you should do what Mandi did and have Nate Berkus feature you on his House Proud segment!!!!

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  20. I love following the projects you create and tackle. I wish I had the time, money, and effort to fix up my condo. One day!!!

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  21. I am in La, la, LOVE! I might be a little envious too! Way to go!

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  22. I am in la, la, love!! I might be a little envious too! Good for you!!

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  23. It looks beautiful Shelley, well done! I just posted home tour photos on my blog, of move in day, which was one week ago. My home is a 20 yr old blank canvas, and I have sooo many things I want to do to make it feel like ours, but, one step at a time...

    Karen
    www.restyledvintage.com

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous! It definetly looks like a cosy little spot but ever so useful too, bet you don't miss that cupboard at all!

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  25. Can you please share where you got the blue pillow from?

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  26. Ya'll out did yourselves on this one! Right now I am eyeing my entry and thinking hmmmm, darn it, I need the pantry that is on the other side of the wall.I love it, everything about it, just A-DOOR-ABLE!!!

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  27. LOVE it! Sooooo much better than the builder grade closet! :)

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  28. Its perfect! I love everything about it. The grey color choice looks great.... awesome job on that one Cason :) I love this new little space in your home. You never cease to amaze me :)

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  29. Oh my goodness! It looks amazing! I am so excited for you... all that hard work and now you can rest and enjoy. :) It's beautiful!!!

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  30. Wow Shelly I LOVE it!!!! It turned out SO amazing! Thanks for all the great ideas ;)

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  31. The new nook looks amazing! Your projects are so inspiring. I particularly love the mix of fabrics on the pillows. Beautiful job!!

    -Alison @ peakyourpinterest.com

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  32. Wow, that's is simply AMAZING!! It looks so pretty and functional now. Good job!!

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  33. Oh sorry I got so carried away with the pillow I forgot to say that it all looks amazingly beautiful. I wish I could do something similar but my house is so small its just impossible... gorgeous!!

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  34. Fantastic and fabulous! I love what you've created for your family, and I know ya'll will enjoy it for years to come. :)

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  35. That is a fantastic solution for getting every bit of use you can out of your space. Making it pretty, well that is just a bonus!

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  36. I absolutely love this, it looks amazing!
    We'll be moving to a new place in a month and in the new house there's a perfect spot for a nook like this, so thank you for the inspiration and tips!

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  37. This looks FABULOUS!!! Great job :)
    ****I know Katie too....She used to live in my ward. Isn't she great and ever so talented!

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  38. The nook looks amazing! I wish I had a closet large enough to do this. mine is small a single door and in a weird place so this is one project I won't be able to do but I sure love it!

    I'm about to embark on painting my kitchen cabinets and wrap my island in beadboard and extend the top with a butcher block counter top from Ikea.

    I have to thank you and Jennifer {TT&J} for the inspiration to re-do my house - one room at a time.

    ~Chrissy

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  39. That was a pretty gutsy move. I like it...a lot!

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  40. FABULOUS !!! It turned out excellent. You inspire me to do more in my home. What a great look for your entryway. I love the paper trays too.
    Good Job !!

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  41. Wow!!! Shelley, your entryway came out amazing!! Love it!

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  42. How FABULOUS! I will fully admit how jealous I am!! :)

    Holly @ Lifeasathrifter.com

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  43. I have been waiting for this reveal Shelley! This is gorgeous... the beautiful fruit of all of your hard work. Thanks for inspiring all of us!

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  44. Shut. UP!! This looks fantastic! So open, and so much more functional. I think spaces like this are a must have, especially when you have kids. Hanging up coats on hooks is so much more likely to happen when you have it easily accessible too. Well done!!

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  45. WOW ~ what an amazing difference! I LOVE it all!!

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  46. This is fabulous! And I think you are going to get just as much attention for this as your pantry makeover! Just gorgeous! I really feel like the molding on the outside of the door makes it feel like its not a closet anymore. Have a fabulous day!

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  47. oh my word!!!! I am in love!!! I think anyone who walks into your home will want to sit there :)

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  48. Oh wow, it turned out amazing! Love every detail and it's so open I love it!

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  49. I love it! Great job! Can you come and do a much smaller version at my house?

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  50. it's absolutely beautiful!!! i have saved closet transformations like this on my computer for years hoping i'd be able to do something as fabulous. your link is going to the top in my file! great job!

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  51. Shelley!! This is amazing! I have been so excited to see how this project turns out :) I love how you used your crates... they look like they were custom built just for this space! The pillows are perfection, the beadboard walls, corbels under the shelves... everything is just right. I know this is something I want to do when we are not renting anymore :) Thanks for sharing your talents with us!! Have a great week!

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  52. Wow - huge improvement from the previous version. And I absolutely love those wood crates.

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  53. This is just gorgeous! I love everything but the little name tags and bins are adorable! I bet your kid love the bench :)

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  54. It looks beautiful! I am curious, however, since it's so neat and styled to coordinate with your house decor colors, will everyone be hanging their coats there when they come in? Can your girls reach the hooks or will they have to climb on the nice cushion to reach the hooks? (fearing dirt) How will it look with a bunch of multi-colored coats hanging there?
    Signed,
    Nervous in New Hampshire

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  55. Your closet turned out amazing! We can't wait to get our lockers installed in our mudroom and your project has been such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing all of the details! Enjoy your new space!

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  56. This is absolutely STUNNING! I am completely inspired and even though I don't have an entryway closet I want to find SOME closet in my house for trying this. I am a new follower and am loving your style and talent. Thank you! Laura @ The Soulful House

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  57. My jaw is on the floor! This is amazing, every part of it. I'm already trying to pull the doors of my front closet - LOL. You are so inspiring, thank you for sharing your amazing ideas!

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  58. beautiful and oh, so functional! The good news... I have a ton of those metal baskets, the bad news I no longer have an entry closet to make over :( You two amaze me!!

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  59. All your hard work paid off! I love it and I also love you color choices, but I have since I've been following you for over a year!

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  60. The new space looks fabulous! Beautiful job, both of you!
    xo,
    Shannon
    aka design

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  61. Wow! This looks amazing, what a great use of the space!

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  62. I couldn't wait to see this reveal and it's amazing. I love how much better it looks and how much more functional it is. So many beautiful touches. Great job.

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  63. This is an amazing make over! I didn't know a closet could be so beautiful!
    Debbie

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  64. Absolutely positively fanFREAKINtastic Shelley!!! WOW!!!! :)

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  65. I am so jealous of your gorgeous entryway! I would love even the tiniest nook to store all of our "getting ready to go" stuff, but alas, our rental apartment is one of those places where you basically just walk into the living room. But this definitely inspires me for the future!

    http://stopmeifyouveheardthisone.com

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  66. LOOKS GREAT! But who expected less? You so rock!

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  67. This turned out fantastic!! I LOVE IT! We turned a closet into a cubby too, but it is nowhere near as charming as this. You've inspired me to pretty it up a bit, but my to do list is so long, we'll see if it ever happens:). thanks for sharing. It really is fabulous!

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  68. WOW! This is spectacular! I love your neutral color pallet and how much your new entry way closet really opens up the space!

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  69. Seriously, AMAZING! I wish I had an entry closet!

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  70. Wow! Do you have an eye for design or what?! This is so stinking pretty, love the combo of wood, gray/white/metal/splashes of blue.. yum yum yum. Can I come live in your entry way?! Pretty please????????!!! ;)

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  71. Looks great Shelley! I would have to say the hard work payed off! I also loved what you said about your home not having to be bigger, but just filled with this things that make you happy. Very well said on a very, early Monday morning. Have a wonderful week!!

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  72. Such a pretty space!!! I can't believe how much space was hidden behind that closet door, lol! Great Job!

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  73. Absolutely beautiful!!! Y'all did such an awesome job. ;) It looks so bright and cheerful too.

    Kristin
    theocdlifestyle.blogspot.com

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  74. It's absolutely gorgeous! awesome job. I love all of the baskets and those bottom drawers! simply gorgeous.

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  75. Love what you did. I am so inspired to work on mine and get it done!! I love the bench right in the closet- that is my biggest thing is folks don't have a place to sit and put their shoes on. Thanks for sharing your ideas!!

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  76. This is just UBER fabulous!! I am loving this space makeover. It is SO functional now! I wonder if I can convince my hubby to do this to our entryway closet... probably not, but a girl can dream!!

    I love the extra touch of the painted beadboard. Its subtle but fantastic!

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  77. GORGEOUS. Absolutely love...everything!

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  78. Gorgeous!!!!
    www.ashleybridgerdesigns.com

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  79. LOVE it!! I expected nothing less from you though. You are so creative and I love your style.

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  80. Wow! Aren't you the decorating magician? Kudos to you!

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  81. Oh my goodness can someone please spell "A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E" --- wait, I just did.
    Shelly, take a bow, go ahead, slow clap it out girl. This is the cutest space and how I wish I had a closet or even the space in my home to do something like this. Alas Florida homes tend to seriously lack in closet space. In fact my new home has...count them....ONE minus the pantry and bedroom closets. ONE for all towels, coats etc. Yes it's Florida but we do need coats.

    LOVE this!! -- And the statue goes to...The House of Smiths!

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  82. beautiful project!! love the colors! what did you use for the beadboard walls? planks or large sheets? thanks!

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  83. Oh my word, Shelley!!!! What a transformation!!! I am absolutely in love with it! It is definitely "you"! I cannot believe that once used to be a small coat closet. What a statement! I just love it! Nice work!! Did I mention that I love it?? ;-) xoxo

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  84. Your project turned out fantastic. What a difference it has made to your entry. Now it is usable space.

    It looks very professional. Kudos to all who helped.

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  85. Love it!! It looks amazing! I wish my house had closets...

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  86. This is gorgeous! But now I'm wondering where you put all the coats?!

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  87. It turned out beautifully~! All your ideas and efforts have come to fruition. Love all the fabric choices for your pillows. We're working on our Family Room and it's really hard deciding on fabric! You all have done a great job! I might have to try making some vintage wood crates. Thanks for sharing along the way!
    ~Judy~

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  88. Holy smokes, amazing!! Great job!

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  89. Love, LOVE! It turned out beautifully. Great job!

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  90. I love everything about your entryway nook. Such a great use of space and it turned out so beautiful. You did an amazing job!

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  91. It's absolutely gorgeous! You did an amazing job!! LOVE the colors you used too :)

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  92. LOVELY!!!! Gotta go measure my entry closet :-)

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  93. You are so inspiring!! I absolutely love this. Been following this redo since part 1.....you had me in suspense. love your design and love your dads handy work. So perfect!

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  94. This looks awesome!! I love the colors that you selected and all of the little finishing touches. You've inspired me to try something like this in my closet.

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  95. So cute! You guys did such a great job. Too bad I can't do this in my house... or can I?!? Love it!

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  96. Looks so beautiful!! I love this look...however where do all of the coats go?? I have this in my home and it never looks quite as pretty with kids coats hanging!

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  97. Love it! You guys did such a great job. Too bad I can't do this in my house... or can I?!? Love it!

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  98. holy moly guacamole! that is one awesome closet!!! Pat yourselves one the back on this one for sure!! LOVE it

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  99. This looks amazing! I have to say that I am a little envious of your talent. Very beautiful.

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  100. This looks fantastic Shelly! Love how much it opens up the front entrance and how you've incorporated form and function!

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  101. Absolutely fantastic! Your vision for this space was incredible. I want one too!

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  102. Beautiful! I love it. Could I please borrow your Dad for awhile? Your very lucky to have a carpenter on your team! Anyway, your design and the flawless execution make for a beautiful addition to your home. Love it!

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  103. This is such a great idea and an awesome use of space. I love it! I am so jealous now I am going to inspect my coat closet to see if I can expand it. I doubt it though. But still awesome, love it!!!

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  104. GORGEOUS!!!! I am so in love with what you did with this space. It is amazing!

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  105. It looks amazing! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  106. Shelley you did such a beautiful job! I love the crates - but even more I love that it's a beautiful place for you to land as you come home.

    simply gorgeous, my friend!

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  107. It looks fabulous, Shelley! I love the colors and fabrics you chose. So creative and functional! :)

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  108. WOWOWOOWOW!!! This looks amazing! I wish we had a spot we could do this! I love it! SO neat and clean! Great job lady!

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  109. This turned out fabulous! I have hemmed and hawed over doing something like this in our front entryway closet. This is so beautiful, it makes me think I should take the plunge. We have so much junk in that closet and I can just close the doors!

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  110. AMAZING!!! You did an awesome job as usual :) love it!!

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  111. It looks gorgeous!! Amazing job!

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  112. Absolutely incredible... I can't believe this was a simpleton closet! It's gorgeous AND so functional! And the drawers are the coolest thing ever!

    Very high end look and build. Amazing... you guys are quite the team!

    Donna

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  113. I love it! What a great way to use that space!!
    Courtney

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  114. Great job Shelley!!!!! SO, when are YOU coming over to my home??

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  115. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so gorgeous, beautiful, awe-inspiring and just the perfect addition to your already beautiful house. it looks so relaxing!! you are amazing!!!

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  116. Wow!!Such a cute,useful space!!You inspire me to tackle some of my dark closets that are lurking with possibilities...thanks for the beautiful inspiration-love it all!!The colors are great-I love the beadboard turned on it's side.You are amazing!!

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  117. Oh this is awesome! I wish I had a coat closet and I would copy you! You are so talented and I'm amazed at all you do to make your home so wonderful and comfortable for you and your family. I LOVE your style! As always....I'm a fan!

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  118. I would love to see the 'everyday' look - I like the 'staged', but I'm much more interested in the practicality of it :)

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  119. I will for sure post a picture of the "everyday look". It's pretty much the same, just with pink coats and backpacks :)

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  120. Looks so awesome!!! I am tempted to tear off the nasty mirrored doors in our hallway and follow your example!

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  121. I just love how you customize your space to your family needs, talent!

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  122. I love how you customize your space to your family, it looks amazing! Talent!

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  123. It looks awesome, what an awesome change!

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  124. I don't usually make comments but holy cow I absolutely L.O.V.E. this what you have done!

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  125. Oh my gosh this is beautiful! What a difference it makes. This is really inspirational, I'm getting motivated! Love the colors that you chose.

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  126. Wow. I just plain love everything you do. Period.

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  127. So ridiculously gorgeous!!! I am just in awe! I might have to come back later and finish this comment because I really just can't get over how much I love everything about this!! Great job!

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  128. Oh my gosh,, Shelley! That's amazing. How I wish I had a cupboard in m hallway that I could convert!! LOL. :-D Jude.x

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  129. I have that same rug from Ikea; it's so thin & light that I find it moves around terribly as people walk over it daily. What are you using to hold it in place?

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  130. I love your great ideas!! Will you please tell me where I can find the wallpaper that you were initially going to use in that space?

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  131. love love love it! it is fabulous!!!

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  132. Love love it!!! I have a closet VERY similar to that one. Inspiring for sure! :)

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  133. YOU KNOW WHAT? GIRL! I logged into pinterest and saw your adorable little knook today and screamed... I felt so HAPPY the reveal was ready (although, for a second I thought my friend in my head, Shelly, didn't call to TELL me?lol). I enjoy your blog so much, I decided to pass on an award (which I'm sure you've gotten like a gazillion times but NOT FROM ME)! Keep on doing what you do, I'm lovin' it!

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  134. wow! It came out great!!!!

    FitFashLife.blogspot.com

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  135. I just have one question, I have the same rug from IKEA so I was wondering how you get the corners of your rug to stay flat? My rug corners always bend up no matter what I do! I used to have it in my living room, but everyone trips on the corners, so I had to put it in my craft studio for now :(

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  136. That's fantastic from start to finish!

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  137. I have a question about your rug. I have the same rug from IKEA, and am wondering how you get the corners to lay nice and flat? Ours will not lay flat at all, the corners always curl up and everyone trips over it constantly! I have moved it from my living room to my craft studio because of the curling issue :(

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  138. Gorgeous!! Love how it turned, much more functional...grea job!

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  139. Oh my, this look amazing! I love all of the trim detail and the wooden boxes on the bottom are amazing. Great job!

    Mindy - I also have the same rug from IKEA. When I got home I unrolled it and rolled it the opposite way. Then, I had really have books and things on the corners for a loong time. It still curls up a tiny bit but its not tripping people anymore!

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  140. hey shelley, it was so fun to meet you at the meet n greet. you are adorable and so fun to talk to. i love your new entry way!

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  141. yay!! was soooo looking forward to this reveal. it turned out fantastic girlfriend! you guys obviously worked hard at it & it shows! well well done & kudos to you as the designer & your whole construction crew! xo

    www.NorthernCottage.net

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  142. I love this! It is a happy place staged and happier when it is being used. The kids will learn to use it (if not already) better as they get older and will appreciate it more as it will be easier to find things. A great nook. Congratulations, you should be proud.

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  143. Amazing!!! I love it! You guys do such an awesome job making your home... well lets just say I know I'm not supposed to covet... but I might be coveting your house! :)

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  144. Wow, this is truly amazing! Great job! I'm inspired :)

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  145. I just want your dad to adopt me!!!

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  146. Hi, I am a new follower. I love the project and your blog.

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  147. Girl- this is incredible!! it needs to be in all the interior decorating magazines!!!! love that you keep things affordable, but soo classy and beautiful!! love it all!!

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  148. Freaking amazing!!! your work needs to be in a magazine :) Love it!!!

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  149. You are constantly inspiring me!!

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  150. Beautiful! I love everything about it! So pretty and so functional - the shelves, bins, crates, etc. Even the moulding/trim on top looks so pretty. Great work!

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  151. Love it, love it, love it! Great job!

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  152. Hey I was wondering how you hung your wreath on your door? I've been looking for a way that won't scratch up the finish.

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  153. OMG! This is the most fantastic redo I've seen! What imagination and how lucky you are to have your Dad!!!! In my dreams!

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  154. This is AMAZING!! I just love every inch!

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  155. What size is your picture by your front door? I want to order one and I love it!!! morgan823@gmail.com

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  156. Instead of fixing up my house, I think I'll just post strategic photos of yours. :-)

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  157. Nothing else to say except WOW!!

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  158. I'm wondering what the dimensions of the nook are. It looks about the size of the closet in our entryway, and I adore what you've done.

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  159. Amazing! Stunning! Practical! Awesome! Need I say more? I LOVE IT!

    Hopefully the hubs and I can recreate something similar...that is if I can actually talk him into this one. If not, I think I may just have to just take the initiative and do it myself!

    You are so inspiring!

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  160. Amazing! Stunning! Practical! Awesome! Need I say more? I LOVE IT!

    Now if only I can sweet talk my hubby into letting me do this. If not, maybe I will just need to take initiative and just it myself....

    You are so inspiring!

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  161. That looks totally awesome!!!! So happy for you :) I have been reading your blog for at least a year now and am completely in awe of how everything looks!! I love it!

    http://www.seesewandseedlings.blogspot.com/

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  162. Soooo awesome Shelly!! You are a genius to create this beautiful/functional space for your family! Oh, and I am so happy you found that CSNY inspired poster, I love that cool 70s band and that song! Our little one has been singing it since she could talk so of course I have to have one.

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  163. love it! Also, where did you purchase your handbag?

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  164. love it! Also, where did you get your handbag?

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  165. beautiful! i'm always amazed. one non-decorating question... where did you get your bag? i love it and have been looking for a good mustard bag.

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  166. gorgeous! i am always amazed at what you do. one non-decorating question ... where did you get your mustard bag? i love it!

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  167. I'm in love with your decorating skills and how you are so adventurous with your design plans! The thought of taking out door frames would make me panic!

    When I'm no longer a renter and actually have a place of my own, I hope I will have the same "guts" as you. :)

    ohmeohmyohlovely.blogspot.com

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  168. LOVE it Shelley! You rock!!!! I'm glad I am not the only one who paints framing mats. Everything looks perfect!

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  169. Fabulous job! What a great improvement.

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  170. Incredible, I have wanted to do this at my house but I have been told no. I am going to show my husband how amazing this looks and maybe he will change his mind.

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  171. Oh how I love this! You have an awesome vision for things - it looks soo good!

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  172. What? Where are you supposed to chuck all the crap at the front door now when unexpected guest shows up??? I love it however and I see you found the "perfect" pillow. Looks great!

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  173. Oh, it is SO pretty! As I knew it would be, because girl, you have MAJOR decorating and organizing skillz! I love how you make it all mesh so well with your home! Such a better use of space and the amount of character that has been added to the entry makes my heart sing happy tunes! Every last detail has been considered and it all works together in harmony. Virtual high fives to you!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  174. Love, love, love it! I too did the same thing just recently, but my closet is a bit smaller. Still waiting for my hubs to finish the doorway trim and then I can paint it. Right now my vacuum(which was also in the old closet) is in the office/everything room :)
    -chenda
    mygreenchair.blogspot.com

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  175. Love, love, love it! I too did the same thing just recently, but my closet is a bit smaller. Still waiting for my hubs to finish the doorway trim and then I can paint it. Right now my vacuum(which was also in the old closet) is in the office/everything room :)
    -chenda
    mygreenchair.blogspot.com

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