So there you have it. I started with a messy pile of shoes, and ended up with a lovely entry way! And since I was mainly using what I already had, I only spent $6.42 for the whole project! Not only that, I was able to bring a bit of variety throughout the house by rotating artwork between rooms, such as swapping out the big waterfall painting from over the hall table for the geranium poster that was over the living room couch.
I should note that in addition to the shoes, I was also spurred on by reading the chapter on "Entrances" in Alexandra Stoddard's book Creating a Beautiful Home which I picked up at our library bookstore's bag-of-books-for-$2 sale. Here are her introductory thoughts: "From the moment you open the front door to your house or apartment, you instinctively feel the emotional rush of being home. The entrance hall is the face and character of the house. Just as a writer must find his or her voice, your place of entry -- like the first paragraph of a book -- conveys the whole feel of the house, its atmosphere and integrity, the voice that hints of home. Immediately, you reveal your story. So begin by asking, What are your major messages? What do you want to express to yourself, your family, and friends when walking through the door?"
I want people to think about faith, hope, and love -- and to feel welcomed by our family into our home! I also want my family to see a reminder to love each other! Yes, indeedy, we do need that!
How about you?
P.S. If you would like to see what the hallway and living room looked like during autumn decorating, you can read this post here: Easy Autumn Decorating on a Dime. You will see a lot of the same objects, just in different places!
P.P.S. Next week, I hope to show you my master bedroom "redo" -- which started with trying to wipe a few smudges off the wall...