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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Entry Way Part 1

Anyone with a small house knows that you have to make the most of the space you've got.

For me this means re-inventing spaces until they totally work for us. 
We had that chat again. You know, the chat about do we move or don't we.
Its this time of year that we feel the smallness of our house as the kids aren't able to be outside as often. And once again we decided that leaving our amazing neighbors and the security we have here is just too valuable.
So we are on to purging and reworking what we have....again!

There's something about living with what you have that brings out the creativity and imagination. Of course reminding ourselves of the conditions of others in other countries and how many live in a way smaller home than what we have always helps to keep things in perspective.

Onward and forward!

A few weeks ago I got out all of the kids hats, mittens, boots, and snow pants. We took inventory of what we have and decided upon what we need. In small spaces it can be hard to manage all of this gear especially for four kids! 

While I was at it I decided to also redo the art in the entry way and came across this great system that a local artist manufactures.  I can't wait to show it to you!

Today will be part 1 of the entry way and then you will have to come back for part 2 as I walk you through how we store all of the kids gear in an organized way!

If you read until the end you will find a special surprise!

Here's an older picture from before:

Above the bench area I put together a collage of frames, art and this cool new metal 'base'.

My favorite thing about this new set up is that this 'base' gives me a great place to rotate photos, leave notes for the kids/hubby for the morning, and a place to clip mail that needs to go out {or that came in for another family member}. 

 So let me walk you through this!

First I got this board from Roeda Studios. I love the rustic patina! They have this great system of photo frames and embellishments that all stick with their super strong magnets.

If you want to see what I did with some of her other embellishments check out one of my recent posts here.

I started out by sanding down the larger photo frame and that cute little star. They were pretty the way they came {in white} but I wanted to add a little more color. These were easy to hit with a couple coats of spray paint.

Then I took some scrabble tiles to spell out "family" and added some magnets that stick on one side.

The last thing I did was to take a purple magnetized clip I had and changed it out with some decorative tape.

 {This is how they started}

 {Below is the back of the clip, I used my nail to cut the tape around to magnet}

I love how it all came together! The 'polaroid' frames are dry erase so you can add whatever you want then erase it later~I love that!

 This board is actually reversible. {That's a chalkboard on the back}

And now its done..........again!

I have a special surprise for you! If you go check out Roeda Studios they will give my readers 10% off their entire order. They have a great system to help personalize your picture displays. You have to go check them out!

When you checkout, in the 'Discount Codes' box put in the code HomeyHome10 to get your discount.

Thanks for stopping by!

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