A Welcome Entry from Hernando House


Posted by Rebecca, July 20th, 2011

My first guest poster this week is ::drum roll:: Cait from Hernando House! Cait is one of my very loyal blog friends who always takes the time to say something nice around here. We started blogging around the same time, so she holds a special place in my heart as a part of the class of 2010. Maybe someday we’ll have a 25 year class reunion and meet up at the punch bowl…

Anyway, here’s Cait with her entryway plans! (You like what I did with that title? Taking a break has made me witty… or delirious… it is questionable at this point) 🙂

Hey y’all, I’m Cait and my husband and I blog over at Hernando House. I’m so happy to guest post for Rebecca & Mike today, their blog is one of my daily must-reads! I’ve enjoyed watching their house evolve. I thought since Rebecca & Mike have recently been tackling their entryway, I’d show you my entryway.

this is actually a nightstand

Our house was built in 1955, and it doesn’t have a true entryway, at least not in the same sense as a lot of newer houses. Our front door opens directly into our library, which was the living room when the house was built. To make a “landing spot” for things we placed a nightstand next to the door and added a hook for keys, a small metal basket for outgoing mail (which was once mistaken for holy water by a friend’s toddler), a bin for shoes, a small bowl for spare change, and a rug to help define the area. To the right of the door we hung a HomeGoods mirror that I painted (Valspar’s La Fonda Grassy Knoll), and we started a gallery wall of door pictures (most of those are from Katie Bower).

I should add that the late afternoon sun made the yellow a lot more “gold”.

This worked for us for about a year and a half, but there was never really a good place for my purse or our reusable bags, we needed some more shoe storage, and during the winter our dining room chairs were constantly draped with jackets. We decided to put a console along the wall opposite the front door, and add a coat rack to the right of the door. Ever since we moved our hutch back into the dining area (which was longer ago that I like to admit to) we’ve used a couple of stools as a placeholder for our console.

one day a DIY version of the West Elm Chunky Console will go here

This is what we’ve come up with so far:

We’re planning to remove the tile and paint the wall it its own color to help define the space. I’ve been coveting this Frameless Arch Mirror from Lowe’s ever since I saw it on their website, and I’ve been thinking about putting it over the console table we build. The inspiration for our coat rack is from Kara Paslay Designs, her husband Tim made it for her, and the inspiration for the console is the West Elm Chunky console, which is no longer available. Something like this Pottery Barn Beachcomber Basket would be great beneath the console for shoes, our current bin is too small. We also need a new door chime for our doorbell, and this one from Amazon looks nice. We hope to put a wall sconce above the over the console, but we haven’t decided exactly what style yet (the one show is from West Elm).

Thanks again to Rebecca and Mike, and I hope those of you who don’t know me will stop by my blog!

Yes, go stop by her blog… now 🙂 Mike and I considered making our own version of that West Elm chunky constole when it was still around. And you know I love a good shoe basket and I’m trying to work out a solution for our own entryway. Doesn’t Cait make great moodboards? She has more… at her blog 🙂

And no, THANK YOU Cait, for giving me a few spare hours to breathe tonight!

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17 Responses to “A Welcome Entry from Hernando House”

  1. Thanks for having me! And I definitely vote tthat he Class of 2010 has a blog meet up!

  2. […] I’m guest posting over at The Lil House That Could about our plans for our entryway, so be sure to check that […]

  3. Nice! It’s so warm and welcoming, Cait.

  4. very cool! I love a good entry way!

  5. So, if I started blogging late Dec 2010..I’m still in the cool class, right?

    I’m always impressed when people make mood boards and follow them!

    • Rebecca says:

      Haha yes! You joined just in time 🙂 I technically started this in February, but didn’t start posting regularly and finding other blogs until September. I was a slow bloomer 🙂

  6. I am totally obsessed with that coat rack! It’s ridiculously creative and I love how unique it is.

  7. I was obsessed with the west elm chunky console, I wanted so badly to add it to my entry and it was too small (this was before I started doing DIY projects).

    Cait,You’ve designed a great concept for the entryway, it is going to be so fun.

    I’m headed over to read more of Hernando House. Thanks Rebecca for linking up to mix and mingle this week.

  8. First… I LOVE Cait! Second, she absolutely has some of the most creative ideas and mood boards ever (and she’s obscenely good at remembering sources for everything!)! Third- I started blogging in feb of this year… Too late for the ’10 class. 🙁

    LOVE the entry way mood board Cait! Absolutely fantastic and you can TOTALLY DIY that console table for sure!!!! 🙂

    • Cait @ Hernando House says:

      Thanks Ashely!

      I think that just means we will have to have a blogger gathering, regardless of when we started blogging 🙂

  9. […] West Elm’s (now discontinued) Chunky Console, and we last talked about the entryway plans in a guest post on The Lil House That Could. At that time things looked like […]

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