Really, it would’ve made more sense to start with the front hallway since that’s how you come into the apartment, but being second is so close to first that it’s basically first (that’s what we always said in high school if we lost a game of volleyball or soccer.)
This is how you walk in:
This is the welcome mat we got from Target. We used to have this Urban Outfitters one in blue, but the rug pad just could not handle the foot traffic without getting all twisted.
The round mirror, long wavy mirror, and bench are all from IKEA, the baskets are from Home Goods, and the hooks are from Anthropologie.
We are planning on filling the hallway with art, gallery style like these pictures from a mother’s day celebration at our old apartment:
We’ve gathered art, but it’s not high on our list until we can figure out where to keep our stroller (we might need the wall space). We also have a small bamboo mail sorter/key hanger that we have to hang up.
These are the hooks that we got from Anthropologie that I loooooove.
Okay, this is going to be SUPER embarrassing, but this is what the inside of the closet currently looks like (hard for me to get much of a shot in such a narrow hallway, but this gives you the idea). I guarantee you I did no straightening up so you can see it’s actual state at the moment. Try not to judge too harshly:
We have baskets for the gloves, scarves, and hats, but
all a bunch of the random stuff in our house has just been shoved into there. We also have the problem of the stroller. Oh, the stroller. It’s a Baby Jogger City Elite and we hardcore love it when we use it outside- it is a JEEP, seriously so easy to push, so easy to fold, love how far back the seat goes and the canopy covers A, but we have nowhere good to keep it.
Our plan at the mo’ is to go through everything- purge, purge, purge and make space to put a hook or something for the stroller on the side of the closet so at least it looks neat. Don’t even ask me what we’re going to do when baby #2 comes. Actually, if you have any suggestions for something that can fit in a narrow hallway, pass it on please!
Can you get more generic with the rental light fixture?? It sort of looks like a tiny pineapple that gives off not enough light, and that light is harsh.
This is with the light off to give a better idea of what it looks like. We’re on the lookout for a replacement. I actually saw a few terrariums at Urban Outfitters today that I think would make wonderful DIY light fixtures, but I don’t have the slightest clue how to do it.
Then, we have the view when you’re coming out of the hallway…
And that’s for next time!
Front hallways are the first taste you get of a home, but we can’t bring ourselves to work on this before we make other things work first. Some things just get to us more than others and the front hallway takes a backseat to all the rooms we spend more time in.
When we do work on it, rest assured you will be the first to know about it 😉