Q:My entry isn’t a formal entry… it’s at the right side of my long living room. I know it will never be a proper entry area, but I’ve tried to create a more defined space by putting down an area rug and positioning the living room furniture. What the space is lacking is a surface – a place to throw keys and mail, but we’re working with only a sliver of space to do so. I was thinking a shelf with funky brackets, but I really would like a piece of furniture.
A: Looking at the dimensions, you’ve got an almost three foot wide space to do something in – between the doorway to the hall and the open front door. Hmmmm. I would suggest something on the taller side. Did you know that bathroom furniture is generally rather narrow? Well, it is. That could be a pretty interesting piece to use. No, not a vanity… a storage piece. Now the problem is to have it not look like it belongs in the bathroom…
Ballard Designs Vetrina Cabinet
Pottery Barn Modular Bath Storage
There are also pieces of furniture other than bedside tables that will fit in that narrow spot, but some won’t be as tall and others may be too tall…
Pier 1 Raie Chest 24"w x 31"h
Powell Cabinet 20.5"w x 44"h
White Horse Furniture 14"w x 30"h
- Pulaski Blossom Chest 26″w x 30″h
This is my entry table… it isn’t really at the entry of the house, it’s up a few steps in a ‘traffic area’ between my dining room to the left and kitchen to the right. Weird, I know. Its one of the first things you see when you enter the house and I’m sick of it looking so lame ass. However, there is one big reason I haven’t addressed it yet:
Well, he’s definitely an accessory to the problem. When we moved in, there was a big old AC unit in that wall. Huge. My husband got it out, patched up the hole, painted and called it a day.
HELLO!? What the hell is that thing still doing there?!! Oh yes, he left the power outlet up there in no man’s land. Precisely 67″ above the floor and 29-1/2″ over from the wall at the right. Squint… you can see it. I’ve been racking my brains to come up with a solution but since we are dealing with a man who will never get back to this part of the house I decided that I’m just going to have to cover it up.
Ideally, I would have loved to hang a mirror there. I haven’t found anything big enough …or should I say affordable enough in the size I need. Then, I thought about putting framed photos up in a collection, but everbody seems to do that and I didn’t want the same old thing.
Then I came up with an idea I didn’t think would materialize into anything, because the last time I really saw one up close was in 8th grade wood shop: The Candle Sconce. I did a quick search on the web and I was truly suprised to find a few that are right up my alley. I thought this would be a clever idea because of how high the sconce could be placed on the wall. I could use two of them symmetrically over the table and it could hang over the outlet on the right side. A real concern is mounting the sconce on the wall without disturbing the electrical box or conduit inside. Hmmmm, I think I’ll let my husband hang them…
(I tease because I love)
Some of the sconces I came across on my investigation. If you have a solution to my entry table problem – please let me know!! I’d love to hear it!