Spaces got forgotten -- namely, the entryway.
A couple years later, I knew some work needed to be done. So, Matt and I painted and bought a big rug to cover some of the wood floor (in an attempt to preserve it -- especially from guests who don't remove their shoes even though I would clearly prefer it if they did). We hung some pictures, but we also hung some unsightly dog leashes on unsightly hooks left behind by the home's previous owners.
I finally invested in a $100 storage bench I found on Target online about a year and a half ago, and it's done an excellent job concealing what would otherwise be dog-walking clutter.
This bench is the perfect size for our space, and it's ideal for holding necessary entryway items, including:
- Dog leashes and harnesses, of which there are several in our attempts to control Maxwell with the best possible equipment
- Extra bags for the dogs
- Extra umbrellas (for dog walking or for guests)
- Flip flops in the summer
- Sneakers in the winter
- Gloves and winter hats
- A water spray bottle (for giving Doc a quick reminder that I don't like his barking)
This bench does its duty and then some. And I love it. It's just not that pretty. (The attempt to make it pretty is the two World Market pillows I added as a make-shift back support.)
This summer, one of my projects will be learning how to sew, and I plan to make a new cover for the bench. In the meantime, these cheap-o canvas containers that came with the furniture are getting dirty and bent out of shape, and I think wicker baskets would give the bench a more homey feel. The trouble is finding these baskets in the perfect size. I need to find the ideal height, width and depth to fit this space.
I've been to both Home Goods and Michael's crafts store twice, and I've made two purchases. I bought some slightly too expensive baskets at Michael's for $25 each (before the 40% coupon discounts) that I just returned Monday (before picking Matt up at the airport, if you recall). The baskets had ever-so-slightly raised sides with handles that made the baskets just barely not fit. Then I found baskets of the perfect width and length at Home Goods for $7 each (a price that makes me want to make all future purchases at Home Goods), but I brought them home and they're slightly too short.
What do you think? Should I keep these baskets, or keep looking? If you vote for keep looking, where else would you recommend I look? I tried Target, a no-go. I haven't checked out World Market yet or The Container Store, some of my other go-to locations.