creating an impactful entry with limited square footage


there are a lot aspects of my apartment that i really love – the finishes, the location, the character… but what isn’t really ideal is the lack of floor space. for someone like me who loves to collect, it’s been quite an adjustment (and sacrifice) not to mention the basement is looking a lot fuller these days. our front door opens directly into the living room (pretty much smacking into the tv stand) and there is virtually no transition once you enter to the rest of the space. it’s an important part of my daily ritual to have a final check in before i leave for the day and a resting place once i come home. with not a single square inch of floor space to spare, i turned to the wall space to create just the place i needed.

when my friend katelyn who works for artifact uprising reached out and sweetly offered to gift me one of artifact uprising’s stunning float frames i knew it would be the perfect element for my entry way. i sent in a high res image from my vacation to yellowstone this summer and they took care of the rest, expertly placing the image within the frame. they create inkjet-printed giclée prints with 100% archival inks and laminate them between frame-grade acrylic with excellent UV performance – so there isn’t much glare!



i was so delighted when it arrived, they also sent instructions on how to hang and i have to say it was so easy!


here’s where i started. i love my apartment, i do, but it’s a shotgun house squished on either side by other houses so this space hardly gets any light. so unfortunately i had to turn on the overhead lights to even be able to see. and to give this space some scale i am standing in the opposite corner of the room….so, small. the wall is a decent size to have some kind of entry moment though!

it doesn’t take too much to create an impactful entryway, just stick to the essentials: a mirror to reflect light (and of course, check yourself out), a shelf or other kind of surface, plants and candles for a little life, and art for some character and color. if you have floor space having a bench or chair is a nice bonus. i thought about adding some hooks underneath for coats and bags but i think i actually like it open – thoughts??




and for those that are wondering, the long shelf is actually a ceramic wood look floor tile – cool, right?! i love when objects have different uses than what they’re originally intended for. those brass beauties are from the flea market, the mirror i won in a work raffle and the marble candle risers and planter are from target.

overall, the space really suits my needs and even though space is still an issue my little entry wall feel separate, but complimentary, to the living room space. what do you think? do you have any tight spaces that need a little lovin’?

the frame was a gift from artifact uprising, but all words and thoughts are my own. thank you!

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  • Reply Taylor Jones 11/14/2016 at 9:09 am

    Beautiful!!!! <3 Love those Buffalo pics!

    • Reply catherinehblu 11/14/2016 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks, Taylor!

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