Since moving in, we've been trying to figure out how to best wrangle our belongings in the entry area. Hall table? Coat hooks? Bench? We luckily have a functional and spacious coat closet (finally! - our previous apartment hall closet was not deep enough to hang anything in!) but it's jam-packed with coats, scarves, hats, gloves & the like and the doors, while pretty, are not easy to open and close which means we avoid doing so. ;) The problem is, the entryway space is pretty tight, so we had to be strategic about which solution to choose.
While on a recent trip to a Home Decorators Collection Grand Opening in Vauxhall, NJ, we decided to get a bench for our entryway so we'd have somewhere to sit while putting shoes on/off, cubbies to store our shoes out of sight (and out of the way to prevent tripping) and a convenient place to drop our keys/purse/gloves/briefcase/whatever in lieu of a table. So after finishing our delicious hot apple cider (thanks Home Decorators Collection grand opening!) we bought ourselves this little guy:
|Martha Stewart Living™ Storage Bench|
After getting Bench #1 home, we found a different bench online that Shep liked better. It was pricier and didn't come with a cushion, but looked like it was made of nicer-looking materials (real wood perhaps?!) and appeared from the description to hold more shoes. So, we ordered it:
|Winsome® Walnut Finish Storage Hall Bench with Storage|
While I was out being a rebel on SuperBowl Sunday, a little sale fairy steered me in the direction of a sign stating that this bench was seriously discounted:
|SONOMA life + style® Storage Bench|
Since we've already assembled lucky #3, this particular search has officially ended! ;) One more item crossed off the "to get" list... we're making progress!