My entryway must be transformed. But as the space is small, and my husband is thrifty, said transformation is proving a bit challenging. This is what it looks like now, from the front door:
My goal is to replace the black table with something longer and hopefully even more shallow, although that's hard to find. The current table is from Ballard Designs and is only 13" deep, but even that is a bit intrusive in the narrow hallway-type area between the stairs and the door. The Chinese painting that hangs above it was a gift from my mother-in-law and therefore cannot be replaced. Or even discussed. My first idea was just to find another black table that was longer, but then I saw this at Ikea and just about died. You see, one of the things that drives me crazy, or crazier than I already am, is all the shoes lined up against the wall. So if I got that thing, I could stuff the shoes in it too. And it's (prepare yourself) only 8" deep! I know! The drawback is that it will likely look like it came from Ikea, and therefore somewhat hinder the whole "entry-into-a-gracious-home" look for which I am striving. And it doesn't go AT ALL with the other furniture, which is actually kind of nice. Here's the view from the reverse angle:
See? That table belonged to my grandmother and the mirror is an antique and was a wedding present from my boss, and I love both pieces very much, and I'm not just saying that because my grandmother's dead and my boss is my boss. I swear. And I feel like a tacky, MDF/particle board/whatever schlocky shoe holder is kind of going to harsh my buzz.
The other thing that has to go is the lamp. It's fine, but it get dirty. Really dirty, really fast, and is practically impossible to clean, even for normal people who know how to clean things.
You can't really tell from this crappy picture, but the glass is basically fucking disgusting. So here's where the sneak peak part of the post comes in, because I have found the entryway lamp of my dreams. I was tempted by this beauty from Pieces:
But Ted pointed out that it was 3' tall and also too expensive (I know, you're shocked). Then I spotted another lovely item from Oly Studio:
But when I saw a capiz-shell beauty from SoHa Living, I knew it was the one: