First off, I just wanted to thank everyone for your concern yesterday--my nose is a little swollen and sore, but pain killers and your sweet comments are getting me through it. I'm already cautiously laughing about it.
Now onto the eye candy--our entryway solution. Spoiler alert--it's a lot better than my little bamboo shoe rack I found last week:
Yee-haw. Our "entryway" is more of an entry wall, but we still wanted something that would solve our shoe storage problem and when I discovered this Hemnes shoe cabinet at Ikea, I knew it would be perfect. It really anchors the new mirror and it did what not even the prettiest shoe rack could do--HIDE our shoes while storing them in the pull out compartments:
Once I showed Greta what this new piece of furniture was for, she had a good time finding all the shoes scattered around and throwing them in. Hopefully that means our floors will be free of shoe clutter at all times.
Another aspect of this shoe cabinet that has us sold, was the depth of it. It's only about 8.5" from front to back. Because our staircase leads right down to the front door with this entry wall directly to the right, any traditional-sized console in this space could make things feel cramped.
This left us ample walking room:
I still am on the lookout for a pretty dish for catching keys, but other than that, we are loving the clean look. And since everyone loves a before and after, here's a look at where we started before the mini-revamp:
And after--with our new mirror and shoe cabinet in place:
Just for fun, I dug up the official before picture of the space showing how it looked when we first moved in: