Friday, March 16, 2012

Entry Way: Rug and Plans

Friday, March 16, 2012

Have I mentioned before we have exactly $0 in our budget for any home improvements and decor?  No?  Oh.  Well, we have $0 in our budget for home improvements and decor.  That includes items for my poor, sad entry way.

This is what I am dealing with, people:

Okay so the picture above was actually taken several years ago when we moved in. Currently all of our shoes are scattered in front of the door, the coat rack is busted and has about 10 coats on it. My purse lays on the floor, as does 90% of everything we bring into the house. 

So anyway, I have a long list of things I want to do with this space. One of those things is paint but to paint the entry way we have to paint nearly the entire house since it's all connected. That will happen (oh yes, it will, and all the trim too! BWAHAHA!) but not for a while. So for now, I am going to stick to organizing and accessorizing.

I have been scouring the internet for rugs for some time now and, as we all know, there are so many gorgeous ones out there! Some are incredibly expensive (most of the ones I like are anyways, why is that?), and others are pretty affordable. Well folks, "affordable" is still out of my budget.

I found (or as I like to type in my browser window) simply has the best options for someone like me who wants to spend around about nothing. 

It's a pretty long hallway/entry so I will need multiple rugs, and I have a plan for the square-ish space by the front door. But for now I am focusing on the runner that will be centered along the hallway.

I wanted an indoor/outdoor rug because this area in our home has a ton of traffic, the rug must be durable. It rains a lot here where we live, and our shoes are usually sopping wet when we enter the house. But I didn't want a typical outdoor rug that had no personality. It had to be something different and geometric yet neutral. Something not stark white so dirt wouldn't show easily. In other words, I am not at all picky.

I found this guy and me likey:

Poolside Grey/Bone Indoor/Outdoor Rug

Original price tag was not bad at $38.99 but it was on sale for $33.14 (15 % off). 

Like most of you, before I make any purchase online I always check for coupons.  My favorite coupon site, RetailMeNot, had a link to a 7% off coupon for new customers.  Technically I have ordered from oh-dot-co before but never from my Mrs. B's Hive email address, so after I registered again I kinda sorta was "new".  Okay maybe not, but shhhh, don't tell on me.

So after the sale and my coupon + shipping my grand total was $33.77.

heck to the yeah

 So even though I went $33.77 over budget, I still think it's worth it. 

I can't wait to get this rug paired with this shoe cabinet:

HEMNES Shoe Cabinet from Ikea

While I was out of town not only did I pick up the shoe cabinet, I also found (at a different store) crystal based table lamps that look similar to this one from Target:

Crystal Table Lamp with White Shade

Only mine weren't $55.99 each.  They weren't even $20.00 each.  Mine were.... drumroll please....  $37.98 for TWO.  $18.99 a piece for base and lamp shade.  Can I get an amen?  I found 2 left at Ross and scooped them up so fast.  As I was checking out a lot of ladies were all "oh I love those lamps!" "I want those lamps!" and I just laughed because they were mine. both of them. mine. no mah left fo you. Love that rush!

My to do list for the entry way:

  • New runner rug
  • Shoe cabinet
  • New lamp
  • Tall board and batten with coat hooks
  • New mirror
  • Artwork
  • Paint - haha.


  1. Love the rug and the lamps and am secretly coveting your hemnes shoe cabinet. It's going to look great all together!


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