It's very small and dark, which makes it difficult, but I think I have come up with some photos that are acceptable, if not perfect.
When you come through my front door you look straight through the entry hall into my living room and even though the entry hall is quite small I want it to be inviting.
I needed a place to hang my coat when the weather turns cooler, because I turned the front closet into a pantry and storage closet.
I found the perfect vintage metal coat rack at half off day at the thrift store.
I moved my "post" wicker basket from the kitchen to here, for a place to put a pair of gloves and a couple of scarves this winter. I also hung a pretty pashmina shawl, which brings out the colors of the two prints.
Next to the coat rack are two vintage fruit prints.
I love an umbrella stand, especially when it is an old stone crock filled with my mom's umbrellas. Tessa likes to point out which one is her favorite, which is a not so subtle hint that I should give it to her immediately. Ha!! Good things come to those who wait twenty years.
On the other wall I've hung a gold antique mirror over a small table.
Sitting on the table is a converted oil lamp, a small gold bowl for keys and sunglasses (otherwise I would never find them),
and on the bottom shelf, a mid century vase.
I like to mix up styles.
People ask me how I decorate on a budget. This is what I spent on this small space.
Coat rack - $2.50 (thrift store)
Crock with umbrellas - inherited from my mom
Pashmina shawl - gift from my sister
Basket - $13.00
Two fruit prints - inherited from my mom
Lamp - $25.00 (auction)
Table - free
Bowl - $100 (thrift store)
Vase - $3.00 (auction)
My out of pocket total $44.50.
I can hear you now thinking that not everyone is going to inherit nice things, but what I have always done and continue to do is sell something that I have in order to purchase something new.
I think the real secret to decorating is using things throughout your home that you love and that give you pleasure.