Peek into My Home: Entry

I am slowly (very slowly) making progress on decorating my apartment. One thing I haven’t done is hang a lot of artwork and pictures. I really feel that art and personal mementos are the things that make a house (or a tiny apartment) a home, so I’m determined to change that.

My entry seemed like the perfect place to start!

Peek into My Home: EntryHello!

Considering that our apartment is so small, it’s nice to actually have an entry. Hopefully, the picture above gives you an idea of how it is set up. The dark door is the entrance to our apartment, and across from that is the door to our bedroom.

Directly opposite the white wall behind me is a double closet. The doors are mirrored, which comes in very handy. It’s hard to tell from the picture above, but the door to our bathroom is to the left of the closet, and the entrance to the living room is to the right.

Entry Gallery WallI decided to do a mini gallery wall between the apartment and bathroom doors. It was a lot of fun selecting and hanging some of my favorite pictures!

Gallery wall close-up.Most of the things I hung have personal meaning. I made the shadow box with the four hearts from Valentine’s Day cards my husband gave me. The over-sized cribbage board came from my dad who was an avid player. I need to learn to play someday.

Gallery wall close-up: Mexican heart.We brought this wooden heart back from a vacation in Mexico. It’s covered in tiny milagros (milagro is Spanish for “miracle”), which are religious folk charms often used as talismans against pain, trouble, and illness.

Gallery wall close-up: New Orleans HeartThe other heart is a small dish that I found at a sidewalk sale in San Francisco. My husband and I got married in New Orleans, so I was really happy when I found it.

Gallery wall close-up: Ceiling TileI found this tin ceiling tile at the Alameda Flea Market.

Gallery wall close-up.My mom grew up in a very rural area of Wisconsin, and she attended elementary school in a one-room schoolhouse. The photo in the black frame is from her class – my aunt found it in an antiques store!

Entry: MasksDirectly opposite the gallery wall is a narrow wall in between the entrance to our living room and the door to our bedroom. We have a mask collection, and I thought this was the perfect place to hang three of my favorites.

The masks are kind of scary, so hopefully they will keep anything bad from entering our apartment!

Entry rug.The floor in the entry is covered with my favorite orange rug – I’m in love with the pattern and vibrant color. There’s also a small ottoman below the gallery wall, which is a convenient place to sit and put on shoes. It also provides much needed storage space for our winter hats, scarves, and gloves.

I’m happy to call this space done! Now it’s on to the other rooms …

What do you like to hang on your walls : art, photos, or … ?

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