16 months later.

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That's how long we've lived in our current house. A little over 16 months. Counting the months kind of surprised me since sometimes it still feels as though we just moved in.  When I decorate my home I typically do a little here, a little there and it takes awhile to get one whole room the way I want it. Especially with two little ones around! But 16 months later I feel like many of the rooms in our house are finally coming together so I am going to begin sharing them. First off is our Foyer. I wasn't sure what to call this space as it's not exactly the entryway (I'll get to that spot in another post). In my "before" photos of the house I named it the Mini-Mudroom because I've had plans for this room to be *the* spot for coats and bags before we even had the keys to the house. Below are the photos I took a few days before the house was officially in our name (Look at how little Ephram is!) and the inspiration photos I grabbed off of Pinterest.

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sources (left to right): 1 / 2 / 3

It took awhile to put those plans into action though. Mostly because we were nervous to modify a brand new home so quickly. The front of our home is lacking any sort of closet for jackets and such, which seems fine at first. This is Texas after all and the need for a coat is rare. But on a typical day we still have my purse, a diaper bag, a library bag, hats, and a recently added Preschool backpack needing a spot near the entryway. And since we kept hanging all of this stuff on the two chairs next to the bar of the kitchen (seen in the right-side photo below), it became obvious we needed somewhere better to hang these things.

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So up went board & batten and hooks!

We followed a few different tutorials, but they are all very similar.  (just search Pinterest or Google for 'board and batten' and you'll find many)  We have textured walls, but went without the actually boards and it looks alright.  And the best part is that we now have a designated spot, 20 different hooks, to hang items that need to stay near the entryway/garage door and our chair backs are un-cluttered.  Which is a very good thing because clutter makes my husband go a little insane.  :)

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And as you can see, we've got a striped wall now in the entryway. I have some work to do up there still (mainly hanging some things on the wall and finding a pot for the plant), but I'll be sharing it soon.