hooked

I’ve been itching to make a few cosmetics tweaks to our front entry but have held off for five years because the hooks I’ve been eyeing are bold and beautiful but pricy!

Just recently however, I was lured to something else. Let’s explore the exciting world of coat hangers!

Which one do you like? Can you spot the one I’ve dreamt about? Can you guess which one swooped in and stole the spotlight? We will get to that but first,

Here’s the current space:

It’s a little awkward because in this small space there is a huge window + the exterior door + the door leading inside + an odd little old window that looks into the powder room (I know, weird). So what I’m thinking is:

  • Keep the print and bench where they’re at
  • Line up the hooks on the wall with the odd window and interior door
  • Swap out the baskets for something nicer
  • Add a mirror
  • Touch up the paint
  • Replace the boot trays

Here’s what’s staying:

Here’s what’s going/coming:

  • Coat rack (discontinued)
  • Baskets (I want to find nicer versions – like this)
  • Shoe mats (I want to bring cohesion to the boot trays because we have 2 different trays and one is cracked)
  • Mirror (like this or even smaller is fine)

We bought the coat rack in Montreal when our condo was about to go on the market – a little self-staging. Mike hates it so much that he refuses to hang his jackets on it and my gripe is purely self-inflicted – I can not control the amount of bulge it accumulates. It must go.

As mentioned above, there is one I’ve been eying for five years (below, left) but the problems is I want 3 of them side-by-side and that would be $600 US. I know. Crazy-stupid-love. I thought I’d never find another so I just accepted my fate and convinced my self that people should not judge my house by its entry – it’s what’s inside that counts (or something like that) until I landed on the Schoolhouse’s website and… SHUT THE FRONT DOOR… I found this beauty (below, right)! I think we can all agree it’s amazing. I still want three (eeek! maybe four) but at $80 each, that’s a third of the price so I feel really good about that. Plus hello yellow, you’ll look fabulous on my blue walls.

In the end, I hope this small change makes a big difference.

1. Crate&Barrel – Leigh Wall Mounted Coat Rack / 2. Anthropologie – Cayden Hook Rack / 3. Jpegs – Wooden Hooks / 4. Urban Outfitters – Mid-Century Modern Wall Hook / 5. Pottery Barn – Wooden Coat Hooks / 6. Design Within Reach – Eames Hang-It-All / 7. Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. – Mollie Hook / 8. MOMA Store – Hello Coat Rack / 9. Design Within Reach – Coatrack Dots, Set of 5 / 10. Anthropologie – Le Bistro Coat Rack / 11. Jonathan Alder – Brass Finger Coat Hook / 12. Ikea – Hemnes Hat Rack / 13. Room&Board – Crew Modern Triple Wall Hooks / 14. Restoration Hardware – Coat Rack Bench / 15. CB2 – Journey Coat Rack

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Mission: Halloween

David came home last Tuesday telling me there’s a Halloween dance on Thursday and he needed a costume… 9 days before Halloween and only 48 hours to make something, no problem! This is how it went down:

And here’s the thing, for some reason, I have it set in my mind that I needed to make it. After his breaking news that afternoon, I dragged David to Micheals, Old Navy and Home Depot and I was at home by 8:00 pm, guzzling down 4L of pop (I hate pop) so I could make an astronaut costume.

Pretty simple stuff:2

I’m not New York Fashion-week worthy but still, not bad for a gal who doesn’t sew.

1And, by the time Halloween night arrives he will of worn his costume to a school dance, school, soccer practice, Beavers and a Halloween party! My gawd, his costume is getting more wear than my wedding dress (and costs almost as much). So far David wore it to the dance and his only feedback was: “It’s not scary enough, I wish I was a zombie.”3 4 5

2014 and before.

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