Walking into their split-level 1958 Seattle home always created a bottleneck for the NyQuist family. Kristen, Steven and their three kids — Elliot (age 8), Clio (6) and Shepherd (4) — would often get stuck on a 5-foot by 3-foot landing, Dining Room Wall Art where they will masses around peeling off their backpacks and coats before shuffling farther to the home.
BEFORE: The closet was unappealing with opportunities on. When Kristen removed them, she knew she had to turn the area into something visually attractive.
AFTER: She removed the doors and added a cushioned bench, several tow hooks, some color and varied touches to fully change the experience of entering the home. “Now stuff isn’t loitering on the landing ever again — including all of us, ” she states.
She commenced by measuring the closet and searching for a bench on Craigslist. She found one and topped it with a cushion from Pier 1 Imports.Each family member then got his or her own blackboard hook from Anthropologie. To keep clutter down, Kristen implemented a strict rule that only two items can be hung on each catch at any time.
To hang the hooks, Kristen had to add a new piece of solid wood to the existing border for more support.While the home’s architecture leans in the direction of midcentury modern, Kristen pushes for a more eclectic style with saturated colors, plenty of textures and a lttle bit of shine. To add boldness, she painted the interior of the closet yellow and the catch trim blue.
To save money she used paint remaining over from a earlier project. (She had color types of Sherwin-Williams’ — Banana Cream and Blue Nile — matched at The particular Home Depot in Behr brand paint. ) The lady then splurged on a metallic gold (Parlor Precious metal from Ralph Lauren) for the trim, a concept the lady got from this picture on Houzz.Here’s the breakdown of the project cost:
Bench: $45, from Craigslist
Cushion: $80, from Pier 1 Imports
Hooks: $70, from Anthropologie
Glowing blue and yellow paint: Left over from a previous task
Metallic gold paint: $30
Dining Room Wall Art :$500
Print: $40, from Ikea
Baskets: $7 each, from Ikea
Backpacks: Already owned, from Hanna Andersson