Styling Small Spaces

Style small spaces so that they look appealing and function.

This small wall space is in our laundry room, which also holds our pantry for the kitchen and the coat closet.  So I guess you could call it a laundry/pantry/coat room.  Anyone else with spaces that have to serve multiple purposes?  I’m sure you can relate, we all have rooms that do double or triple duty.  But hey, it makes sense for us to make good use of our space.  The problem is these work horse spaces often get neglected in terms of design because we need them to function and feel that they can’t do much more than hold our stuff.  I totally get that mindset.  Those spaces are functional and so “pretty” ends up on the back burner.  Up until a week ago the wall space in this multi-functional room looked like this.

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This little ladder bookshelf came from Wayfair, and I love that it has both function and form, but I never intended for it to stay in this spot.  We put it together in our garage, carried it inside the door, set it here, and here it stayed.  For a long time.  (Like I’m embarrassed to say how long.)  So I recently moved it back to the garage for a coat of paint and this time when it comes into the house it’s going to its intended destination.

With the wall space empty again I forced myself to pause and think about what I need this space to do for us.  Because the space is right by the door to our garage it mostly serves as a landing spot for small items going in and out the door.  So I got to work with making it both functional and beautiful.

Vintage table serves as a landing spot right inside the door.

The small red table came from a local store in Elkader and is about 2 inches wider than I wanted, but it was too cute to pass up.  Look at those legs!  The table top serves as a space for resting bags, water bottles, or anything else that I may need to set out for a quick trip.  It also gave me a space to put our chalk markers for our chalkboard.  Now they are closer to the pantry board, and where our kids can easily reach them. (Hence the artistic chalkboard.)

Small vintage red table.

The wall space above the table was the perfect spot for a skinny mirror.  This one came from Hobby Lobby during one of their 50% sales.  If you are looking for a mirror check their online ads and watch for a sale, or you can grab their 40% off coupon online that they offer every week. Makes purchasing a mirror much more affordable!

Small landing spot that looks beautiful and still functions.

The basket below the table is a great hiding spot for flip-flops, folders, and anything else that needs to be stored by the door to the garage.

Basket under the table serves as a hiding spot for things near the door.

This space is already serving us well, helping us stay organized and giving us a warm welcome into our home.  Another small space that can be changed to be both appealing to the eye and functional.  Check the box for another win-win!

Simple Farmhouse Entryway + The Creative Corner

Hey there friends!  Welcome back to another round of the Creative Corner.  I can’t wait to see what kind of fun summertime inspiration you have in store for us this week.

The Creative Corner link party | Come to inspire, stay to be inspired. Share your latest DIY, craft, and home decor posts!

Let’s start off with this beautiful farmhouse entranceway that is packed with white and little pops of yellow.  You’ll want to head over to Hello Farmhouse for the full post on this adorable entry.


And now lets take a look at our hosts, and what is new from the past week!

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Pastels and Macarons 

You don’t want to miss any of these great posts from your host blogs!


Porch Decor With At Home from Curly Crafty Mom.
Lemon, Lime and Mint Lemonade from Pastels and Macarons.
Free Father’s Day Printable Gift Tags from The Southern Couture.

The Creative Corner link party | Come to inspire, stay to be inspired. Share your latest DIY, craft, and home decor posts!Ready to share what has been motivating you this past week? Link up a recent post of yours that motivates you to create or just be awesome! Our goal is for this link up to focus on craft, DIY, & home posts so please try to remember that when linking up.

  • Limit three links per week and remember to link directly to your post, not your blog.
  • Do not link stores, giveaways, or other link parties.
  • Be sure to hop around some of the other posts that have been linked up to share the love and get motivated by what others have been up to.

Each week, your hosts will choose a post to feature from the previous week. If you want a chance at being featured, you must follow all of the hosts in someway. By linking up, you agree to let each host share your photo and link back to your site, as well as receive a weekly e-mail letting you know when the party is live. We will never give your e-mail or info to anyone, nor will we spam you! The Creative Corner link party goes live Sunday 6pm PST and ends Thursday at 5pm PST. I’d love for you to grab The Creative Corner button in my sidebar to put on your own blog if you want to help spread the love!

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