Monday, April 30, 2012

Oh Martha, you're so fine...

You're so fine. You blow my mind. Hey Martha. Hey Martha.

You may remember our little New Year's Eve party. Where we made resolutions. And posted them.


One of those resolution cards read "The person I want to be more like this year is..." I left this one blank for most of the night. And finally just scribbled down Martha Stewart. Not really giving it much thought.

Maybe it was because of that piece of paper that I picked up this magazine in January. Because any magazine with the word "organizing" in the title would normally send me running for the hills. I. am. not. an. organized. person.



But much to my surprise I found myself enjoying this magazine. And ultimately falling in love with this picture...

Since our entry way looked like this...


And because BSD is uber organized, (we've got that whole yin yang thing going on) it wasn't hard to get BSD on board with the project.

He quickly built the upper shelf. Using some cool old brackets I bought at an estate sale. But after that he started getting cold feet. The built-in bench was a little daunting to my new handyman's skill level. So we took the easy way out and bought a bench instead.


We lived with the space like this for a few weeks, but I could not get good ole Martha's bench out of my mind. Finally, after much begging, BSD agreed to give it a whirl. We had no instructions so we had to just wing it. And when we were done we ended up with this.


It probably took us ten times longer than someone with mad carpentry skills, but we got there. And I find myself wanting to hang out in this space now instead of shutting my eyes tight every time I walk in the front door.

My favorite parts? The red Euro license plate that was on my car when my parents picked it up for us at the factory. My dad's name is on the registration sticker on the back. And that little woven mail basket? A $1.25 Good Will score. *woot* I'm loving the ole G dubya lately.

Oh Martha, you're so fine. You're so fine. You blow my mind. Hey Martha. Hey Martha. 

Stay tuned. There's more Martha in the making over here.

Kerri...note the lack of window treatments on the side lights. ;)

19 comments:

Bridget said...

It looks fantastic!!

Megan said...

I just looked at this again and I have a few more thoughts...
I love the new light fixture.
We had the exact same yellow / mustard color going in our entry. Larry the Painter rocks!

Erin (Out on a Limb) said...

This is so awesome. I am so impressed. It's magazine worthy.

Nice work!

Kerri said...

It look AWESOME Kim! I like it even better than Martha's!! BSD did a great job. I'm showing this to my husband! And as for the side lights...I have left them alone...and they are staying that way! I love the light that comes in!

Sheryl said...

Really like this a lot. You could definitely style for a home magazine. Xx

Debbie said...

Absolutely LOVE everything about it! Great job!

Gabe said...

L.O.V.E!!! Wow BSD did great!!

It just fits the space!

Anonymous said...

Holy heck, Kim, that looks amazing! Great job to you & BSD!!

Mitzi

sloan said...

i have literally been begging for manbug to make a similar setup for us - alas, still nothing. but you guys on the other hand - this is absolutely amazing!!! i mean ... WOW!! and ps, my fave thing is also the red license - love it!

Nicolle said...

Your new space is amazing Kim. I love every detail, especially the bench and the license plate! :)

I wish Kevin were a little more organized. I'm just saying.

xo.

Kyria @ Travel Spot said...

I love this! My parents have a tiny little entry way and it's littered with shoes and coats and I had this picture in my mind of what they should do...and it's THIS! Thanks for doing it so I now know what I was wishing for!

Dude, for BSD having "new" handyman skills? He is awesome! The bench even has fancy legs and everything.

mandy said...

I love martha for a wide variety of reasons, one of which is the incredible photography of domestic spaces in the martha books and magazines.
and I love your new entryway. seriously, it's incredible.
gives me some hope about the mess we have at our front door :)

karren said...

This is wonderful...give yourself a pat on the back!

Bring Pretty Back said...

Wow! It looks great! If you don't mind - I am going to copy you!
Hope you have a pretty weekend!
Kristin

Jen said...

Love it. New paint? Light fixture?
Love it all.

Erin D said...

Great job! I love it :)

humble habit said...

I love that you had that whole process and I can see why, your final result is amazing. Love your style, BTW that paint colour is gorgeous.

Megan Sloan said...

Love it!!!

Erin C. Young said...

love this and want it for my entry!! we have such a small and skinny entry so this would be perfect!!
did you attach it to the wall??
and did you end up with a window treatment for the side window? i have no idea what to do with mine!! :))
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