My new house has a great floor plan, the only problem is that the "back hall" is in the front of the house. Because of where the garage entrance is, I just know that all of my kid's backpacks and shoes and coats are going to end up right next to the living room. Any suggestions on how I can make this space work functionally with out giving up the formality of the living room?
OK - no one really wrote me that email...but wouldn't it be fun to answer emails about design dilemmas?
A friend really does have that problem. So Tiffany, this photo is for you. I love the bench because it is both functional and stylish. It also looks like it could really take a beating (being an antique church pew, I am sure it has seen it's share of wear and tear). I can see lots of shoes and baskets tucked underneath the bench and your purse and a few backpacks could be placed on the hooks or on the bench so that they are easy to grab. I love the level of the hooks and trim piece because it does double duty as a picture ledge. All in all this is a great design and plan for a high traffic front hall.