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Create Calm in the Entryway

Organizing Good Things 2005

With its air of propriety and sophistication, this elegant entryway dresses up the front hall. It is as practical and spare as the mudroom but is outfitted to meet a different set of needs.

1. Inexpensive lattice strips were glued and clamped together into a crisscross wooden rack, whose purpose is both decorative and functional. A mirror is hung from the grid; vintage-style hooks create a built-in key rack.

2. A ceramic bowl serves as a catchall for small items on their way in or out the door.

3. A wooden pot-lid rack is painted to match the lattice and used to sort incoming mail.

4. Metal handles on either side of this mobile shelving unit make it easier to maneuver.

5. Inside alternating cubbyholes, woven sea-grass baskets provide additional opportunities for storage.

Comments (30)

  • 26 Jan, 2009

    One easy way to enlarge a picture is to left-click on it while holding down the 'control' key; then use your mouse roller/scroller (between the right and left click buttons) and go 'up' or down' to enlarge or make smaller the photo. I pay tribue to other commenters from which I learned this little tip. =^..^=

  • 26 Jan, 2009

    One easy way to enlarge a picture is to left-click on it while holding down the 'control' key; then use your mouse roller/scroller (between the right and left click buttons) and go 'up' or down' to enlarge or make smaller the photo. I pay tribue to other commenters from which I learned this little tip. =^..^=

  • 25 Jan, 2009

    An alternative to the 'pot lid rack' for holding and sorting mail is an old toast rack that you've found at the flea market/yard sale/thrift shop. That's what I use and it works brilliantly! Also might look a little bit more 'dressy' than the wooden pot lid rack for those of you who want something a bit more fancy.

  • 25 Jan, 2009

    An alternative to the 'pot lid rack' for holding and sorting mail is an old toast rack that you've found at the flea market/yard sale/thrift shop. That's what I use and it works brilliantly! Also might look a little bit more 'dressy' than the wooden pot lid rack for those of you who want something a bit more fancy.

  • 25 Jan, 2009

    The wooden pot-lid rack is a rack to hold pot lids in your kitchen. It is sitting on top of the mobile shelving unit on the end opposite the chair. If you have Microsoft Word you can hover your cursor over the picture right click then copy. Go to Word document, open a text box, paste the picture there then right click and drag the bottom right corner to enlarge the picture. If you expand too much it tends to blur but you can usually expand to see the picture better. Hope this helps.

  • 25 Jan, 2009

    The wooden pot-lid rack is a rack to hold pot lids in your kitchen. It is sitting on top of the mobile shelving unit on the end opposite the chair. If you have Microsoft Word you can hover your cursor over the picture right click then copy. Go to Word document, open a text box, paste the picture there then right click and drag the bottom right corner to enlarge the picture. If you expand too much it tends to blur but you can usually expand to see the picture better. Hope this helps.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    I figured out where the wooden potlid rack is (at first I thought it was the lattice stuff on the wall). It's the wooden cubby [filtered word] piece of furniture. I know this because the description talked about the handles on it so it could be moved. I DO think it has casters on it too. I AGREE...IT'D BE SO WONDERFUL TO SEE THINGS MORE CLOSELY OR TO HAVE BETTER ILLUSTRATIONS / VIDEOS WITH SOME OF THESE ITEMS. I DO love having these ideas as a resource.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    I figured out where the wooden potlid rack is (at first I thought it was the lattice stuff on the wall). It's the wooden cubby [filtered word] piece of furniture. I know this because the description talked about the handles on it so it could be moved. I DO think it has casters on it too. I AGREE...IT'D BE SO WONDERFUL TO SEE THINGS MORE CLOSELY OR TO HAVE BETTER ILLUSTRATIONS / VIDEOS WITH SOME OF THESE ITEMS. I DO love having these ideas as a resource.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    I love the look of ths and would like to create it, but am having a hard time seeing the detail in these pictures. Does the floor unit have casters?

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    I love the look of ths and would like to create it, but am having a hard time seeing the detail in these pictures. Does the floor unit have casters?

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    I agree with wishing there was a way to get bigger photo's. I'm trying to figure out where the "potlid rack" is located. Hey IT folks for MSO...we need a better way to view the little thumbnails!

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    I agree with wishing there was a way to get bigger photo's. I'm trying to figure out where the "potlid rack" is located. Hey IT folks for MSO...we need a better way to view the little thumbnails!

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    The only thing to add to the beauty of this entryway would be the addition of beautiful Longaberger baskets instead of the wicker ones!

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    The only thing to add to the beauty of this entryway would be the addition of beautiful Longaberger baskets instead of the wicker ones!

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    To get a larger picture you need to save the picture and then open it. Viewing it on my computer at 300% gave me a pretty fuzzy picture but bigger.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    To get a larger picture you need to save the picture and then open it. Viewing it on my computer at 300% gave me a pretty fuzzy picture but bigger.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    Ladies not eveyone likes the same things, this is for someone who like this sort of thing and yes it would be sutable for a beach cottage but it would just need a different mirror. The lattice looks like it could be used for hats and things. You should however give a better view of the pot rack and baskets.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    Ladies not eveyone likes the same things, this is for someone who like this sort of thing and yes it would be sutable for a beach cottage but it would just need a different mirror. The lattice looks like it could be used for hats and things. You should however give a better view of the pot rack and baskets.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    I think Martha did a great job. It's unique and unlike what you would get at Crate and Barrell. It's customized to your particular needs and the lattice is a great way to decorate a large wall and give you a place to hang items that would clutter a chair or table.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    I think Martha did a great job. It's unique and unlike what you would get at Crate and Barrell. It's customized to your particular needs and the lattice is a great way to decorate a large wall and give you a place to hang items that would clutter a chair or table.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    Ladies, go to Crate

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    Ladies, go to Crate

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    Tasteless. I can't believe Martha Stewart would allow anyone to think this had her seal of approval. You're slipping,Martha!

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    Tasteless. I can't believe Martha Stewart would allow anyone to think this had her seal of approval. You're slipping,Martha!

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    It just looks tacky to me.....not even suitable for an entry in a beach cottage.....sorry.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    It just looks tacky to me.....not even suitable for an entry in a beach cottage.....sorry.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    While I like some of the organizing ideas (pot lid rack, ceramic bowl) the lattice on the wall does not look at all 'calming'... far too 'busy'! I think it detracts from the 'look' of this whole space and its usefullness is minimal (the mirror could be hung on the wall and the keys elsewhere on this piece.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    While I like some of the organizing ideas (pot lid rack, ceramic bowl) the lattice on the wall does not look at all 'calming'... far too 'busy'! I think it detracts from the 'look' of this whole space and its usefullness is minimal (the mirror could be hung on the wall and the keys elsewhere on this piece.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    For quick access please add the links on how to make the lattice organizer and the mobile shelving unit.

  • 24 Jan, 2009

    For quick access please add the links on how to make the lattice organizer and the mobile shelving unit.