When you live in a smaller home (900 square feet to be exact), sometimes you don’t always have the luxury of having a defined entryway. Or a laundry room. Or storage. Or an extra bathroom or guest room… ok, ok, ok I’m getting a bit off topic. I’ll have to save my complaining for another post:) But yes, to state the obvious, living in a small home isn’t always easy. Today’s post is all about using your space efficiently to make your small space feel more like a home.

I never thought our little house could ever really have an entry way. We have this tiny little wall when you walk into our house, but I didn’t ever picture it as an “entry way”. Because, well, it’s not. I had a few challenges in creating this new space because I didn’t have much room to work with. I didn’t want to clutter up the space and I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a new furniture piece either. A few months ago I had bought a laptop table from World Market. I loved it SO much and I used it all the time! But… then I put 2 and 2 together and realized it would be perfect for that small entry way wall. It wasn’t bulky, it was small in scale, it didn’t get in my way when I walked in and out of the door, and I already had it, so I didn’t have to spend any money. It was perfect!

I quickly got to work and began styling the space. I loved it even more once I started to get everything in place. As much as I hated losing my laptop table, I’m seriously in love with my new entryway! Thankfully if I need to use the table, I can just clear off the top and slide it right on over to the couch. Now thats one versatile piece of furniture if you ask me!

You might have also noticed the wall art changed as well. Since I had now created volume in the space with a table, I needed to mimic that on the wall. I moved my grain scoop mail caddy from my office into it’s new home and topped it off with some antlers I recently found at an antique store. As you can see, I also needed to work around an annoying light switch, so these narrow pieces were just what I needed to fill the space.


The above shows the before and after. What do you think?



And of course my little Bailey girl had to make an appearance. She’s an indoor kitty, so she was fascinated when I left the door open to photograph the space.






And yet another photo bomb from my little Bailey. I mean look at that tail and those ears… I just love her;)

So what do you guys think? I have always thought that space needed a little makeover but I had never known what to do with it. Do you have an awkward entryway? What have been your solutions to small space living?

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  1. I live in an old bungalow where you walk straight into the living room. There’s room but everything is right there and in the way. Behind our front door is an armoire that holds some stuff but the other side is always lacking. I wish I had your decorating ability to define the space without looking like n obvious drop spot for junk and my husband’s shoes.

  2. You have created an inviting entry in a space that was very difficult to work with. I think you have chosen exactly the right piece of furniture and items to style it. I too had a very small space to work with and it took me over a year to find the right piece of furniture. It is very satisfying when you see results like this. I am currently working on my exterior which is dire, really awful and I have no street appeal whatsoever. I have minimal money to spend and having to do it all with a small amount of landscaping. However, it is coming along amazing and I cannot wait to share it with my readers next month.

    Lee 🙂

  3. I luv how you added the gold paint to the tips of the antlers. Thanks for sharing at my NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAY party (pleas be sure to link back to the party).


  4. Great idea, that table fits perfectly! I have a similar problem. No real entryway and struggle with ideas all the time! Always a challenge in the winter with snowsuits and boots.

  5. great idea – and you’ve totally inspired me. We have a small home as well (about 1200 sq ft), but it’s all open concept – so no entry hall. But I have an empty space beside the door that I could do something with. I’m a newer reader to your blog, but it’s quickly becoming one of my very favorites. I love that your posts are something someone could actually do – in a real house, in which you actually live in. With 3 teenagers and 4 dogs & a husband, our house is very ‘lived’ in and it’s sometimes disheartening to read blogs where the homes seem like a show home – which ours will never be!

    • The Blissful Bee

      I’m so glad you have been happy reading along! And yes, my house is NO show house by any means! I gotta work with what I got! haha

  6. This is absolutely gorgeous. A small area and yet you found room for a table and some fabulous accessories. So welcoming and useful too. Love, it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me and don’t forget to link up to our Holiday Baking Party on the 20th. Hugs, Marty

  7. Found you through House of Rose link party and I’m so glad I did. This is awesome! Thanks for some great inspiration!

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  9. I’ve come here via Nita’s blog.
    I LOVE your entryway! and your blog!
    My home is tiny too and now I’m off to read some of your past posts.
    🙂 – Cindi (a new Follower!)

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