Our Entryway & Mudroom {Dressed up for Fall}

I’ve been working on a few projects here and there, trying to make sure our house is warm and welcoming {and clean!} for our Thanksgiving guests.  I pulled out a few more fall decorations and painted a cute sign for the top of the shoe cabinet, so I thought I’d give you guys a tour of the entryway and our “mudroom.”

This is the first thing you see when you walk into the house.  We used to have a console table that served as a dumping ground for my kids, and it drove. me. nuts.  So I popped on over to Ana White’s site and built a shoe cabinet for the kids’ shoes.

Now all our shoes are hidden away, and the cabinet is just narrow enough that the kids can’t pile all their crap on top of it.  I love it.  And it is just wide enough for me to decorate for the seasons.

See my fun new sign?  I found the tutorial on Ella Claire Inspired, and I knew I had to make it.  I used some plywood that was left over from my trumeau mirror, and as I was making it, inspiration struck!  I painted a cute Christmas sign on the back (which I’ll show you soon) so I can just flip it over in a few weeks.  Nice, huh?

On the opposite wall of the entry, just behind the front door, is my new trumeau mirror.   See that big wide base at the bottom?  It serves as a sort of doorstop for the front door.

All the kids play stringed instruments, and we needed a mirror for them to practice in.  I’m still thinking about making that whole wall into a “R” monogram wall, but it will have to wait until after the holidays, I think.

Then just down the hall is our “mudroom” of sorts–and I apologize in advance for the ugly pictures.  This hall is SO dark, and there is no natural light.  I had to use the flash.  Ugh.  Anyway, we have a really wide hall that serves as the mudroom for the kids.

This was my very first Ana White build.  When I saw the plans posted, I knew I had to overcome my fear of power tools and get building.  Mr. Type2Fun and I built this bench and shelf in a few weekends, and I never looked back.

Each kid has a basket in the shelf for homework supplies (pencils, markers, erasers, etc.) and one on the bottom for soccer balls, cleats, clogging shoes, etc.  Then they have a hook for a backpack and one for a jacket.  They use it most of the time, and it’s nice to have an actually place where things are supposed to go.  :-D

It’s been a little chilly in these parts lately.  I’ve been burning my favorite Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Caramel Latte candle, and between that and the fall decor, it feels so warm and homey around here.  It almost feels like we have an actual fall season here in Arizona!  Have you decorated for fall, or are you on to your Christmas decorating?