My Cottage Christmas Entry Way 2014

My entry way is an area of the house that I haven't had a chance to do any decorating since we moved in this summer.
This bench sits here for putting shoes on and there is a basket that my boys never actually put there shoes in, preferring to have them sprawled all over the floor for people to trip on.
Ahem, back to the Christmas decorating.
 I thought this would be a fun area to add a little Christmas cheer and it has motivated me to come up with some ideas for after the holidays.

Last Christmas (or maybe the one before that) I bought these darling red deer hooks at 
World Market. 
I plan to use them in my youngest sons bedroom, but hadn't got around to it yet, so I decided to borrow them for now.
To make the coat rack I stained a board in a very dark stain, but didn't like it.
I decided to try added some lime wax and it turned the board a gray driftwood color, which was not what I was expecting.
I decided to roll with it because the gray ties in nicely with the gray of the vintage minnow bucket.

Above the coat rack I hung a vintage apple barrel lid.
 I like the rusticness (not really a word) it brings to the space.
Rustic is my fave at Christmas time!

I've owned the scarf hanging from the coat rack for several years, but I just took the tags off.
As cute as the scarf is, it just never gets cold enough in Houston to need one.
I never thought I'd miss cold, but I do. 

Love my vintage minnow bucket and always knew it would be perfect for holding a little 
Christmas tree.

I {heart} it so!!

I found the little tree at the grocery store. Much to my surprise they had a huge variety of little trees
 at Kroger.

I went through my pillows stash trying to find just the right ones. 
I actually took photos with my phone of different pillow combos so I could scroll through my options and see which I liked best.

The burlap pillow is an old one from Restoration hardware.
I think it ties in nicely with the barrel lid.
The red pillow is a newer one from Target. 
Red for Christmas, duh.

Finally, the bench is one my dad built for me over ten years ago.
It is larger and study than a lot of benches in this style because I used to use it as a coffee table.
I love having a piece of furniture my dad's made for me!

So there you Christmas entry way.
A little bit of rustic a little bit of cottage and a lot of Christmas cheer!

Linking up to:
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home


  1. Love your entry way!!! The little minnow bucket with tree is just so cute :o) Love the pillows too!
    Have a great weekend!!!

  2. Love it! Your house looks so much brighter now then the for sale pics. It is smiling!:)

  3. Oh my gosh Lisa I love it!.. Those deer hooks are fabulous!

  4. It is just precious. I love benches and have 3 long ones my hubby built for me years ago.
    I'm going to use your style and do about the same with one of the benches in my dining room. Thanks so much for the great inspiration....

  5. Luv the minnow bucket and little tree. Beautiful entry way.

  6. super cute. Haven't seen little red deer hooks before. And it's great to find Christmas decor in unexpected places like Kroger's. Love the scarf!

  7. I love your rustic country Christmas touches in the foyer. I saw one of those lids at an antique store one time and thought about buying it. I never knew what it was. Now I do! Your house sounds like mine with the shoe problem. I think it's a boy thing. I always end up walking around and picking up shoes and placing them where they belong.

  8. Gorgeous Lisa. Love the rustic touches.

  9. Very cute entryway, Lisa. I have a similar setup in my entry. Oh and I have one of those baskets too - the kind that repel shoes! : )

  10. I love your rustic country christmas touches!!!!!!! angie

  11. Love this. Found you via FFF. Such a beautiful bench!

  12. Oh Lisa, it's a welcoming entry for all the coziness of Christmas, don't you just love world market? I love buying there homemade wrapping papers and note cards. There baskets always surprise me with a new style that comes in all so euro chic.

    The bench of yours is so perfect in its place.
    See you and your Beauty of Christmas soon.


  13. It looks so pretty, Lisa! Love, love, love the vintage apple barrel lid and minnow bucket! I like the pillows you chose too. I just might have to pop into Kroger and check out their mini trees! Love those! It's so nice that you have a piece of furniture your dad made. Makes it extra special. :)

  14. Your entry is just perfect. It's very you which is a wonderful thing. I love the apple lid and the pillows.

    By the way, we often have shoes sprawled around too. :)

  15. Simple, pretty and a little YOU, Lisa!

    I want that bucket!!!

    I laughed about your boys and their shoes, that's the way it rolls here, too!

    Happy Holidays and thanks for your visit! :)

    Jane xx

  16. I love every detail! That minnow bucket is a winner! Rustic is my fav too :)

  17. So pretty Lisa! Love that sweet bench and that barrel lid,it reminds me of a French bread board!

  18. Simple and rustic is my favourite style for Christmas and you have done it perfectly! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas filled with love and laughter. x Sharon