i absolutely don't want to get rid of them though because (a) they're charming and (b) they serve as quasi-separation between the entry area and the front room.
since we needed a place near the front door to put our shoes -- so we wouldn't be clonking all through the house on the wooden floors -- the built-ins were called into service as our shoe storage.
it's a bit unsightly though, to have a jumble of shoes displayed. i mean, if i had row upon row of loubs, there would be no problem. it would become an art installation.
i have my fair share of heels -- which i can finally wear again since we no longer live in the city and have to walk everywhere!! -- but i also need plenty of flats in my arsenal for chasing after lil' archer. and a whole lot of sneakers for whenever i can make time to run again.
run for real, not run after K.
whoops -- got a little off track!
okay. we needed to cover the jumble of shoes so we bought a cheap suspension rod and i "made" a panel from fabric i already had.
which just happens to match the wall color PERFECTLY.
SO. MUCH. BETTER.wait...is sewer both a waste drainage system AND one who sews? i am a novice one who sews.
i wondered how it would look if i ((fish)) hung the rod higher:
i also have been pondering painting that bathroom door
in the background black, a la our garage door:
okay, back to the covered shoes!
besides matching the wall color perfectly, this fabric is also great because it echoes ((echos?)) the polka dot pattern in the dining-room-turned-workspace, which is open to the front room.
i, uh, didn't take a picture of that though...and i'm too lazy to do it now...so you'll just have to trust me. it looks great.
here's the view i usually post:
much improved, right?