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I adore shoes, I have alot of them and so do my kids, but when we started tripping over them as we enter the side entry via the garage, something had to change. I went through a transitional "pretty" period, where I used baskets to hide and organize. Ok, so baskets are pretty, you hear designers say "you can never have enough baskets in the house" but I beg to differ; you can, and I did.
At first I had the kids trained to put their shoes in the giant basket upon entering the house (we have a "no shoe" rule inside the house since we frequent the beach alot, there's always sand in our shoes). But scrambling for a pair upon trying to get out of the house on time, still wasn't working, and one basket became two, and two became three. The next thing I knew, we are I am tripping over baskets, not shoes.
I re-evaluated this little life-saver at, yes, IKEA and got out the tape measure. Sweet. It had the perfect dimensions to be tucked right around the door entrance, and right uder my hat and bag rack (the one I made last year). I also earned a little shelf for more visual interest and to plop down mail or a cell phone.
For only $99, and a little extra to change the knobs to more substantial pulls found here at Pottery Barn (they also jive with my kitchen pulls/knobs), I organized myself a little slice of shoe heaven. Now, while eating dinner I no longer *wince* at the pile of shoes while enjoying a good meal (and either do our guests).
Hemnes Shoe Cabinet: IKEA in White
Straw Hats: Collected from all over
Raffia Bag: bought at a street market in, France
Rug: Dash and Albert - The Nimes Rug in Cotton
Pulls: Pottery Barn Backplate Drawer Pulls in Polished Nickel
Coat rack: Made from an Antique piece of molding from an old courthouse- Aurora Mills Antique Mall, Oregon
Hooks: Lowes found in the bed and Bath aisle: Polished Nickel
Small Basket: World Market
Striped Vase- Target
Frame: Ribba Frame in white- IKEA (Art inside: a MONACO Travel Ad I loved from a magazine)