Take Your Coat Off and Stay A While

Not long ago we had company joining us for a weekend, and with the anticipation of their arrival came the ‘extra’ tidying, tweaking, and putting things in order to welcome them. Our home is compact and its space maximized to the limit, so I decided we needed hooks where our guests could hang their jackets. With a bare wall in the foyer crying out for some attention, I had the perfect spot. Now all I had to do was find the perfect hooks…

This turned out to be easier said than done – yes, there are hooks in all shapes and sizes, but nothing leapt out at me as unique or different; none were really ‘perfect’. Not until I popped into Nancy’s Fashion & Furnishings – a very tiny boutique right here in Ladysmith. Who would have known? Voila! Tucked here and there throughout the store were the perfect decorative hooks, and even better, in a few different shapes and sizes!

Here’s what I chose in the end.

Next… the search for a piece of reclaimed wood to mount them on. And this proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. So, off to see my Dad. He has a little shop with all kinds of odds ‘n ends, and not only is he awesome, he’s also a great project partner. Next question, would he take on this project with me?

The answer. Dad not only took on the project with me, he actually did the project for me! He tore the spruce plank to the thickness needed, set to work lightly distressing it, and then did some stain samples for the colour. I chose red mahogany in the end, because I wanted the hooks to stand out, but I also wanted the look to work with the hall table.

Here is the finished masterpiece!

I would love to do a full-scale make-over in the foyer, but this is a rental home, so I shall save that for another time. In the mean time… welcome to our home. Take your coat off and stay a while!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

6 Replies to “Take Your Coat Off and Stay A While”

  1. Nicely done! Imagine finding the perfect hooks in Ladysmith! I just went on the same search and settled on bamboo Shaker pegs. We had a 10′ Foyer wall to fill, which we did. Now we’re on the hunt for more of the same for our Mud Room. Maybe I’ll try Ladysmith!

    1. Thank you Susan! Wow, a 10′ foyer wall complete with bamboo Shaker pegs – it sounds awesome. Good luck in your search for the mudroom hooks – if I had more time I would’ve tried the antique shops as well. Looking forward to hearing the outcome!

  2. Wow Sheila! I absolutely love the uniqueness of the piece, and you are right the red mahogany stain goes perfectly with the hall table. I am inspired to wander into Nancy’s to find some unique nick nacks for our home! Or – I do know a superb interior designer… 🙂

    1. Corrina – you are awesome! Thank you for the compliment. If you’re looking for anything in particular, let me know what you’re looking for. You just never know where it might turn up!

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