When we went viewing new-build houses to live in, several months ago, the one thing that really grabbed me about the house we fell in love with was the hallway. Huge, spacious and light and a grand staircase. Amazing. My first thought was – a Christmas tree hallway. Perfect! We had to have this house!
The hallway in the home we lived in before was so small that you would knock people over when taking off your shoes, and it only took a few coats to be more than full! So this new one is very practical for our daily family life, as well as all our visitors and guests that come to stay.
However, we had nothing to bring from our old house to furnish it. And as we are having so many family and friends to visit lately, it just lacked any appeal or ‘welcoming feel’ upon opening the front door. It looked bare, empty and boring.
HomeSense kindly sent me some vouchers to spend in one of their many wonderful stores, and so being a HUGE HomeSense fan I gladly took the oppourituty to go shopping to seek out some much needed hallway furniture and accessories. To make the house feel more welcoming and cosy.
The staircase is the main feature in our hallway – and the main, central feature of our home. The rest of the rooms (living room, playroom, study, kitchen, downstairs toilet and downstairs cloakroom) all wrap around it.
To the left hand side of the stairs is a small, odd-shaped area that faces the downstairs toilet and leads into the kitchen. However this space is perfect for a tub chair. Somewhere to sit to put wellingtons on, or school shoes, or simply to sit and wait for everyone to get their coats on! So for this area under the stairs we selected this brown suede chair from HomeSense (£130) which I love, and have accessorised with some green cushions from Next.
Above the chair we have framed and placed some photographs of our outdoors adventures from our previous home in North Wales, to remind us of our time there.
The space to the right of the staircase, leads into the living room – with double doors into the room. This area therefore lends itself perfectly to a side/phone table. I love this distressed wooden one we selected from HomeSense (£150). It fits the space perfectly; plus it is practical, with two pull-out drawers for magazines and address books. And I can accessorise the top, with photographs frames, candles and vases – and change them depending on my mood!
By the front door we have also added a wooden mirror, for essential hat straightening (!) and a wicker basket for our muddy wellingtons after long walks outside in the fields and woods. Plus a welcome mat for our guests to wipe their feet before we give them a big squeeze to say hello!
I am so thrilled with the room. I cannot wait to get ready here for the school run each morning, to welcome all of our lovely family and friends, and to come back from our family days out. Such a practical yet welcoming space.
Please note: this post was written in collaboration with HomeSense.