One of the things I don't love about our house is the compact entryway. My dream house has enough room to put a substantial console table or bench, but I'd settle for enough room to turn around comfortably.
After we painted the hallway, replaced the lights, and hung some artwork, I started pondering furniture. This is going to make me sound like I'm 100, but lately I've been needing a place to sit down while I put on my shoes. It's not because I can't touch my toes, it's because Szuka loses her mind if she so much as hears the coat closet open. While I'm bent over tying laces, which confirms for her that were are, indeed, going OUTSIDE, she often knocks me over with her zeal.
I really like Sarah's fresh spin on the DIY tree stump table but we have a DIY to-do list that is a mile long and, truthfully, hacking away at a stump doesn't sound like fun. When Natural Wood Decor approached me about reviewing one of their products, I immediately started pouring over their inventory of wood stools and end tables. I thought a cute wood stool or table would be a perfect perch for putting on shoes, plus a handy place to set my purse. When (if?) we have the time to make something custom for the space, it could be used in the living room for parties, outside on the deck, or even as a plant stand - I love hardworking, versatile furniture. I liked quite a few styles, like (clockwise) the C-shaped wood end table, the oval drum shaped table, the wood balance table, and the inverted V mango wood stool (which was a close second choice for me, but I thought the wood was a bit to orange for our place).
Ultimately I chose the round zig zag wood table because it reminded me so much of Sarah's DIY version, but much more polished because this one has been hand carved. It's made from beautiful, sustainable Acacia wood and is available in two finishes; I chose agate grey. No two are exactly alike.
The grey finish, made from natural and non-toxic oils, is so pretty. I'm also pretty mesmerized by the heart of the wood. In fact, when I was paying HST at the Canadian Border Services Agency, the fella working the cash was obsessed with this table. He was excitedly explaining to everyone else who worked there about how these are made, and what an art it is. I wish he'd been enthralled enough to waive the HST. . .
Here it is in the hallway:
Because of your advice, I decided to keep the door for now but splash on a coat of paint - I am just waiting for it to be warm enough. I was leaning toward orange but then I decided to go for my love: turquoise (no surprise there). A cheery door will add some more personality to the space, and the grey-toned Acacia wood will look great against a vibrant aqua. When you actually stand in the hallway, it's much more colourful because you can see the turquoise kitchen cabinets, the turquoise polka dot laundry room curtains and the hallway artwork.
To the right, you can also catch a peek of our DIY kitchen pantry. I'm very excited to see the lakehouse becoming more functional.
Disclosure: I was provided the zig zag for review, but was not compensated or encouraged to provide a positive review. All editorial decisions, including which item to review, were mine because I'm bossy like that. It is currently on sale for $204 with free shipping within the U.S. For International shoppers, and residents of Alaska and Hawaii, Natural Wood Decor use Bongo International as a 3rd party shipping carrier. To purchase, create an account with Bongo (info can be found here), and then checkout on the site using the address Bongo has provided. I appreciate that they go this extra step to ship Internationally because I've seen so many shops refuse to ship outside of the U.S., or ask that the consumer arrange shipping. Natural Wood Decor is celebrating their fifth year in business, so it's no surprise that they know what customers want! Take a look at their blog, Verde Lifestyles, for more inspiration on green living.