In case any of you were under the illusion that our house is perfect, please see Exhibit A, the front hall, below.
This is what happens when you have a very small entryway, 2 adults, one part-time teenage resident, and white carpets. We all wear slippers in the house (because of the carpets and also because we all tend towards chilly feet), so the first thing we do when we arrive is kick off our shoes.
We were looking for some sort of shoe rack at Ikea when we were there last weekend. My thought was to get a smallish one, to go in the living room underneath the coat stand. But then John spotted the PS 2012 bench. And while black would probably have been classier, we both really liked the red. If we get sick of it, we can always paint it black.
The top is being used as our "outbox" at the moment - there's a bit more on there than there should be! I figure that since we're going to have lots of shoes in the front hall anyway, we may as well make it look intentional. (And, a week later, it still looks tidy. SUCCESS!)