Now it looks like this:
On a whim one night I brought the bench from our bedroom downstairs to see how it'd look. Of course I love it so now I need to buy another bench for our bedroom haha
I paired the bench with this piece of art that used to hang on the blank wall in our dining room:
I didn't really think about it before but I like the idea of having a dedicated place for our guests to sit down and take their shoes off when they come over.
The bench is a little deeper than what I wanted for the space but there's still plenty of room to pass by it so it doesn't bother me as much as I thought it might:
View from our loft/staircase:
We were in the middle of building a table for the foyer but I kind of decided that I don't really need another surface to decorate so I scratched that idea. The bench + art combo is working well for now.
Have a seat :)
I still want to hang a cordless picture light above the artwork and maybe add a coat hook on the staircase wall. I'd love to add a runner but realistically I can't because A) it'd get dirty in 3.2 seconds and B) we're constantly throwing our dogs toys into the hallway for them to fetch. If we had a runner, they'd most likely slip and fall on it or I'd constantly be adjusting it so it's a no for now.
What do you think of the updates? What else would you do with the space?