Ideas for Updating this Victorian Landing?

Ideas for Updating this Victorian Landing?

Q: I've recently been doing some re-arranging and re-thinking the entry area in our Cambridge apartment. We live on the third floor of a Victorian house, and the entry is somewhat strange — basically enter our apartment (which has exposed beams in the living room and a vaulted ceiling so it feels huge) via a staircase that opens to our living/dining room.

We have had a small chest of drawers at the top of the stairs to collect hats, gloves, handbags, items from our pockets, etc. Recently, my dad gave me my great grandmother's sewing machine, and so we replaced the chest of drawers with the antique sewing machine. So, now, we're having trouble deciding to do with the entry-way space. The drawers are cheap and ugly and from IKEA, so we definitely want to get rid of them. But, there are still lots of questions:

  1. What do we replace the drawers with? I'd love to get maybe a new set of drawers that are on skinny legs -- maybe in a Danish modern style?
  2. Should we move the antique sewing machine, which is currently right at the top of the stairs to the place where the drawers currently reside?
  3. The entry space is generally kind of awkward, with those narrow portions of floor space. We don't want it to seem too cluttered, but we also think we could be doing more with that space. Hang something else on the wall? Put up wall-mounted shelves? Hooks for jackets?

Sent by Emily

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