TREND ALERT

James Tre­ble talks us through the look we are lov­ing this month.

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We’re hang­ing in the hall­way.

AS OUR BUSY LIVES have us al­ways rush­ing in and out the door, the hall­way can end up a dump­ing zone for bags, shoes and coats. An­noy­ingly, we can’t hide it away and the hum­ble hall table doesn’t quite do the job any­more.

The trend emerg­ing from this is the mud room or hall­way hangs – a cool way to keep or­gan­ised and deal with the need to stop and drop at the front door.

To make this look work is a mat­ter of com­bin­ing wall-mounted stor­age, wall hooks and, if the hall­way is wide enough, a stool or long seat, prefer­ably with stor­age un­der­neath. This setup deals with all fam­ily’s needs in a dec­o­ra­tive and invit­ing way.

WALL HOOKS: A row of wall hooks pro­vide a place to hang a coat or scarf. Use old-school styles with a top and bot­tom hook for school bags and hats.

WALL-MOUNTED SHELVES: Ideal for sea­sonal cloth­ing or that beach towel and sun­screen, a wall-mounted shelf can be in­stalled above wall hooks.

HALL­WAY BENCH: The per­fect place to sit and tie shoelaces, place a bag of shop­ping so you can close the front door be­hind you, or drop your hand­bag.

UN­DER-SEAT STOR­AGE: Bas­kets un­der a bench by the door can hold shoes and school items. Have one bas­ket per child and em­power them to be or­gan­ised (and lift some of the bur­den off you!).

COLOUR CODE Dreamy Dreams cush­ion, $49.95, from Free­dom.

BAS­KET CASE Nito rec­tan­gle bas­ket in Rat­tan Grey, $99 for large, from Free­dom.

Name game Make it per­sonal with hooks at heights to suit ev­ery­one.

IN THE BAG Sax stor­age bag in Brown, $24.95 for medium, from Free­dom.

TOP SHELF Ekby Jär­pen wall shelf in Black-Brown/ Birch, $34.99, from Ikea.

Hooked! Wall hooks keep bags, hats and scarves neat and tidy.

BENCH SPACE Sig­urd bench in White, $129, from Ikea.

THE SPOT Wooden wall hook, $3, from Kmart.

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