However, in the mean time I am able to work on other indoor side projects for this larger outdoor project. The first of which is changing the appearance of what you see when you walk in the front door - the coat closet.
We love having a coat closet and even a nice contained (albeit small) entry way. But the view into the house when the front door is open, and especially as you walk into the house for the first time definitely leaves something to be desired. Don't get me wrong, I am a self-proclaimed coat fashionista and so they are very nice to look at. But we just didn't want a mass of coats to be the first thing you see when you walk into our house.
My solution to camouflaging the coat closet
After we rearranged the way in which our living room curtains were hanging, we had an extra curtain panel. Combine that with the tension rod that the previous owners had left in the bathroom,
and voila, you have lovely drape coverage for our coat closet!
So now when you walk in our front door you will see this
As opposed to this
The best part is that I was able to accomplish this look using supplies the we already had in the house AND it matches the look of the attached living room, so the flow is maintained continuous from room to room!