I used to think the shoe cabinet was a ridiculous object. That's what closets are for!
Then we moved into our new space. Now I feel like my life has been improved tenfold. Putting it together was a pain, but that's on par for Ikea.
I'm still on the lookout for a high-traffic rug and possibly a different blanket for the bench. I'll post photos of the new living room rug so you can get a better sense of the colors. I'm thinking I should stick with white furniture whenever possible since I'm not re-painting the walls.
Here's the entryway in its previous disheveled state while we were moving things around this past summer.