It isn't very often that I make my decor turn out the way I imagine it from the beginning. Such a thing requires me both finding what I am looking for and finding it cheap or on sale. But it happened in this one little corner.
Here's how it looked when we moved in. (Complete with mess.)
First order of business: take down those weird hooks and paint the walls. Then add a shoe cabinet from Ikea that I had liked for a long time.
Make sure little guy also approves.
Add a couple of spray painted Ikea frames, a Wal-Mart mirror, and leave it for several months.
Finally find a coat rack on clearance at Sam's Club, and spray paint the pole.
Voila! A little blurry (got to stop taking these pictures on my phone).