Here is what I started with:
Next stage was this:
Lots of storage but too "in your face"!!
I chose my inspiration from a website I stumbled on - so beautiful, neat & tidy with shelves AND hanging space. Lots of room for all the things I want near the front door - hats, mitts, boots, shoes, coats, umbrellas, a flashlight or two, keys, etc.
I love this look. It has everything I'm looking for. Looked fairly simple to build as well and I'm pretty handy with tools these days. So I listed my wardrobe on Kijiji and tried to sell it. As luck would have it, the very day that someone wanted to buy it from me I had an idea: why not just take the doors off the wardrobe??? duh! It makes such a huge difference to the feeling of the space.
I had been looking for the clean, light look of white shelves to make the space feel more open and brighter, but this is largely what I wanted and a lot less work to boot! Now I can use the doors for something else - maybe if I attached them all together with hinges, they'd look good as a screen. Hmmmm. On to the next project!!!