I like the closed storage above the baskets and lockers. And still easy to reach when you step on the bench. and I really like the bench. Obviously skipping the white fabric - they must not have mud or kids in their mud room :)
add wood wallpaper to the kick plates of the stairs. Those rolls are expensive but you would only need one. Not practical with white treads though, it will be stuffed up from black shoe soles in no time.
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