Tone on Tone: I chose a wool sisal style staircase runner with very narrow binding. It's installed about 3 inches from the sides (and cut out around the newel post) in the Hollywood style, which is tailored and bespoke. The big area rug is the same, but with a different binding. Larger area rugs do wonders for small spaces!
How to arrange photo frames on wall...use the cardboard inserts from new frames to size and arrange on wall. You could number the frame and cardboard inserts so you know which frame they belong to and then tape them on the way and rearrange how you like.
We have a small entry way, so I like this idea & I would put shoes in the baskets. So sick of flip/flops & kid shoes just laying around. Hmm...maybe in a few years when I have money set aside for our kitchen. (cuz our entryway is in the kitchen)