Build this in the mud room at the back door. So I can wash the dogs, and in the same area rinse the boots off. For when i am working w/ garden chemicals tha i do not want brought into the house build this stand outside the back door.
Take a cue from designer Kristen Buckingham and extend your gallery wall over the door frame. The artwork on this gallery wall matches the mood of the room in its joyous, eclectic look. Peek at more of Kristen's work here.
I like the way they did this harth and the color painted behind the stove. I also like the wood beams framing the stove in. Maybe have similar framing and the make a gate around the stove out of the same wood.