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Earlier this month, while the Kalvakotas were out of town, Scott and I snuck into their home and whipped up a mudroom to surprise them with! The ‘mudroom’ was created by their back door, which is the door they use the most to come and go. We knew it would be the first thing they saw when they came back home, and – mission accomplished! – they were head over heels.
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Have a Wall?
Before, this was an entirely bare wall, with the exception of a hand-me-down dresser. Nothing more, nothing less. The easiest trick in the book to make a space intentional, in my opinion, is to lay down a rug. Boom, instant room! A rug defines a space in a way that no furniture can, and my go-to for a mudrooms is a neutral jute rug like this. The one we chose is available in over 30 shapes and sizes, but I gravitated towards oval to mimic the shape of their nearby dining table.
Jute rugs hide away dirt and grime as you come and go, and they can be vacuumed easily. But the reason I choose them over and over again is the amount of natural texture they inject into any space! Just be sure to lay down a rug pad to protect your floors, too.
Shoes Below, Coats Above
With the rug down, it was time to put that bare wall to good use! This slim storage bench in Acorn swallows up the shoes in current rotation, with a soft seat. It is heavy – we were so impressed with the quality! – and is available in a few colors. Any one of the color options would have looked beautiful here, but we wanted to play with mixing and matching wood tones. Which brings me to….
… these stunning walnut hooks! Photos don’t do them justice. They’re substantial and absolutely stunning. We chose walnut, but like the storage bench, they’re available in several other colors:
Last Check and Out the Door!
For the final touch, we added a 33″ round metal mirror in a black finish – because every room (even makeshift rooms) need a touch of black. Atop the dresser they already had, I set down this cute ceramic vase and stuffed a faux bloom inside, lit a candle, and called it done!
A few key ingredients came together to create an entire room from, essentially, nothing. What I love about this space is that it’s going to be a workhorse all winter long (think: snow boots, coats and beanies), whereas it will be sweet vignette during warm weather months (think: an umbrella to grab as you come ad go, drawers overflowing with flip flops). The Kalvakotas have a coat closet near their front door, so the purpose back here is to only have items out that are being currently used.
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