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Have a Wall? Make a Mudroom!

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A bright and playful mudroom using AllModern furniture and decor | via Yellow Brick Home
bench | jute rug | hooks | mirror

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.

Everything you see here is either vintage (like the painting by Rachel’s grandma) or from AllModern’s Best of Modern collection! The Best of Modern collection is a landing page for those that love, well, modern design; worth a bookmark, for sure. Whether you’re curating a minimalist, luxe or Mid Century-Modern home, AllModern has everything in one place for you to browse and shop.

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.

A bright and playful mudroom using AllModern furniture and decor | via Yellow Brick Home
oval jute rug

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.

Close up of a bright and playful mudroom using AllModern furniture and decor | via Yellow Brick Home

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….

slim show storage using AllModern furniture and decor | via Yellow Brick Home
storage bench

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:

Detail of a bright and playful mudroom using AllModern furniture and decor | via Yellow Brick Home
Close up of Blu Dot wall hooks using AllModern furniture and decor | via Yellow Brick Home
walnut hooks | mirror

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!

Close up of mirror and vase using AllModern furniture and decor | via Yellow Brick Home
A pulled back view of a bright and playful mudroom using AllModern furniture and decor | via Yellow Brick Home

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.

Coming through the back door, entering into a small mudroom using AllModern furniture and decor | via Yellow Brick Home

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  • RZ1.20.22 - 11:04 AM

    This is lovely, but where are you hiding the massive, hideous boot tray that every Midwestern family mud room needs?! Gotta dry out 4 pairs of wet, salty boots somewhere!ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.20.22 - 11:31 AM

      Such a good point! Since they wood floors, they could easily add one near the door. In our home we have tile, so we let our boots drain on top of the mat (doesn’t matter if it seeps onto the tile).ReplyCancel

  • Meg1.20.22 - 11:13 AM

    Nice job!  Really cute.  We use a vintage dresser for winter gear too.  I was wondering how to keep that little space in between the rug and the door clean?  We live in Chicago too and shoes are wet and salty (even if you wipe them off outside before you come in), especially kid shoes.  ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.20.22 - 11:17 AM

      There’s a small door mat by the back door that they bring out when the weather gets gross! It matches the floor (dark brown) so it blends in and bridges the gap. Not pictured here, but you bring up a good point!ReplyCancel

  • Stacy1.20.22 - 11:20 AM

    Oooh going to see if that rug comes in a size that will fit my (tiny) entry! But you forgot to link that dinosaur raincoat 🦖ReplyCancel

  • Annie1.20.22 - 5:42 PM

    Love the mudroom. Where is the wallpaper from? Annie ReplyCancel

    • Scott1.21.22 - 9:39 AM

      It’s from Rifle Paper Co! Much more to come on that soon!ReplyCancel

  • Ling1.21.22 - 2:42 PM

    This is so cute & functional! Very curious how the hooks are mounted though: I want to do something similar in our entry and mount coat hooks directly to the wall but my engineer of a husband insists that coat hooks need to be on a rail that’s mounted into studs to support heavy coats. ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.21.22 - 4:15 PM

      Yup, each of these hooks are MIRACULOUSLY in studs. If they weren’t directly in a stud, we would have used heavy duty anchors.ReplyCancel

  • monica1.23.22 - 1:42 PM

    Love those hooks, however these people live in Chicago!  They will need more hooks – why not do at least 6-8 at the upper level, and they should add some at a lower level for kid height. We all want our kids to learn to hang coats-m this is the perfect space for lower hooks for kids.  This is a huge wall – this set up just does not take advantage of the space! ReplyCancel

    • Kim1.24.22 - 8:45 AM

      They also have a large coat closet in the front of the house, so this is just for coming and going when they use the back door.😊ReplyCancel

  • Shahzaib1.30.22 - 9:36 AM

    You’re right to say that, Everything in the photos is either vintage or from AllModern’s Best of Modern collection. The easiest trick to make a space intentional, in my opinion, is to lay down a rug.ReplyCancel

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