When working with clients I try to gain a good understanding of what their daily life is like so that I can design a space that best suits them. Not every design plan works the same for every family. This specific client has a full-time job, is a mother to two adorable little boys and runs an extremely busy schedule. I was originally hired to help decorate the family room, living room, dining room and office, but the area of the home that needed the most attention was the mudroom closet. My goal was to take this space from messy to mess-free!
The Elephant in the Room
Mudroom closets are great. Growing up on the west coast we didn’t really have a need for one. Living in an area where it snows half the year and hats, scarves, boots and heavy winter jackets become part of your everyday attire, an organized and efficient mudroom is essential. My client’s were lucky enough to have a mudroom closet where everything was stored behind closed doors and out-of-sight. The problem was it lacked organization and the space become the family dumping grounds. Filled to the brim with everything but the kitchen sink, my client’s mudroom closet stored things like shoes, boots, jackets, backpacks, the family’s ski gear, board games and a crock pot. Lord only knows what it was like to find anything in there. The concept was good, but we could do better.
A Plan with a Plan
The previous owners built this oversized mudroom closet during an add-on toward the back of the home. It shares wall space with the kitchen, the laundry room and garage. The oversized closet took up too much of the hallway leaving it feeling dark and gloomy. Additionally, it lacked organization, which is key to my client’s busy schedule. With Artisan Cabinetworks ready to takeover the remodel the plan was to remove one closet wall and create a bank of custom built-in mudroom cabinets that looked like kitchen cabinetry, but served as an organized wall of lockers that would reduce clutter. To improve efficiency and organization each family member was assigned one “locker” where he/she could store and access their own everyday items. Here’s a side-by-side of how things turned out!
The removal of the wall allowed for us to open up the space and make it feel bigger and brighter. The lockers allowed for each member of the household to easily store and access their personal belongings. This made the transition to and from the home less chaotic. No more lost shoes, jackets, backpacks, keys, purses, hats and more…this mudroom remodel just went from messy to mess-free. The upper cabinets store away seasonal and large bulky kitchen items.
Fancy it Up!
My client brought in this old wood table she found at a flea market. We added a scroll wall art piece from Home Goods and weighted down the space with a great antique schoolroom chalkboard. The table was decorated with chicken wire-wrapped glass urns and an adorable little wire dog from Home Goods. The bright pink florals are from Pottery Barn. We also popped in more color with this gorgeous piece of abstract art from Anthropology.
And this is how you take a mudroom from messy to mess-free. Anyone else have mudroom envy?