We've been in our new house since the end of June, but it is far from complete. After the rush of finishing up various aspects of the construction (installing vent grates and floor trim, hardware on closet doors, etc), it is time for the fun stuff and adding the finishing touches that make a house a home. We're tackling room by room. We're not going out and buying new things all at once to fill up and finish the spaces. We're slowly finding inspiration and only purchasing things we truly love. It isn't a fast process. But the upside of taking our time is that we've found new uses for furniture and objects we already have - putting them to a different use in a new space is a win-win. And the best part about being slow and deliberate with each space is that you end up with a design you really love.
With the cooler weather and the need for coats, hats and gloves, the mudroom has become our priority. We don't have a coat closet on the main floor and the pile of sweatshirts, shoes and socks inside the front door is not working for anyone. We imagined a mudroom with built-ins and locker spaces for each of us, but that wasn't in the budget. The mudroom is actually the hall space just off the garage door and there is enough room for a bench, wall hooks, and a few bins to keep loose items organized. We need a spot for keys and phones, preferably something hidden. The mudroom area has a huge window that lets in natural light and really high ceilings. One of the perforated steel screens borders one wall of the mudroom giving it visual interest. As the hub between the garage, basement and kitchen, this space will get lots of traffic. Here are some ideas we're considering for the mudroom:
1. Metal locker bin, Land of Nod 2. Dot coat hooks, CB2 3. Sassy Green paint, Sherwin-Williams 4. Rustic Bench, West Elm. 5. Dark gray floor tiles, Architonic 6. Custom perforated-steel panel, Hufft Projects 7. Fiddle Leaf Fig 8. Hide n' seek storage shelf, CB2