Saturday, October 12, 2013

What makes a mudroom ...

We didn't have a mudroom until after our children were grown and living on their own. Now, I see how valuable that little space would have been during our child-rearing years!


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Muddy shoes and sports gear, backpacks and toys all would have had a place to alight. But, in our snowless region of the country, with no galoshes and coats, architects and builders rarely added mudrooms into homes until recently.

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Apparently, homeowners have found the usefulness of a place to hang your hat and wipe your feet before entering the house. So, the lowly mudroom has become much more in demand.

When we decided to remodel several years ago, I incorporated a mudroom in the design with plenty of hooks for everything. I just now took a look at our space and there are aprons, binoculars for our birdwatching and gathering baskets for harvesting vegetables from the garden. I even have seed packets at the ready for fall planting and small garden tools waiting to head outside.

Of course, there are enough shoes and flip-flops to dress an athletic team. (Mudrooms must be a romantic place for these soles. I'm certain they reproduce when we're not looking.)

Our dog thinks of the mudroom as her carefree zone with dog food storage, as well as feeding and water bowls. We have an assortment of leashes for walking, too.

It's also a mini gallery with vintage artwork on the walls and farm relics set upon the built-in bench.

The mudroom is a great utility space, but one that's fun to dress up a bit, too.

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A little homespun happiness seems to permeate these mudrooms! A great washable rug can add to the welcoming appeal and easy-to-clean floors are a must for ease of maintenance.

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Not all mudrooms are located at the back of the house. Some are so polished, they become a beautiful addition to an entry.

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