When I moved into my house we had no mudroom and a VERY tiny, tight entry with no coat closet. All I could muster was a vintage coat rack behind the front door as a place to hang our coats and bags. It was a bit of a mess. We now have a mudroom, but it’s VERY small (albeit functional- with a wide coat closet with a shelf for baskets, hooks on the wall and….well, that’s about it!) We still drop our mail and keys on the kitchen counter, which makes me a little crazy, but it is what it is! You can only do so much. Coming from where we started, we feel really lucky to have the mudroom we do!
But not all of us get the dreamy cubby-stacked, multi-closet mudroom of our dreams. In fact, few of us do! One of you had commented a while ago about wanting to see a blog about how to create a mudroom type space when you don’t have one. If you have a nice, empty hallway or wall in an area near the front or side door, you can create a really functional space without having to build in a thing.
Benches with storage drawers or baskets are a lifesaver in many rooms (I just added one under the windows in my new family room to store toys). This one is GORGEOUS (also available in white) and you can even add a cushion to make it extra cozy, or just a pair of lumbar pillows. I show the concept below with the large version, but you could also use the small one and use only two hooks if short on space! Also, the organization pieces, as attractive for what they are, are more casual, so if you are looking for a slightly more formal style– I’d hang a mirror like this or this above the bench and flank with two hooks on each side of the mirror stacked vertically instead. Still offers lots of storage via the drawers and basket, but a bit more tailored of a look. Lidded baskets are the BEST for storing lots of little things like mittens, hats and scarves (or even small sports equipment.) A small side table with a tiny lamp helps add ambiance and a place to drop your keys too. And SHAMELESS PLUG for one of my rugs too, of course. :)
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I hope this was helpful. I’m always looking for more ideas for blog posts, so comment away with yours!
I’m psyched to partner with Joules on todays post not only because I love their clothes for our whole family, but also because they are giving my readers 20% off their purchase with code EOS2018 ! Can we say Happy Friday?? I am always impressed with the quality of Joules clothing- I’d venture to say it’s the most well made children’s clothing out there. Henry wears clothes HARD, and these last a long time.
I picked my current faves for everyone in the family below and hope it helps you find something fab!
Am I the last person on earth to know about Martha Stewarts hardware collection at Home Depot? I got wind of it last week and was FLOORED by how good it is… and cheap! At $4 a knob, you can afford to give your kitchen or bath vanity a fun little makeover! I am so happy she offered an antique brass and polished nickel– the two finishes we use almost exclusively! I paired my favorite selections up below:
And also, randomly I came across this chair on Walmart of all places, and was in SHOCK. I had just quoted a chair almost identical to this from Mr. Brown for over $1,200 (right) and the Walmart version (left) is $394– and also comes in black. CRAZY good find. I am obsessed with this chair for a desk or dining.
I was searching the great interwebs for inspiration last night and came across this darling little inn in Charleston, SC in the new Southern Living Magazine called 86 Cannon. They showed just a tiny picture of one of the interiors so I had to go research it further and was so pleasantly surprised by the delightful interiors and style of this place! It’s so clean and simple and yet there is great attention to detail by designer Betsy Berry.
I am so over the cold. Have I said that too many times on a Friday Fashion post? Maybe it’s because I want to light every sweater and pair of boots in my closet ON FIRE right now. I’m so sick of everything. I’m actually pondering doing a cut throat closet clean-out (like, a Marie Kondo-on-steriods kind of edit) before springtime and either having a big tag sale at my office to raise money for charity or something. What do you guys think?
Anyways, even though I know I wouldn’t be able to wear a lot of this until spring, I partnered with longtime EOS supporter Halsbrook for a post today in which I styled five springtime outfits that would make me very happy to wear. Classic, Audrey-Meets-Jackie- Meets-Kate Middleton kind of outfits, which is what I think if when I think of Halsbrook. Plus they are currently having their Friends & Family sale so everything is 20% off (except for those notated with a * which are part of their Essentials Collection)! So if you live in warmer climates, congrats to you for being smarter than me, and you can probably rock these right now! For those of us suffering in our dirty puffy coats and Uggs— there is hope. There is always hope.