Friday, November 12, 2010

the mudroom. for a large family.

when we were working on the design of the house one element remained constant:  a large mudroom.


for real too.  we would go through homes that, according to their description, 'boasted a large mudroom' or had a 'very spacious mudroom' ....blah blah....and they were NOT overly large.

we go places as a family. everywhere. a lot.  that's 7 bodies, 14 feet, 14 arms.
that means we're all getting our shoes, coats, hats, purses etc. at the same time in the same
room.  which, whatever, i mean we did that in our old house, i just had to be really organized and patient.  and its all good.  but since we were building a home this was an area that we wanted to do differently than most homes.  













the floor is a very forgiving dark gray slate.



 the window seat lifts up and currently we have beach towels and beach bags in there from the summer.


we still wanted to incorporate a closet for my tablecloths and more coats with room for guests to hang theirs if necessary. so instead of ALL individual lockers we made a double door closet.  
 this is what the inside looks like.  this one is mine. :)  we have 5 double hooks in each locker.

 this is the view from the other end.

i had to add this picture. :)  we just came back from a family vacation and i found this little metal "7" in a shop in beaufort, SC.  it's hanging on our be kind picture above the drinking fountain.  


38 comments:

  1. I am so glad to see you back! I love this post! This is a dream mud room, and that rug in the laundry room is so pretty!! Where did you get that at? I know life is hectic, but please, don't stay gone that long again! LOL!

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  2. Love this room! Your entire house is fabulous. That star light is a-ma-zing! Have a great weekend :)

    ~Kiri

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  3. Oh gosh I love that mudroom!
    Totally could've used it when we were younger....
    I...love everything about it. :)

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  4. I'm so in love with your mudroom... i've a large family too and oh how i'm jealous over yours! great job and the floor is awesome!!!
    so happy for you to get this dream,
    xo,
    LuLu

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  5. Gorgeous room! It is a great design and setup for a big family. We're compiling ideas for our "forever" house, and a mud room is on my "definite must-haves" list! I love seeing your room tours, keep them coming!

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  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your home. Your style is so beautiful. I want to copy EVERYTHING! :-)

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  7. Love the mudroom...it's HUGE..the built in cabinets are pure perfection...seriously.


    DREAM MUDROOM!!!!

    And, we've been to Beaufort, SC...loved it...stayed at the state park there that was featured by Southern Living once...LOVED IT!!!

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  8. now THAT'S a mudroom! i love all the elements that you incorporated, so much storage and organization. the laundry room is so pretty...i'd love to do laundry if mine looked like that! someday...soon...i hope!
    have a great weekend

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  9. This is just absolutely beautiful! I am so happy for you!!!

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  10. Your mudroom is inspiring! I love that everyone can be in there at once and that you can shut the doors to the lockers. I also like the diaper-changing station in the laundry room near a sink! Brilliant! (I would use cloth more often with that set up!)

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  11. That is so lovely. Mudrooms aren't something we generally have in Australia but I will in any house I build! I love the lockers and would even be tempted to put another set of hooks on the inside of the door!

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  12. awesome room! great design and decorating! i want one!

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  13. Your house is super-duper AMAZING, LOVE IT!!!! Can you share any tips for saving money on construction?

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  14. This is a dreamy mudroom for sure! I sure could use one of these!
    Amy

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  15. AMAZING!! I think you totally rocked the mudroom.

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  16. Thanks so much for showing us your mud room! LOVE IT! We are in the process of building a house in a village in Russia!!! and our entry/staircase is one big mud room! HA! I like your ideas - especially the grey slate . . . I was thinking the same - grey tile of some kind - and was wondering how it would actually look. Yours looks great! ; )
    Thanks again!

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  17. this is gorgeous, i love it. we are building a mudroom in our Forever House (breaking ground on Monday!) and your ideas are so helpful. i love your room tours, they are always full of great ideas! thanks :)

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  18. Oh my goodness...I am drooling! So beautiful and functional. I love your laundry room too. I am lacking in both those areas so I am a little jealous right now. ;) Your home is so beautiful!

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  19. I LOVE your mudroom. I come from a large family myself and we had no where to put our coats and things when we came in. Everything was out in the open. Now I have my family of 4 and our entryway is as wide as one person. Ugh. I love your open design with everything hidden in the your cabinetry. And the icing on the cake, the laundry room next to the front door. Kid's dirty things don't have to be tracked through the house. I love it! I live in Canada, mud and snow are inescapeable!

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  20. Love your mudroom! I also have 5 children and would love to have a place so practical and pretty! I was wondering what paint color you used. I checked your paint color list and didn't see the mudroom listed.

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  21. You did your homework, and this mudroom looks like pure PERFECTION!! Love it! :-D!

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  22. wowzers! I love your mudroom! I want to see the finished outside of your home, what a dream home you have! Love it all!

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  23. I love it all but I am IN love with your Be Kind art. That is beautiful! : )

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  24. Love the mud room. Love many aspects of your home. Would you ever consider sharing on the blog the house plan (or at least rough drawing)?

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  25. Your home is beautiful. I love the dark extereior door, lockers, slate, and your creative ideas. Not sure how I found you, but I am gonna follow. Please stop by and visit me some time.
    Teresa

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  26. Wow, so great, my dream house in the future has a huge mudroom in it!

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  27. oh my goodness! i only have 12 feet in my family but i think that looks like mudroom heaven! mudrooms are such a luxury! congratulations on having such a beautiful one!

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  28. What a dream mudroom! It's beautiful, organized and spacious! Now we need an action pic of the whole family gearing up to leave the house all in that big old mudroom!

    ~ Ali

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  29. Stunning!!! And goodness, what a fabulous laundry room -- I know how taxing it is to end up with finishes that superb! Which reminds me of your kitchen faucets... I've compared all others to your beauties and have yet to find anything that excites me - you mentioned efaucets -- would you be so kind to divulge the model #'s?? Love the 2 hole bridge with sprayer and your prep faucet is adorable! Many Blessings!

    Kate

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  30. What a wonderful mud room! We have a fair size mud room compared to most homes but still small compared to yours ~ I just love the individual closets and space for shoes. That must really help to keep things organized.

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  31. I just love everything about your house. This is beautiful and functional!

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  32. LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I especially love that colorful rug in your laundry room! Where did you find that goodie?

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  33. I love love love your house it is amazing. I especially love this mud room, but i am confused by its placement in your house. where is it the back? is it in the basement?

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  34. Saw you on 6th Street Design School and had to come look around some more....one word...LOVELY! Where did you find that super cute Be Kind to Others painting...I love it!

    alecia8@gmail.com

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  35. My DREAM room!! I came over from 6th street to take a look. Since I can't have those build-ins, where can I find that fantastic picture?

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  36. This is gorgeous! Your whole home is just beautiful. Do you mind sharing your slate flooring info....what brand of slate, color and grout color? Thanks

    I have painted a sample of the Benjamin Moore Fieldstone on my wall...since you have quite a bit of it in your house, how do you like the green undertone? Does it look quite green throughout the day? Thanks

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