A Functional and Pretty Entryway

Feb 27, 2013

Don't you just love mudrooms?

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I think it's the organization that speaks to me as a mother and the pretty woodwork that makes it to the top of my list as my most wished for room. I'd even choose a mudroom over a wine cellar, and I really, really love wine.

I have a pseudo-mudroom. It's basically a wall of beadboard with some hooks in my laundry room. There are two major problems with it. The first is that the kids' backpacks are getting so heavy that I expect those hooks to pop out of the wall at any moment. The biggest problem is that we don't use the garage door entrance thanks to a huge SUV and lots of woodworking tools. When the kids get home from school they come through the front door and throw their backpacks, sweatshirts, shoes, socks, papers, and lunchboxes all over the floor. Hmph! Just typing that irritates me.

I can't imagine I'm the only one who uses the front door instead of a side or garage door. I took to pinterest for ideas and was surprised to find there are only two types of entryways-functional/mudroom and ones designed to look pretty. I want both!

Functional

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As pretty as this is, it would drive me crazy to have stuff everywhere.


Pretty

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These people must have a mudroom!


Yesterday, I dragged this storage ottoman from my laundry room and emptied it out. I waited for the boys to come home from school with baited breath, hoping all three backpacks would fit in it.

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It did!

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Well, you'll have to trust me they did since my older two kids already left for school this morning. The only problem is this looks horrible in my entry.

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Er, these two together are like an awkward blind date, side by side and completely mismatched. I have to separate these two until I figure this out.

Sorry, for blinding you with sunlight, by the way. And, yes I still have my Christmas "snow" and pinecones in the hurricanes. I'll get to it before spring is officially here...I hope.

Anyway, despite the different styles and scale, this functions great. Now, how do I make this pretty?

If you have a bigger entry than I do, a storage ottoman would look great next to a console table or on an opposite wall. Since I don't have much space to work with the best option is to put the ottoman under the table. This can work for any style you choose.

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Even elegant interiors can be storage friendly.


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Or beachy


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Ikea table for the budget-minded.


Tivoli Console Table - Tuscan Chestnut stain

I love this one from Pottery Barn! I could even fit two storage ottomans under here, one for shoes and one for backpacks.

Speaking of shoes, the backpack problem may be what prompted me to write this post, but I'm sure there are other storage issues you're dealing with.

I love this shoe storage from Ikea.

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Hooks for Jackets and Sweatshirts-I think the trick is to make the hooks match the style of your home. We always see these traditional hooks.

Dakota Round Hook


This would look great in a more contemporary home.

Strande Hook
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They don't have to be front and center in your design either. You may only need one or two of these hooks and they can be in an inconspicous place. One next to the front door or even on the back of the door may really be all you need to make your entryway function.

As pretty as mudrooms are, they aren't an option for many of us. I've been thinking they are the only way to clear this clutter out of my entryway, but once I actually sat down and thought about it I realized I don't need an entire room dedicated to bags and shoes. It would be nice, but not necessary!



12 comments:

  1. Totally not necessary, but boy would i love one. It would be one of the first things I'd do if i could. I am SO sick of looking at my kids shoes and backpacks on the hallway floor where they come in!
    Stacy

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    1. Me, too! My kids will be home in an hour. We'll see if they remember to put their backpacks in the ottoman. I'm hoping this works!

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  2. I love seeing your thought process on this! I'd love a mudroom too. We either enter through the garage straight into the family room, or we have a front entry that my husband goes through, but my son and I usually go through the garage since I'm parked in there. These are so pretty! I know you'll be able to make your front entry do double duty and do it beautifully! Sharon

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    1. Thanks! I'm so happy to report both of the kids put their backpacks in the ottoman without being asked. Now, I just need a shopping day to make it look as nice as it functions!

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  3. Wow those are beautiful spaces! I have no mudroom either and my foyer cannot even hold an ottoman like the one you are now using! The only place they have to store backpacks and shoes after they come from school is the little entry closet, I try not to keep too many jackets in there, so on one of its walls I installed hooks for backpacks, funny thing is they usually place the backpacks on the floor! :(
    I'm glad your kids "got the message" :)

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    1. My kids were throwing their backpacks on the laundry room floor instead of hanging them up, too. At least you have a closet to keep the mess contained and out of sight!

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  4. We are in the throes of remodeling an old beach house and are so hoping to have room for a mudroom type area...just love the organization!!

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    1. How fun! I'm all about beach houses right now after looking for a beach rental for our spring break trip. I would imagine you definitely need a "sand room" at the beach!

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  5. I love the idea of a mudroom, but I still prefer a closet. I like the coats and boots and backpacks to be hidden away behind closed doors.
    Why don't you try staining your basket a darker colour to blend in with your other decor?
    Have a happy Friday, Jennifer!
    ~ Wendi

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    1. I like bags and shoes hidden away too since they are never as pretty as the pictures we see in magazines. That's an option, but I'm leaning towards either a different ottoman or a different table. I think the ottoman would be cheaper! I'd love to have one that can double as a bench to sit and put shoes on. At least trying this one on for size lets me know that it's a workable idea.

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  6. I'd looooove to have a mudroom. Our front entrance is quite small, but we have a pretty good sized closet that helps out. Next house...Great inspiration pics!

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  7. I recently renovated my mud room (I did a post on it about 3 months ago), but my 13-year old still dumps his backpack and sneakers in the front hall! I can't win! I always loved that table from Pottery Barn, and would have bought it, but it was way too long for my entrance hall. I wish they made it half the size! Your hallway is very pretty, and I'm sure you will come up with a great solution.

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