It is another cold, wet, dreary gray day here in Boston and we have SNOW & SLEET and general nastiness on the way. I mean if it’s going to be like this here can someone at least send Rob Stark to work at my neighborhood Trader Joe’s so I have SOMETHING to look forward to? *end snarky rant* Today, I’m sharing my mudroom (the lifesaver of this entire renovation) and our powder room (which is just pretty with a healthy dose of more pretty on top). The two are like yin and yang spaces. Where one is utilitarian the other is just fluff and pinkness. Let’s get down to the pretty pictures, shall we?
Part of our renovation included an addition which, on the first floor, became mostly family room with some space carved out for this mudroom and powder room. This is the door everyone comes in through 99.9% of the time as it’s off our patio and driveway. My goals for this room where first and foremost that everyone have ample open and closed storage – open and easy access (ie. low down) for everyday items like shoes and jackets – and closed for lesser used things. There’s also a double closet for off season stuff and stuff that just doesn’t fit neatly in a cubby or basket (sports equipment, etc). If you’re planning a mudroom I cannot emphasize enough how critical having a closed closet in the space is. Cubbies are just not enough. At least not here in New England where we all have 27 fleece jackets, vests, everyday winter coats, dressy winter coats, etc.
Once I had the storage needs squared away, my focus turned to making it low maintenance (wipeable and hides dirt easily) and, duh, pretty. Because that’s my life. I wrapped all the walls in shiplap in this space and painted them a semi-gloss like all the trim in the house. They are a breeze to wipe down (and I’m shocked at how often I actually HAVE TO wipe them down. #lifewithboys). The floor is a porcelain brick looking tile and I like to joke that it’s the actual color of dirt, therefore I never really know when it’s dirty. That may sound disgusting to some of you (and sometimes I am grossed out when I vacuum it and see how much dirt comes up) but on a day to day basis I don’t want to be greeted upon entering my house with a reminder that I need to clean the floors. So it works!
As you walk into through the mudroom you walk by our powder room before entering into the main kitchen area (through that first transom doorway you see above). I am a big fan of bold powder rooms so I knew in my own house I was going to go for it in a major way. It’s only a 5×5 space and my feeling is if you can’t go big in 25 sq ft then where CAN you go big, right? This is my favorite wallpaper pattern and I’d used it before for some client projects in the gray and in the navy colorways but for my own house, I went custom and I’m so happy I did. It’s the happiest room. I also wanted a vintage looking restroom door – y’know with the prismatic glass on top? I can’t tell you how many people tried to talk me out of this. My contractor, the door manufacturer…they all thought I was crazy and that you’d be able to see into the room when it was in use. Well you absolutely can’t and it’s perfect. Stick to your guns on the things you want!
All images courtesy of Jessica Delaney Photography
Powder room sources:
Wallpaper (custom colorway)
Sink console (custom)
Faucet – Kohler Margaux with cross handles in polished nickel
Toilet – Kohler Memoirs 2 piece stately
Sink – Kohler Caxton Undermount
The sink, toilet and faucet in the powder room where provided by Kohler. I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have had an amazing brand like Kohler on my side during this renovation. Every single product we used (and we used a lot!) has been fantastic and truly took this room from nice to WOW. Thank you for supporting the brands that make my blog AND MY RENOVATION possible.