Does anyone else have a house full of males that are obsessed with NCAA basketball right now? #marchmadnesswidow 😉 I’m not complaining, actually, because this means I am left to do basically whatever I want without being bothered the entire evening. The other night during the basketball games I spring cleaned in the Master Bathroom:
and plotted my next project–THE MUDROOM/LAUNDRY ROOM:
We have a nice-sized “room” that enters our home from the garage that holds our washer and dryer, one window to our front yard and one wall suitable for a coat and shoe storage system of some sort. I recently painted the interior of this door black – click here for that post. So maybe you already know this, but we have a family of six (and I’m the only female #itsgoodtobethequeen). Just doing some quick math determines that if all of us have one heavy and one light jacket and two favorite pairs of shoes stored in this space, we need to have functional storage for about one zillion coats and shoes. 1 six foot wall divided by that crazy amount of clothing items is going to be a design challenge to say the least! But with your help, I think I am up to it! Since the only wall available for coats and shoes is just adjacent to the window like this:
I am limited in what sort of system I choose for my sweetie to build. Our ceilings are 9 feet so we have the option to locate the shelf up above the window frame or cut it off like the photo above so it doesn’t run into the window. I have a Pinterest board going with a ton of inspiration for this space – click here.
And here are my favorite inspiration photos from the board:
Don’t you just love how when people post their coat and shoe areas on their blogs or Pinterest, there are hardly any coats and shoes stored there–wreaths, pretty scarves, purses and baskets galore, but where are the dirty soccer cleats, muddy boots and the ugly coat your husband refuses to donate to Goodwill? Maybe that’s just our family… 😉
Anywho, I have a design tip for you. When you are planning a room or design project and have a Pinterest board or inspiration photos gathered, look closely at all of the images and find what they all have in common. By looking at the common themes of your images, you are able to decipher the style, materials and colors that have you inspired. That exercise helps me to be less overwhelmed when I am trying to choose different materials and colors for my projects as there are usually so many pretty options out there. So for our coat and shoe storage area I do see a theme in all of the above photos:
*white paneling or shiplap
*natural wood tones
Since those must be the design elements that I find visually pleasing, I will be sure to include all of those things in my design plan. Do you have a mudroom/coat and boot area in your home? What is your most favorite or most frustrating about it? What should I be sure to include in my plan? I would love your comments and suggestions as we are basically starting from scratch for this area. Hopefully I will have my complete plan in place, ready to hand over to hubby once March Madness is finished ;-).
Thanks for stopping by and come again real soon! ♥ Tina