Mudroom Makeover Ideas


To have an orderly and stylish entry that you are proud to welcome family and friends into takes careful planning. Each member of the household (including the dog) should ideally have at least a small dedicated space to put away gear and store important items when entering and leaving the home. Baskets and wall hooks are essential, but don’t forget to include something purely pretty as well — you will notice that in each of the photos featured here, there is an equal balance of practical storage and aesthetic appeal. Incorporating artwork, meaningful photos, and cherished decorative pieces will put a smile on your face each time you walk in the door, so don’t skip that step! In the space shown above, hooks and baskets rein in the mess, while a high shelf provides the perfect spot to display a collection of black and white photos, and a paper mache animal sculpture.


For a creative take (and one that works well in smaller spaces) consider a bulletin board framed with reclaimed wood, accessorized with hefty hooks, as shown here. Use art postcards, small photos, and inspiring quotes to create your own changeable display. Wall mounted barn-style lighting is an industrial cool look that also saves floor space in a narrow hall.


On a tight budget? No problem! Just stack up a few wooden crates as shown here to make your own rustic storage cubbies, and fasten a few pieces of scrap wood to the wall. One board with hooks can hold your coats, while another fitted with bulldog clips can hold a rotating display of photos.


If you’re feeling crafty, bust out the paint sample pots and go to town, customizing your wooden crates for a unique look in your favorite color scheme. Fasten your crates to the wall to transform them into floating shelves, or attach casters to the bottom to make a rolling shoe or magazine storage container.


And of course, no mudroom would be complete without a sturdy rug to protect your floors from scuffs. Choose a darker hue to hide the dirt… you’ll be glad you did! If you have a no-shoes policy in your home (a great way to keep floors clean) it is helpful to provide a spot to sit while taking off and putting on shoes — storage benches with shelving below and seating on top offer a space-saving solution.

So now it’s your turn: Do you have a full mudroom, or just a tiny entry area? How do you organize your space? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Surya Scarborough RugSafavieh Tunisia RugJack White BookshelfIsaiah Honey Oak Storage Bench.

Photo Credits: (from top to bottom) Style Me PrettyVT WonenA Beautiful MessBrit + Co.

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Mood Board to Room: Decorating with Coffee + Cream

Coffe and Cream

Cafés provide rich fodder for inspiration: just imagine the pleasure of the first sip of coffee in the morning, the happy bustle in your favorite café, the beauty of coffee art on your latte, or savoring the rich scent of freshly ground beans in the market. Today we will walk through the process of translating a mood board (shown above) to some concrete ideas for decorating a room. First, let’s take a closer look at that mood board. The images I’ve chosen feature beautiful coffee art, a café scene, as well as a few interiors that use the rich tones of coffee and cream. I’m noticing rich wood, textiles in warm brown and cream, artwork in natural tones, and pale, creamy walls.

To bring this to life in your space, start with the “envelope” of your room: the floors and walls. Deep espresso-stained wood floors paired with pale cream walls create a lovely, soothing backdrop for a range of neutral hues in this open, loft-like space. Industrial style wood and metal furnishings call to mind both vintage schoolhouses and cafés, while an eclectic assortment of textiles on the bed brings warmth and tells an interesting visual story.



Or, for a fun twist, put the “coffee” color on the walls with a feature wall made from cork tiles, and paint the floors fresh white. A worn wood farm table paired with sleek, modern white chairs creates pleasing contrast between old and new. This space would be perfect for a creative who works from home, as you could use it as a dining room in the evening, and pin inspiration and notes right to the wall during the work day.


Enrich a warm neutral scheme with a luscious rug covering the floor. Playing with texture helps a neutral space look and feel more interesting, so consider going with a nubby natural fiber, plush Moroccan style, or even a rug woven with leather.

Are you inspired by a coffee and cream palette or café style? Share your thoughts in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Jaipur Rugs Zuri ZumundaAnji Mountain Bamboo Collection Odyssey in dark brown and tan; Safavieh Vintage in stone; Nourison Capelle in espresso.

Image Credits (from top to bottom): Domino MagazineKinfolk Magazine; Instagram account of Leslie ShewringDomino Magazine.

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Mood Board to Room: Decorating with Mint Green

Creating your own mood board doesn’t need to be complicated, and it can really help zero in on the look, color scheme, and style you are are most drawn to. A mood board is simply a collection of images and objects that you love gathered in one place. You can cut out images from magazines and pin them to a bulletin board alongside snippets of ribbon, paint swatches, and found items; collect inspiring bits and bobs in a tray; or create a digital pinboard using a free photo editing program or a site like Pinterest. Whichever method you choose, if you want to use your mood board as inspiration for a real room, the key is to begin looking for themes in what you love.

I’ve pulled together some images featuring fresh, minty green, to show how a mood board can be used to draw out an interior scheme. A half dozen or so images is a good place to begin, because it’s enough to give you some good ideas and material, but not so much as to overwhelm or dilute your main concept. Once you have your favorite images chosen, take a moment to study what you like about each one. What makes the photo “work” for you? In this mood board, for example, I notice I am drawn to mint green paired with lots of crisp white, natural wood, taupe, pale pink, and soft gray. A wash of soft mint works well either on the walls or floor (never both at once); or as an accent on furniture.

Now you can begin to get a bit more specific and think about your space. If you own your home (or have an understanding landlord) perhaps you will decide to paint the walls soft, minty green. If you rent, rolling out a new mint-green rug or painting some thrift store furniture with mint-hued chalk paint can update your space without breaking the bank – and you can take it all with you if you move!

If it’s a rug that you’re choosing, consider whether you want it to be an eye-catching highlight of the room, a soft and subtle background hue, or something in between. In the dining room, where the other features are likely to remain the same for some time, laying down a beautiful patterned rug (like the marbled version shown above) is a great way to bring personality to the space. In the living room, consider a lush, solid-hued rug (like this one) as a backdrop for printed pillows that change with the seasons.

How would you use mint green? Share your ideas in the Comments!

Rug Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Banshee in mint and light gray 2. Momeni Laguna in mint 3. Surya Picnic in mint and taupe 4. Surya Opera in emerald, slate, and mint 5. Surya Mystique in mint

Image Sources (from top to bottom): Interior Magasinet; SF Girl By Bay; decor8; art piece by Matt Wisniewski

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How to Get a Beach Style Bath

Beach Bathroom

Does beach style makes you think of over-decorated vacation rentals packed with kitschy finds? If so, you may be refreshed to find there is another (chicer) way to do coastal. For a bath makeover, start with a few inspired hues: serene ocean-inspired shades of blue, frothy white, and sun-bleached neutrals. Even if you’re not planning to remodel, you can repaint the walls, or perhaps give an old clawfoot tub a colorful makeover. Gather treasures along the shore from seaside cottages, and display them along narrow picture shelves painted the same watery hue as the walls for an easy, natural display.

Beachy Bath Style

Next, gather the essential details: stacks of fringed Turkish towels, woven baskets, and details made from driftwood will bring in a seaside spa ambiance. If you’re feeling crafty, clean up a branch washed up on the beach and hang it between two hooks as a towel rod alternative. Clear away the sinkside clutter, and streamline your routine. Getting the beach house vibe is as much about living an easy, simple lifestyle as it is about the look!


If you are planning a full-on bathroom remodel (lucky you!) consider ways to incorporate tactile natural materials. Smooth river stones make a wonderfully beachy material for showers and floors. And if you have the resources to add an outdoor shower, you can’t get much beachier than that!

Beach Bathroom Style

Because the bath tends to be one of the smallest spaces in the house, it is quite easy to change the look with just a few tweaks to the details. Replace a tired bath mat with one made from bamboo, or a bright and cheerful turquoise cotton rag rug that you can easily toss in the wash. Hang a fresh piece of art, swap out the shower curtain for something white and floaty, and soon your master bath or powder room will be transformed into a peaceful place to unwind.

Shopping Guide: (clockwise from top left) Beach One artworkTyler 4-drawer white storage cabinetArtistic Weavers Easy Home Delaney rug in teal; Anji Mountain bamboo bath mat.

Photo Sources: (from top to bottom) CococozyDomino MagazineMr. Jason Grant.

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