I am excited to bring you another edition of “Farmhaus Inspiration”! Time to take a peek and brainstorm ideas for our future mudroom!
Ahhhh…my LONG time awaited MUDROOM! Believe it or not, I am so excited about this space. Yes… I am completely aware that I live in an area of California where we do not get extreme enough weather to necessitate having a true mudroom, however, I am giddy about building one into the farmhaus. I absolutely loath messes… and… I may be a little OCD when it comes to cleaning. Although, I will never admit that to my husband so I am assuming my secret is safe with you! Hee Hee! This mudroom will be a perfect landing space for all of the clutter that currently gets piled in front of the doorway, on counters, middle of the hallway, and basically any space that directly impedes my chance at getting anything done without first removing the junk! Backpacks, jackets, shoes, wallets, iPads, iPhones, keys… will now have a place to go! This could be the most anticipated room in the farmhaus. The following is a sketch of our laundry room and mudroom layout. Since they are in close proximity and work in conjunction I chose to leave them together in the sketch. For this post I will focus on the mudroom design and will save the cool laundry room ideas for a future post!
Due to the fact that I can’t stand clutter… literally friends…. I get hives when looking at messy rooms… our mudroom will need to have a place for EVERYTHING! Our architect at Murray Duncan Architects designed a mudroom containing “lockers”, if you will, for each family member. I realize this will take some training efforts on my part. Hopefully, with just a few friendly reminders to “put it in your locker” (fingers crossed) this space will ultimately become a GAME CHANGER! I will be including a few key elements in my locker design that will meet our families needs and will work closely with our cabinet builder through completion. The following are a few farmhaus style lockers that are simple, clean, and will give you an idea of some of these key elements I will include in my design.
The shaker style doors on this locker system would hide all of the clutter that makes me a little cray-cray! I love the wide open shelf on the bottom that allows multiple shoes to be neatly lined up and easily retrieved! The easier it is to place shoes in the locker… the more likely my family will use this space. Storage baskets on the top is a fun way to add texture along with additional storage. This is definitely one of my favorite locker designs!
This is another great option designed Verandainterior on Instagram! The full length side cabinets allow most of the mess to be hid while allowing everyday jackets, backpacks, and gear to be within easy reach in the middle section. Love the shaker style doors and large, open, double shelved shoe rack on the bottom.
The following cabinet design is a wonderful use of space! Extending the cabinets all the way to the ceiling allows extra storage on the top for snow gear, umbrellas, beach bags, and other seasonal items that do not need to be accessible year round. This also gives a nice clean look to this cabinet unit. Becki Owens on Instagram did a fantastic job with this mudroom.
Here is another option for cabinet doors by RiverViewRedo.com . Wire mesh was used as a visual distraction to the hide mess behind the door. You could use a variety of wire mesh styles, chicken wire, or even smoked glass, there are a lot for options to achieve this look! Once again…loving the open shoe rack on the bottom!
The color and width of these lockers designed by Austin Bryant Moore are amazing! These lockers are built into a soffit allowing for a floor to ceiling appearance. Although I like how clean the lockers look in this picture, we will be adding a lot of our personal belongings to this space so I would definitely add doors to hide our mess!
This mudroom by Visual Eye Candy is stunning! Clean, classic, shaker styled cabinets hide personal belongings while metal numbers on the doors give it a fun, playful feel. Black hanging lanterns are a perfect complement to the soft black cabinets. Brick flooring and exposed natural stained tongue and groove ceiling adds a multitude of texture and also lends a warm feel to this small space.
This final mudroom contains classic farmhaus charm. Everything form the white washed brick flooring, wainscot lined lockers, large pane window, to the fun distressed lantern make this space by Brooks and Falotico endearing. At this point I am still undecided on lighting. Should I add a charming hanging lantern, classic wall mounted arched barn lights, or simplify with standard can lighting? Hummmm…. keep following as I will reveal the answer to that question in my mudroom story board reveal!
As you can see, there are a lot of choices when designing locker spaces for a mudroom. I am going to have to take into consideration the most important features for our family and cohesively design the room according to those needs.
The second feature in our mudroom that I am super pumped about is a charging station! This will be an area where all of our devices will be stored and charged! No more…”I can’t find it”… absolutely BRILLIANT! All of our devices will be plugged in, charged, and waiting for us at the door. I also looking forward to coming home, unplugging from my device to allow it to be charged… and simply enjoying being home (yes peeps… device free! It can be done!). I am hopeful that this will promote more quality family time and less “on our devices time” 🙂 We are building such a tranquil home, I have every intention to unplug, unwind, and relax with the family when I come home!
Although I am still uncertain about the cabinet that will contain this charging station, I have decided that it will not match the lockers on either side of it. I am thinking of pulling in a different piece altogether… possibly an antique dresser, hutch, or tall boy… not exactly sure at the moment, but I have a feeling I will know it when I find it! The fabulous part about a charging station is that the plugs and wires are completely hidden! I currently have a space in our laundry room that has a few charger plugs for our various devices to charge as they lay on the counter and it is DRIVING ME NUTS!
Since charging stations are a relatively new idea, although quickly gaining popularity, I had a hard time finding a picture of what I am envisioning. The closest image I could find was a simple drawer designed by Jenny Steffens Hobick.
This drawer lends itself to total organization of all devices that need to be charged. I am planning to retrofitting the antique piece to be able to accommodate our devices with all of the cords and plugs hidden behind the piece. I see a future “Do It Her-self” post in the making! Finally, a solution to the clutter… oh happy day!
Even with only two essential features in this small space… the custom options are endless. So here is my plan of attack! First, I will tackle the locker design with our cabinet maker. Then I will select flooring and appropriate lighting for this small room that coordinates with the laundry room. Last, I will shop for the perfect antique piece to house my charging station.
Ready, set, go….