Well, there’s lots to share (and hopefully a few more blog posts this weekend); but first off, after a lot of experimentation, I think I’ve figured out how to create those spiffy inspiration or mood boards I see floating around on design boards. So anyway, here goes:
We’d always planned on having a little nook for a “mudroom” in the new house but ended up changing the design considerably based on a great idea that Steve had. We originally were going to just have a bench in the coat closet (sans doors) under the stairs. But when we saw how much room there was under the stairs (remember, the stairs to the top floor are considerably wider than the other stairs), we didn’t want to waste all of that space. So Steve came up with the idea of sinking the back wall of the coat closet another 2.5′, adding a door so we’d have access to the space behind the wall (perfect size for holding a harp dolly and harp cases), and leaving the entire 4.5′ by 4.5′ nook open for an actual “mudroom”. We’ll add a bench along the side wall to allow access for the door to the back storage area and add hooks along the opposite wall for coat and bag storage. We’ll also put shelves in the corner above the bench to hold a few decorative items, add a few baskets for shoes below the bench, and a bright rug to bring a little color to my preferred black, white, and grey palette! In the new house, I plan to have my students take off their shoes when they come inside (…there’s the Japanese heritage coming out!) and now we’ll have a very cute, fully functional space to make that happen!
And I finally found the perfect light to make that space a little more “dramatic” and showy…that beautiful Moravian star light from Shades of Light! I’d wanted something a little different for the overhead space there and that will be PERFECT!
So, after changing the design plan, here’s the “before” shot of our new mudroom space: