Our first project is happening only in my brain. Well, I've done some shopping around but my home has not yet seen the fruits of my labor. And my labor has not been very involved. We are waiting on moola before we start this because we have been working on the other projects simultaneously and our bank account has been feeling it. But I'm still very excited for it. It's a... (drumroll)... mud room/ entry. This is what got my wheels turning. We always park in the garage and enter through that door, which is our laundry room. The laundry room then leads into the kitchen. All of our items then get dropped on the kitchen counter or table and they never move. The mail, my purse, diaper bag, trash from the car, keys, phone, you name it. Everything we happen to be carrying. Oh, and our shoes and jackets. I really don't mind it very much because I do a pretty good job at clearing the counter often. But one day I realized that most of those items don't have a home. Like, my purse and shoes are always in the kitchen and I don't move them unless company is coming over and then they get thrown into the coat closet. I remembered that at our old house we had a coat rack and some shelves when you first walked through the door that was our catch-all and it kept everything neat and orderly. We need that here. But we need it to be fancier, of course. This is what I'm dreaming of.
Thank you, Better Homes and Gardens! I love this so much that I seriously think I'm going to try to replicate it as close as possible. I love the setup, the colors, everything! This is what I'm thinking: The wood will have to be dark, not white, because the rest of my furniture in that room is dark. I think I'm going to buy this padded bench from Target that has cubbies underneath, and I just may buy the exact same Billy Bookshelves from Ikea, except that I may buy the wider ones. If I don't buy the Ikea ones then I will buy Target ones that are a bit shorter but way way cheaper. I think what really makes this mudroom incredible is the paneling in the back above the bench. I think it would look way different if the wall was showing there. We are talking about the possibility of putting fabric up instead of the paneling to save some money but I'm not sure how that would turn out. Of course, I want to top it off with a shelf and hooks and that green color that the accessories all match is beautiful.
I'm loving these green storage containers from ikea to hide all of our junk. They also have some in orange and I'm kind of a sucker for orange. More on that next post!