Friday, February 15, 2013

Mudroom and entry eye candy

Hey heyyyy! How are you? I’m great and looking forward to the weekend after a crazy week here. I’m so excited to show you progress in the house, but I still have so much to do get any of the projects actually DONE.

Remember that powder room that has sat undone for about two years now? Well, there’s been many hold ups, but this one was the biggest, at least for the past six months or so:

hardwood flooring

We’re finally getting new floors put in there! So excited, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg – how can such a little room take so much work??

Anyhoo, today I’m recapping your beautiful foyers and mudrooms from our last Show Us Your House linky in November. Weren’t those fun? I’m not doing them this year, but maybe we’ll pick it up again in 2014. I think I forgot one that was supposed to happen in December, I need to look back on that.

So I had the great joy of checking out your links and picking out just a few to brag on today. You all are SO talented, I LOVE IT!

Christina shared how she made this lovely dried hydrangea wreath:

diy hydrangea wreath

It was so simple and I love how full it is – it looks so pretty on the back of her door with the burlap ribbon! (Love that dresser, the lamps and the light fixture too.)

I was impressed with Crystal’s idea to make a bench for her foyer:

DIY bench

And I am crushing hard on that blue door!

OK, I know many of us love bright white cabinetry and built ins, but I can appreciate a beautiful dark piece too, and I think I said “Wow” out loud when I saw Julie’s gorgeous mud room:

dark wood mud room cubby

Isn’t that fabulous?? LOVE that wall color and the houndstooth bench cushion is the perfect finishing touch.

I loved all the color Mandy used in her foyer, and the well done gallery wall:

front entryway decorating ideas

And those front doors? My dream doors. Double glass-paned doors. Dreamy.

Cristina used some reworked some kitchen cabinets and put them in her mud/laundry room for added storage:

mud room butlers pantry

She also made it another useful space – it serves as a bar/butler’s pantry kind of space too. She’s brilliant. And handy.

Board and batten is HUGE – especially in foyers and mud rooms. It  must have something to do with how cute the hooks look with it. ;) I know many of you wonder how it would work with textured walls and Aimee shows you how they addressed that issue here:

board and batten textured walls

It’s a little bit more work, but the finished result looks fantastic!

I loved every bit of Pam’s foyer – it’s just so pretty and well put together:

decorating the foyer

Love the pair of chairs sitting there.

Anna made a smaller foyer work for them, with hooks and awesome shoe storage from IKEA (I love that thing!):

shoe storage

Love the frames hung up high over the tall board and batten.

Hannah stenciled her long entry hallway and it made a big impact:

stenciled foyer

That and the trim on the walls makes it so crisp and pretty!

And finally, but certainly not least, I loved Kelly’s whole mudroom space and it’s coastal theme:

coastal mud room

Those oars are awesome, right? She got them from Etsy and finished them herself! I thought for sure they were vintage. And I love what she used to make those pillows too, click over to find out. ;)

Again, you guys wow me! So impressed and honored that you link up at TDC.

I’m off to start a weekend of painting, staining and DIY! Or maybe I’ll just take a nap. That’s sounding mighty good right now. Either way, have a GREAT one and I’ll see ya on the flip side!

**As always, please visit the respective sites if you’d like to pin these images. 


  1. Awww! Thanks for including my mud room, Sarah! Can't wait to see your powder room finished!

  2. Hey Sarah - Thanks for featuring my little foyer. The photo reminds me that I haven't made much progress since that last progress shot :) Must get on that.

  3. Such beautiful foyers and mudrooms! Wow! I was really loving Crystal's blue door, too. I would have never thought of that - you always see white, black, cream or some neutral. She's awesome! I also really loved Anna's pretty rug in front of her door - just love all the swirls to liven up the area. I'd love to know where she got it.
    Great job, ladies!

  4. All of those entry ways are SO goregous! I love the gallery wall on the one with the beautiful doors!


  5. I am crushing hard on the blue door too... it's perfect! I always see black, but I now think blue is better! We need to look at doing something in our foyer and this post is perfect... gets the thoughts rollin'. :)

  6. Great ideas!! Laundry rooms should be inviting and warm . We spend so much time there. I didnt get a chance to post mine. We did it on a low budget!

    Robyn Smyles

  7. I am loving all of those. I would love to paint the inside of my front door black, and the sides white. The front is dark green, guess that would work. I will do it if I ever get the foyer painted.

  8. Such awesome features...thanks LOTS for including my board and batten! XO, Aimee

  9. Those are some gorgeous foyers!! I don't have a foyer in my house... but I love the style of all of these!!

  10. These are all so beautiful! I love all the creativeness.

  11. My entry is akin to a dead end alley, except for the door that leads outside. It's annoyed me since I bought the house, but these ideas are so exciting I think something might help it pop for me.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Wow, that double glass-paned door and foyer are magnificent! Thank you so much for including my mud/laundry room among such great features!

  13. I've been in Seattle for the week and I'm just now catching up on my blog reading. What a wonderful surprise to see my stenciled entry featured! Thanks for having such a great blog and being an inspiration :)


  14. Just got back from a week of vacation to see you featured my nautical mudroom! What a great surprise/welcome back :) Thanks so much!
    PS I'm totally crushing on that blue door too!

    Kelly - thelilypadcottage


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