Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday Inspiration: Mud Rooms

When I think of a mud room, I think of this photo.
Wellies lined up, rain gear at the ready, and of course a brick floor to hide the mud.

Homes and Gardens
A more contemporary mud room with slate floors and built-in bench.
I like the clean, fresh look of this room.

Mud rooms also make for a great place to arrange or pot flowers and keep everything organized like this room does with floor to ceiling baskets.

Country Homes and Interiors
What a luxury to have a place to corral all the shoes and coats.

Southern Living
Even the soccer balls and tennis rackets have a place.
Oh, how I wish I had a place like this when the kids were little and playing sports.

Country Homes and Interiors
I love this room for it's versatility. It's both mud room and sun room, a quiet place to sit and contemplate with a cup of tea.

Our mud room in Asti truly is a mud room!
Accessible from both the front and the back of the house, it is basically the entrance, a place to take off those muddy shoes and put on your slippers. The laundry room is just off this room.

Homes and Gardens
When your mud room is also your laundry room, it's nice to hide the washer and dryer behind a skirt.

Country Home

My favorite laundry room is Lisa's, my friend who inspires me so with her original and elegant design ideas. Behind the skirt is her washer and dryer. Above, her collection of wash buckets and bread boards.

Country Living
This solves the ironing board dilemma. Mine seems to always be set up, even if I don't need it. As soon as I put the ironing board away, I need to iron something. It's a vicious circle!

Elle Decor
I like how the stainless steel appliances relate to the galvanized sink, tubs, watering cans and other items in this homeowner's collection.

Another one of my favorite laundry rooms belongs to Kelley from The Polished Pebble. Again, more stainless and galvanized metal. She loves her Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products!

Laundry Room traditional laundry room
This laundry room is serious about laundry! Great for a large family, it's organized and laid out well.

My laundry room/mud room/potting room...
Really, it is a catch-all, staging room for items to be either distributed to the garage or upstairs. It is quite a challenge for me to keep it organized, but I'm working on it!

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Lori E said...

I have a big laundry room but it is capital U ugly. I just never seem to get around to fixing that area up. No one else ever sees it except for us. One day. Thanks for all the great ideas. Shelves above the washer and dryer are not for me because at 5 feet tall I can barely reach the back of the machines let alone above them.

a quiet life said...

lots of great ideas, we close on a little cottage next week, i plan on remodeling the old single car garage into a "sand" room as my husband prefers to call it. i have been so busy redesigning the rest of the house i had yet to research mud rooms so your timing was perfect.

thanks for the heads up on the crimson, i had that book for 9 years on my nightstand unread... i finally donated to the library, now of course i want it in my kindle!

Gerry said...

I love the idea of the ironing board in the drawer even better than having it installed into a wall. I don't wear half of my wardrobe because the ironing board and iron are put away in a closet and it's too much hassle to set up. I don't really have room anyplace for it to be set up all the time and, unlike my grandmother, I don't have an "ironing day" every week. Popping it out of a drawer would be a snap. A great idea for my dream house. Thank you for these wonderful inspiration photos.

the girl is craftee said...

Your dog is so cute! I'm assuming he's your dog! He/She even matches your laundry room! Your garden looks amazing out that door too.

Fun post!


Kathy said...

Love all these pictures as usual. I have that little ironing board at my farm house and it's good for quick touch ups but I wouldn't get one to replace an actual full ironing board. Hey what does Wellie's mean? Is that a brand of mud boots? Just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog and look forward to the eye candy everyday!

Kathysue said...

GM Miss D, I loved this post, I would take any of those laundry rooms/mudrooms!! I love the rooms that have the laundry detergent in pretty containers with great real baskets for the laundry instead of the utilitarian plastic ones I use. I really hate my pit, oh that is what I call my laundry room,hehe. Fun looking at all the great examples I love your design aesthetics. you are always so true to your own personal style, I can even see it in your favorite images. Have a wonderful Tuesday,

Susan Freeman said...

Love the mud rooms you selected ~ including yours! I live in an older home built in 1913 and the mud room is actually an enclosed back porch. It serves as a laundry, pantry and general catch all as well. While it is often a challenge to keep it straight, I love it's many windows and charm. Just wish the Wellies were as neatly kept in a row as the one in your pic. Thanks for a wonderful tour!

Susan and Bentley

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

I have just forwarded the entire post to a friend who is renovating a rental with a dreary 'garden room' - she was talking of giving it a purpose in life as a laundry/garden/mud room!

Kelley said...

Thanks for reminding me about how great a mud/laundry can really look Delores....I need some inspiration for mine!

xo kelley

PS mud is good ; 0 )

24 Corners said...

Loved all these spaces, you've inspired me to do the laundry today! We have the same red W/D set...I love them, they add a pop of cheer to doing the wash. We put in a drawer ironing board but it has never quite worked properly (long story) so I'm thinking of having it taken out, which bothers me because just like you, my ironing board is always out too...we have one more shot at it working so we'll see what happens.
Thanks for the great images!
xo J~

Unknown said...

O, WOW so much much. I cant wait to go. My niece lives up there gotta forward her this inspiration.

Love your laundry room especially looking out to the lush gardens.

I have a tip for us non ironing board lovers. Long ago I got rid of mine, purchased an over the door board and had it recovered to match the room. Its out of site out of mind and you just pull it down when needed. Wa-la

juliana said...

Thanks for the inspirational pics! I have to contend with my mudroom this summer, and I got some great ideas from your post!

Julie Harward said...

I loved the first one..so farm like, reminds me of home! :D

d e l i g h t said...

Love all the photographs and so glad to have found your beautiful and inspiring blog! I am your most recent follower.

Sarah said...

Delores, even your laundry room has great character!
Unfortunately our laundry room is basically a closet with washer/dryer and a sink, but I'd certainly enjoy one of the inspiration rooms. ~ Sarah

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

How I'd LOVE one of these!!!! Yours are as lovely as all...

Tamra said...

That galvanized room from Elle Decor is calling my name!! I love it!

We are getting ready to add on a laundy room, so these are great inspiration pictures, thank you.

the gardener's cottage said...

you know you have a beautiful home when you can slip in pictures of yours with homes in major publications. truthfully i love yours and your friends mudrooms the best. i love kelley's too. i adore the black pew (is it a pew?) in yours. really, really pretty.


On Crooked Creek said...

Oh, how I miss my mud / laundry room of "the dream house". At least we had the organization and availability when the boys were growing up. .. in sports and college. My laundry room is in a closet off the kitchen eating area. Glad to have a laundry room on the upper level with each additional birthday, though! These mud rooms are lovely and inspirational. Thanks for showcasing these for future inspiration!

NanaDiana said...

Oh-who doesn't love a mud room? These are ALL great! Each one of them has something special, doesn't it? I like the ones best that are NOT part of the laundry room though...xxoo Diana

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

You made me want to get my laundry room straightened up, since I don't have a mud room. I love that room with the tiny sink between the curtained washer and dryer. Great inspiration in this post. laurie

Mary Ann Pickett said...

Nice laundry room...red appliances, cute black and white dog...the only thing better would be to have an empty laundry basket.

bj said...

Girl, I think you should have a SHOW US YOUR LAUNDRY/MUD ROOM meme sometime. Don't you know we'd see so many neat ideas.

Ispirato Design said...

I've been a follower for a while, I really enjoy your blog,. I also just did a post about mudrooms! I love all the pictures that you found with skirted cabinets. Love that look!

scribbler said...

My heart stopped-- the dog is precious. He looks like my own Spaniel who went to doggie-heaven a long time ago. Maybe I need to get another.

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