Hello! As I’m putting the finishing touches on the multi-hyphenate Dream Home 2021 Mudroom-Laundry room-Dog washing station-Pantry-Guest resources space (I know, a mouthful!) I wanted to share some of my inspirations images for this hardworking space. This is the true working room of the house that as you will see which needs to serve multiple purposes. As the mudroom, it will be the regular everyday point of entry to the home for friends and family, and as such, needs to be beautiful as well as functional. Practical enough to do the laundry, wash and feed the dog and handle boots and coats in bad weather, but it also needs to be attractive and not look like the washroom. There needs to be lots of storage for extra pantry items and miscellaneous household small storage needs as well as serve as the coat room. And finally, given its location relative to the guest wing, I want the room to offer my guests a somewhat private space to grab an early morning coffee and snacks without having to head into the kitchen if they don’t want to. I could put these items in the individual guest rooms, but feel the rooms are neater without them and more could be offered from one central location.
And now, onto the inspiration!
As a mudroom, I wanted seating and coat storage. Because I’m only one person, I didn’t feel the need for dedicated shoe and coat cubbies as seen in many cute mudrooms and wanted to keep these items as out of sight as possible.
I like the super functional nature of this space below with the small desk area – a nice place to store take out menus, reading materials and supplies.
I definitely wanted a bench seat, but was looking for something more comfortable and furniture like.
This room is also the laundry – which isn’t generally welcoming and tidy. So under counter machines hidden behind doors was a priority.
This is also the space for giving my dog baths, feeding her and storing all her things (paperwork, leashes, etc). Since she’s prone to want to jump out of the bathtub, I wanted it higher up than many we see. The sink can then also be used as the utility sink for the laundry, but look a little nicer. The Dina Bandman space below was making the rounds on social media – how fabulous is this??!!
I love the look of these little doggy showers with glass doors. But wonder how one goes about actually washing the dog? The walls are too high to bend down over and what’s the point if you have to open the door to soap up the pooch? Maybe I’m missing something.
I defiantly wanted a nice spot for food and water.
I contemplated a cute built-in dog bed as seen in this Murphy & Co space which would definitely replace a crate very nicely. But not sure this would be great for my own dog. I have another thought I’m working on for the dog in this space.
Guest Resources and Comfort
Finally, I wanted to have a dedicated spot for my guests to be able to grab coffee and snacks on their own. These could be provided in the individual guest bedrooms, but it seems neater and more functional in one space. Given that the mudroom is off the same hall as the guest wing, it offers an out of the way yet accessible location for a really great little set up.
I want to offer a coffee maker, tea and all the assorted things that go with those. My space will include refrigerator and freezer drawers to be stocked with beverages and snacks, ice and ice cream. A mini-bar that doesn’t come with a bill, if you will.
In my next post, I will share all the finished renderings for this amazing space! Meanwhile, here are the materials and finishes.