November 16, 2015

MUD ROOMS



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WINTER WEATHER IS AROUND THE CORNER
And, that means; coats, mittens, muddy Wellies, piles of school books, wet dogs and umbrella's!
MUD ROOM TIME!

Most people think of mud rooms as an "extra luxury" when building or remodeling a house, but anyone with a life knows it's a logical necessity - not a luxury...unless you actually like the dorm look.  
Now, our busy, physically active lives generate so much more "stuff"  ... tennis racquet's, hockey sticks, book bags, backpacks, boots, etc.
And we sure as hell don't want to keep our Babolat tennis racquet's or our copious designer coats in the garage, now do we....?
My mantra: "A place for everything, and everything in its place"


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When planning a mud room, first identify how you will use your mud room, not by what you see at other peoples houses.  What's your mud room need? 
Consider the following items:
  • Storage for coats, gloves, hats, shoes, boots, briefcases
  • Storage for sports equipment: e.g. tennis racquet's, bike helmet, biking shoes, ski boots, bats and balls, footballs, basketballs, skis, snow shoes, etc.
  • Storage for music instruments
  • Golfing equipment
  • Hunting or fishing gear
  • Storage for horse-riding equipment
  • Gardening hats, gloves, clothing
  • Outgoing mail, or package pick-up area
  • Dry cleaning area if you have home pick up and delivery
  • An extra refrigerator for the kids lunches, their sports drinks on the way out, or cool bottles of water for the delivery-man or lawn-man
  • Laundry basket and dirty shoe basket
  • Keys
  • Phone and blackberry charger(s)
  • Beach or pool items 
  • Bathroom off the mud room
  • Dog bed area
  • Dog or cat food storage
  • Dog leashes and poop bags
  • Cat litter box
  • Cat playroom
  • Individual lockers for each household member
  • Open shelves
  • Drawers for miscellaneous "stuff"
  • Coat hooks for each member of the household and guests
  • Blackboard, bulletin board or memo board for messages
  • Place to sit when removing shoes
  • Doggy door
  • Umbrella stand 
  • Bins for separating recyclables
  • Water dispenser so children or games players don't have to come all the way into the house for water. 


LET'S BEGIN WITH THE EASIEST
 AND LEAST EXPENSIVE FIRST!
A HOOK HERE, A BENCH THERE AND SO ON....
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The old English county house "visual" certainly comes to mind when creating a mud room.  These are both obviously "childless" homes above.  The one on the right is pretentious  too "staged" looking. Whereas, the one on the left looks oft-used and cozy


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This is a wonderfull glazed porch which acts like a mudroom. Simple, clean looking, etc. 
I love the idea of boot rack for the Wellie's - but don't know why they're elevated - they need a drip tray - not open floor



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These are just plain old "back halls" that have been tricked out for practical use.
  • Exposed hooks or pegs are great for coats
  • Boots/shoes/joggers sitting on the floor are fine
  • Bench to put your shoes on, or outgoing mail and school-books

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More adult only mudrooms - attractive, decorated and useful


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Simple, practical, stylish, cheap and fun!


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These two versions of identical spaces, one modern and one country totally give you the narrative when you walk in..."Yo dude, I'm the mudroom, kick your shoes off and hang your coat here, bro"


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What a great way to recycle all those old armoire's and linen presses that previously held those gigantic TV's!  The top is perfect for hats, and the drawers can hold small items like gloves, scarves, dog leashes, tennis balls, etc. 

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A European Vestibule 
I love the flooring tiles and paneling. It's staged a bit - but looks swell with the canes, hats, racquet's and fishing basket


OPEN SHELVING
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This is one of my favorites; it's practical, easy to navigate and forces tidiness. Things are exposed but that's OK, it's the "look"


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These built-ins are awesome as they have all the bells and whistles; bench, hooks, overhead storage, shoe cubby's. They're also in a stained finish which does hide a certain amount of bumps and dirt


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OMG he's soooo gay!!!
The bike helmets all lined up; the white orchids; the pictures of himself; the mirror 
and the best part…...the sunglasses on individual shelves!!



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This well thought-out mud room has a "wash area" for muddy boots, dogs, mop buckets, etc.


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Mud rooms don't always deal with mud ... sand is an issue for certain homes.  This colorful space give the owners a place to keep their beach hats, towels and a bench to sit beach bags on


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Another beach-house mudroom is zhuzh'd up with the painted floor and green shutters used as closet doors. The banquette and the bucket holding the beach towels are all very "beachy"


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The perfect mudroom! 
  • Tile floor
  • Powder room
  • Lockers for each person
  • A door to close it off from the rest of the house
  • Message boxes for each family member
  • Good lighting
  • Chalk board for daily messages

OPEN SHELVES WITH BASKETS
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Open shelves with baskets for the small items that should be hidden or don't stow well


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These two mudrooms are in ski-resort homes. They have stone floors, old-world style woodwork and baskets to keep the insulated socks, mittens, goggles, hand warmers, ski-masks and lift passes in!


PURPOSE-BUILT CABINETRY
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This mud room has totally concealed storage for the occupants. No one has to be tidy here...not a bad idea either...


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This is one of my favorite spaces in this missive! There's room for several people to suit up at the same time; hanging storage in the closet, junk storage under the banquette seats, hooks for the most used coats and cubby's for the daily detritus. Love the soft gray color too!


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These colonial homes have "architecturally appropriate" built-in's. The wing-back benches, brick floors and coat-hooks are all great, timeless  and easy to use. 


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The Humvee of mudrooms - this baby has it all!  Open hanging for several kids, closed storage, overhead bins, a bulletin board and a work area/home crafts space for Mildred!  Best part is ...it's all stock cabinetry!


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For the wood lovers: Natural wood, all enclosed cabinetry with the necessary hooks and bench


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This is the prettiest mudroom of this missive


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Modern homes need mud rooms too! The large frosted glass bypass doors hide everything - slide them open to find an organized arrangement of hanging space, bins and cubby's. 


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This room looks nice and well decorated, however, its gonna be a pain in the ass to open those cupboard doors with that seat cushion and throw pillows in front of them. Everything needs to be clear of obstacles


IDEAS FOR MUD ROOMS
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Individual lockers for each person


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 BEFORE                              AFTER
The addition of the file drawers to hold all the various equipment and toys with the fun pink paint make this room 100% better


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Make sure your hooks are at the right height for whomever is hanging their coat


DOUBLE DUTY ROOMS
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A practical combination of rooms are the laundry and mud room...the dirty clothes can go straight into the washer. Hooks and bins are a essential in both rooms


SPECIALTY CLOSETS
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Another consideration is whether or not you would want a specialty room or closet off of the mud room designated for your hobby such as hunting, fishing, golfing, horse riding, dogs or dog training, cat playroom, or other equipment.


You can do it, I'm here to help!

November 8, 2015

ORANGE INTERIORS



ORANGE 
AND HOW TO USE IT!
CRISP and BRIGHT  or  COZY and WARM

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A color that needs to be used with restraint!
If I hear another decorator say they're painting a room "Hermes orange
I will totally barf all over their Goyard bag.
First of all, Hermes orange rooms have been done like a million times, OK?
Secondly, get your own life….

THERE'S ONLY TWO WAYS TO WORK WITH ORANGE

ONE WAY:  CRISP & BRIGHT
Orange is fresh, bright and cheerful - use it as an accent with white, neutrals or other equally bright colors (lime, turquoise, etc.)

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Bright orange throws some fo-shizzle into this sober grouping.


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Not the main player in this game, but the orange is important as it butches up the pink and redefines this stuffy English room for a new generation.


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Fuchsia with tangerine is HOT, HOT, HOT - but it only works because of the solid fabrics and white backgrounds.
  

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This kitchen would be too "safe" looking if you pulled out the orange accents!
(they could lose the rug tho...)


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Antiques can feel old and tired...
By juxtaposing them in a pared-down space with a bold color and modern art it can create a fresh new vibe.


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This kitchenette takes on a fun personality in orange, looking less 'utilitarian'.  


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If you simply take your hand and cover the orange chair in this photo you'll notice the whole room goes flat; the ONE orange chair makes the entire scheme work.


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Porches and loggias can benefit from bright orange as it's boldness makes a statement against the masses of green outdoors.


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Cheap and Chic!
A few pillows and a curtain hiding a shitty view or an AC unit and boom you have a kickin' patio.


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A perfect example how orange can take the 'edge' off of a space thats almost too serious, making it more fun and approachable.


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Traditional environments can easily become boring and bland, but the slightest pop of orange can snap it up!


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This headboard adds just enough color to make this room kewl.
You have to be careful with orange as an accent, it's way too easy to use too much!!


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LOVE this light fixture, its just enough!


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Very pretty and brilliantly crisp, the orange make it happy!


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Touches of orange give this boring bath a funky-retro vibe


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 A humorless bath is made more fun by adding the lacquered mirrors and the casual throw-rugs
(but four rugs?)


THE OTHER WAY:  COZY & WARM
Deeper tones of orange like persimmon or pumpkin create a modern, cozy feel if used with other warm tones.
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Look how quickly orange can go from cool and crisp 
to cozy and  elegant….


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I think orange walls are usually too much...
but in this mud-room the persimmon is brilliant.


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Does it get any better than this??


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Pastels look stupid in desert-type climates. 
Oranges are part of their natural landscape - it feels right. 


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An old-world Beaux-arts space uses a softer, warmer shade of 
orange called  Bittersweet!


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Giorgio Armani's own ski lodge in St. Moritz is off-da-freekin'-hook combining dark wood-tones with bright orange making it brighter and happier.


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You don't even need to have a lot of orange - small bits-and-bobs can do the trick.


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Without the orange wing chair we'd have at another dowdy living room.


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Even low-budge rooms can come alive with just a simple coverlet.


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Its important to realize the overall palette needs to be simple to give the large orange painting its props


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One orange sofa and you're done, you don't need any more impact; balance it with neutrals and whites for crispness


THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS TO DO ORANGE WRONG

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Imagine waking up to that first thing in the morning....


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Another housewife with a gold Amex...


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Nice try, but no cigar....


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Who thought THAT was a good idea??


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Just back from their first trip to Morocco and thought they'd replicate a riad in their Cedarhurst McMansion...


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I'm sposin' they thought "shades of orange" would distract from the revolting architecture...


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Where do I begin with this train wreck…
1. Chandelier 3' too high  2.Walls too deep color orange   3. Pine table with mid-century chairs?  4. Enormous lambrequin - in brown?  5.Teeny-weenie wall art  6.Rug and curtain fabric totally mismatched….  



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Looks like a set from "Decorating on a Dime"
(You just can't paint the walls orange and think you're done)


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Schizophrenic would be a nice word...


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Orange bathrooms are a appalling...
They never, ever, ever work!


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Really, Elle Decor?


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It's a nice kitchen, but why would you want to make the blinds on the skylight or those cheap-shit stools stand out? 
They should've used a large (orange) piece of art on the right-hand wall or a white and orange rag rug under the seating area.


You Can Do It, I'm Here To Help!

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