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Our Faux Mud Room

Ok — so it’s only taken a year, but I FINALLY had the chance to finish this space.  Everything came together after I had my friend (Trish) take some headshot of the kids.  When we did the family room makeover last December, I also had J’s rockstar uncle install board and batten molding to the area just inside the garage.  This is area is a huge traffic zone, as most people enter and exit the house through this door.  That said, I wanted to make sure everything about the area was functional and durable.

My inspiration for this area came from Shanty Chic’s post found here.  I love the way she used the finials for knobs, but for me, I went with more of a clean look.  I also went a little more decorative with the molding since I wanted a second level of hooks for the book bags.


For the floor, I chose the LLBean Everyplace Recycled Waterdog runner in camel.  It has a similar look and feel to sisal, but way more durable.  Plus, it takes up the entire hallway and doesn’t move an inch.  Win-win.  Every once in a while LLBean runs a sale, so be sure to watch out for that one if you need a rug like this.

I can’t remember exactly, but I am pretty sure the hooks are from Amazon and the frames are from Wayfair.

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Just so you know….I prettied up the space so you could see the details, but with five kids total, this wall is usually covered with coats, sweatshirts and backpacks.  It definitely is used tremendously and well worth the time to create it.


I am a firm believer that even the tiniest of spaces can be transformed into something useful.  See the evidence above!  Also, to check out more of Trish’s work, you can visit her website at: Jack and Noodle Photography. She’s amazing!

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