Fifteen Marvelous Mud Benches

mudroom mud bench

If your house is anything like ours, there are a few odd spots that can be somewhat problematic and take creativity to design around.  When we moved into our home, we had just such a section of wall opposite the garage door.  Whitney knew that this had the makings of being a great place for a mud bench and set out to find inspiration to guide our efforts.

future mudroom

What resulted was a compilation of favorite mud benches curated from around the web.

mudroom

1. In the post “The 7 Elements of a Perfect Mudroom” Apartment Therapy highlights some great points on creating your mudroom.  This photo made the list due to the hideaway component of this space – not to mention a fantastic barn door on rollers.

simple mudroom

2. Crate and Barrel brought in color and simplicity with this mudroom set up.  The bench doesn’t have to be directly beneath the hooks to be a functional room with personality.

white mudroom

3. Found on Indulgy, this mudroom doubles as a storage room – perfect for winter coats, jackets, and boots that can be unsightly when hung on racks.

rustic mudbench

4. Go with a rustic touch with this bench.

flea market bench
5. Flea markets and garage sales can hold inspiring mud benches.

solid color mudroom
6. A solid pop of color (Benjamin Moore) on Apartment Therapy, highlights this mudroom with a floor to ceiling mud bench.
white mudroom
7. A clean and bright space can be a crowd-pleaser, unless that crowd is a bunch of muddy yahoos.  This mud bench would be smudged in no time at our house, but if you are able to keep it clean like In the Fun Lane, it would be gorgeous.

herringbone mud room
8. Herringbone floors and ample seating make this the perfect mudroom or entryway.

simple mud room
9. You can always up the personality of a rustic park bench by throwing in some fun artwork.

hidden storage mud bench
10. Hidden storage is always a plus, and this idea is dynamite.  There are no ends to the items I could store in here.

bike mudroom
11. Make the purpose of your mudroom fit your lifestyle.  What a great way to store a bike indoors – or anything else for that matter.
reclaimed wood bench
12. Use a few key pieces to tie a minimalist approach together.  The Stir used reclaimed wood to highlight this fantastic and functional entryway.

mudroom with storage
13. Need more storage and have the space to do it?  This Houzz mudroom features lots of hooks, tons of cabinetry, and custom touches.

mud bench ideas
14. This Old House featured a quaint mudroom that takes advantage of both white and rustic wood pieces.

classic mudbench and mudroom
15. Classic is always in style.

We’ll be taking elements from these mudrooms to redesign our awkward space.  We plan to share with you the final outcome on our next post, the first Sunday in February.  See you then!

Interested in seeing more mudroom inspiration?  Follow Whitney on Pinterest.

Of Resolutions and Inspiration

So, it’s that time of year when the resolute take lofty aim at those well-intended goals of eating better, accomplishing the near impossible, and overall self-discipline.  Success is found for roughly 30 days until Super Bowl Sunday sneaks up upon us and suddenly we find ourselves faced with a dilemma involving Seven Layer Dip, Doritos, Oreos, peanut M&Ms, and Dad’s tri tip.  The white flag goes up and we’ll give it another go next year.

Welcome to our “next year”.  I’m sure you believed us when we announced we’d be taking the summer off to take care of a growing family and work challenges.  We did too, but somehow that was all the way back in 2012.  Where did the time go?  Life hasn’t gotten any less chaotic, but we’ve found ourselves missing out of the joys of blogging about our projects, so we’ve committed to monthly posts (the first Sunday of the month, at minimum) going forward.

What changes are you likely to see from us?  Well, a few.  For example, we’ll be tackling projects in fewer posts, so you’ll get more goodies in less time.  We’re also likely to use more photos and will be making them more sharable.  We’ll try to cut out posts that focus on the mundane and beef up those that illustrate a particular design concept or project.  We hope you’ll join us on facebook, twitter, or pinterest where we’ll share additional ideas that didn’t make it to the blog.

Thanks for waiting, it’s good to be back.

When Life Gets in The Way

This last week has been another one in a long line of events that have had us hopping from one place to another in a hurried frenzy to get everything on our to-do list done. We’ve had outdoor projects, work deadlines to meet, family events, and church commitments, not to mention the regular day to day duties of running a household. As you’ve been able to tell by the dwindling posts, blogging hasn’t been making the priority list.

When we started this venture Dustin didn’t have full time work and we kept ourselves busy by working on our little “The Rooster and The Hen” blog along with a few other side jobs. We’ve since been blessed by him finding a great job that he loves. To top it off, his new company has offered to pay for some additional schooling which he’ll be starting next month, meaning we probably won’t be seeing much of him this summer. There go all my honey-do lists!

As for me, I’ve been battling “morning” (more like all day) sickness for some time now and it’s taken it’s toll on both me and the kids. I’ve been feeling lately that I need to focus more on spending time with them rather then planning and executing projects around the house.

But this is not goodbye – we’re just going to take the summer off from blogging with the hopes that we’ll be back by the fall (and perhaps a few random posts and Facebooking in the summer). We’ve met so many wonderful bloggers out there that have such fantastic content that I’m sure we’ll hardly be missed. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of some of our most frequent reads so you’ll have plenty of inspiration while we’re on hiatus.

We hope you have a great summer…stay cool.


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