Mudroom Sneak Peek and An Amazing Offer

January 19, 2015

There's a great way for you to get a head start on all those new projects you've been meaning to try now that the new year is underway. Read on for a sneak peek of our "mudroom" and I'll introduce you to something great at the end of the post that I think you'll really LOVE hearing about.

January is typically a time for letting go of the old and bringing in the new. Like a new found resolve to exercise and eat better. Or the itch to start switching things up around the house and freshening up your décor after the holidays. I'm guilty on all counts.

My first project in the new year is to create a much-needed and longed-for "mudroom." Our house was built in the 1990's and it's never had an official mudroom. All we have is where you walk into the house from the garage straight into the family room. Boom. You're there. This has always driven me crazy. I will say that I was able to corral the kids' stuff when they were little into this L.L. Bean three-person locker of sorts.

I really did love these little lockers!

Here you can see the hideous lovely door that leads in from the garage.
Brown. steel. door. Ugh.

It was originally for backpacks, coats, hats and gloves. And it worked beautifully for many years. But times change. Tastes change. Furniture changes. And kids get older. All of that can give you a new perspective on what a room's purpose should be. Well, at least part of a room, anyway.

Here's what our family room looked like when the house was up for sale last year.

family room

It's exactly what you'd see when you entered from the garage. The kids' lockers would be on your right. It's the most-used entrance by far, and I've always had a hard time keeping it presentable. The couch and loveseat are Pottery Barn-slipcovered couches that are 15 years old. I loved the couches, but it was time they moved on to greener pastures. And once we decided to take the house off the market (yay!) Mr. CBD and I decided that it was time to update this room with a new sectional couch that would fit the whole family on movie night without a problem.

Here's the empty family room awaiting the new furniture delivery. You can see on the top left where the roof begins to slant. The room has very high vaulted ceilings.

empty family room

Here's a view from a different angle, including our Riley who felt
 the need to photo bomb this picture.
empty family room

And here's the new sectional couch, complete with chaise longue. We placed it up against the far wall you see in the starkly empty room above. Funny how a room can look completely different after you change the furniture!

sectional sofa

I've been having fun trying to figure out which pillows work best, what kind of side tables would work for this sectional and what exactly to put on the walls. Also, what would work best on the ottoman to convert it into more of a table when necessary? Any ideas?

Along with the new couch I really felt the need to restructure the entrance way into something more mudroom-like, even though we don't have an official room delegated to the task. I thought I'd give you a sneak peek today, with the full reveal to come once it's officially done.

Apparently photo bombing is going to be a problem with this puppy.

So as you can see, the transformation has begun. I can't wait till my vision for the family room and "mudroom" area start coming together. This seemed like the perfect project to start off the new year.

When working on a project like this it becomes really clear to me that so many different things have to come into play in order to make the whole thing work. My design ideas and style. My organization skills. My crafting and DIY skills. Sometimes it takes me FOREVER to get a project done because I feel overwhelmed with all it entails. Oh, I get it done. But not without the gnashing of teeth and perhaps some pulling out of hair.

If this sounds like you during one of your home décor/craft/DIY projects, then you'll be really happy to know that The (awesome) Ultimate DIY Bundle of eBooks and eCourses will be available for purchase at a crazy-low price starting this Wednesday, January 21st at 7:00 a.m. EST. The bundle is an instant go-to library for a whole range of practical, satisfying and fun ways to decorate, repair and create.  No more trawling the internet for ideas and instructions (can you say Pinterest?). You'll be getting the highest quality info from some of the world's leading DIY bloggers. Here's just a sample of some of the authors who participated in this fabulous bundle just for you.

 How awesome is that ?
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, I'll be sharing all
the deets with you on the morning of January 21st, the first day of the sale.
I'd love for you to drop by then and check it out.  But remember: it's for a
limited time only. January 21st to January 26th. 
Trust me. You'll want to know all about it.

Hope to see you then!

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Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Wow, you are really making a big transformation in this room! The sectional is so pretty and a great color! I like where you're going with the mud room too. Your puppy is adorable and a great one to photo bomb your pictures! I'll check back for updates!

Kathe said...

Okay...I cannot wait to see the full reveal! Oh and Max (the wonder pup) says "Woof, roof, bark, woof!" to Riley. I'll assume he knows what that means ;-)

MrsMajor Hoff said...

Can't wait to see it all completed! Love that you are organizing it all!

Curtains in My Tree said...

what a fabulous new sofa sort of like surround sound LOL nice and big and everywhere. It's always so nice to get new furniture,which I haven't got for 9 years!
Love your little photo bomb guy. I keep wanting another dog and i'm going on one more long trip this summer then get a dog and stay home (we'll see) LOL


Cathy Carroll said...

Oh, I can't wait to see what you do in here Kathleen - love your new sectional and that bench is awesome. I am in the same boat with you as with us just moving everyone of our rooms have a gazillion + or- projects and getting started has been daunting for me. Cathy

Cari Dunn said...

I can't wait to see what it will look like!

The Charm of Home said...

It's going to be great Kathleen! Be sure to link up the reveal. Can't wait to see it. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

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