|Chalkboard Bin||Bronze Boot Tray||Leaf Wall Hooks|
…And the rain and the snow and the slush. Let's face it: Your mudroom is going to see its fair share of nasty gunk. But, like it or not, it's also the entrance to your home that family and close friends will likely use the most, which means it needs to radiate style in addition to being a drop zone for piles of muddy boots and dripping coats. That might sound like an impossible proposition, but never fear—with a few not-too-pricey finds in unexpected shapes and finishes, creating a stylish yet rugged mudroom is a mission accomplished.
|Chalkboard Bin: Chalk It Up
Your mudroom's convenient access to the back door means a bunch of stuff is likely to get dumped there—everything from hats and gloves to old newspapers. A few well-placed bins will go a long way toward keeping everything in order. I love this one from Viva Terra both for its rustic look (it's made from reclaimed barn wood) and its chalkboard face, which allows you to reassign storage space at a whim. Plus, the built in handles are a godsend when you need to redistribute the bin's contents.
Call 800-233-6011, or visit vivaterra.com.
|Bronze Boot Tray: Bronze Beauty
Even though a mudroom is, by design, a place to kick off your boots so they don't track mud into your house, you don't want the space to get too messy. The solution? A boot tray, which will corral those dirty shoes and make it easier to keep things neat—after all, it's much less work to hose off a small tray than it is to mop an entire floor. Smith & Hawken's bronze version is pretty enough to put on display, but, thanks to watertight sealing and rustproof powder-coating, also tough enough to get the dirty job done.
Call 800-940-1170, or visit smithandhawken.com.
|Leaf Wall Hooks: Make Like a Tree
It might be a mainly utilitarian space, but that doesn't mean a mudroom should suffer from a lack of beautiful details. Plow & Hearth's leaf hooks are the perfect compromise—on the bottom, they're all business, providing a perch for coats and scarves. But on the top, delicate cutout leaf shapes (finished with a warm copper-and-green patina that's the perfect complement for logs) add a decidedly decorative touch.
$39.95 for a set of four
Call 800-494-7544, or visit plowandhearth.com.