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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Farmhouse Mudroom


If you’re new here, there’s something you should know:

This is literally a farmhouse mudroom.

Not farmhouse style.  Or farmhouse inspired.

But really, truly, a working farmhouse mudroom.

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This mudroom is the main entry to our 100-year-old home on our turkey farm.

When my husband (the farmer) comes in, he immediately turns and goes to the basement, where he has his own mudroom of sorts.  But our two little boys and I keep all of our shoes and outdoor gear in this little entryway.  (You can see the boys’ cubby here.)

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I inherited an addiction to coats, and I live in Iowa where they say, “If you don’t like the weather today, wait until tomorrow” because it changes so frequently.  So this side is usually overflowing with my jackets. 

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Above, I have three baskets – sunglasses, “purse junk” and tools.  When I cleaned out the dresser in here, those were three of the main categories of junk that I found.

On the other side, we have headphones (not the kind for listening to music – the noise cancelling, protect-my-kids’-ears-when-they-ride-in-a-tractor-with-Daddy kind), sunscreen and bugspray, and “carseat parts” which are mostly the removable cupholders.

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I made the labels in my digital scrapbooking program by using a chalkboard background and white text, then printed them out.

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The dresser drawers hold my shoes, little boys shoes, and extra hats, gloves and scarves at this time of year.  My heels are in the organizer on the left.

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Old wooden crates hold bike helmets, shoes and outdoor toys on the floor.

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And you can see here – the mudroom leads straight into the kitchen, which underwent its own transformation 6 years ago.

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One more picture – just for fun.

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By the way – here’s the Kids’ Cubby on the other side of the mudroom:

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20 comments:

  1. I love the purse junk basket! I need one of those!

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    1. There are always little random things floating around and when I switch purses, I like to just dump and go. :)

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    2. Me too, it is going on my "to-do list"! I have too many purses and laptop bags that I switch around too often!

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  2. it looks fabulous! and i love the beginning explanation. ;)

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  3. I love everything you have done with that house Katie! Very cute Mudroom. I need to do a better job of organizing our coat closet in our mudroom. I like your different storage baskets and need to do something similar/better in ours.

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    1. Thanks, Val! And I love hearing from people who saw the house "before." :)

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  4. Super cute and crazy functional! At least that's how it looks to me. Our current rental home has a closet in the middle of the house. The back door opens directly into our eat-in kitchen and the front door only has enough room to scoot out of the way to shut the door behind yourself. You have to go up a half flight of stairs to reach a closet... Dumb. Glad you have a better layout, cuz I know country living is dirty!

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    1. Oh Ellie, you win the prize for versatility, at least! You always seem to make a house into a home so quickly!

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  5. Such a cute and functional mudroom! And I love that you live on an actual farm. Not farmhouse inspired, but an actual farmhouse... love it. :)

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    1. Thanks. :) I thought that was an important distinction.

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  6. Your real, functioning mudroom looks beautiful despite its utilitarian function! :) I love all the organization; makes it function all the better!

    Tania

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    1. Thanks! It doesn't always look this beautiful, but it's kind of nice when it does!

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  7. As a (former) country girl myself, you have officially made me homesick! I feel like I should be getting on a 4-wheeler on my aunt & uncle's farm and getting the cows from the pasture or something.

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    1. You can come visit my farm and we can use the gator to, um, visit the neighbors! (the turkeys are all in barns and we don't have any cows yet.)

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  8. I love your beautiful and functional mudroom. I cannot wait to get ours done because it is torn apart after moving a wall to finish our kitchen remodel. What is the scrapbooking program you used? I love your labels and they sounded very easy to make!

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    1. Ashley - I think I'm going to answer that in a separate post (once I sign up for the affiliate program!)

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  9. Oh...how I wish for a mudroom on a DAILY basis. I'm not kidding. I cannot wait to move and have a bit more space. Currently we have a very small closet by the front door and the back door just becomes a stomping ground. It's awful. Daily frustration to say the least. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. We had the same problem, and for the record, ours isn't usually this clean!

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  10. Love the PVC for the kids' shoes! I wonder if they make that stuff wide enough for mine...

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