Modern Mudroom Featured on Apartment Therapy
When I first set out to design our own mudroom remodel, I never thought about the possibilities of having my work published on a national design blog. Having started an Instagram account for Modern Mountain Home Co in January 2019 to track my DIY projects and share my love for interior design, I knew there were countless talented bloggers out there so it felt nearly impossible to get my work noticed. I mean, what are the odds?
So when an editor from Apartment Therapy, a well-known home and decor site, reached out to me in November 2019 I was absolutely thrilled! Stunned actually. I quickly realized my photog skills of this renovation project were sub par and went into a bit of a panic mode, but nonetheless I was able to gather some shots and submit my work for review. How exciting!
There were no guarantees of being published, so I just had to patiently wait to see if I made the cut. I probably checked my email three times a day to see if I had an approval. But with the holidays in full swing and my excitement waning, I eventually conceded that maybe my photos were in fact too terrible to be used online and that my design just wasn't what they were looking for.
Want to know something funny? I actually did make the cut, but didn't even realize it until I was creeping their site in early January! And there it was, my Mudroom Makeover project in all of its online glory - Before and After: This $1200 Entry/Laundry Room Is Organization Goals. Whaaaa? I could NOT believe my eyes! And it had been published back in December 2019 (insert facepalm here).
It was a pretty cool moment, even if I was a month behind on the news ;). I think the biggest showstopper from this design was the dark shiplap wall we added to create some interest in the space. Mudrooms don't have to be boring, right? We went with Benjamin Moore's After Midnight for the paint color to give some contrast to the white walls in the rest of the room. I love walking into the house from the garage and seeing this wall first thing, it has such a calming effect with clean lines and modern accents.
To keep the space more open, we designed a modern floating bench in front of the shiplap wall and added woven baskets underneath for shoe storage. Hooks and knobs with gold accents were installed for coats and bags, making it easy for our family of 5 to organize our belongings when we come and go. I'm all about the cement-look trend right now, so I was able to find an affordable tile from Home Depot that would be easy to keep clean. I mean, that herringbone pattern - love!
The laundry side was kept light and bright, with lots of organization to keep this small room uncluttered. The countertop was built out of the same material as the floating bench, new uppers were installed for storage, and a new sink vanity offered more functionality to the space. We didn't want to mess with the electrical side of things, but I was able to add a beautiful globe wall sconce using a puck light trick that can be turned on and off with a remote. Perfect for leaving a little light on when out and about after dark (and to remind myself I still have a load of laundry to finish ha!).
To see the Before and After pictures of this home remodel project, head over to the Apartment Therapy article here. What do you think of this mountain modern design? For information on product sources, email firstname.lastname@example.org.