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    Interior Decor and Styling, Vintage Style

    Kitchen Island Inspiration: Euro-Inspired Farmhouse Work Tables and Pastry Tables

    Hello everyone! Lately I have been doing a little “island dreaming” as our kitchen renovation is in progress. We recently removed the 5 foot island with traditional cabinet base and repositioned it in a new spot in the kitchen. While it was nice having such a huge island, it ate up the entire center of the kitchen and made it hard to get in and out of the oven and dishwasher. I knew I wanted a smaller island of some kind, so I started doing some Pinterest searching for inspiration. It wasn’t long before I realized that an old world, European style work table or  farmhouse pastry table would be perfect for our kitchen, not only for size and function, but for style as well. Here are some of the gorgeous examples of Euro-inspired farmhouse work tables and pastry tables that I found on Pinterest. Enjoy! *This post contains affiliate links. Read more

    Home Improvement and DIY, Interior Decor and Styling

    Five Bright And Beautiful Bathrooms

    Farmhouse Bathrooms #farmhousebathroomideas

    Good evening friends! Tonight I am doing a little bathroom makeover dreaming. One of the hopeful home improvement projects for the upcoming spring is an upstairs bathroom makeover. This makeover basically involves repainting and maybe adding a shelf behind the toilet to add some style and for storing some necessities. If time and budget permits, we might even get around to changing the floor. We inherited a large whirlpool bathtub when we moved in, but unfortunately it doesn’t work very well and it also takes up way too much space. My husband mentioned the other night that he would like to replace it with a smaller tub sometime in the future, so of course I headed to Pinterest to get some ideas! I found five bright and beautiful bathrooms and I am just swooning! Even if it will be a couple of years until we get around to a full bathroom makeover, a girl can dream! 

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    Cleaning, Organizing, and Life Hacks, Interior Decor and Styling

    Eight Great Mudrooms


    Hello friends and welcome back for another post in my Interior Decor and Style series! Today’s post is also a part of the cleaning, organizing and great ideas category. As I have been giving our home a deep clean  as I have been on a major decluttering and organizing binge, and it feels so good to get things in order. I am looking for mudroom ideas and storage solutions for our front hall closet and landing area just off from the kitchen. *This post contains affiliate links.

    Cute mudroom decorating ideas for spring hunterboots with forsythia umbrella state chalk board antiques sign

    Even though it isn’t a “mudroom” I can still maximize the space using creative storage options. In the future I hope to have a separate mudroom on the back of the house. Today I am sharing eight great mudrooms that I love.


    Via Liz Marie

    This beautiful mudroom area is full of farmhouse charm! I love the creative use of corbels for shelf brackets and the big metal tray as a shoe tray.  Make use of the vertical space in a mudroom with a few shelves for organization and decor. Faux flowers and plants like the little olive tree  or a few real houseplants make great accents in an entry way or mudroom just off from the garden.



    Suzanne Kasler Interiors | wonderful mudroom - love the antique lockers and elegant rusticity


    Using free standing lockers, cabinets and armoires in mudrooms is a great way to organize personal belongings. If you are building a new mudroom,  fitted, bespoke furniture and cabinetry is an investment, but can be perfectly designed to fit your custom space, design style and storage needs.Finishing off a hallway with a coat rack, artwork, and trinkets on a shelf can be a simple way to create the “feeling” of a mudroom or entryway.


    Mudroom ideas for different spaces! Get ideas for how to design a mudroom for small spaces, laundry rooms, hallways, and more.

     House Beautiful


    As I have been fall cleaning, boy am I ready to approach more of the Minimalists’ philosophy to design and lifestyle in general, which is to live meaningful with less. I love the simplicity of this mudroom which keeps everything neatly hidden behind closed closet doors and drawers. Walking into a cluttered mudroom can be overwhelming, but coming home to a clean welcome can be so inviting! We do have a small mud entry off our side door, and I seriously need to declutter it.




    Petite Haus

    We are planning to redo our patio this summer and updating it with new patio furniture. I am hoping to cover a small part of the porch to serve as a mudroom entry. I dream of having a brick floor in our mudroom! 



    Cubbies and tile (although they need to all go the same direction) for the mudroom

    Brooks and Falotico


    Of course there are many storage tips and tricks like using baskets, crates, containers, and buckets to keep things organized and clean in a mudroom or entry way, all they while keeping the space stylish and welcoming. You can also look for multi-purpose furniture from such as an entry bench that doubles at storage.  Freshhome even has tables and chairs that double as storage.



    Make your laundry or mudroom feel organized and put-together with a fresh coat of Polar Bear and some fun baskets. Blogger Monika, of Monika Hibbs, shares her favorite tips for maximizing storage space while still keeping your home feeling fresh and stylish.

    Monika Hibbs

    Right now we have faux shiplap in our side “mud entry” but I am wanting to install real tongue and groove or beadboard soon. When I installed the shiplap I used liquid nails and a hammer and nails, but I am thinking about searching for the best cordless drill and a nail gain to help make the job go much faster this time around.



    When an item works in any room of your home, that's when you know it's good. This @serenaandlily stool is one of our favorite examples. (Pst, it's on sale via the link in our bio!) Photo by @hawkes_landing #SOdomino



     A mudroom is especially good if you live in a place out in the country, where people are more likely to track mud into the house. The good news is that you don’t need a lot of space for a mudroom, either. I absolutely love the addition of a “mini” shower to spray off muddy boots and dirty pet paws. After all, it isn’t called a mudroom for nothing! 


    Expandable Over-The-Door Multi-Hook | Urban Outfitters


    There are so many cute storage and organization items on the market these days. If you don’t have a designated space for a mudroom, remember that a simple can keep your entry a bit tidier. A small night stand or something like  bed side draws at Luxo Living can also keep things tidy and stylish in a small space.



    Laundry room entryway with gingham accent pillows, shiplap walls and a jute runner.


    I love the idea of adding a laundry/mudroom combo onto our house, just off from a guest room. We are looking at design options for the future. There are some tricky aspects to remodeling a nearly 100 year old home, which means taking special care and safety precautions when tearing down walls to open up space. Teams like Integrity Restoration show plenty of examples on their website of how to maximize space by opening up walls and creating new spaces altogether.


    The Lilypad Cottage

    If you are thinking of creating a mudroom or a more organized entry, one don’t forget to declutter and clear out your wardrobe before getting started. You will want to think about how you really plan to use it to get the most out of your design. If it will be for just for coats and shoes, then you might be able to just hang a few hooks on the wall and use baskets or bins for shoes. If it will be a catch all place for sporting equipment, gym bags, muddy boots, pet supplies etc. you might need lockers or armoires to keep unsightly items organized. 




    I hope you have enjoyed these eight great mudroom ideas today! Do you have a mudroom or a space that you use specifically  for organizing backpacks, shoes, coats and purses? Let’s talk more about mudrooms. I love hearing from you!

    Have a great week!


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    Interior Decor and Styling

    How to Mix Elegant and Rustic Decor

    One of the first things people always ask when they see my decor is “How do you mix so many style and keep everything looking so coordinated?” I always tell them that I just follow my heart and surround myself with things I love. Often times I will decorate with a theme or style, such as vintage cottage garden or French Country style, but there is always a mix of elegant and rustic decor. If you are just getting started on decorating your first home or if you want to do an interior design refresh, it is helpful to have some sort of theme or design sytle. *This post contains affiliate and/or sponsored links. Read more