Come On In

So I’ve been unpacking all the winter gear around here since IT IS SNOWING already! {brrrr!}

As I mentioned in an earlier entryway post – we have a teeny, tiny landing strip as we enter into our kitchen from the garage (unfortunately - not enough space to house ALL THE WINTER gear!)

We must hold the majority of our gear in the garage near the kitchen entry door.

BEFORE – this is what we had to work with – yep pretty raw space.

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Notice the pretty piping above all around the ceiling that brings our heat from our outdoor wood boiler into our utility room in the house – pretty eh?

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So what do you do with an unused corner of the garage, some stray rugs & a toolbox??

Here is the transformation -- I’ve tried to make this as functional as possible with the addition of the following stuff we already had here:


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The numbers don’t serve any purpose - they’re metal house numbers I picked up at the thrift store.

{they are just for fun to fill the empty spaces} but I love them!!

…a clock is also added to this wall to ensure we don’t miss the morning bus as we don our layers & layers!

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see those empty hooks – that won’t last long!

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And ~ of course ~

Storage, Storage & more Storage:

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shelves {one for each member of the family to stow away extra hats, mittens & the like):

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Each family member has a bin or cubby or locker basket to hold their own stuff.

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I think the mounds of items taken out of seasonal storage has come together nicely & now appears at least somewhat organized.

Let’s see how long this lasts!!

I think it will function just fine & keep some of the clutter from making its way into the kitchen.

~Some dreamy entry wish list items~

I ADORE this rustic metally hook above from pottery barn

And how about coming into this fresh entry – take off your boots & hang your coat over the stair (yeah it wouldn’t actually work well – we’d have 18 pairs of shoes & boots & 15 jackets & then a trail of wet mitten, hats, scarves) but it is pretty to look at!

Chat soon -


p.s. I plan on linking this up to:

Shabby Chic Cottage & their Transformation Thursday

Shabby Nest – for the fabulous …..Frugal Friday


  1. It looks great!

    I don't have a mudroom. Our front door (that we never use) comes straight into the dining room, and the door from the garage opens into the kitchen. I'm thinking about doing something in laundry room for jackets if/when fall arrives here.

    Nice job :)

  2. Great transformation! Pretty and functional! Wish I had snapped up the old tool box I saw a while back. Oh well, maybe next time. Jackie

  3. Well done! Know what I love best about it? It is practical, useful and fun all at the same time. For those of us living in the boonies w/ tons of snow and the constant reality of D-I-R-T, this is an accomplishment to be proud of. Give yourself an A++ and 5 shiny stars for this one!!!


  4. What a great transformation! That last pic looks like my dream home... so inspiring!

  5. I love it! Great way to take the attention away from the pipes.

  6. I love it! I'm especially loving the toolbox for boots. Brilliant!

  7. It looks so nice & organized. I love everything you have done. The boots in the old tool box is a fab idea. I hope that you can stay nice & organized. And the hooks from Pottery Barn are something I want as well.

  8. I love numbers too. Wish I had a mudroom, and that it looked as cute as yours. A place for everything, but still so stylish.

  9. *sigh* I just love your style. You can even dress up a garage. Looks great!

  10. FABULOUS! I love an organized space that looks wonderfully creative too. You have done a great job!! Loads of good ideas! I agree, that Pottery Barn hook...FAB!

  11. very cool. I love the numbers and the galvanized buckets.

    Great job and have a Happy Fall.


  12. love it! You did an awesome job with very few things. It looks wonderful.


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