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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Spring in the Mudroom ....

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What a fun and busy week this has been ...

Last weekend, my beautiful stepdaughter and her boyfriend drove up from GA for a great visit; my precious son turned 5 (*insert me crying*), and I turned 42 (again, *insert me crying*)!  AND, my wonderful and handsome husband threw an absolutely fantastic surprise party for me filled with great friends, family, food, drinks and entertainment!  What a great night that was, although, my body still hurts from dancing (one last *insert me crying*).  lol 

So, today, on a rainy Sunday, this household enjoyed a "Lifetime" day (our name for a "lazy day," where my hubs watched sports ... Jax destroyed his playroom with friends ... and I watched *cheezy* Lifetime movies while playing around the house)!

Speaking of rain (which brings mud), I thought we'd revisit our *mud*room, which I have tweaked a bit for Spring!


Hard to believe it once looked like this:


What a difference paint and beadboard makes!  Our neighbor added the beadboard for us.  I then painted it basic white and painted the walls SW Antique White.


The area beside the dryer serves as our little command central.  The black granite countertop used to sit on top of our kitchen island.  We had it cut down to fit this spot and are really pleased with it.  I recently added a pitcher filled with wild flowers for a touch of Spring:


I love the magnetic board (by Peter Walsh) that I found at Office Max.  The black pockets that I added (along with the cream and black photo holder), are all magnetic!  You simply place them wherever you want to on the board.  Fun feature, and they serve as a great place for "this and that" (as I have labled them):


On the soffit above, I changed out the accessories.  I found this cute "Towels" wooden box from HomeGoods, which I added greenery and a small plate.  I then added more white plates, pitchers and wicker trays that I had on hand.  Still tweaking though ... and am on the lookout for a few vintage items to place up here (also hoping to break up the symmetry a bit):





Beside command central, I hung a few pictures, along with two "art" frames where I change out Jax's colorful creations from time-to-time to suit the season:


On the opposite wall is a fun chalkboard found at HomeGoods last Fall (to which I added a gentle "be kind" reminder), along with an iron scrollie from Pier One:


I haven't changed the picture wall much, except for the addition of the rustic "Faith, Family and Friends" sign ...




I added different pillows to the bench below.  And, the wonderful hooks are the perfect place for everything, including my big ol' wonderful "Miche" handbag (which I absolutely LOVE and get compliments on all the time).  You can change the shells of the bag to suit your outfit, season or mood ... they have a shell of every kind and color imagineable.  You should check them out:


Down on the floor is a new sisal rug from World Market, purchased with a gift card a sweet friend gave me for my birthday!  Love all of the fun colors:


And, of course, I still have the hefty and durable basket I found at Target on sale last Fall, which houses the dirty clothes ("P-U") LOL!



Well, that is *all'z* I got folks ... I'm off to check out your projects!  Please join me for fun linky parties:

Dittle Dattle/Amaze Me Monday
A Stroll Thru Life/Table Top Tuesday
The Tattered Tag/K.I.S.S.
Thrifty Decor Chick/Before and After Party
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/Tuesdays Treasures
Savvy Southern Style/WUW
My Backyard Eden/Make it Yours Day
Elements Interiors/Whassup Wednesday
The Shabby Chic Cottage/Transformation Thursday
At The Picket Fence/Inspiration Friday
French Country Cottage/Feathered Nest Friday

Take care,
Becca




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74 comments:

Red Door Home said...

Visiting from Met Monday. Your newly updated mudroom does look like spring - light and bright! I especially love the beadboard.

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

It's so cute Becca! I love your softer palette and all your accessories!

Martina said...

Becca your mudroom is so pretty! I love the beadboard and all the pretty accessories you added. I bet it makes doing laundry a lot easier!! Martina

PS- Happy Birthday, glad you had a great time!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Looks so good Becca...I really need a mud room makeover too.

Judy said...

Well,first let me wish you a belated Happy Birthday!

I remember when you first showed your revamped laundry room...I loved it then and I still love it now. I want to do something to mine but it's just not high on my priority list right now. Maybe one day....

I think we're supposed to have sunshine tomorrow, I hope so cause I need to get in some retail therapy after all this rain!

Hugs!
Judy

Pam said...

That is one beautiful laundry room! I love the beadboard and all of the accessories. Great job!

I'm here from BNOTP's party and am your newest follower. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your posts.

Have a great day.
Pam

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Your mudroom looks so pretty! That would *almost* make me want to do laundry! lol Happy birthday to you and your son!...hugs...Debbie

Marianne said...

Hi Becca, your mud room looks great. Love all o the pretty accessories Happy Birthday,
Marianne

It's a Wannabe Decorator's Life said...

What a beautiful mudroom!!! What a lucky girl you are!

Allyson Pecilunas said...

Becca your mud room looks great! I love it great job girl. Love the beadboard and the door leading in.

Betsy said...

This is so wonderful! I'm sure you're thrilled with the changes!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love your mud room. I would love beadboard added to my laundry room, but it will probably not happen. New paint is going to happen soon though. Love your displays and shelf on the wall. Looks like a Pottery Barn magazine shot.

Jemsmom said...

Your mud room is nicer than some rooms in my house! I love it and I love it with the softer palette. We have a stupid sink in ours and I am going to have the hubby cut some wood to paint and make it a countertop so I can have a command central like yours! I love the P.U. basket! You clever thing, you!!!

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET FRIEND! Wish I could have been there to par-tay with you...I've been known to cut a few rugs in my time! And Happy Bday to your precious boy! 5 is a big milestone in my book and I know how special this particular boy's bdays are to you. :-) Your mudroom looks just gorgeous of course with all of your fresh green touches. But, I have a confession...I am getting ready to do beadboard this week but not in my mudroom (I know I promised you!). I'll let you wait and see where it ends up instead! Hehe!
Hope your special day made you feel just as extra special as you are!
Vanessa

Liz said...

What an adorable mudroom. I love the pictures on the wall with the starfish...it's really a fun display. I wish I had beadboard in my laundry room. My neighbor just did the same to hers and it looks wonderful. Love your accessories, too! Great job, as always!

Happy Birthday, glad you enjoyed your special day! Happy B-Day to Jax too! XOXO ~Liz

Blondie's Journal said...

You did a great job, Becca. I really don't like doing laundry but this would make it easier! I love the bead board and the laundry basket with the PU is too funny!

XO,
Jane

Greg said...

As always Becca you know how to "spruce" up an already great room!!! I love your small details and touches that are only YOU. Everything looks to clean and crisp and yet so easy and cozy. How in the world you do this, I have no idea.

Cricket said...

Love it!! I have a pretty good size laundry room and I am never happy with the way it looks. There is just something "off" about it. I may borrow a few of your ideas.

Hugs,
Cricket

Cricket said...

P.S.....Happy Birthday!!!

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Hi Becca, What a beautiful room! Indeed it is a gorgeous space with all your signature touches and attention to detail. Before and after are equally timeless looks! The magnetic board with matching pockets is brilliant! The art frames with your precious's talents are too cute. Thank you for sharing your new decor. I always love "stopping" by to get inspiration! Emelia:).

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a great metamorphosis! Well done.

I am having a hilarious Linky party with prizes this Wednesday. Details are on my blog today.
I hope you'll join in on the fun.

LC said...

Good Morning, Becca! I love the new look in this room. Everything is so much brighter in there. The beadboard is awesome. I love all of your little decorative touches you add to this room. Lovely!

Happy Belated Birthday!

have a great day~ L

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Becca,
What a gorgeous room! I love the beadboard and all your spring touches! Glad to hear you had a nice birthday!
Shelley

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Looks wonderful.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

We had the same kind of lazy day Sunday here. A little movie watching (and snuggling) in between projects. he he. I adore (I'm trying not to use the word "love" so much) the new area rug. It will allow you to be so flexible with the accent colors. I have a tendency to be symmetrical when arranging objects around the house too. Trying to break that bad habit too.

I was just thinkin' to myself last night, that you and Jax have really close birthdays. Five years ago he must have made a wonderful birthday present! I was born 3 days before my mother's birthday and I always tell her that. LOL
{{hugs}} Carrie

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Oh, I need to redo my mudroom too, but I think I'll save that for another year!

Beverly said...

Your mudroom looks great.. I need to do mine shortly.. got some stuff together but it is a mess now.

Designs on 47th Street said...

How fun to visit your mud room. First of all I love the door where you enter. The transformation is remarkable! Love all your little treasures and your little command center. Such a cheery room with a punch!
Donna

Cheri said...

Becca, I just love this! I can't wait until we have our own house again, to do something lovely in my laundry room as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

Dayle said...

It's beautiful!

Pam said...

I've never seen your mudroom before, but it's making me want to get in mine and do some decorating. Love all the ironstone on top of the cabinets.

Judy said...

I love your mudroom. Everything is really beautiful. I just finished re-doing our mudroom. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back. Thanks so much.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love your room...really love that cute basket!

Blessings,
Linda

Dear Sweet Home said...

Wow! It looks so pretty! And, the laundry PU is too cute! This inspires me to pretty up our laundry / mudroom area :)

Donnie said...

Your mudroom looks better than my kitchen (*insert me crying*)...lol....Looks really great. Happy Birthday to you both too.

KATHY said...

Your mudroom looks fabulous. I love all your special touches.

Kathy

Brandi said...

Looks amazing Becca! Love the beadboard! Such a great makeover!

{northern cottage} said...

wow! it's just LOVELY! and fresh and airy very very well well done!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the beadboard, what a difference it made, really lightend the room up! Your touches around the room are wonderful, you really have a decorator's touch!

Rondell

Between You and Me said...

LOVE what you've done...thanks for stopping by to visit my blog....glad to be able to come over and "meet" you!

Keeping Life Fun with one Craft at a Time said...

I am having a blog giveaway, I would love for you to join! http://keepinglifefunwithonecraftatatime.blogspot.com/2011/03/first-blog-giveaway.html

Emily said...

Love your mudroom! Everything is absolutely darling!!!
-emily
www.nestnestingnested.blogspot.com

bikim said...

lovely photos!
take care,
Rosa

kara@elements-interiors.net said...

Becca! Im alive!!! I LOVE your new Mudroom! Its SO Fun and Cheery and Crisp and clean! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Happy {lil late} BDay!
And I SO understand the baby boy getting a year older! SOB!! I turned 42 AGAIN a couple of weeks ago! AND, My baby boy turned 11...Wwwwaaaaaaaaaa!!!! Love the mudroom...I have that SAME basket!

xoxokara

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Becca, What a darling mudroom! I love the beadboard and all the cute details you added. I hope you will join my new linky party, Open House, starting 3/17.
Hugs,
Sherry

BEACH BUNGALOW said...

Beautiful mud room; like out of the pages of a magazine!

Sue @ Beach Bungalow
xo

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a lovely vignette! I adore the
beadboard.

Have a wonderful Fat Tuesday!

Gypsy Heart said...

Love it! I'm so glad you had a great birthday celebration ~ you so deserve it. Hey, don't pay any attention to the numbers ~ we're blessed to have each day and each year. :-) I promise...it gets better & better!!

xo
Pat

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

First of all Happy B-Day to you! I enjoyed viewing all your "tweaks". Got a kick out of your laundry basket. Ha ha!

classic • casual • home said...

Excellent! Love the black accents. You should be proud.
Mary Ann

AshTreeCottage said...

Belated Happy Birthday! Your laundry room looks great and that sisal rug adds just the perfect punch of color!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Simply Domestic said...

Love the mudroom! The beadboard looks great!

Pamela said...

This is my kind of mudroom!!
Beautiful !!

Pamela :)

Karen At Home said...

Such a beautiful room Becca! There are so many things I love about this room. Great job!

Trisha said...

New follower here! Love your "new" mudroom! I wish mine would stay that clean :)

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

loven' all the touches - i WISH i had a 'mud room' - i have a small little cape cod home - but it does the trick :o)

I’m hosting a give-away and would LOVE for you and ALL BLOGGERS to
Join Custom Sign Give-Away last day to join is tomorrow!

*kiss kiss*
Erika
~Tiptoe Butterfly~

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

Looks great. Love the beadboard so much brighter and happier.

Andrea said...

Looks bright and Springy. Love the new rug!

Picket said...

Hey sweetie...love the beadboard...the room looks fantastic!!!! I ot mine painted this morning and I painted to oak cabinets black and hubby and son-in-law hung them for me tonight...still gotta get crown molding and shelves between the cabinets but I am loving it! Have a great week girl...Picket

Tonya said...

Love your new mudroom! The beadboard is gorgeous! Very springy! You did a fantastic job!

Erin said...

Your mudroom looks great! I love beadboard, too! I found your blog at Between Naps on the Front Porch. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back: http://stillwaterstory.blogspot.com/

Again, you did a fantastic job with this!! :-)

Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

First, I am cracking up about the PU basket. That is hilarious! Second, I love this beautiful room and wish I had one! I need a mudroom! Instead I have 4 boys who give me a "mudhouse"
Gorgeous job!

At The Picket Fence said...

Hey girlie! Just comin' back over to say thanks for linking up your not so muddy mudroom to the party this week! I'm thinkin I could just live in there and be perfectly happy...well, unless I had to be next to the P.U. basket! :-)
Vanessa

southernhomesweethome said...

Becca I love it! Wow could you come do mine?

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Becca...

Ohh my gosh...your mud room is fabulous, my friend! I love the changes that you have made and this pretty room looks fabulous all dressed up in its spring frocks! Love the pretty pitcher with spring flowers that you added to "command central"! Ohhh...and "my heart be still"...I just adore white ironstone! Sooo your pretty pitchers and plates that you added along with the wicker looks just gorgeous up above your cabinets! After viewing the "before" photo...it really is hard to believe that this is the same room! It's gorgeous...thanks for sharing it with us today!

I also wanted to thank you for stopping by my place and taking a peek at my spring buffet! I sooo enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend! Thank you!!!

Happy spring wishes...
Chari @Happy To Design

Sensible Redesign said...

What a wonderful change that paint and bead board made to the laundry room. I like all the cute accessories as well. Very nicely done. Thanks for stopping by my blog, checking it out and becoming a follower!

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

You did a great job! I'm laughing to myself because my mudroom is so small in comparison to yours. Visit me at Brambly and look at my post "Mighty Little Mudroom" and you'll see what I mean. Have a fabulous day!

Ann-Marie

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Thank you for visiting me at Brambly and following.I'm glad to finally be following you-it seems I keep seeing your pretty picture everywhere these past few days.Can't wait to see more of your projects.Take care.

Ann-Marie

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Love the update, the "P.U." basket steals the show...Thank you for sharing your great project by linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please remember tomorrow is another fun blog bash, so drop by and link up more of your creativity! :)

Drop by The Tattered Tag

crossmyheart said...

Hi Becca,

Thanks for dropping by crossmyheartdesigns.blogspot.com! I am a new follower! I love what you did to your laundry room and all of your rooms for that matter :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Becca! What a darling mud room! Loving your beadboard and the sweet accessories you added in- that basket is too cute!! :) Thanks for sharing this at FNF- I really need to update my laundry space too... on the list!

Mary Ellen said...

Oh gosh I wish I had a mudroom like this!! It is just wonderful!! Your accessories are just fantastic!!

Val said...

Becca, it's so bright and cheery. I love it.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love your makeovers, Becca. I'm so enjoying getting to know your blog. This looks so spring-y and beautiful.

Sarahx