Well, helloooo there, stranger!
It’s been a while, but only because I have been enjoying my summer with my people. Life is seriously good right now, and I am just trying to soak it all in and be present. I am slowly coming to grips with the reality, however, that the first day of school is less than a month away. That means fall and winter will be here before I know it, so the time to get prepped is now, during the relative calm, to make the school morning hustle a bit less stressful. I have gotten into the habit of turning around my children’s cold weather gear during July when I can buy the next size up on sale at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale or Prime Day, and because I know from experience that there will be no boots or winter gear to be found in the stores locally come actual winter.
The mud room will be part of the major kitchen reno in the next couple of years (buh-bye ugly orangey tile!!!) so this mini update is, well, not too grand of a scale. What I really needed to accomplish was to set up a family command center so that we were all on the same page with schedules and activities. The storage in this room is not the best either, so I wanted to add a few pieces that would help keep the room organized in such a way that the children could use easily do things themselves, so that they might be encouraged to actually hang up their coats–ha! The house came with some standard coat/storage hook thing from one of the big box retailers, but other than that, it was a blank slate.
After scouring the internet, I settled on the Beatrice wall components by Uniek from Wayfair. The color of the frame was a perfect grey barnwood, and both the whiteboard calendar and the chalkboards were magnetic as a bonus. I stumbled across the Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse 9-section rustic storage and added it as a catchall for all the small things that try to make their way onto the kitchen counters. When it arrived, I honestly thought I had made a mistake, but hung at kid level, it is the perfect spot for little random things, like bug catching kits, bubbles, jump ropes and the like. I am also thinking that with that outlet right next to it, we could charge phones and watches there too.
Command Center Wall Items
The other challenge was finding kid-friendly, functional and cute coat hooks. I might still use the 9-section cubby for mitten, hat and scarf overflow, but for right now, I am loving this little guy! The basket on top is the perfect place to stash mittens. Hubby and I share the upper baskets above the higher hooks, meaning that one of those 4 are his haha! I have the extra hats, mittens and scarves in the baskets in the bench along with my embarrassingly large sunglass collection. If you already have the big box store coat hook storage piece like we did, and easy upgrade is to add willow baskets for texture and to hold their shape well when you pull them out. I also really love the Primitives by Kathy reusable first day of school chalkboard. My handwriting in chalk is just atrocious, but I love the look of the chalk board in the first/last day of school pictures. Problem mostly solved, (other than the parts I have to fill in)! Now, I am sure this little nook will look just like this come November…
Coat Wall Items
Lighting is such a major thing that is often overlooked in homes, and this poor mudroom was no exception. The builder grade light had to go! It just wan’t adding anything to the room and, most importantly, was not throwing enough light into the space. To add a bit more fun & whimsy to the room, I headed to Michael’s and found some cute chicken wire decor. Is it only me who heads into Michael’s to “buy one thing” and ends up leaving with a full cart every single time? I linked the decor, but it is on major clearance and only in store if you can be trusted to resist all the other items in there! Now, I know I cannot walk into a Pottery Barn Kids without buying the entire store, so the backpacks are fortunately available online here. There were so many fun designs, and my children had a blast choosing from the vast selection. The princess design wasn’t included, but today is the last day that most of the backpacks are 20% off.
My bench is a Bernhardt piece that I was lucky enough to snag on major discount on Joss & Main a couple of years ago, so it is long gone. I did include my other favorite small entry bench though, and this baby comes assembled WITH the baskets exactly as pictured. Insert praise hands emojis everywhere for not having to build furniture!!!
Well, I’m back out to the pool until I am dragged out kicking!