This busy mudroom is a lifesaver. Here’s how the designer found the space and made use of every inch
“If I were to ever design a house from scratch, I’d make a giant mudroom,” says Paquin. Her design firm is based in her house, so this room sees heavy traffic from at least three employees and four family members. “Between all the coats, hats, backpacks and sports equipment, we really needed a command central for stuff,” she says.
Paquin salvaged all of the old leaded glass doors and windows from the original house, and she used one of the doors and one of the windows in this space. “They are more of an aesthetic decision than a practical choice — they don’t have great insulation,” she says. “But this space would be very dark without them.”
The floor was another thoughtful selection. “It’s a porcelain tile with a metallic wash. I like the industrial feel and the fact it hides dirt — a consideration in the winter when you have wet and snowy boots,” she says.
A bench and mirror at the door give everyone a landing and launching pad. “If you have kids, you have to give them a place to sit down to put on or take off their shoes and park their stuff before they put it away,” Paquin says. “And I like to check the mirror when I’m coming or going.”
Art system: Pottery Barn
The 13-inch-deep shelving unit is crafted with a white lacquer paint on the outside and a metallic lacquer on the interior. “I needed something that was durable,” Paquin says. “The dark paint hides scuffs that happen when items and bins are loaded on or off — and it gives the piece more dimension.”
The designer keeps the bins filled with seasonal items. “Right now it’s gymnastics season, so we have a bin for leotards, but in the summer it’s stocked with bathing suits,” she says. “It saves a lot of scrambling when you are trying to get out the door.”