A-List Weekend Reading

The Stone Lion Inn in Guthrie, OK has such pretty wallpaper. Palmer stayed here last weekend as an early birthday present.

The Stone Lion Inn in Guthrie, OK has such pretty wallpaper. Palmer stayed here last weekend as an early birthday present.

The owner lovingly restored this old funeral parlor and turned it into a bed and breakfast. Some think creepy- Palmer thinks COOL!

The owner lovingly restored this old funeral parlor and turned it into a bed and breakfast. Some think creepy- Palmer thinks COOL!

Speaking of loving restoration, we got to hang out in Emily Netz's beautiful historic home again. This time for a home styling session for her little boys' room.

Speaking of loving restoration, we got to hang out in Emily Netz's beautiful historic home again. This time for a home styling session for her little boys' room.

Surprise, surprise. Daly is experimenting with plants again! Be sure to check out our Instagram stories to follow along her plant-loving journey.

Surprise, surprise. Daly is experimenting with plants again! Be sure to check out our Instagram stories to follow along her plant-loving journey.

This week has been a series of ups and downs for us Ashleys. Palmer's dog passed away last weekend, and it was also her birthday yesterday. What the heck? Her dog Sagan was a beautiful soul, a sweet german shepherd who will be missed greatly.

It sounds trite, but your surroundings matter most when life kicks you in the ass. Have a home that brings you peace, have a home that encourages taking your next steps, a home that gives you the grace to see life in its best light. 

Ok. Enough. Let's just look at pretty things on the internet:

Oh this rug deserves to be rolled on. It's so gorgeous.

We are still obsessing over outdoor living and how to do it best. This a fancy way to do it...

Daly's husband dug this book up about gardening and yard planning, and now Daly wants a hippie dippy garden for communing with nature, herself, and her family. #yarddreams #yardgoals

This is a lovely California home on a really beautiful blog. 

We both have toddlers and we both have to think about how to grow our baby rooms up into kid rooms. 

Speaking of kids, oh my gosh, this DIY mid-century inspired outdoor play-set is so amazing! Can we have this now?

This is a stairway to heaven for sure. Involving plants.

Love,

Ashleys

 

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Vintage Shopping in Tulsa: Curated Vintage

Oh we love finding things for our customers.

Oh we love finding things for our customers.

Bohemian modern, vintage eclectic...this is what you find at our shop. My goodness, don't you want to sit on those chairs with your feet on that rug?!

Bohemian modern, vintage eclectic...this is what you find at our shop. My goodness, don't you want to sit on those chairs with your feet on that rug?!

Ahh y'all, this is a fine category. It's the one Retro Den fits into. While the Tulsa Flea Market and antique malls have a huge variety of stuff (which is one of their great appeals), curated vintage is super fine-tuned to create a collection of items that meet the owner's qualifications (Mid-Century Modern, Bohemian Modern, Traditional Antiques, Modern Eclectic, etc.). Customers can come to expect a very specific variety of items from these shops. 

Jo & June has vintage clothes and home items. Earth-tones meet modern day hippie. Yes, please.

Jo & June has vintage clothes and home items. Earth-tones meet modern day hippie. Yes, please.

One of the owners, Danielle, adding up my tab. I got some vintage clothes that make me feel like I may run a floral booth at the farmer's market–exactly how I want to feel about myself. -Daly

One of the owners, Danielle, adding up my tab. I got some vintage clothes that make me feel like I may run a floral booth at the farmer's market–exactly how I want to feel about myself. -Daly

Stores like Retro Den work hard to make an experience for customers. You can come to our shop and be guaranteed to find home items that will suit a modern eclectic home. I like the way a customer once explained why she liked our shop–"I used to love going to all the places to search out my home pieces, but now I have less time, and I also just enjoy trusting that I can show up to one place and find things that suit my style. It's more efficient." 

Vintage Vault carries beautiful mid-century modern furniture, decor and clothing. They are right up the street from us!

Vintage Vault carries beautiful mid-century modern furniture, decor and clothing. They are right up the street from us!

Sheila, one of the owners, has been collecting vintage clothing for as long as she can remember.

Sheila, one of the owners, has been collecting vintage clothing for as long as she can remember.

Because someone has spent time and energy to find EXACTLY the right pieces for their shop, items will cost a bit more. Think of it as someone saving you the gas of running to 20 different places across town and country. Think of it as someone doing the work of identifying style and quality from often chaotic picking spots. Also, curated vintage shops often have contacts only they can have...pickers.

We have this fascinating cast of pickers who bring us items for the shop. It's pretty cool that when you shop at Retro Den, your purchase power helps make it possible for two women to make funds for their families and also for fellow Tulsans to add to their living by selling cool vintage items to our shop which eventually sell to you. Neat, huh?

The owner of Mod50s, Maurice, has been in the vintage game for a long time. He's got a shrewd eye for pieces with historical meaning and value. His shop is very exciting to explore. 

The owner of Mod50s, Maurice, has been in the vintage game for a long time. He's got a shrewd eye for pieces with historical meaning and value. His shop is very exciting to explore. 

Thanks Maurice for being nice to all us other vintage furniture folks getting into the game.

Thanks Maurice for being nice to all us other vintage furniture folks getting into the game.

We are proud to run in a crowd of super talented entrepreneurs with beautiful shops. Below is a short list of our favorite curated vintage shops in Tulsa...what are your favorites?

Retro Den (yours truly!)
1216 S. Harvard Ave

Mod 50s Modern
2921 E. 15th Street

Vintage Vault
1134 S. Harvard

Jo & June
2313 E. Admiral Boulevard

 

We'd like to help you style your home. Can we?

A-List Weekend Reading

This week Daly painted the remaining three walls of her living room blush. Pretty!

This week Daly painted the remaining three walls of her living room blush. Pretty!

She was inspired in part by this blush kitchen in a CA Airbnb she stayed in last summer.

She was inspired in part by this blush kitchen in a CA Airbnb she stayed in last summer.

It's Friday again! Yahoo!

This week Daly painted the rest of her living room PINK. Benjamin Moore Wild Aster to be specific (you can see the same color in this pretty bedroom.) You may recall she recently painted her TV wall blush, but now all all four walls are covered in this beautiful color. Blush is a big deal for 2017. Not only in the Daly household, but here. Now she thinks she needs these to finish up the room. And then maybe install this in her hallway. Daly has big dreams as you can see.

We know it's difficult to find pretty wood paneling inspiration, so here you go, you people with wood panel walls (like Palmer and our employee, Holly).

Check out this beaaaautiful before and after. That wallpaper!!

Finally, it wouldn't be A-List Reading if we didn't include a shout out to house plants and house plant hangers (which you can make for your outdoor spaces in a special workshop next month at our shop!).

Have a nice weekend!
Ashleys

 

We help you create a home that is reflective of you!

Succulent Care Guide: High vs Low Light Succulents

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Succulents are the Camels of the Plant World

Our succulent expert and dear friend Sara says succulents are the camels of the plant world–draught tolerant, wind tolerant, the toughest plants you'll find. Tough as nails on the outside, hearts of gold on the inside. Though these plants are as resilient as camels, proper treatment is still necessary.

I remember before meeting Sara I'd buy a cactus at some random store, plant it in soil (a big no no, read our planting guide here), place it in the middle of the room with minimal light (How could you, Ashley?), and water it whenever it looked sad (that is wrong too, check out our basic care tips here). So if you are treating your succulents like this, don't worry. I was once where you are. Just having a love of the plant and a motivation to learn is all it takes.

Why are my Succulents Dying?

Beyond the basics, one thing I've learned from Sara over the years is that not all succulents are the same. Have you ever felt you have better luck with certain succulents in your home? Some varieties thrived while others died a slow, slow death? Well, it may be because your home is better suited for either high or low light succulents. Yes, succulents have different light preferences! Who knew?

High Light Succulents

High light succulents tend to be more colorful than low light succulents. These are the beauties with traces of purples, reds, and pinks. Most succulents are high light succulents, which means they want at least six hours of sunlight per day. South facing windows are best for these plants, but they can also handle the heat of a West facing window if it's not too shady during the day. They also like direct sunlight and can live outside when temperatures are above 40 degrees. Remember to ease them out into the direct sunlight though if they've been indoors for a long period of time. Even though they love sun, succulents can still get sunburned just like us. Just imagine lying out on a beach with no sunscreen and naked on a hot day after being indoors all winter long. Yikes! Keep this sunburned image in mind when moving your succulents outdoors.

If you keep a high light succulent in a window that doesn't get at least six hours of good sunlight, it will begin to stretch, looking for light. Sometimes people mistake stretching for growing. Don't let this fool you. If your succulent elongates quickly and its leaves became spaced farther apart than before, it is probably asking for more light.

We love using vintage, new, and hand-crafted planters (like the hand-thrown black clay vessel by local artist, Foxy Pots). // These are all available and waiting to be planted at our shop.

We love using vintage, new, and hand-crafted planters (like the hand-thrown black clay vessel by local artist, Foxy Pots). // These are all available and waiting to be planted at our shop.

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Low Light Succulents

Low light succulents tend to be a darker green color compared to the high light succulents. They also tend to look more aloe-like as opposed to flower-like. Though not sporting vibrant reds and purples, these succulents have beautiful textures and shapes.

Low light succulents are happy with indirect morning sun to afternoon sun. This means that if you don't have a super sunny South facing window, a lower light succulent can still be happy in your home. Though low light succulents don't require the six hours of sunlight like their high light counterparts, they still need light! Place these guys near an East facing window where they can soak up at least three to four hours of sunlight per day. Again, if your plant grows quickly and starts to lean, help a succulent out and give it more light! 

Succulents are like goldfish and only grow as large as their containers; however, you may need to do a little maintenance after a year or two. Learn how here.

Succulents are like goldfish and only grow as large as their containers; however, you may need to do a little maintenance after a year or two. Learn how here.

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low light succulent
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low light succulents
low light succulents

The Right Succulent for Your Home's Light

So next time you're looking to adopt a succulent, try to select one that will be happy in your home with the light you have available. It will be much better for you (no stressing that you're killing it) and your plant (no stressing about being killed). If you shop for succulents at Retro Den (like everyone in the world should), then just ask one of us Ashleys about the high vs low light succulents, and we'll happily point them out to you. Because that's the type of people we are.

Note: If you feel you don't have enough light in your home even for the low light succulents, take a look at our easy-to-care-for plant guide for some other lower light plant alternatives. 

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A-List Weekend Reading

Happy day to you! Check out our Beginner's Guide to Houseplants on Cottage Hill today! // Beautiful sketches by Laurel & Marie

Happy day to you! Check out our Beginner's Guide to Houseplants on Cottage Hill today! // Beautiful sketches by Laurel & Marie

Our giant macrame wall of plant goodness by House Sparrow Fine Nesting!

Our giant macrame wall of plant goodness by House Sparrow Fine Nesting!

Vintage rug beauty Palmer scooped up for her kitchen

Vintage rug beauty Palmer scooped up for her kitchen

So many exciting things this week! We are super pumped that our guide to houseplants was published on the ever beautiful Cottage Hill today. Go check out Daly's weird plant jokes there!

Alsoooooo... our macrame plant wall is complete and resplendent. Read its process story over on House Sparrow's blog.

Palmer's kitchen is now painted a deep, dark green, so naturally she's been checking out allllll the green kitchens and other pretty green things. Plus, Palmer can't stop noticing beautiful rugs after snagging one for her kitchen (see above!) from a fellow Oklahoman.

Also, we love this fellow stylish Oklahoman and her sweet daughter.

Can't stop, won't stop thinking about outdoor spaces. Loving this little patio makeover. And this one too! Palmer hung a couple ferns out on her patio, but what about bringing one inside too? Yessss.

Add this to your skill set. And then take in this freaking lovely Airstream.

Meanwhile, here’s a little something Daly has on her mind.

And finally, is the pom pom a friend of the tassel?

xoxo,

Ashleys

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Sometimes you just want a helping hand and a keen eye when working on your home. We are those things for you.

A 1920s Tulsa Owen Park Sears Kit Home

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We first met Emily Netz at The Alliday Show a few years ago. She made and sold beautiful brass air plant hangers. She and I (Daly) figured out that we were both pregnant and due within a few days of one another. The excitement and anxiety of impending parenthood bonded us, but I must admit enjoying our friendship on the background of her beautiful homes has been a nice perk.

Emily and her affable husband Jeff flip houses, and if I were a house, I'd want them flipping me. They take care to respect the home's character and breathe fresh life into the walls. All the while, they are raising their sweet, handsome boys Theo and Auggie. 

We love Emily's nuanced style that feels modern and historic at the same time. There is something warm and exhilarating about her decorating, each vintage piece and plant carefully chosen. Thank you for welcoming us into your space–we really enjoyed spending a few hours taking photos, sipping delicious coffee, and asking tons of design questions, which you can read her answers to below.

If you'd like to keep up with Emily and her house-flipping adventures, she recently started a newsletter to share the tips and tricks of her trade. You can sign up here. 

What is your approach to incorporating vintage into your home? Sometimes my decorating is quite deliberate and planned, but other times I happen upon a lucky find and I make a place for it in my home. Usually, I have an ongoing list in my head of things that I’m on the lookout for, and I know that eventually I will find them as long as I keep looking. I have my favorite antique and thrift stores that I pop into regularly, and I think that is key for finding those sought-after pieces. It really takes patience!  

How would you describe your homestyle? Maybe it’s a little lofty, but I would like to describe my style as “thoughtfully & eclectically curated.” Whether I choose to incorporate a new piece into my home or whether I find a 100 year old something-or-other to fit in a corner or on a shelf, I want it to be intentional.

Where do you get inspiration from? Some of my favorite sources of inspiration that I look to are anything by Amber Interiors, Sarah Sherman Samuel, and Emily Henderson. Lately, I am finding myself more drawn to a primitive style than I have in the past. The classic English kitchens by deVOL are calling my name. I also love the work by Jersey Ice Cream Co.  

Think of your style six years ago and think of your style now, how has it evolved? When I think back to six years ago and how different my style was, it is rather humorous and even a little cringe-worthy. It has taken me quite a bit of experimenting to really discover what I love and to realize that my taste is ever evolving. My style has morphed by different catalysts over time. I started out by purchasing furniture inexpensively off of craigslist and from garage sales and trying them out in my house. If I didn’t like it, I sold it! And I usually made money on most everything I “flipped.” That whole process helped me figure out what style of furniture really made me happy when I walked into a room. It also taught me how to spot a good deal and become a better negotiator.

 What are you really into right now in the design world? Right this moment I’m really into NOT being into trends. Is that an acceptable answer? Haha! I find myself always coming back to the classic, simple pieces that have a history and could tell you quite a tale if only they could talk. I might be inclined to try out the wallpaper trend - if I can convince my husband!

Why do you think it's important, worthwhile, to have a beautiful home? I believe that the home is a direct reflection of the people who dwell inside. I realize not everyone enjoys the process of creating a beautiful space as much as you or I do, but I think it is equally important for everyone to create a space that elicits a sense of peace in the middle of the crazy busy world we live in. Our home should be a haven of rest – and we should love being at home. And having a beautiful home doesn’t have to mean that it is perfectly styled or furnished to the hilt. It’s about creating a feeling of belonging that is transferred to everyone who walks over the threshold.

How does your home reflect who you are? Oh I don’t know! One part of me wants people to take notice of the clever details and work I carefully put into curating each space. But another part of me wants people to not even see the pretty things but simply to get the feeling I am trying to convey of comfort, belonging, and love. I guess I want to do such a good job of creating a homey-home that people don’t even realize why they feel so awesome when they are here. Even though I love creating a beautiful space, I don’t value it over the people inside. I hope my home reflects that about me.

What is your favorite piece in your home right now? Besides my coffeemaker, my favorite piece right now is my coffee bar. It’s just an old buffet that I found off of craigslist. It has water rings on the top and the drawers stick, but it’s oh-so-functional and keeps my kitchen counters clear of all of my coffee paraphernalia. 

What are five Instagram accounts or blogs that you like right now? You will really get a kick out of the wide range of accounts that I’m into at the moment. I tend to follow accounts that speak to me on a personal level in the different roles I play as a wife, mother, and entrepreneur, as well as accounts that drop great business tips or just simply inspire me in various ways.

I enjoy following @imomsohard because I love – no, need! – a good laugh and finding solidarity in motherhood. @heysweetpea – Elise is a personal friend of mine and her branding school is kicking butt. It’s been rewarding to see how their business has grown in the last few years. She is one of the most encouraging people I know. Tiffany’s beautiful account (@tifforelie) is always inspiring me. I love how she writes and shares about her travels. Amanda (@mamawatters) inspires me in the area of motherhood and homemaking – I’ve followed her for years now! A new favorite is Sara Tasker’s feed (@me_and_orla). She is an Instagram and blogging coach and I am learning so much from her podcasts.

Thank you again, Emily! 

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You tell us your home dreams, and together we all make it happen. We make it happen so good. 

A-List Weekend Reading

Coffee, donuts with bacon on them, AND plants to look at? Yes please take me back to Mudsmith in Dallas, Texas. Daly took a weekend trip down south.

Coffee, donuts with bacon on them, AND plants to look at? Yes please take me back to Mudsmith in Dallas, Texas. Daly took a weekend trip down south.

The Airbnb in Dallas, TX, Daly enjoyed this past weekend.

The Airbnb in Dallas, TX, Daly enjoyed this past weekend.

Mudsmith in Dallas, TX.

Mudsmith in Dallas, TX.

Our pal Janie's before and after of a vintage tufted sofa made it onto Apartment Therapy. So fun!

Daly took a little retreat to Dallas and stayed in a lovely airbnb with an insanely beautiful backyard and walking distance from the Bishop Arts District. Coffee and food were great at Mudsmith, Oddfellows, Bolsa, and Weekend Coffee. Shopping was fun at We are 1976 and Curiosities.

We want you to look at this dark, sexy, plant-filled porch. And while you're thinking about sprucing up your porch or patio, keep this plant stand DIY in mind. Also, we are thinking of a long beautiful plant bench like this for Daly's home.

Keep these ideas in mind while renovating on a budget.

And in case you'd like to get us gifts, we would like this blanket and these bowls.

This apartment in DC is what Daly's houseplant dreams are made of. And if this is a beautiful way to room two kiddos together

Until next week!

Ashleys

 

Two Ashleys enter your home and leave it better than they found it. This could be a story about you.

Meet Local Maker OK Collective

Jessi and Kelli Newsome at a recent makers fair. Photo by Ronnie Harris

Jessi and Kelli Newsome at a recent makers fair. Photo by Ronnie Harris

We met Kelli Newsome in Oklahoma City during an Indie Wholesale Market event. She and her wife Jessi are the two person show that is OK Collective featuring handmade candles, pillows and jewelry. With one waft of their candles, we were sold. We burn these awesome, chemical-free candles in our own homes and have heard rave reviews from many of our customers. We've been wanting to carry candles for a while and are so happy we found these gals and their great products. Please enjoy reading about what inspires and motivates them to be makers. And come get a candle for yourself! With every purchase of a candle at our shop you get a vintage matchbook set!

Where are you from? Jessi grew up as a military brat and has lived in Oklahoma for the past 13 years, considering herself a proud Oklahoman. Kelli moved around growing up but has spent the majority of her life in Oklahoma.

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How long have you been making candles? What is your history with these skills? Jessi has always loved candles and became curious earlier this year about making her own. We both have allergies related to commercial candles and were excited to add handmade candles to our mix of products that are better for our own health and better for the environment.

Why is this your medium? Jessi focuses primarily on candle making and I sew pillows and make jewelry. Our company initially started in July of 2015 with handmade cotton baby shoes and refinished and repurposed furniture. People were consistently buying our furniture for nurseries so we thought the baby shoes would complement that. We started experimenting with different products and really fell in love with the mix we have now. Jessi puts her everything into each candle, and I love handling the business side of things from building relationships with wholesale accounts to coming up with new accessories and home decor pieces. We make everything that we sell by hand and want to keep it that way for as long as we can.

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What inspires you? I feel like our events inspire us. We have craft and maker events scheduled almost every weekend, sometimes two a day, which inspires us to come up with new things to keep our assortment interesting. We want repeat customers to find something new every time they stop by.

What do you enjoy about collaborating with our shop? We absolutely love the style of your shop! We also adore Mid-Century furniture and finding ways to repurpose pieces that have had past lives and stories to tell. I remember when I first met the Ashleys, and they told me that they only like doing business with nice people. I knew right then that they were going to be awesome to work with.

Why are handmade items important in a home? We think it's important to incorporate items into your home that are not only functional but also hold value. Knowing that your coffee table was made with someone's bare hands from reclaimed wood that would have otherwise gone to waste or the candle you bought from us helped us start a family, is huge. It holds meaning and substance. It has purpose. 

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Why do you love Oklahoma right now? Because it's our home and we feel supported here. We are in a maker community that encourages each other and shares trade secrets to help the whole community succeed. It's not everyone for themselves, and we think that's really helped us grow in our business so quickly. Oklahoma has the nicest people, and it's the only place that feels like home.

What is your favorite decorative item in your home right now? Our favorite decorative items in our home are our framed cards. We have a collection of cards that we've given each other since we first started dating with beautiful lettering and illustrations that we've purchased from our favorite local shops. We even have two of some of them because we love them so much that we forget that we already have them. We've run out of places to hang them, but we won't stop buying them. It's kind of our thing.

We love what you're doing Jessi and Kelli and are so proud to be carrying your candles! Thank you for working with us!

 

Make 2017 the year you live life on a beautiful background.

A-List Weekend Reading

Tasha Ball makes the most baller macrame bunting and we're all going to learn how next week!

Tasha Ball makes the most baller macrame bunting and we're all going to learn how next week!

Palmer's kitchen is about to be painted a bold color! Eeek!

Palmer's kitchen is about to be painted a bold color! Eeek!

We are all about the outdoor space with coral hues and rattan in this home.

This is a REALLY beautiful kitchen, don't you think?

I'm about to paint my kitchen a bold color next week, so I'm happy to hear this is considered a positive.

Daly is obsessed with people having artwork that is beautiful and meaningful to them or makes them really feel something. Here's a new place for pretty and affordable art.

Y'all party time calls for decorations. We are hosting a chance to make your very own macrame bunting with the beautiful Tasha Ball of House Sparrow Fine Nesting next week, June 1st. Get excited to make multifunctional, stylish party trimmings! 

These colors make us feel things.

This home tour has what is on both our minds...bold colored kitchens and landscape gallery walls.

See ya on the flip side!

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Let's work together to make your home lovely!

Where Form Meets Function: Palmer's Mudroom

Photo credit: KET Photography

Photo credit: KET Photography

A high-traffic, multi-functional room

My greatest achievement since moving into our current home was stopping my husband Patrick from spreading his change everywhere. Anyone else have that problem in their lives? Quarters on your bathroom sink. Pennies strewn across the kitchen counter. Dimes tucked between the sofa cushions. Sound familiar, anyone?

Personally, I keep my change in a coin pouch in my purse and maybe in my car cupholders for easy access while in the drive thru. However, after living with my husband for nearly a decade, I know that most people do not in fact use a coin pouch. Thus, I had lived with change spread everywhere in my house for nearly a decade–until we moved into our second home.

In our second home, we were lucky enough to have a mudroom right off of our garage. This is my first time to ever have a mudroom and I've got to tell you, it's my favorite room in the house. Why? Because it's so freaking functional.

This is a high-traffic area that works to keep the rest of our house under control. When laying out the space, I let function lead the way. I thought long and hard about how we actually lived and how this room could best support us through the mundane of the day to day.

My goals were to make the mudroom: 

1. relevant: identify what we do on a daily basis

2. functional: create systems to organize these tasks and make them easier

3.  pretty: aesthetically pleasing and enjoyable to be in

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Photo credit: KET Photography

Photo credit: KET Photography

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Upon entering the through the side door, this table (that my father-in-law built for us as a bar in our old home) greets you. This table is pretty, but also serves several functions: 1) we toss our mail into the wooden tray organizer (the mailbox is right outside this door), 2) we sort mail and sometimes pay bills standing at this table, 3) we keep our keys, garage doors openers and other various items in the leather catch-all (by Dust Bowl Dry Goods).

To the left of this table is a filing cabinet where anything worth keeping is filed. At first, I thought we should put the filing cabinet in my husband's office space because duh, filing cabinets go in offices, but then I realized most things we file come from the mail. And if we're bringing in and sorting our mail in the mudroom, it makes way more sense to have the filing system nearby. The recycling bin is also in this room, so mail rarely makes it past this space. In the door. Sorted. Read. Filed or recycled. Done. No random paper floating throughout the house anymore.

On top of the filing cabinet is the solution to Patrick's change issue (Or really maybe it was my change issue!). One of his mom's antique crocks acts as a change collector. It's strategically located so when he walks into the door, he sets down his keys and empties his pockets of the day's change. The coins are finally contained. Woohoo! And if a few strays show up, we can easily toss them in while cleaning up because they have a place to go.

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The least attractive, yet most functional wall in the mudroom houses the cats' litter box, the recycling bin, laundry bin and trashcan. Above these most useful bins are hooks for our coats and bags and a shelf for the diaper bag and other random things like car sun visors. Patrick installed the shelving unit using pipe and unfinished lumber from Home Depot. It's nice to have all of our unsightly, yet necessary items together in one space.

Photo credit: KET Photography

Photo credit: KET Photography

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Beneath my landscape gallery wall is our bench. The bench is made of three old military crates–two positioned horizontally, one vertically. We store shoes and a basket for winter gear during the cold months in the cubbies. On top of the vertical crate, we store our cat's food and water dishes so the dog can't reach them. My mom, Janie, sewed the long bench cushion with navy ticking fabric. We sit on the bench to put on our shoes before we go out into the world. It's so nice to have a pretty, comfy place to leave from and come home to.

wintering plants

Lastly, there are plants galore in the mudroom! Especially during the winter when the outdoor plants vacation in here. It's a nice way to bring beauty and interest to such a high-traffic, functional space. Thanks, plants. 

Relevant, check. Functional, check. Pretty, check. I feel like I achieved my three goals for this multi-purpose space. My secret fourth goal is to save up enough of Patrick's change to buy myself a little something something.

warm entry way
The mudroom is also a nice place for budding friendships.

The mudroom is also a nice place for budding friendships.

 

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