We performed a little magic on our dated mud area! It was previously a desk with overhead cabinets, and we never really used the space other than to pile up random toys, clothing articles, trash, and paraphernalia from the car. Ryan and I decided to have a little quality couple time and work on a mini-project amidst the other projects going on in our work lives. Not only did we get to spend time together, but we ended up with an organized and stylish area that works for our family!
We installed a bench with wicker baskets tucked underneath, and each child has a basket for their shoes. It’s the perfect on/off spot right when we walk through the back door and has turned out to be a great system for the shoes always being ready accessible when we are rushing out the door!
We also installed hooks for purses, backpacks, and hat storage! The hooks have been both visually pleasing as well as functional, and even have the option to insert small labels with names in them. The hooks were a bargain purchase from Target @ $7/each and the link is here.
What I love about this space is how easy it is to change up the art and the accessories based upon the seasons of our lives! (The clips make it easy to change up the artwork, and were a purchase from Ikea.)
These pictures are an accurate representation of how this space looks “naturally,” but I’ve also styled this area with cute pillows on the bench and other fun accessories that aren’t necessarily practical with little kids in the house but make for great home design inspiration!