Mudroom Ideas – Pick My Presto

Hey there- and welcome to another installment of Pick My Presto!

I randomly selected another email from my PMP inbox yesterday, and had some fun photoshoppin’ a photo of a breezeway sent in by a reader named Summer. Here’s the photo she sent me…

Move your cursor on and off of the photo below to see what I had fun dreaming up…

(PS- Google Readers will have to click over to our site to view this one in action!)

(Note: My drawing is for inspirational purposes only, and the ideas shown in it are just that. Spontaneous, totally flexible, just-for-fun, ideas. And since this is a just-for-fun photo consultation, and not an actual-and-perfectly-to-scale virtual consultation, I have no idea if any of the furniture, ideas or accessories I used in the drawing would actually work in the room. Boom.)

Can’t view the interactive photo above? No prob! Here’s a still image:

I have no idea if this is the kind of space Summer is looking for, but I sure had fun putting it together, and hopefully she can use an idea or two!

I think everything is pretty self-explanatory on this one, and like I mentioned above, all the ideas in my drawing are literally the first ones that popped into my noggin. (If I did the drawing over it would probably look tooootally different.) (Hey, now there’s an idea…maybe I’ll presto change-o a presto change-o next time- LOL!)

There are so many different directions you could go with this space, but my gut reaction (probably because of the teeny tiny closet situation here at our house) was to add a bunch of storage. I like the idea of having both open and closed storage, too, so that you can access pretty things like baskets, blankets and boots with ease; and hide the stuff you don’t necessarily want to see all the time.

Note to Summer: If you do happen to like the idea of some kind of storage unit on that right wall, I would suggest building it around the window at the end of that wall…sort of like they did here…

Even though there’s probably not a whole lot of natural light coming in through it, I’m sure there’s some, and when you renovate the breezeway, just think of the cute view you’ll get to see from inside the house!

I like the idea of hanging a large mirror on the left wall to sort of visually widen the space. And there’s something kind of nice about having a mirror near an exterior door, ya know what I mean?

Anywho, I hope this helps get your creative gears a’turnin’, Summer! Have a ton of fun with it, and when you’re done, make sure you send us your after photos!


Runner: Caravan Stripe by Dash & Albert
Wall sconces: Boston Functional by Circa Lighting
Mirror: Solana by Pottery Barn


Wanna submit a photo for our Pick My Presto series?

Send an email to PickMyPresto [at] aol [dot] com titled, Living Room. (Replace the words Living Room with whatever type of room you’re actually submitting.) In the body of the email, include your name, your blog name (if you have one) your design likes & dislikes, and one photo of the space in question. (No links please.) It should be clear, and measure at least 400 pixels high x 600 pixels wide. (In other words: at least 4″high x 6″ wide) The bigger the better though! Make sure it’s a photo you’re comfortable with us showing and writing about on our blog. Then, whenever I’m feelin’ the urge, I’ll randomly select someone’s email and have a little fun creating some traditional or cottage style presto change-o inspiration. Oh, and since I love surprises, I probably won’t email you to let you know I’ve “picked your presto” unless I have a specific question for ya about your space.


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  1. says

    Perfect!!!! I so need to send you a picture of my living room…. The fireplace is in the most random spot, You have the “eye”! I love your website!

  2. SheilaE says

    I love how you can turn such a drab space into a place someone would actually want to sit down and spend time in. Inspires me to clean up my laundry/back entryway into a “pretty” place instead of a catch all. Love your blog!

  3. says

    OMgosh you are just awesome! I love the storage lockers! My goal is to build some this winter for our foyer as we have NO closets :( Good idea with the mirror! Cute little doggie 2 :)

  4. Melinda says

    What wonderful inspiration you provide! Living in a small home I am always on the lookout for more storage ideas. Great job : )

  5. says

    Oh my! I only wish my mud room looked like this. Just beautiful. Love the doors on the coat closets. So nice and neat looking. Oh, and the sweet puppy adds so much as well!!

  6. says

    We are right in the middle of a mudroom project (well, that’s not the only project going on right now…but.) and I’ve been trying to put into visual pictures (for the husband) this exact same concept. Love this! Whenever I think I’m completely crazed from all our DIY, I hop on over here to get re-energized.

  7. Josey says

    Hey Layla – can you give a resource for the tiles you used on the floor – even the site you found the picture from might help!


    • Layla says

      Hey Josey!

      I just tried finding that image on Google again, but I can’t remember what I typed in to find it! :-O
      I’m so sorry! If I come across it, I’ll be sure to post a link to it!

  8. Melanie says

    I’d pitch a sleeping bag right there on that cheerful rug! i love it all-Super PMP, layla!! i can even smell the hydrangeas….ahhh, pure. peace. joy and beauty! Hope she can make it happen, if so, Welcome home Summer!

  9. says

    Great ideas for the mudroom! I am loving black doors lately too. Do you think it looks ok to just paint one door black or should all the doors in a space be black?
    Thanks – Shelley

  10. says

    Regarding the above comment. I didn’t mean the doors on the “lockers”, I meant should other regular doors close by be black? Thanks!

  11. says

    You are amazing. I looked at that first pic and thought “Not even Layla can fix that tiny, drab space”. Boy, was I wrong. I looks so, so great! Now I’m wishing I had a miniscule, awkward hallway to turn into that fabulousness!

  12. says

    That built-in is killer. Room to kick off your shoes and closed storage to hide the mess. Do you remember where you got the image from? I think I need to do some built-in stalking for more details!

  13. christina says

    Hi Layla

    Another amazing PMP. Wow, so bright and light.
    Just wondering what version of photoshop you use. I used it YEARS ago(maybe 10) but wasn’t very good! I’m hoping to redo our whole house and really need to learn how to use it to hopefully save us some mistakes!


  14. Kim says

    Practical and lovely! I love the added window above the Keeps the focus outward.

  15. Coleen says

    I love the look. How would you construct the narrow two-legged table? It would be perfect in my small entry.

    • Layla says

      Hi Lisa! I use Photoshop for my presto change-o’s. Thanks for your sweet comment! :-)

  16. Lori Orman says

    So cool! What software do u use? I’ve been wanting to re arrange my living dinning area and would love to move things around on the computer first!!