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

    Girl, you are GOOD! This is yet another fabulous “pick my presto” … and, I can guarantee that the homeowners will want to duplicate every inch of it! Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    stunning transformation! i love that you have such an eye for completely reworking a space. my little home could use some love and attention. one of these days…

    • Layla says

      Thank you! It’ll be fun to see what Summer decides to do with the space- hope she sends us her after photos! :-D

  3. Summer says

    Oh my gosh!!!
    I AM giddy with excitement!!! This is so so awesome and so bright and open I LOVE it!!! I never would have thought of that great window over the door. It will make it brighter and open and the mirror is great too!!!
    Time to start a new piggy bank!!! Thank you sooo much! I can’t wait for my daughter to see. She will fall over! We’ll definitely send you pictures when we get it rolling!
    You are the best!
    thank you! Summer

    • Layla says

      Yay! I’m so glad you like the inspiration Summer!
      Can’t wait to see what you guys do with the space!


  4. mtb says

    Beautiful and fun as usual, but what about the washer (and i am assuming) dryer hookup on the right wall? ARGGGHHHH it is ALWAYS something. LOVE the transom window too. Thanks for the husband ammo!

    • Layla says

      Thanks! Summer actually mentioned that they wanted to use it more as an indoor outdoor kind of space (not a laundry room), so I think those fixtures can probably just be removed, or covered up! :-D

      • mtb says

        Ahhh. Gee. At least she has a mudROOM. My entire house is a mudroom…sigh.
        I pretend i live in your pictures though so it’s ok.
        Your work is superfantastic! And ALWAYS makes me smile.

  5. says

    this is genius!!! I love the colors you picked. And I love just how bright you made the space. That storage unit to the right is brilliant.

  6. says


    Love that your plans included installation of a transom window. It certainly appears that they have a high ceiling and it allows the light to flood the breeze way. Another excellent ‘fix’. Next!

    Your Friend,

  7. says

    I LOVE this idea Layla! How cute is that mudroom? I also like the idea of having a window from the house to the breezeway so you can always see and greet people when they come through the door. I’m going to march home and show my not-so-visual husband my new idea for OUR breezeway! I’m sure he’s going to love his new project. ;)

  8. maurie says

    Are the cabinets custom or did you find them somewhere?
    I am looking for that exact thing in my mudroom…I need the doors to hide the clutter of 6 peoples items!

  9. Cindy Moon says

    I love it! I love Pick my Presto! Wish you could Pick my Presto my whole house! You are so talented!!!

  10. Amanda says

    This is sort of a crazy question but is the “outside view” you used a photo of younghouselove’s old backyard? I thought that as soon as I saw it and my second thought was “I spend waaaay too much time reading blogs!” Love the work on this one! So inspiring!

  11. says

    This was perfect as we are planning our own “mudroom” space!! It’s a few months (ahem, a year) down the road but never too early to start getting amazing ideas! You guys are awesome!!

  12. Tami says

    This is an awesome space and like some of the other girls I wish I had a place to make a mud room at my home …. Thanks for sharing this

  13. Heather says

    Am I pathetic that I get giddy when I open your blog and see the words “Pick My Presto” in the title?! Another amazingly beautiful job!

  14. says

    I love it! I’ve been debating on painting my tiny entry that shade of blue. Right now it’s chocolate brown with a black wall shelf and bench. I think I need to repaint the walls, then paint the shelf and bench a creamy white. Your sketch has gotten me inspired to “just do it!”. :)

  15. Adrieanna says

    Layla…that is so beautiful and fresh!!!! My husband and I are only a few months away from becoming homeowners again….your blog has been so fun to follow.

    Thanks for all your inspirations….

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. Melinda says

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

  19. 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!!

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. 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!


  28. Coleen says

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

  29. 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!!

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