Split Entry style homes are plentiful in Nova Scotia. Many of these entries are teeny tiny and can feel cramped. This inspiration book from Houzz shows how you can simply turn an underused and nonfunctional closet in to a mini mudroom. This homeowner did it for under $300. I know you could do it for a lot less. She splurged on things like hooks at Anthropologie and a bench cushion at Pier 1. There are definitely more cost effective ways to achieve this look.
Do you have a split entry with a cramped entry? I can help.
The Holidays are upon us. Will you be entertaining overnight guests throughout the holidays?
Does your guest room look like a bomb went off?
Have you always wanted a nice guest room but, have never got around to it?
Don’t have a dedicated guest room but, perhaps a pull out couch in the corner of your office, basement, etc. There are things you can do to even make that space feel cozy and special for guests.
With the stress of the holidays, you don’t need to worry whether your guests will be comfortable. Leave that to me. I have some simple and thrifty ideas to turn your guest room in to a relaxing and comfortable space. (They may never leave or at the very least will want to return soon.)
Colder temps are here to stay. Wet and cold weather means it’s time to take out the winter coats, boots, hats, mittens and scarves. Let’s multiply that for each member in the family and I bet at this time of the year, your entry way or mudroom becomes rather cluttered. If you are lucky enough to have a mudroom, it is one of the hardest working spaces in your home. Is it working efficiently for you or does it always look like a bomb went off? No mudroom. No problem. Many older homes do not have this luxury and you probably have a designated entry that your family uses on a daily basis. I can help turn the smallest of entries into a hardworking functional space. I can design a space, implement a system that will meet your needs, your lifestyle and your budget.
No more kicking boots out of the way as you scramble to your front or back door every time the doorbell rings. No more wet socks from soggy boots. I can even address typical entry way detritus such as keys, mail, loose change, etc.
Say No to
X overstuffed under utilized closets
X Boots all over the floor
X coats and backpacks strewn about
X kids saying they can’t find their mittens. (Ugh, as a mom this one really annoys me)
X items falling out of the closet every time you open the door.
Say Yes to
every one having a designated place for their stuff
kid friendly systems that will work for you and them.
a de-cluttered organized space
Let’s face it, Winter is here to stay. Let’s tackle that mudroom or entryway. Remember, it’s the first space you see when coming home at the end of the day and the last space you see when leaving. To see how I turned a very small space in to a functioning mudroom for my family, please click here.
This past summer I tackled our mudroom in anticipation for Winter. As we can be sure about death and taxes, in Canada, we can be sure of a long, cold, messy winter. My home is 129 years old so I don’t have the traditional coat closet by my entry door. However, directly of my entry area, we have this tiny little room. It measure 5 feet wide by 7 feet long. The previous owners used it as a pantry.
I knew our family of four plus one dog was going to need somewhere to store our winter coats, boots, hats, mittens and scarves and this room was going to be it. Continue reading →