I have always wanted a mudroom, and I finally got one in our current house. It's a little room just inside the garage door that would have been the laundry room had we not put it (the laundry) on the second floor. I do indeed love having a mudroom, but mine has no plumbing and no natural light...it's just a box.
Sarah's mudroom is no box. It's bright, it has character, and it's gorgeous. I love the painted paneling, the tumbled travertine floors ("the color of dried mud" Sarah says), and the red doors! They're just perfect. This is actually the main entrance of the house, so it needed to make a welcoming statement, as well as corral the boots and coats.
Sarah bought the white bench at a flea market (bottom left in first photo).
The light fixture was an old outdoor lantern that once sat on a post; Sarah had it rewired to hang from the ceiling. The chest between the two closets was another flea market find.
There is a powder room to the left of the entrance door. I love the antique table she turned into a vanity for the sink, but I'm not crazy about the wallpaper. I feel like the lavender is a strange color choice connected to the room of reds. But maybe that's why I'm not the designer.
I love Sarah's style, but we would disagree on what constitutes a good deal. The white bench? She "bargained" them down to $175. And the chest between the closet was $600 (then she found out it's not even really very old). I'm seriously thinking I could have found comparable pieces either on craigslist or at my thrift stores for under $100. Then again, her budget for the whole purchase and reno of the house was $1.1 million, so I guess it's all a matter of perspective.