Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Back at the Farm....

I was going to show you Sarah's mudroom yesterday, but the post got kind of long, so I decided to do it on its own because it's so awesome (or "allsome", as Pinkerbelle would say).

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.

7 comments:

Dawn said...

It really is beautiful!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oy, perspective is right! I think you could have found her some better bargains. ;) I'm not a fan of the wallpaper either, but the rest is just gorgeous!!!

RJ @ A Life Designed said...

I laugh every time I hear her talk about a "bargain!" And I'd love to know about these flea markets she goes to... where are they hiding?! I'm heading to one she might haunt on Saturday with high hopes.

Lisa said...

wow, that is gorgeous! My mud room is a dark little hole like yours so it's going to need a makeover to look like this!

Barbara said...

I love Sarah too, I'd really like to have her budget for "bargains"!

Pamela said...

I love Sarah but agree her cheap is not cheap!:) That bench was way too expensive. I always seem to miss the show when it comes on but I did catch the mudroom last week during the day.

Kim said...

That is certainly beautiful. I caught her show with the addition of a family room. Yes, budget is a matter of perspective.