FROM MELANCHOLY TO MEANINGFUL
Our "mudroom" is a small space between the kitchen and the backyard at the side entrance to our home. I used to be so sad at the sight of it (see "before" pic) that I didn't even want to spend time in the adjacent kitchen. Since overhauling this room, however, I feel so much better about that whole corner of the house! Not only do I love being in the kitchen now, but I also feel welcomed when I come home through the side entrance, which is the main one our family uses. The mudroom is still a transition zone and as such will probably always tend towards chaos...but with a little creativity and relatively few resources, we were able to make it so that it fulfills its critical functions just perfectly, and that makes me very happy.