FROM MELANCHOLY TO MEANINGFUL
Our "mudroom" is a small space between the kitchen and the backyard at the side entrance to our home. It used to make me so sad with its ugliness (see "before" pic to the left!) that I didn't even want to spend time in the kitchen adjacent to it, but since overhauling this room 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 will always tend towards the chaotic, but with a little creativity and not too many resources we were able to make it fulfill all of its critical functions just perfectly, and that makes me very happy.