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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Karen's Plan of Attack!

Mudroom Makeover – Part 1
This week, after an impromptu PTA meeting, Kerry and I walked a couple of blocks down the street to our friend Julie's house to pick up Kerry's kiddos. While there, Kerry casually mentioned Julie's breezeway (the space that connects her garage to her house) and Julie's desire to give it a makeover. Since we were already there, well, we went in ninja style for a peek. Just when we thought we had escaped, unseen, Julie's husband popped up out of the bushes!  He exclaimed that when Julie found out, she would be "HORRIFIED!!"
And, she was! She even wrote about it on her blog here.
Her horror was in direct contrast to my excitement. All I could see was P‐O‐T‐E‐N‐T‐I‐A‐L. OMG'osh, this space could be FANTASTIC! The barrel vault ceiling...the multitude of windows ‐ FANTASTIC!!! I immediately knew that her Breezeway could be an amazing mudroom that will transform Julie and her family’s daily life. So, what to do when a family of four has little closet space but a multitude of every day gear that needs to be stored with ease and function while being aesthetically pleasing? AND do it on a budget??
IKEA – the land of creative (organizational) design at bargain basement prices!
A plan is in order....measure twice, road trip once... Especially when your closest IKEA is 2.5 hours away!! First, must figure out how Julie and her family would like this space to function. After a conversation on the phone, we determined that they would need space to store:
Shoes! Backpacks! Coats! Sports Equipment! (oh...the multitude of basketballs, baseballs, soccer balls!) Recycling
Some seating and...Ohhhhh...can you make it pretty, too??!?
With a budget of less than $500 and a Breezeway that measures 12’x7’, this is no easy feat...but I am confident that with creativity and a LOT of elbow grease that this space will be an amazing mudroom!
So, hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to IKEA we go – YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  1. Can't wait to get started - thanks Karen! :)

  2. Stacy - we don't know, yet! Want to come?!??

  3. I have living room you can come work on next...

  4. Jackie - be careful what you ask for!


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