A Mudroom's Dramatic Before & After

I have been anxiously waiting to share this dramatic before & after of a mudroom I designed in Lexington. My clients hired me to redesign their mudroom in their cape style home. It was pretty dated, dark, and I’ll just say it…ugly. Here is a photo of the before.


And here’s the after. Big change huh!?

Wilson Mudroom.jpg

I worked within the existing footprint to maximize the space as there was no plan to add on, and designed all the custom cabinetry which my carpenter then built. There’s a small porch on either side of the room and doing away with one and closing in the door was not in the budget. So we kept the breezeway and got new doors that gave them more privacy but still allow light to flow through.

Wilson Mudroom 2.jpg

They have two young kids so we needed to utilize the space as best as possible with places to hang jackets, store shoes, keep gym bags, and have things behind closed doors. There are lots of hooks in here for these reasons! I opted to have one large space for jackets rather than breaking it out into cubbies to maximize the amount of coats they could hang. Additionally I gave them two different spots for shoes - one for boots and another for sneakers.

Wilson Mudroom 3.jpg

This room is also where they store their recycling and they desperately wanted those standard blue bins the town provides gone. Again the space is narrow so I designed these pull out bins that hold a standard trash can turned sideways allowing them to sort and keep their recyclables out of sight.

Wilson Mudroom 4.jpg

Finally we included a bench seat covered in a Sunbrella fabric under the window and added a pop of yellow using one of my favorite fabrics, Schumacher Queen of Spain, for the roman shade.

Let’s be honest, the space typically has a lot more stuff in it (I mean they’re an active family of four), but as my client said, even if it’s a hot mess at times, at least it’s a pretty hot mess.


Photos by Sabrina Cole Quinn Photography

A Serene Master Bedroom

Today I'm following up with the second half of the Bold, Eclectic Family project I shared a few weeks back - this time with the master bedroom.  This was one of the first bedrooms I had the pleasure to design and I just love how it turned out.  

Rachel Dunham Design: The Serene and Colorful Master Bedroom

True to my design aesthetic, I wanted this room to be colorful, yet serene enough to work in a bedroom space. As parents of a young child, a relaxing and inviting master was super important to create.  I opted to paint the walls a light blue and accented it with olive green and a bright yellow.

Rachel Dunham Design: The Serene and Colorful Master Bedroom

The bed has channel tufting in an olive green fabric (which was a tough sell at first), but it turned out beautifully. I see so many neutral headboards in grays and creams, but this green is still muted enough to act as a neutral yet is more unexpected.  The roman shades were constructed using a Duralee fabric and the bedding is from West Elm, one of my favorite affordable spots for organic cotton bedding.  The throw pillows were designed by my client.

Rachel Dunham Design: The Serene and Colorful Master Bedroom

I opted to use a matching walnut dresser and nightstand set to bring warmth into the room. We also replaced the old wall-to-wall carpeting with a new wool carpet which feels soft underfoot.

Rachel Dunham Design: The Serene and Colorful Master Bedroom

Last but not least the artwork!  The art really finished off the space in here.  My client actually found the artist Gretchen Warsen of Toddy Pond Designs on Instagram and commissioned her to create the two black & white works on paper above the bed.  I love how they stand out against the light walls and add a bold pop.  The other large work on canvas is by the lovely Carolyn Mackin and part of her Magical Places series.  Carolyn has such a way with color and I like how this piece ties in the yellows and blues already in the room, but also brings in some warmth with the pink tones.  I love supporting local artists and both of these women are local to Massachusetts. Please check out their work and reach out to them if you are interested in any of their pieces!

Rachel Dunham Design: The Serene and Colorful Master Bedroom