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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cheers!

Photos by Sabrina Cole Quinn Photography

A Bold, Eclectic Family Space

I am excited to share one of my favorite projects from last year! This family hired me to help furnish their new home in Lexington. Their style was more modern with an eclectic edge and Asian influence.  And they were just so awesome to work with - trusting me along the way and being great partners in the design of this space.  They had lots of great accessories and some existing furnishings we were able to play with which is always a plus.  Today I'm sharing photos of their living space and next week will reveal their master bedroom. Voila!

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

The living and dining room were open to one another so the blue and yellow/chartreuse color scheme stretched through both of these rooms.  We painted the walls a blue-gray-green and used woven wood roman shades in both to connect and warm up the space.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

We decided to use the client's existing leather sofa and accented it with chairs in a variety of shapes, colors, and textures including a chartreuse velvet swivel, caramel leather accent chair, and marine blue wool womb chair.  I wanted to use a vintage Persian style rug in the space and opted for one from my favorite Etsy rug vendor in a smaller size to keep us in budget.  We layered that overtop a Jute rug to fill out the space.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

The wooden bar with inlaid brass is from CB2 and is accented with their own barware. The vases on the coffee table are from Lekker and the artwork above the sofa is my client's own.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Living Room

In the dining room we worked with Saltwoods to create a custom table. My clients really wanted to do a live edge (something I typically shy away from), however, this one is just AMAZING. Even better in person. I love how they worked with this piece of Cypress, in particular waterfalling the edge on one side.  Just so cool.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room
Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room

I also found this chinoiserie style China Cabinet for the corner - the black finish really pops in the space. I love how the wool rug from CB2 brings in pops of yellow while the vase and bowl from Lekker pull in the aqua color from the rug in the living room.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room
Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Dining Room

Moving onto the family room, I wanted this room to feel more casual and comfy.  We painted the large accent wall a slate blue and the remaining walls white. We accented this with pops of orange, citron, and blue along with black, white, and gray neutrals.  

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room

The sectional from Crate & Barrel can easily fit this family of 3 for movie nights.  A round table and Eames style chairs provides a great spot for breakfast or lego building while the open shelving gives plenty of storage for toys, books, and other decorative objects.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room
Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room

The carpet tiles are from Flor, a brand I often use in family spaces due to their durability and fun patterns.  The blue pillows and ottomans are from Lekker while the orange pillows were designed by my client.

Rachel Dunham Design: A Bold & Eclectic Family Room

I'll be sharing their master bedroom next week in a separate post which is still colorful yet calm and serene. I can't wait!  I hope you love this project as much as me as it was certainly a highlight of my year. 

Cheers!

Photos by Sabrina Cole Quinn Photo