STATE Bags’ founders – a husband-and-wife duo who also created the Country Roads Foundation to support kids in New York City – noticed that countless children in the city were carrying their possessions around in trash bags. They formed STATE to address the issue by donating a backpack filled with schools supplies for every bag sold. The biggest impact happens at the company’s Bag Drop events: motivational rallies where children leave with both a new backpack and a renewed belief in themselves.
If your family struggles to get out the door on time in the morning because no one can find their jacket or backpack, no more! Install a series of hooks where everyone can hang their out-the-door essentials and easily grab them before getting in the car.
To connect the garage addition to the existing house, a spacious mudroom entry is built and filled with custom built-ins. Before the renovation, the family would enter the home through the side door that had no storage. Now, the space offers room for shoes, backpacks and coats.
Designed in a muted color palette of beige and blues, this bedroom is ideal for the growing teenager ready for a more sophisticated sleeping space. The striped bedding and diamond-patterned area rug energize the understated room, while the blue upholstered bench at the end of the bed offers a drop-off spot for backpacks and other school supplies.
Entryways are the first impression of any home, and this bright and colorful foyer is a fun welcome in the home. Yellow wallpaper adds a vintage feel to the space, as well as the retro photography artwork. After entering the lime green door, a set of cubbies is perfect for storing backpacks, coats and purses.
Although most mudrooms are linear, this one by Anthony James Construction makes great use of an odd corner near the entrances to the home's garage and backyard. A wraparound bench seat features ample storage underneath, while hooks stand ready for purses, jackets, backpacks and more. The 1970s Dutch door adds a nostalgic top note.
Hooks by the door help to capture backpacks, coats and scarves before they can clutter up the rest of the house. The reclaimed wood wall hints to the rustic-modern design elements featured throughout the house. It's also practical, keeping the wall clean and ding-free in this high-traffic area.
The home's entry doubles as a floor-to-ceiling art gallery packed with one-of-kind creations appealing to adults and kids. To keep purses and backpacks in one spot, wall hooks were installed among the featured art. A foyer table in matching blue provides an excellent surface for displaying family photos, intimate lighting, and accessories.
Just off the kitchen, Chip and Joanna added a locker style mudroom. With custom lockers for each of the family members, coats, backpacks and shoes have a clear place to go. To close off this space from the rest of the house, the rustic, wood, sliding barn door keeps the mudroom private. As seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.
Fun black and white floor tiles and modern art add spunk to this functional mudroom. The space was added as a spot for the family to store its coats, shoes and backpacks. Pops of bright yellow in the art and lighting stand out against the white walls, trim and ceiling. The window is a reproduction based on an original window design seen elsewhere in the Victorian home.
A family of five uses this patio for play and relaxing coffee breaks in Decatur, Georgia outside Atlanta. Designer Gina Sims found the lockers on Craigslist and color blocked them for visual appeal. Backpacks, coats and shoes are all neatly contained within. The children's self-portraits hang above. This porch/patio is now super comfortable and inviting; a great place to unwind for both the work-at-home mom and her children.
Glee creator Ian Brennan's living room was redesigned by HGTV Design Star winner Emily Henderson, as seen on HGTV's Secrets From A Stylist. For the bungalow's decorative makeover, Emily deliberately combined three distinct design styles to reflect Ian's personality. Starting with a '30s masculine look that she's calling "FDR Chic," she then layers two more styles: a fun '60s element called "British Invasion Mod," and furnishings from Ian's travels called "Backpacker Traveler."
We love the inspired detail of this "drop zone" from designer Breckyn Alexander where coats, backpacks and other items can be dropped. An oversized drawer beneath keeps clutter in check. Add a few more pillows and the space, with its pretty brass lights, would be the perfect reading nook to hide away on a rainy day with a good book.