Open shelves were used to lighten up the previously dark and crowded walls in this cottage kitchen. Mug hooks free up valuable shelf space and display colorful tea cups, while the white shelves and paneled wall help showcase the colorful dinnerware.
When designing a mudroom, think of how your children will use the space. Jeffrey S. Brown, president of J.S. Brown & Co., says, "Most parents tell us their children do better with open areas because they are more likely to hang their coat on a hook than to open a closet door and pull down a hanger." In this situation, low-hanging hooks are the best option. Kids can easily hang their bags and coats on rows of hooks and kick off their shoes below. Designer Sarah Richardson's walk-through mudroom is the perfect example of a low-maintenance entry with kids in mind.
This high-end powder room, designed by Lori Carroll with Lori Carroll and Associates, won first place from the National Kitchen + Bath Association this year. To snag a bit of this style, use hooks or towel grabbers, which can be purchased at Walmart for less than $5, to display hand towels.
Susan Brunstrum not only added an elegant style to this Park City, Utah vacation home, but she solved storage problems as well. In this mudroom, she situated a rustic bench for shoes and hung eight small "antler" hooks on the wall for purses, bookbags and jackets.