Green Dining Room Uses Extra Space for a Butler's Pantry
A mini butler's pantry adjacent to this dining room provides just enough space for meal staging and overflow flotsam. It also takes advantage of an odd cranny that might have gone to waste with built-in cabinetry and counter space.
A built-in hall tree in the mudroom of this newly built farmhouse features a low bench with cubbies perfect for storing boot trays lined with shoes. Simple coat hooks line the paneled wall, while a high shelf provides space for display or additional storage. The crisp white palette is punctuated by soft gray trim that updates and distinguishes the architecture.
This laundry room lives much larger than its square footage, thanks to smart planning by Geoff Chick & Associates. The base cabinets that flank the washer and dryer are just 18 inches deep, but extending the wall of cabinetry all the way to the 12-foot ceiling vastly increases the usable space. Windows visually expand the room; the natural light flooding in enhances the warm notes in the soft gray paint. "Most laundry rooms are tucked away in a dark corner or in the basement," Chick notes.
Having virtually no natural light to work with is one of the biggest design challenges when creating a basement bathroom. Add dramatic elements with texture that make the space feel less like a basement or more like a spa-like bathroom.
Traditional Mudroom With Blue Cubby Storage, Brick Floor and Upper and Lower Storage Cabinets
This family wanted a space where their three boys could clean up and store their gear after a hard day’s play. Handy cubbies along this wall are equipped hanging hooks and surrounded with shelves and drawers above and below. A brick floor is decorative and low maintenance.
Organized Men's Walk-In Closet With Shoe Shelf and Hanging Bars
This men's walk-in closet offers tall shelving for plenty of shoe room and multiple hanging cubbies to keep all shirts and pants organized and unwrinkled. The dark, neutral color is a great shade for a man's space.
For this laundry room, Mark Warren of Warren Home Restorations Inc. wanted to combine efficient storage and ample light with pleasing design that would blend with the rest of the home. An apron-front sink makes a pretty stand-in for a utility sink. To the right, specially sized niches hold laundry baskets that make sorting and toting a snap.
Clothes remain organized and tucked away behind white, French-style built-ins. A chandelier hangs above the island, which stores even more accessories. Glass panels on the doors allow for quick-viewing and a place to store "wow" pieces.