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Mudroom Blues

Our kids are nicely seated back at their desks at school, the leaves are turning from green to gold and Canadian families go back inside to escape the chill that has returned to the air. There is no better time to consider the anarchy of the mudroom: shoes continually piled in disarray, coats strewn about, backpacks blocking doorways and various sports gear causing neck-breaking tripping hazards. Although mudrooms provide only a brief transition between outside and in, they are very busy places in any family. Illogically, most mudrooms are of tiny configuration, forgotten, messy and disorganized spaces, (that are nonetheless capable of causing embarrassment if the door is accidentally left ajar when a guest walks by on the way to the carefully cleaned powder room!)


Plan a mudroom well and you will be glad, maybe even delighted, to leave the door wide open. Whether you are a family of 2 small children with parents or a family of one child, three dogs, and 2 avid mountain climbers, it is important to plan storage for all members of the family and to utilize every square inch of this usually small space. Bring storage cabinets full height to the ceiling where off-season items can be stored out of the way. Closed storage such as drawers and cabinets with doors are great for hiding the many items the mudroom cultivates, such as hats, gloves, pucks or baseballs. Open and accessible storage is a must if you want things hung up or put away by returning school children and busy adults alike. The easier the access, the more likely it will be put in place. Hang coat hooks at two heights: one for children and one for adults. Shoe cubes hidden in the bottom of a closet rarely get used; instead, use horizontal shelves that are immediately within reach of the entry door and fit any shoe size.


Think about the views into your mudroom from the interior spaces. Keep the shoe shelves out of the view of the wandering guest while keeping them handy for incoming family members. Give individual cubbies or drawers to each family member. This way items are not mixed up and more easily found by the teen running out the door to lessons or practices. In some cases, depending on space, you may even be able to plan for specialized storage such as a sports locker or a puppy station. The average mudroom does not have to be average! Although you must think about using finishes that are hardwearing, you can bring a little whimsy or style to a mudroom of any size. Add message boards, an invigorating colour on the walls or even a barn door on the entry in the hall. A mudroom can become fully functional, tidy, and yes, even stylish, if carefully planned. If in doubt, call a designer for expert advice!

Lara Hontzias Interior Design


403.606.7461
larahontzias.interiordesign@shaw.ca

Despite the small size of this mudroom, it is well thought out and uses every inch of storage possible!

C/O HGTV on Pinterest

Fun and practical storage idea. Get those backpacks off the floor!

C/O The organizedhousewife.com on Pinterest

Colour Trends of 2015

2015 will have a palette full of rich flavours giving homes a fresh global style from Europe to South America. The international influences uniting the world with modern to traditional yet spicy Pinwheel of colours.

Pleasant earthy colours such as shades of gray, soft blacks and lackluster browns and creamy whites perfectly set off a weathered palette. This brings to life a classic, beautiful contrast within contemporary spaces….. "Industrial to the Modern Country Farmhouse" look.


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The paring of a soft tone with a stronger more vibrant jewel hue can create a whimsical edge to a decor. A pretty yet gutsy modern look to a traditional space …a contrast that is essential to the new "British Traditional Eccentric" look.

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Sophistication is added to a room by the marriage of natural tones, soft whites with the colours of the Mediterranean. This serene palette brings forth a modern, polished tailored understated decor ......defining the now "Refined Glamour" look.


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Spicy jolts of bright colours fused with white or linen gives a space a decidedly upbeat feel transforming it into a cheerful bohemian decor ...Influences from Latin South American are the foundations of this fresh "Exotic Lively Global "look.


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Designer – Rocking Chair – Picks


































lush interiors & chairs that rock

Designers Lisa and Charlene from Lush Interiors discuss the newest trends for rocking chairs and how easily they can work for any home.

Dating back to the 18th century, the rocking chair has become an iconic furniture piece throughout history. From its traditional origins, the rocking chair has transformed over the years, developing many looks from traditional to ultra modern. More recently, the rocking chair has made a comeback into our day-to-day lives bringing with it, a familiar seat to relax and enjoy. When designing for the home, it’s important to use pieces that invite us to enjoy the space. The rocking chair is just the reminder we need to sit down and enjoy a moment of comfort whether it’s in the living room, study or nursery.


The Designers

LD | Lisa Danielewicz

Lisa has a great eye for proportion and scale allowing her to play with wild patterns and bright colors. When choosing furniture Lisa always finds unique pieces to pull the room together.

CT | Charlene Threatful

Charlene loves to express design through simple, clean lines. Her designs show a great understanding of form and function allowing her to translate her clients needs into beautiful designs.

www.lushinteriors.com



1/ The Kennedy Rocking Chair by Thrive Home Furnishings

LD | I call this the cabin chic rocker. It would marry well in a warm cabin- like interior. Picture this by the stone fireplace with your hanging argyle stockings.

CT | This chair has a very Danish feel to me with it’s teak wood and curved lines. The arm rest adds a modern twist. Would look great with a graphic fabric.

36”h x 30”w x 40”d



2/ Woven Windsor Rocker by Katie Walker

LD | This could easily be on your porch, as it could be in a little girls bedroom. With it’s light, white and airy design, I would toss a hot pink fuzzy pillow on it. This could be the girlie girls favorite reading chair.

CT | Definitely see this on a porch sitting by the lake enjoying the view. What fun it would be to paint it a bright pink or orange color.

31”h x 28”w x 40”d


3/ Rocking Beech Chair by Tomoko Azumi

LD | This rocker has me thinking a pair of these would look awesome in a high ceiling loft with a large white leather sectional and concrete fireplace.

CT | A really masculine take on a rocker. In a den or office makes a statement all by itself. It would

66”h x 56”w x 62”d





4/ Rocking Chair by Berger Duet


LD | Stop the presses, we finally have a replacement for the man’s lazy boy rocker. I see this chair and ottoman working well in a TV room or den. It is as comfy as it is nice to look at.

CT | Can you say baby’s room? So comfortable! Covered in a soothing pastel fabric, it would be the perfect place to sit back and read to your little one.

35”h x 25”w x 34”d






5/ Roxy Rocker by onefortythree


LD | This is a wonderful take on our mid- century modern revitalization. I would use this as an accent chair in my living room, in a funky library or even a music room. Throw a bright colored toss cushion on it to make it your own.

CT | This mid- modern beauty, by onefortythree would look good anywhere and everywhere. Love the lines and the warmth of the wood.

30”h x 30”w x 30”d






6/ Lookout Mountain Rocker by woodstudio

LD | The name says it all with this chair. The wood stain and leather upholstery would pair well with any cabin retreat.

CT | This rocker shows true quality in a handmade piece. The chair offers a traditional look paired great with a non traditional ottoman. Great to sit back and relax.

42”h x 22”w x 34”d



7/ RC01 Rocking Chair by Jason Lewis Furniture

LD | This rocker adds elegance to any room design. Be it a traditional or contemporary style, this Jason Lewis chair will add interest and warmth.

CT | Love this Jason Lewis chair. I think it may be one of my favorite. Classic, timeless design. The large back would provide lots of support. Would look great in a formal setting.

36”h x 30”w x 32”d