Restored Victorian: Kitchen and Mudroom
All the action in our house is in the kitchen and the family room, so it was especially important to me that they were both beautiful and functional. Situated in between is the powder room, a perfect place to add some flair and serve as a transition. The next several posts will highlight these three spaces.
The kitchen was part of an addition and the layout still works well. We have a peninsula where I prep while the kids sit and eat. I wash dishes looking out the window towards the backyard. When we moved in, my biggest concern was the area just beyond all the cooking. The side entrance had a few hooks and a built-in seat that was a place to pile up bags and shoes. The area for the kitchen table was very large but lacked any real coziness to sit and hang. To address these issues, I designed a built-in coat closet in the mudroom and a wrap-around banquette for the table.
Sources: pendants and chandelier by Schoolhouse Electric; stools by Restoration Hardware;
The mudroom got a long bench above two deep shoe drawers, one for each kid, and basket to hold hats and mittens. Above the bench is a deep coat closet that has 8 hooks for jackets and backpacks yet nicely hides the chaos behind two closed doors. Three pretty hooks for purses and scarfs are exposed under a pretty display ledge. Above the closet is a small storage area that fits two Elfa freestanding drawer units for kid’s crafts and toys. The best part of having an organized entry is that everything has a place, tucked away and out of sight. To see more photos of the kitchen, check out the gallery.
Sources: Atlas II tiles from Cement Tile Shop; Teddy Hooks by Shoppe Amber Interiors; Card File Pulls from Schoolhouse Electric; Flat Roman Shade in Basket Sheer by The Shade Store.