Two Story Cottage

Drop Zone and Mud Room

Dear Friends,
     I love our new house.  It trumps the old house in so many ways.  Floor plan.  Details.  Custom as opposed to cookie cutter.  Kid’s rooms.  Bathrooms.  The list goes on….

That being said, one of the things I miss from our old abode is the mudroom.  A whole room dedicated to the storage of everyday things with a door you could close was a needle in a haystack sort of find.  Of course, we did plan & execute the storage but the room existed for us to create it from.  A little philosophy for you today.

Our new home has a dropzone with built-ins in the hall which is so very custom and downright beautiful.  It seems, however,  that it was created for the Jolly Green Giant.  The hooks are WAY up in the air.  I am on my tiptoes hanging stuff up and there is no way the kids can hang their things.

Hello, Gorgeous.

Is that the same drop zone?? Yikes! 

I think a lot of design evolves from a need.  The need for function creates a design evolution of sorts.  

As you can see, we use the heck out of the drop zone but I wanted an area specifically for the kids to hang their belongings. I like my little ones to be as independent as possible.  So, on the adjoining wall I added hooks and a bulletin board we already had to serve as kiddie central.

On clearance at Target for $14.99

 I bought hardware from Lowe’s because the hooks did not match up with studs. Those anchors are a breeze to install (self-drilling screws) and they hold 50 lbs!  
To hang:
Use the package as a template and trace where the holes will go.
Install the anchor first with a screwdriver.
Put up the shelf and put the screw through the anchor and tighten.  Rinse & repeat.
Voila!

Now, we have the best of both worlds.  Or as good as you can get without a door you can close.

I’m sharing this post with Amanda this week.
Weekend Bloggy Reading

Next week I’ll have Part II from our Disney World trip.  Also, I’m playing around with a more workable solution for the closet under the stairs.  {Any Harry Potter fans in the house?}
T.G.I.F!

Comments

  1. We have a shelf/bench by our side door that holds jackets and shoes too. It gets out of hand sometimes though and starts to overflow into the halway:) I love your corkboard solution! Stopping by from Serenity Now.

  2. Clever solution, Erin! Way to make it work for YOU! Happy weekend!
    xo Heidi

  3. Clever solution, Erin! Way to make it work for YOU! Happy weekend!
    xo Heidi

  4. Clever solution, Erin! Way to make it work for YOU! Happy weekend!
    xo Heidi

  5. I think both of your worlds are awesome! Looks great!

  6. Ok, now I’m looking around my house for a place to put a drop zone. I love yours!

  7. Your built ins are amazing!!! I would love to have those over here!! :)

  8. Clever solution, this looks awesome!

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