When it comes to spaces like mudrooms or laundry rooms, function should be most important. That said, there’s no harm in making sure that these functional spaces are really beautiful too! A young San Anselmo couple, Erin and Nick, felt that way about their mudroom. Located in a beautiful Spanish style house, the mudroom was dated with off white, textured walls and a 1950s orange and yellow patterned linoleum floor.

The couple reached out to Gina Rachelle Design to transform the space. They had a good sense of what they wanted, and what was necessary, opting for a California Modern aesthetic with a neutral palette of grays, light pink, sage greens, and navy. The lack of window treatments was intentional, so light floods the space and offers a view of the gorgeous backyard. The outdoor space served as inspiration, with many elements from the outside brought in. Gina tells us more about the project:

Tell us about this project. What condition was the room in when you were brought on?
Since purchasing [the home] in 2017, the homeowners, Erin and Nick, used it as a catch-all room. With a bookshelf and a few Eames chairs lining the wall, the room started to fill up with books, jackets, and shoes with no particular order. It was a space that had a lot of potential but they needed help with the overall vision. 

What were the clients hoping for… anything that was a “must have” or a “please do not include?” 
Our clients wanted a mudroom that not only had a place for shoes and a few coats but they really wanted an extension of the kitchen. With their first baby on the way, they knew that they need all the storage they could get. They specifically requested a sink and lots of counter space. They had the intention of keeping overflow kitchen luxuries in the mudroom such as an espresso machine and a juicer. They also knew they needed additional space to wash and dry all the baby bottles that would be needed. Other requests also included a place to sit and put on shoes and shelving for all of their cookbooks. 

How did you transform the space?
We always start our process by really listening and learning what our clients want out of the space. Following that, we pull together some inspiration boards of similar spaces and potential materials to make sure that everyone is on the same page. Following these logistics, we dive into space planning and try to determine how to fit every need in this small space. As San Francisco designers, we are becoming experts at optimizing small spaces! 

We knew we wanted to place the kitchen sink on the small wall that is actually opposite of the kitchen making it easy to access the plumbing. Additional cabinet storage was added but falls short of utilizing the full wall only because we created an L shape bench that starts at the edge of the cabinets. The corner bench actually has hidden storage – the top lifts up to store valuables like dog toys or a few gardening tools. As the bench continues to wrap around, we created cubbies for baskets and go-to shoes. The storage doesn’t stop there. We also decided to add floating shelves above the sink and then a custom shelf above the windows that span two walls for all of our homeowner’s books. 

Like most projects, we were on a budget. Together we decided where to splurge and where to save. Erin and Nick put their money into quality labor that included smoothing out the walls, leveling the floor, and creating a custom bench. They also splurged on a gorgeous cement tile by Clé – 8” Hex in Basil. Rather than custom cabinetry, we utilized a fantastic alternative with Ikea and Semihandmade. The cabinet fronts are SHM’s supermatte, shaker style in light gray with hardware from Schoolhouse Electric. Other finishes we love that helped pull the space together included a porcelain countertop from Integrated Resources, Semihandmade floating shelves in maple, Delta’s Trinsic faucet in matte black and a mid-century modern sconce in black and brass by Cedar and Moss.

Take a tour of the space in the slideshow.