Mudroom, Laundry, and “Moms Office” Style Guide

June 15th, 2013

I’ve always liked the idea of multi-purpose rooms, so when I was designing the mudroom space, I wanted it to be a considered a “utility” space. The room will house the laundry space, a mail center, lockers, and a “mom’s office”. The room is also connected to the Den/Office and the butler’s pantry, so this part of the house becomes the work/utility center of the home.

When it comes to styling, I wanted the space to feel bright, eclectic, and of course, farmhouse. I incorporated light colors, painted wood planks, baskets and galvanized steel to get the look that I want.


Wire Pendant Light – Shades of Light

Caesar Stone – Frosty Carrina

Macau Chair – Ballard Designs

Large Round Basket – Target

Counter-Balance Pendant – Lighting Showroom

12×24 ceramic tile –

This is my color inspiration – whites, corals, and pale aquas. If I were really brave, I’d use that wallpaper too!

This is palladian blue in the wild – I hope it turns out that green:

I’m also going to add in a wood seat on the locker bench and a black tile floor to bring some contrast into the space. I want the lockers to have an open feel so I’ll do corbels up to the upper cubbies and  one big bench, like this:

Here is the official layout of the room. The door from the right is the garage and opens up directly across the lockers & mail station. The Mom’s office area is at the far end of the room with access into the Den, and 3 awesome windows.


All of the cabinetry will be the palladian blue and the countertops white quartz.lockers

Here is the desk area with the wire basket pendant light and white planked wall:


And the laundry area with cubbies for laundry baskets and an upper cabinet/shelf area for storage.


I’m so excited for all the details in this room. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house, however, since it’s not a “need” space, I don’t know how quickly the cabinetry will get done. Hopefully Mr. Project will feel so inspired by my plans, that he will want to get this room done super fast so we can enjoy it to its fullest! Either way, I know I’m going to be spending a lot of time in here!

Do you have any multi-functional rooms in your house? How are you using them? Or do you prefer to have individual rooms for all of these tasks?

12 responses to “Mudroom, Laundry, and “Moms Office” Style Guide”

  1. gale says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished room! I love the blue/green color. I’m still looking for a pale greenish blue for my new kitchen but I have time.

  2. libbywilko says:

    Love your plans the locker bench and the paint are my fave.

  3. Stephanie says:

    I LOVE all of your room plans! I’m curious to what the timeline for completion of the house is?

  4. Jen Allyson says:

    We’re trying to be in by Thanksgiving, but it will probably be closer to Christmas. Not all our projects will be done though, we’ll probably spend another year or two getting all the rooms just like we want them!

  5. KJ says:

    I love all your designs and refer to your blog often for inspiration (I don’t have a creative bone in my body- so I copy others creativeness) This multi-use space is divine, love the layout and how much you can do in a small space. Very clever!

  6. jenallyson says:

    Thanks KJ! I’m so excited to have my own space – especially after being in our small rental.

  7. Diana says:

    Love the plans and inspiration you provide. What program do you use to create your plans? Thanks in advance.

  8. Jen Allyson says:

    Diana – I use Adobe Illustrator to make my elevations.

  9. Katie says:

    What program are you using to do your room layouts?

  10. Jen Allyson says:

    I use Adobe Illustrator to do the elevations. The floorplan is from our drafter

  11. Lauren says:

    What are the dimensions of this space? We are getting ready to build, and I MUST have this room! ????

  12. jenallyson says:

    The room is about 8×15

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