Eddie Ross Offers His 4 Best Tips For Creating The Chicest Mudroom Ever

We should expect nothing less from Eddie Ross. He explains how he turned a bland corner of his historic home, Edgewood Hall, into a luxe and functional entry.

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Trevor Dixon

As someone who’s allergic to clutter, having the back entrance of Edgewood Hall lead straight into the kitchen was a no-go. Our solution: Transform part of the room into a mudroom for corralling coats, shoes, and dog gear. Here are 4 hacks to making the chicest mudroom ever.

Experiment With Flooring

    Laying down a real brick floor would have meant ripping up the subfloor to keep it level with the kitchen floor (a major expense), so we used Brick-It tiles instead—they’re made from sliced bricks and don’t require a mason to install. We decided to leave the base off the Wood-Mode cabinets so that muddy boots could sit directly on the brick floor.

    Another great hack? Our carpenter installed a copper tray in the floor to hold a cut-to-fit coconut-husk rug; this way, we won't have to deal with a doormat sliding around, and it stays flush with the floor for a cleaner look.

    The hint of metal peeking out around the edges adds a chic touch.
    Trevor Dixon

    Prepare The Space To Be Actually Be Used

    Double hooks and cabinets provide all the storage we need. We used a faux-suede upholstery so this prim stool could take some wear and tear—ideal for a high-traffic entryway.

    Trevor Dixon

    Bring The Outside In

    And because we wanted the space to feel more like a garden room than your typically blah mudroom, we tricked it out with decorative details like pretty patterned wallpaper and window treat­ments from Twigs. Sherwin-Williams’s high-gloss Lounge Green paint to brings the outside in.

    Add Person Touches

    For the finishing touch we took an unlacquered-brass Baldwin lock cover to a local trophy shop to have it hand-engraved with "EH" (for Edgewood Hall) and the date the house was built.

    Trevor Dixon

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