This charming Hamptons mudroom brings beachside chic and pin-neat order to a high-traffic space. The built-in cubbies and storage drawers are a great way to keep each family member's belongings organized, while the fresh, minimal white-and-green color scheme cuts down on visual chaos as well. The bold rug is both a soft touch for bare feet and a pop of graphic interest.
Busy multi-story homeowners have long known that a basket on the stairs can keep clutter at bay. But this ingenious solution by Donald K. Olsen Architects takes the concept even further, making clever use of "dead" space with handsome built-in drawers and bins.
Art dealers know that the eye-popping visual impact of artwork is maximized by clean white walls and hardwood floors. Create your own chic gallery look with a minimalist approach in a hallway: install track lighting for flexibility if your art collection changes or grows, and keep things cohesive with matching black or other neutral frames.
I love this idea: a home bar tucked into a recess in the wall, outfitted with deep drawers, a wine rack, and plenty of room for a growing collection of potent potables. In your own home, why not outfit a too-tiny closet, built-in bookcase, or other unused alcove as a bar? Shelves and lighting can adjusted to your needs and even painted to match your decor. It's a smart use of space with a touch of retro swank.
In this grand country house, a staircase offers a cozy nook for curling up: kids (and cats) will love a pillow-strewn spot like this to call their own.
Designed for an active Chicago family, this kitchen opens up to a snug home office and a mudroom area with built-in storage for outerwear and plenty of room to sit down and pull off snowy winter boots.
This space combines the laundry and the mudroom –– and why not? Gardeners, athletes and families with children will love peeling off the dust of the day right where the washing is done. It's as efficient as it is lovely: handsome built-in shelving hold library books to be returned, and a sleek countertop over the washer and dryer makes room for folding and sorting.
This image is hugely popular on Houzz for a reason: nothing creates instant drama like lighting. These unusual fixtures cast a nest-like shadow on the walls around them, adding texture to an otherwise minimal space.
There are in-between spaces outdoors as well, of course. No space goes to waste on these graphic tile stairs –– it's also a delightful impromptu garden for urban dwellers.