A Mudroom Gets Made Over
Beth Ann Kempf’s 200-year-old house has no downstairs closets, so her entry hall has to work overtime. Real Simple reclaimed the spot to improve the family’s overall exit strategy. Here’s how. By Nicole Sforza
Customizing for Height and Aesthetics
The main coatrack hangs about 12 inches below the seven-foot ceiling so that jackets clear the tops of cabinets. Relegating
off-season outerwear to the attic and storing fleeces in the bedrooms creates breathing room for day-to-day jackets. Everyone
in the family can easily reach the rack—except Janie, the youngest, who has a pair of low hooks at her level. “I love having
my own spot away from everyone else’s,” says Janie. “Otherwise I’d have to jump to get my coat.” The step stool stays off
the floor and comes in handy for putting on boots. A piece of art, inspired by the stool’s speckled palette, adds polish and
brings personality to this all-business area.
To buy: Flip 8 hook in white, $50, umbra.com. Dandelions Unite!, by Sarah Faulkner, $380, sarahfaulkner.com for info. Wauli hooks, $20 each, etsy.com/shop/pmcustom.