Saturday, December 4, 2010

Day 4, My Mudroom...

Well, I didn't think I was going to make a post today, been very busy, but I'm sticking to my goal and so here we are on Day 4 and my mudroom. I know I have been asked this in the past, so for those of you who aren't in New England(or other northern areas, not sure where else they call it this), a mudroom is basically a stretch of house between your main house and your garage or outside door(if you don't have a garage). A lot of the times, this area has a door to the front of the house and then sort of takes over as the main door of the house and the "true" front door is never used. That is how my house is set up. Why "mudroom" you ask? Because it helps contain all those muddy boots and shoes in the Spring and all the sand and snowy boots in the winter, so it's not tracked into the rest of the house(we take off shoes in this area and they are not warn in the rest of the house).

I really haven't changed the decor in this area in quite awhile, just no need to I guess. I can't stand the tile floors, but hopefully this upcoming summer it will change. As for the Christmas decor, I just couldn't get it to look right, so I gave up and this is what I have. I just have too many other things to get done and do so worrying about this area seemed trivial.
This is the door that visitors enter through..
It's hard to see in the pic, but there are itty bitty lights in the flower arrangement.
Love my snowmen.

This cupboard holds my cake stand collection and other various glass pieces.

The door with the gingerbread girl leads to the garage, and to the right of that is a staircase to the bonus room over the garage.

Remember this little sled from this summer? I was going to use it for display, but Mason loves it. He crawls right into it and sits down and wants to go for a ride. So I'm going to make a padded liner for it and use it when the snow comes to take him out when the kids are playing.
You can't see the nice age of this cradle in this pic, but I won it today at a silent auction and I absolutely LOVE it!!! And it's full of the goodies from the church sale and retirement home sale this morning. It's all still out in the garage until I can bring things in to clean them.
I bought this wooden runner sled at my friends Sherrie's shop today, and the wood clamp on the floor a few weeks ago from her(yes, it's still in the garage, I just haven't had time to bring it in yet).
At the church sale, they had these vintage look 4' flags still in their packages for $5, they are from a prim shop and the original tags are still on and say $17.95. I bought one for me and one for my mom.
This is a horrible pic , but the color of these dishes is really pink. I'm not sure how old and if they are really depression glass or not. They are marked France, but for $10, I couldn't pass up the set.
It was a good day. Woke up to a thin blanket of snow on the ground, went to the sales this morning, took pictures of the kids for the Christmas cards(not easy getting everyone to smile and look at the camera at the same time), went to Sherrie's shop and ran into a neighbor and had a nice chat(wave to Michelle!), went back to the church for the silent auction(I've never done one before and what an adrenaline rush at the end), won the cradle that I fell in love with and a week at a cabin on a lake next summer(a whole week for all 9 of us for dirt cheap!!), hung up the fresh evergreen wreaths on the outside of the house, cleaned the garage with hubby and the boys, and now I'm off to make supper. I hope you all have a lovely rest of the day.



  1. More great pictures Tiff! I can see why Mason loves that sled...I love it too!! How lucky to win the silent auction. I've never done one before.

  2. Great finds and decorating.

    Enjoy, Janie

  3. I think it looks great!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  4. I'm getting so many great ideas, but I'm gonna need a bigger house! LOL Love it all, esp. the ginger girl! :)

  5. Tiff ~
    Love your silent auction win. Woo hoo! Also the little sled is just adorable and when Mason outgrows it you can then decorate with it :)

  6. Love the cradle!!!
    The pink dishes are not old....I bought some at K Mart some years back...but they are fun. :)
    I am enjoying your frequent blogs. :)

  7. Your house is amazing-I'm loving all these photos.

    That cradle is a delight-I just love it!

    I love the light fixture you have in your mudroom, too, I've so often admired them and have seen similar ones in magazines and catologues. How are they for actual 'light,' with those lil bulbs I always wondered if that area or room in the house with those light fixtures would be darker. Lastly, where did you get it?

    I would love to have one in my is NOT a thing of beauty like yours. I'm going to have to work on it with yours as inspiration!


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