Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Leave Your Boots Here for the Holidays...

We have this little mudroom off of our laundry room.  It is also where our dog can come in from the cold.

The Dutch door leads to the mudroom.  Wow, I can't remember the last time this room was this neat! 
Our yellow lab is an outdoor dog, so he sure can bring in a mess!  He loves to swim in the river.  No one likes the smell of a wet dog, so we have to keep this room clean.  When I walk in the laundry room, I want to smell the fresh scent of detergent, not Toby!  My daughter helps by giving him a bath once a week.
Also, we will have a full house on Christmas Eve.  My son's room will become a guest room and it is also off of the laundry room (we remodeled the empty basement years ago, to accommodate our growing family.)  I added some bright color and greenery to the space, since it will be visible to our guest.
Yes, Toby gets a few presents for Christmas, too!  He is such a good dog!
The dog food pail came from Tuesday Morning.  The old enamelware pot was once my Grandmother's.  Now, it holds fresh water.  The red polka dot bowl came from Ross.
I made the moss covered 'T' a couple of years ago.  It was on our porch upstairs.  This container is the same one as the one in the picture of the laundry room above.  I had grown tired of the blue lids, so painted them cherry red.  The containers came from Hobby Lobby with metal lids.  The red is working for me now!
The little bins above his bed are kept neat with baskets and bins.  The four small baskets at the bottom came from IKEA.  The red and white rug came from IKEA, too.
Not too feminine or frilly for this space...
I feel like we wash his bed all the time.  I wish I had thought to snap a photo of him on his bed!  He is so cute!
I pulled one of my fishing baskets from the shed to hold the fresh greenery.


Thank you for stopping by! 
I will be back with more pictures, soon, as I prepare for a home tour!


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29 comments :

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Christie:

I love your fishing baskets with the greens! So cute! I have to say Toby has a very nice area to be in the mud room....So cutely decorated.....I know I cannot stand the smell of a wet dog either and we are constantly bathing my Lola (German Shepherd).

I just love reading your blog.
Thanks for stopping by mine also.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christie, what a nice area for Toby. Love the basket of greens and where did the plaid dog food pail come from. Love it.

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Just beautiful! It feels so fresh and happy!

Simply Domestic said...

Everything looks so festive! Love the dog bowls! :)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a pretty mudroom Christie! I love the Christmas touches you added in there. We have a Toby too:)

It's me said...

Beautiful decoratings...enjoy enjoy ....love from me...xxx...

Kelly said...

I'm swooning! That is about one of the cutest mudrooms I've ever seen! Love all that red and white. Your rustic wreath is perfect there to add an unexpected touch of Christmas. You're lucky to have a spot like that in your home. My next house is going to have a mudroom for sure!!

janet said...

You have a beautiful and sounds like a functional mudroom..I wish Toby could of been in the photos..We had a chocolate lab and he was the best friend to my husband and I..Looking forward to more Christmas photos..

Carol said...

Christie,
It looks great! I could never decorate it at all like that if my dog slept there - even at 12, he'd eat it all.....
xoxo to Toby...

Designing Domesticity said...

Love it. Love the red and white color scheme - so fresh and seasonal. Wish I had a mud room instead of just a screened-in porch! Thanks for sharing, liz

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Love the colour scheme and the addition of your Christmas decor. Looks like you have everything there in one spot for your dog and I'm really wishing we could do that. Unfortunately we don't have a mud room or back door area (small front entry and patio doors in the kitchen) so we have to break up the dog stuff. 'Walk' stuff goes in the front entry and food/drying towels etc go in the kitchen.

Mom Fashion World said...

So beautiful!
I adore all decorations... so Christmassy!

By the way, I am having a Little Rue giveaway on my blog. I hope you will join.

http://www.momfashionworld.com/2011/12/doing-little-good-with-nicole-kidman.html

Leslie's Garden said...

What a pleasant room to do laundry in! Love the little basket with it's Christmas finery!

Babs said...

Cute laundry room. Love the dogs dishes and the fishing creel with the greenery.

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

It's a really lovely space Christine! Mud rooms can be the hardest to make look 'pretty' and you have done it beautifully! Wishing you a wonderful week and Merry Christmas! Angie xo

Tardevil said...

I just love your doggie bowls. Did you see how Debbie used one to put a poinsettia in? I so copied your little truck idea this year. I see yours found a different home this year. I bought the Cracker Barrel candy canes to go in one of them, but used the Dollar Tree glass candy canes instead in my red truck and little bottle bush trees in the green one (after seeing the trees displayed a truck in the Christmas Cottage magazine this year!) Thanks for the inspiration! Looks like Toby is living the good life! ;o)

Christie said...

I love the little fishing basket...I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a big one to hang on the front door:). I saw those glass containers at hobby lobby today! I wondered if that was the kind you had...
It is all as cute as can be!
Christmas blessings,
Christie

Mel's Designs...'n Harmony said...

Nice laundry room....I have the same red checked ribbon on two wreaths in our bedroom...your dog is lucky to have a family like yours...Mel's Designs

Finding Home said...

Such a pretty space and I would love to know where you found that fabulous dog food container - it is nice and big for nice and big dogs! Take care, Laura

Lisa said...

This is such a nice little area! You're so lucky to have a room like this and it's decorated so nicely!

Dusty Coyote said...

So nice. I was going to comment on how much I like the mismatched dog bowls before you mentioned the pot was your grandmother's! That is so special. Love it all!

joanne said...

love your doggie room...the holiday decor is very pretty. i love red and white with green....lovely and festive....

Finding Home said...

Hope you don't mind, I share this post on my blog tonight. Take care, Laura

Leslie said...

Just too much fun!!! I love all of the it down to the small details. Great job!

Merry Christmas!

Layn @ reignalayn.blogspot.com said...

I just found your blog. LOVE IT!!! Your house is amazing. Your shed, porch, and the Swedish room for your little girl! Oh my. Then when I read that your family rescued Toby from PA. You are AWESOME!!!! Wish there were more people like your family. Anyways- all that to say: I love your laundry room too. :-)

Suzy said...

What a lucky dog you have to be able to come in to such a wonderful room! I love it!

1 Funky Woman said...

I'm so jealous! I wish our laundry was big enough for our dog. What a wonderful spot he has. I love the area above his bed too and how organized it is!

The fishing basket filled with greens is wonderful hanging there and I love how you used your grandmothers old bowl for Toby's wate!

Every detail is amazing!

Megan

A Cottage Muse said...

This looks so beautiful...loving the pops of red and the plaids! Pinning away!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Do you have any idea how much I adore your photo and simplistic yet GORGEOUS style? :)

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