“Beauty doesn’t lie in the expenditure of much money, but in the artistic disposition of little.”
–The Mothers Magazine, 1917
Here’s an excellent example of how a little time and effort can make a big difference.
I don’t have a “before” photo of this small mudroom, but it was filled with trash, covered in dirt and grime, and generally a forgotten space off the back door of a 100-year old farmhouse in Indiana.
My friend Heidi had a roll of leftover red toile wallpaper, and hanging it in the mudroom was one of the first things she did after buying this place. Now it’s one of the most charming little corners of her home.
I know I’ve said I’m wary of wallpaper, but this is one of those instances where I think it was used to wonderful effect, and it’s in a small space where you won’t spend a lot of time or get tired of seeing it.
If I hadn’t already painted my mudroom, I’d be tempted to steal this look and hang red toile in mine, too!