“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!
Beautiful! I love toile- I’m not sure why but I really do.
Love your mudroom! That red toile really is fabulous!
My heart was pounding over the old door and window casings… then red toile to top it off? PERFECTION! I love it!
I know, Marie. They really just don’t do door and window casings like they used to! She’s got amazing crown moldings and trims still in their original turquoise color throughout the house, too. Maybe I can get a picture of those next time I’m there.
I LOVE red tiole! As a matter of fact I have red toile in the fabrics in my kitchen. That mud room looks amazing. I love old farmhouses also. I have too I live in one,lol.
So perfect … a little too perfect where are the muddy soccer cleats and the dog’s bowl ? Just kidding , it really is pretty.
Melinda–notice that I cropped the photo so you can’t see all the stuff on the floor! Ha. Did anyone notice the old schoolhouse-style pencil sharpener hanging next to the door? I love that. It’s got to be at least 50 years old.
Melissa @ The Inspired Room says
How lovely! I’m telling ya, wallpaper RULES! 🙂