When I was on the Sunday River Freestyle Ski Team back in the 90's we had a saying "fashion before function." This was said ironically because we were a pretty ragtag group of kids who had no business being fashionable. I have a vivid memory traveling with my coach and team members to Vermont to compete when the door for the van fell off in my hands when I tried to close the door. I can't remember how we got it to reattached (we probably Duct taped it).
My number one priority as a designer is to design a space that is functional. My family and I currently live in a modest size 1905 Victorian home and like most old New England homes we have very little storage and no garage. In a home with two active kids, a dog, a cat, chickens, and ski/sport equipment the space I most yearning for is a proper mudroom. Here are some examples of mudrooms that put function first and result in some pretty fashionable spaces.
You can find more examples and inspiration of mudrooms on my Pinterest boards (click here).