Fashion Before Function

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.

 I love the closed storage and the louvers on the locker doors to allow the items inside to dry and air out. I bet these doors won't fall off in your hand!

I love the closed storage and the louvers on the locker doors to allow the items inside to dry and air out. I bet these doors won't fall off in your hand!

 Sliding barn door ( Source )! Wonderful smaller option by  Greenable Construction . A dog wash- Genius ( sour ce)! Slate sink, cupboards, bench- so much to love.

Sliding barn door (Source)! Wonderful smaller option by Greenable Construction. A dog wash- Genius (source)! Slate sink, cupboards, bench- so much to love.

You can find more examples and inspiration of mudrooms on my Pinterest boards (click here).