Seasonal/Spatial Transition

Can a room, designated for dirt, be beautiful? A paradox we happily play with by reconsidering the mudroom, a space essential to transitions, both seasonal—with climatic flux making slush an ever-present reality in our alpine clime—and situational for the adventurous lifestyles our clients often lead. As such, designing such a highly-trafficked area requires a balance of form and function mixed with finesse. After the core components of the design are dialed, we look for ways to infuse aesthetics, whether through layering color, texture and/or artwork. So to help you map your mudroom, we offer key elements to consider as well as forays to introduce for fun amid the function.


Above all, a mudroom must offer abundant storage. From racks for shoes and cubbies for gear to hooks for jackets and hats, the more storage, the merrier. To encourage tidiness, add baskets in nooks (we love these square nesting baskets, available in natural or black) and consider segmenting separate bays for each family member. Built-in storage, a benefit of a new build or extensive remodel, allows for cohesively-designed solutions, however sourced fixtures—like vintage lockers or antique coat racks—can add character.


Building on the built-in or freestanding split, a bench is an essential component of mudroom, whether included as a banked seat within a wall of storage or ordered as standalone seating. No matter the context, a cushioned bench creates a welcoming landing pad for disrobing and de-booting. For beautiful functionality, we recommend the benches from our Signature 22 collection, namely the Olivia Bench (a blocky oak base topped in our favorite Tibetan lambswool) or the Parker Bench (with its indestructible metal form and upholstered cushion). For vintage sophistication, consider sourcing a showpiece like the Danish Shell Settee Bench, a teak masterpiece.


To start, filter flooring options for durability: a soft hardwood will only be a headache amid so much stomping. Consider instead bulletproof materials like ceramic tile or slate/stone. Patterned flooring, such as Moroccan-inspired cement tiles, can add pop while distracting from dirt. Or layer in color and texture in the form of washable woven rugs or indestructible cowhides.


Beyond places to put your stuff, consider elements that would make your mudroom a truly catchall space. Like a deep basin sink or hidden bins for recycling. And as durable as they are, mudrooms can also double as flex spaces for kids art activities (if outfitted with a couple of pint-sized tables and chairs) or for wintry horticultural projects (add a rustic potting hutch to perform such duties). Brainstorm possibilities and outfit accordingly.

Finishing Touches

Once you’ve figured out the programmatic elements of the space, express yourself in layers: accent a bench with a bright wool/linen-blend or graceful cactus silk pillow; install a Karen Bezuidenhout cowboy scene in homage to all the memories that begin and end in the mudroom; fold an alpaca blanket within a bin so that warmth is at the ready; paint the backs of storage bays a lush hue or even splice in graphic wallpaper. Find the moments where whimsy can surface and smile.

Our Duality: Interior Architecture + Interior Design

As custom designers, every aspect of our process is tailored to our clients as individuals—how they live, what they love, where they find joy. Decades in design have taught us to trust our clients as much as our instincts. Only together—with our clients—can we do our best work and make a series of spaces a soulful home.

Underpinning our bespoke process is a core distinction between the two modes in which we work: interior design versus interior architecture. We coined these categorizes to clarify the services we provide: interior architecture defines our involvement in spatial configurations, schematic design and design development. We refine scope, we consult on spatial progressions, and we help set a schedule.

Stone house surrounded by nature

For instance, when working on Ranch X, we introduced contemporary aspects into the architectural program, including large patio doors perfect for the clients’ predilection for entertaining. Once a project is programmed, we guide our clients through construction documentation and administration, conducting regular site visits as the project proceeds, ensuring adherence to the design direction.

Modern walls mixed with rustic furnishings like a red chair

Meanwhile, interior design describes our placement of objects within those thoughtful spaces: furnishings, fabrics, flooring, rugs, lighting, art and accessories. We listen to our clients’ aesthetic inspirations and we manifest those affinities as harmonious schemas. Once mapped, we source, purchase, expedite, receive, inspect, install, and style each and every piece in our clients’ homes. Seeing—and fulfilling—the whole picture is our passion.

Sky blue kitchen cabinets with white walls and tan curtains

When a client approached us with a guest cabin concept, we recognized an opportunity to create a cozy yet transitional retreat for the owners as well as their guests. As such, we chose a brighter palette than that found in their main residence, striving for big charm in the small space. This bold design direction found its way into every detail of the cabin, from the blue kitchen cabinets to the salon-style wall of avian paintings in the living room.

Rustic cabin with glamourous furnishings like a crystal chandelier and avian paintings in a gallery installation.

In practice, we move fluidly between the structural and aesthetic aspects of design, allowing our clients to experience a seamless evolution of space. No matter the realm in which we operate, we manage all aspects of building our clients’ beautiful lives, plank by plank, piece by piece.

A rustic cabin. A woman is in motion in the image.