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.

Storage

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.

Seating

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.

Flooring

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.

Fixtures

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.

live, festively

From the subtle to the spectacular, seasonal decorations can run the gamut. We believe in trusting your instinct for living beautifully by selectively adding layers that amplify, rather than overwhelm, your existing design ethos. For us, the Tetons provide the quintessential holiday backdrop of pillowy snow accented by twinkly lights and bundled merriment. Living within such a scenic snow globe, we trend towards a discretely dramatic approach to holiday décor. Our strategy for decking the halls follows our year-round fascination with texture and tonality. Texture can take the form of assemblages of wintry objects found in nature, while tonality can be expressed in architectural arrangements—branches of winter berries (hypericum, tallow or privet berries), garlands of magnolia, bay leaves and eucalyptus, fans of falcon feathers. Wreaths—ever appreciated—lend grace and glamour to thresholds. A timeless manifestation of both texture and tone: Arrange pinecones or berry branches within a vintage Indonesian wooden bowl for a spray of color and cheer.

When sourcing materials, turn to nature for inspiration. For interior programs centered around communion, the focus can become festive flare on tabletops and mantle pieces. Our perennial consideration of place can guide you as well: notice what foliage lies just outside your front door—sage bundles, dried thistles, spruce boughs—and stage them around candles and hurricanes. Cozy confines can become merry with candles and diffusers with natural essences of fir and clove; we adore the luxurious aromas of legendary French candlemaker Cire Trudon. Family compounds may require more durable decorations such as holiday accent pillows, Santa-hued throws, or hardy installations like an antique Belgian sled or vintage metal vessel adorned with greenery.

Our affinity for natural texture extends to trimming trees. Ever family oriented, we approach trees as albums that grow in joyful scope with each holiday season. As such, we begin with ornaments that dangle memories, whether handmade, collected on travels, or received as gifts. Then, we add quiet elements reflective of place: wood garlands, pinecone sticks, owl clips, burlap ribbon, wildlife ornaments, metallic accents and soft lights like Wyoming nights. Finally, we wrap the trunk in a chunky, knitted blanket, bundling up the base as we would our bodies on a cold winter evening. To spread the coziness, we drape an oversized garland—matching the evergreen of our tree—over the mantle, a dramatic flourish that epitomizes our lush natural approach to the holidays.