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The Rooms You Probably Didn’t Know Existed in our House

September 14, 2020  —  Written by Julia 

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Every once in awhile, I’m walking through the house on Instagram stories and I get a flood of DMs asking, “WAIT! WHAT WAS THAT ROOM?!” Or “What’s behind that door?” Truth be told, there are a handful of spaces in our house that don’t get as much camera time right now…or ever. Because we haven’t touched them yet, they aren’t in the main traffic areas of our house or it has just slipped our mind! Haha. See if you recognize these areas of our home.

1. The Mudroom.

We mostly come through this side entrance and there is a small mudroom there, did you know that? The lockers and bench were here when we moved in (and that pretty blue color!)  but the space in general has always felt extremely tight. When we renovate our kitchen next year, we plan to remove the pantry separating the mudroom and kitchen and give more space to both workhorses.

Until then, this space gets A TON of use day in and day out. We love that there’s a locker for each member of our family. It has really helped us stay organized and clean up easier!

2. There’s a coat closet under the front entry stairs.

Although it looks miniature in this photo, I assure you–it’s a normal sized door and quite large closet. We have actually thought about taking some of it for our office on the other side of the wall because it’s so deep! In the future, we’d love to disguise it into some paneling so the door is still operable but not as obvious.

3. Faye and Polly’s Bathroom

“The little girls’ bathroom” is at the end of the hall next to Faye and Polly’s rooms and everything is lower–perfect for them right now. The countertops are extra short. The toilet. The tub. Even Polly, our 3 year old, can easily reach the faucet to wash her hands. Recently, the bathroom got a new window and I shared that and so many commented that they didn’t even know this bathroom existed! Oops! Here it is! (Complete with a bunch of stickers on that low toilet.

Right now Chris and I are ALSO using this bathroom (while ours is being renovated) and with the new, larger window installed, it TOO is under semi-construction. But! It doesn’t really make sense to fully renovate it until the “little girls” get a little bigger. So we’re going to do a phase 1 reno over the next couple weeks to get us by/put the bathroom back together.

4. The Basement Bathroom

Speaking of bathrooms, hi, there’s a cute bathroom in the basement with a shower even! It’s the perfect companion for our guest room down there. Our basement is not very large so we feel great about having this bathroom down there that I believe the previous owners recently renovated. All we did was hang some art. I’m pretty anti vessel sinks when there’s no countertop so I can see us swapping that out and a few other things down the road, but this bathroom is such a pleasant surprise, right?!

5. Okay, one more bathroom. The main floor powder room.

This is the bathroom that is on the main floor, in between the girls’ office and kitchen. We haven’t done a thing to it and it’s very sweet. To me it’s sweet for a girls’ bathroom, and maybe a little sweet for my taste for a main floor powder room, but there’s no denying it’s well done and far down on our list of to-dos.

6. We have a garden and a paddock and a large pasture.

We have 3.5 acres and it’s all very developed, planned and landscaped including this garden area. There are 4 fruit trees to the right of this. We recently moved the chicken coop out here to serve as a garden shed and it backs up to the paddock (and open stable basically) with a rather large pasture. One day we may get a horse or goats or ?? Who knows. I’d love to paint it to match the house and we love the extra storage and of course the garden.

7. So where’s your TV?

Oh hey! Welcome to the basement family room where our TV is! (We also have a tv in our bedroom and in the CLJ office (that’s mostly just for presentations). We do all of our family movie nights down here. We have a Virtual Reality we like to play and it’s just the chillest comfiest room in the house that’s about to get a whole lot cozier because we just painted it last week! We’ll share an update on THAT very soon. (See the original mood board and direction for this space here.)

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  1. Caroline says:

    I am new to your insta feed and love love love it.
    Your main floor powder room, is there a source for the mirror you can share please and thanks
    Caroline

  2. Sara says:

    You should get alpacas! Lol

  3. Erin says:

    The powder room is sweet, but all it needs is a dark coat of paint on the wainscotting to CLJ it up. I think it would totally change it from sweet, to moody cottage, and would obviously be cheap and easy (win-win).

    Just wanted to share. Love you guys!

  4. Dewi says:

    Where is your famous kids picture from your previous basement home? Will you put it back again?

  5. Sarah says:

    Love that mirror in your powder room:)

  6. Stacy says:

    The color of the lockers is gorgeous. Do you happen to know the color, or were they painted by the previous owner? I’m actually interested in painting the exterior of our home a dark blue. I wonder if it would work. ????

  7. Darla says:

    I love that bathroom art! Could you please link it?

  8. Erin Marchlewski says:

    Are the lockers in the mud room as tall in person as they look in the pic? That would just be destiny, right there.

  9. Amanda says:

    That mirror in the main floor powder room is so elegant and beautiful looking! Very nice bathroom!

  10. Beth says:

    I think I had seen all, although not much of the main floor powder room. What about Polly’s room? I don’t think I have ever seen it. Isnt there another room in the basement other than the guest room? I thought Utah Jordan was in a room with a ton of shelving.

  11. Andrea says:

    Can you tell us what paint color would best match the blue mudroom lockers?

  12. Kristina says:

    Source for the bathroom art please!

  13. tiffany scism says:

    I love the bust nose plug print the bathroom. Can you please let me know where to find?
    Thank you!

  14. Ashley says:

    How do you like having rugs on carpet? I’m tempted to do it in my basement, but not sure if the rug will bunch up because it serves as a family room/playroom for my 5 years. I’d love some tips or tricks for accomplishing the look.

  15. Christina says:

    Feeling like a super fan because I knew about 5 of these 7 things!!! (Missed the basement bathroom – I knew you had one down there but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it, and the powder room – which I was just wondering about the other day, if you had a main floor powder for your office staff to use). I also thought the coat closet was mini!!! Can we get a stories pic with Chris for comparison?! LOL

  16. Karen says:

    I love seeing all the spaces. I have to admit my favorite picture was the one showing the toilet seat covered in stickers. It was nice to see that sign of real life.

  17. Carolyn says:

    The picture in the basement bathroom made me laugh! Perfect.

  18. Okay, I feel a little bit stalkery because I knew of all of these spaces. Hahah. I guess it’s because I watch your stories and they’ve all been mentioned in passing or whatnot. All very beautiful spaces! I love the powder room, but agree with you, it’s a bit too sweet. ;)

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