HGTV Dream Home 2012: Mudroom Pictures

With easy access to the home's laundry and family rooms, the mudroom serves as a transitional space and storage area for winter gear and outerwear.
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Adjoining the garage, this utilitarian hallway space is designed to stand up to messes and to be easily cleaned with a mop and broom.

A peg rail keeps snowshoes, poles and ski jackets neatly organized and at the ready.

Set in lacquered frames, photographs by carpenter David Brown make an impactful statement.

Stone flooring transitions to wood as one nears the living space. A change in wall color also marks a change in room function.

Artwork in a hall niche hints at the color palette of the family room, which lies steps beyond. The framed monotype by Betty Merken is flanked by two polished nickel buffet tables.

An unassuming staircase, clad in Brazilian chestnut, leads to the second-floor guest suite.

Natural light streams into the staircase area, where architectural detail trumps wall ornamentation.

A side door leads outdoors, where limestone stepping stones mark the path to the river.

Industrial style bleeds into the family room hallway, where a series of mixed-metal plaques add texture and visual interest.

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