Entry Styling With Willow & Wood

Mudroom; A small room or entryway where footwear and outer clothes can be removed before entering a house. 

PhotoGrid_1568523177159Mudrooms are something that we are seeing a lot more of in Australian homes, and in ones that aren’t necessarily the traditional farm house style. When we think of a mudroom, we often think of large built in cabinetry either located at the entry of a home or perhaps in the laundry. Scour pinterest and you’ll find that most images containing a mud room are in American homes, and one’s that are quite grand and fall more in to the line of traditional interior styles. But at the moment, browse any Australian home magazine or the social media accounts of some well known stylists, and you will spot mudrooms being used in homes of many interior styles.

a71302a5039bee966d14d8624a89fcd9So what exactly what is a mudroom? And what does it contain? Mudrooms are area’s of the home where you can pop your bits and pieces as you enter it. The perfect place to hang your handbag, sit down and remove your shoes and chuck them neatly out of the way. Having an area like this is especially handy when you have kids. By removing their dirty shoes, wet jackets and hats and leaving them by the front door, it stops them trailing the mess through your home. As I mentioned previously, mudrooms can be large and grand. However, if you have a standard sized home like mine, you can add in a simple bench to sit on, as well as adding a few baskets under the bench to pop shoes in. Hang a coat rack on the wall above it to give you somewhere to neatly store bags and coats. It’s so simple to create these areas in your home with just a few furniture pieces.

PhotoGrid_1568523313025Enter Willow & Wood. An Australian small business based in Melbourne. Owner and ‘head furniture chick‘ Rebecca created her first piece 25 years ago with help from her dad. A piece she still has today which has lasted the test of time due to it being built with love and made to last. Rebecca continues to carry this philosophy in to every piece created and sold via her business. All of the pieces are designed by the family owned business to be quality, timeless pieces that are both functional and decorative. To view their extensive range of beautiful timber pieces, which are not only perfect to use in entries and mudrooms but other areas in the home such as bedrooms and bathrooms as well, head here to their online store.

Using four pieces from the Willow & Wood range, I have created both a mudroom space in our entry, as well as using some pieces from their range in two room within our house. Our home was built in the late 90’s and is a very stock standard design which lacks character. The walls are square and gyprock. The overall design of the house is very basic. So to give it life and create interest, I’ve had to add the character in to it myself. Adding something like a mudroom to the entry of the house brings in some life with the addition of warm timber and eye catching pieces.

IMG_5498-01The entry space to our home is basically one wall. So I had to make sure that whatever went there wasn’t in the way upon entering. In the past I’ve had floating shadow boxes and framed prints on the wall which looked great but wasn’t overly functional. So by adding in the Country Farm Bench as well as the Recycled Timber Hooks in white above it on the wall above it, I have created an area to hang my bag when I walk in to the home, as well as a place for us to sit and put shoes on or off as well. By adding a few decorative baskets to store shoes in, the space is now not only functional, but looks great as well. To finish the space, a small jute rug to wipe dirty shoes on before popping them in the baskets. For decoration, a simple dried floral arrangement hanging from one of the hooks to a pop of colour with greenery which is all the space needs to feel complete.

IMG_5440-01In our master bedroom, I used the French Country Bench at the end of the bed. As the room is quite large, I like to extend the bed and fill the space with the use of a bench. This design instantly brings character, charm and warmth to a room with the tone of the recycled timber and stunning crisscross sides. It again works as both a decorative and functional piece. The perfect place to sit and put your shoes on while getting ready, or somewhere to place clothes on at the end of a busy day. To match this piece is the Country Timber Hooks. Also made from a recycled timber, it is the perfect piece to accompany the bench seat, or is a stand out piece on its own. I have used ours as a decorative feature and somewhere to hang a hand towel and some decorative items from in our laundry. A piece which could also be used as a towel rack in a bathroom.

So when you enter your home via the front door or perhaps your laundry and don’t feel like that space is quite right, consider a mudroom. A practical and easy to install addition to any home that is not only functional, but can look amazing as well!






Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator

Bistro Blind Installation

Bistro blinds are the perfect way to make your outdoor area a space that you can enjoy all year around, regardless of the weather. When we purchased our home in sunny Perth 3 years ago, we loved having a decent size patio area for us to enjoy, as well as the for the kids to use as a second play area. Anyone with kids knows that over those cooler months, they hate being cooped up inside and love to head outdoors to play with their toys and make general kid messes! So to save our interior, we decided to install bistro blinds to close in the space so that it could become an area for my husband and I to relax and entertain, as well as somewhere for the kids to play and make mess, any time of the year.

IMG_5371-01Cue my friends from Smart Home Products who I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few times now. Their products are quality, affordable items which are available from Bunnings, meaning they are accessible to pretty much anyone, anywhere across Australia. Having installed roller blinds from their Riva Blinds range, I was excited to now try their bistro blinds from their sister company, Bistro Blinds. Made from durable, heavy duty PVC, their blinds not only protect from the elements, but also maintain air flow and also add insulation to the home as well.

The order process with Bistro Blinds is super easy:

  • Measure up windows.
  • Take sizing into the special orders desk at Bunnings.
  • Fill out and sign cut form.
  • Bunnings will place the order and email the cut form through to manufacturer.
  • Warehouse cuts the blinds.
  • Warehouse package up the blinds.
  • Direct freight deliver them to the Bunnings store the order was placed with.
  • 7- 10 business day turn around.

PhotoGrid_1566891204233The range of bistro blinds are available in a range of finishes. We went with the clear blinds with white edging to go with our light, neutral colour scheme, and also so I can still see the kids when they were playing outside of the patio area. Once our blinds arrived, it was my turn (well, my husband’s turn) to do the work. With all the screws and hardware supplied with the blinds, installation was as simple as drilling in to the steel beams that the blinds were to hang from, and holding the blinds in place with the provided screws. Once hung, we then attached the base anchor plate to the brickwork base so that the blinds could be tied down with the attached straps. The final DIY was to drill in the holder for the excess rope. And that’s it! To hang the four blinds in total took us (I supervised) around 2 hours.

PhotoGrid_1566890913044During the cooler months, we will leave the blinds down to create a barrier from the weather, however in the summer when we want to let that cool afternoon sea breeze in, we can use the pulley system to roll up the blinds with ease. With our blind design, we installed four separate blinds which sit in between existing brick pillars. However, if you had a larger space which required multiple blinds to be hung together, they are available with a zip joiner which allows you to extend and connect your blinds for more enclosure around your outdoor area without placing them in between the pillars like we have.

IMG_5357-01For the entire project which was 4 separate blinds plus all of the included hardware, the total cost was just over $1100. That includes the initial blind cost, $99 cutting fee for each of them to make them a custom fit, plus the various sized trim extenders. A very reasonably priced project to enclose our patio area so that we can use it as an entertainment area and kids play area no matter the season.






Zoe Gilpin – The DIY Decorator