I always see houses that have this awkward space in side the front door - too small for a living room - but not the best place for an office - this idea of using it as a make-shift mud room totally solves that problem. Love the built in cubbies, too.
Shaker Style Cottage - Robert Stilin Cottage Design - House Beautiful One wall in the kitchen functions as a mudroom: "You walk right into a bunch of hats and coats and boots. It's real life," Stilin says.
See the "Slipper Station" in our Entryway Ideas gallery: Stop grimy shoes in their tracks by setting a boot tray next to the front door. But go the extra mile for guests by offering everyone a pair of slippers.
Don't have the space that a walk-in closet demands? Try building a walk-by. An old ladder bridges the gap between two basic shelving units and creates a homey space to hang clothes -- a far cry from the typical sterile, stainless steel rod. Closet How-To