Archive for the ‘Inside the Mudroom’ Category

3073_orla_kiely_classic_med_tote_hatch_multi_front_853_generalNo decorating tips today, so just go ahead and file this post under “things you might find inside the mudroom”  — it’s the latest bag I’m coveting.  This Orla Kiely tote is functional, bright and seasonless — just the kind of bag I love.  Works for the office when I’m toting around research reports, or on the weekend when I’m toting water bottles and bags of goldfish for the boys.  And the best part?  Right now it’s 35% off the original price at Orla Kiely.com.

Seems like the perfect way to celebrate being officially diaper bag-free now, don’t you think?

Image credit: Orla Kiely Multi Cross Hatch Stem Medium Tote, Muse Ten


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French Bull PicnicOver the weekend I heard a depressing statistic…here in Boston and the surrounding area, we’ve had a grand total of three days of sun in June.  Since we don’t, in fact, live in Seattle, I think enduring the ongoing deluge deserves some sort of medal, or at least this sassy and summery picnic set from French Bull.  The heavy duty insulated backpack is filled with non-breakable service for four, cutting board, salt & pepper shakers, corkscrew, bottle opener and an oversize blanket — ready for the moment that the sun comes out.  Tomorrow?

French Bull Blanket Picnic Set, $150

Image credit: French Bull

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Boot RackI had been planning on waiting until next Fall to re-think the “mudspace” at my back entry, but with all this ridiculous rain flooding us in New England, I think I might need to figure out a better system for our family of wellies before October.  This simple, utilitarian, yet handsome boot rack from Winsome Wood should do the trick.  With three shelves for shoes, a slot for umbrellas and removable metal tray for wet footwear, this looks likes a perfect fit for small spaces.

Winsome Wood Shoe Rack, $82.99

Image credit: organize.com

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Jane Marvel All Day LongGiven the name of this blog, and my own penchant for accessories, on occasion I may (ok, will) post on a really great product that you might find in a mudroom.  As most everyone who knows me will tell you, I am a huge collector of bags — it really doesn’t matter what label or material, great design is what hooks me.  So when I was rushing to my car last week, already late to pick up my boys, I had to stop when a bag in the window of Mint Julep (one of my favorite dress shops in Cambridge) caught my eye.  I ran in, grabbed it out of the display and after assessing its key qualities — super-lightweight, huge capacity for stuff, great pattern, reasonably priced — bought it on the spot.   As I was being rung up, I looked at the label and thought, Jane Marvel?  Who is this marvelous Jane Marvel?

The next day, in the next town over, in another store completely, I was running a few errands when I came across Miss Marvel’s line again — clearly the universe was speaking to me and I just had to share.

So if you’re in need of a new bag, or even if you’re not, check ’em out.  The Vegan bags — laminated canvas and non-leather trim/handles — are lightweight, virtually waterproof, ridiculously easy-to-clean and come in a huge range of styles and patterns (I picked up the All Day Long in Plaid Flowers).

Jane Marvel All Day Long Tote in White with Red.  Check here for store and web locations. 

Image credit: eBags.com

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