Welcoming Foyer + Mudroom With Upcycled Vibes

The entryway and mudroom at DIY Network Ultimate Retreat 2017 combine function with style, and set the tone for this lake retreat where rustic meets refined with natural materials, textures and tones.

By: Jeannie Matteucci

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Photo By: Christopher Shane

Approachable Entry

The entryway includes this two-door console with weathered wood veneer that offers stylish storage with space on top for decorative accessories, surrounded by white walls and a blue ceiling for a pop of color that reflects the Vermont sky and water outside.

Drop Zone

On top of the entry console sits books, a vintage wicker plant basket and a storage box and tray for keys and other smaller items, to keep the top of the console free from clutter. A modern white table lamp with linen shade for illumination and a framed blue watercolor abstract complete the look.

Flooring Worth Adoring

An easy-to-clean, gray tile was used for the floor by the front door, before the floor segues to distressed brown oak for the living room. "Even though we were doing the house for lake life in the summer, it's a winter destination as well," says designer Elizabeth Demos. "The need to have a tile floor before you hit the wood was important."

Coordinated Look

The durable tile floor is done in an eye-catching pattern similar to the one used for the floor in the nearby open kitchen.

Balanced Entrance

Directly across from the console sits a mudroom area with an ambrosia maple, live-edge bench and hooks and bins for storing coats, shoes and more. "It still needed to feel like an entryway, but it needed to have the utility of a mudroom," explains designer Elizabeth Demos.

Touch of Nature

Wall art in the entryway includes framed palm leaf prints and blue watercolor abstracts that reflect the natural Vermont landscape, sky and water outside this lake retreat.

Modern Lighting

The entryway’s two midcentury modern chandeliers with clear glass globes and a mixed metal frame in matte black and antique gold coordinate with the custom multi globe pendant over the island in the open kitchen.

Another Touch of Blue

A blue and white floor mat with a graphic pattern that picks up the blue colors of the entryway’s ceiling and wall art cushions the floor in the mudroom area off the front door.

Open Storage

The open storage options in the mudroom area make it easy to drop off or pick up items when arriving or leaving the home.

Hang It Up

Three oil-rubbed bronze aluminum curtain holdbacks create sturdy hanging storage hooks for coats, jackets and handbags in the mudroom area.

Additional Open Storage

A piece of the ambrosia maple, live-edge bench was cut off and used to create the mudroom's upper open shelf with art and a collection of vintage bowls.

Landscape Art

A 6x6 acrylic on canvas landscape art by artist Bert John decorates the mudroom’s upper open shelf.

Grab and Go

Rustic wood crates hang on the mudroom area wall to create open storage for hats, shoes and decorative accessories, including a wood perpetual calendar.

Stash the Shoes

Open space under the mudroom area's live-edge bench allows room for shoes and a rustic wood bin for accessories.

Impressive Welcome

The aluminum thermally controlled front door swings out to the covered porch. The door has a dark anodized bronze finish that reads as flat black to compliment the dark window sashes. “Instead of doing a typical three-foot wide door, I did forty-two inches to kind of accentuate the fact that we have all those larger openings on the lakeside to balance the light," says project manager Dylan Eastman.