It could be on account of this newfound interest in gardening (and the increased mud and dirt making its way into the kitchen). Or perhaps it’s my desire to be “lady of the manor” manifesting itself. Whatever it is, I’ve decided I want, need, a mudroom.
Interestingly when I think of mudrooms, it is in the English (or Irish!) country manor context. Y’know stone floors, old fashioned hooks, benches, cupboards and stools, lines of wellies (not gumboots!) and wax jackets, some sort of a sheepdog or setter on a dog blanket, and some horse riding gear (by the way, I don’t even ride that well).
“A mud room or mudroom is a room which is built into some houses to act as a barrier between outdoors and indoors. Especially in regions with wet, muddy winters, a mud room can be a useful addition as it helps to keep the house clean. In addition, the mud room constitutes a clear boundary between indoors and out, which can be a useful reminder for animals and exuberant members of the household. Generally, a mud room has easily cleaned floors made in materials like tile, concrete, or linoleum. In extreme cases, a mud room may even have a drain in the floor to make sluicing the floor very easy. A well designed mud room also has ample hooks and racks for damp, wet clothing, as well as racks or cubbies for shoes. In addition, benches for people to sit on while they remove their shoes are not uncommon. All of these measures are designed to encourage people to remove sodden or dirty layers before entering the house.”