Sheila’s back entry had a tiny bit of a storage problem. She was tired of keeping carefully sorted bags on the floor – she needed a solution!

We, with the craftsmanship of our trusty cabinet maker, came up with something beautiful and highly functional.  By also refinishing the original hardwood floors and adding a painted, tin ceiling, the back entry and the kitchen got a whole new, sassy look!

Now, everything has it’s place – and there are NO MORE BAGS! ūüôā

The back entry way can be a scary place. Sometimes the closet doors can‚Äôt shut because there are too many shoes, jackets, and kids‚Äô sport equipment overflowing… we know how that goes. We see it everyday.¬†

By understanding the way the space is used on a day to day basis and adding enough closed storage, the back entry/ mudroom area of your home can be a very functional space.

In a¬† remodel project over near the River Road in St. Paul, we took out the existing closet that was not functioning well for the whole family to use, and gave them each their own individual ‚Äėlocker‚Äô.

Now each family member has their own overhead storage for seasonal and sporting items, hanging storage for jackets and bags, a shelf, and a drawer for shoes and boots.

mudroom drawing

You can see the finished project below and how Joey decorated his locker with his very own ‘chores robot’ in hope that the robot would take over his daily chores.

mudroom after

What exactly do we mean when we say, “we design custom storage pieces?”

Here is an example of a custom curved vanity with curved marble top we designed for a Master Bath remodel in Minnetonka:

Step 1: First, we always¬†begin with a design concept that is unique to each client; the design concept is what drives the project and gives us direction for everything from paint colors, to plumbing fixtures, to furniture, to accessories… the concept for this project was ‘Waltz’…vanity sketch

Step 2:  Next, we lay out a space plan to determine the size and location of everything.  Once we have that figured out, we sketch an idea for the custom storage pieces, including this curved vanity. (see preliminary sketch at right)

Step 3: Once a sketch has been made and we have an idea of what we want the piece to look like, we draft the piece in detail, in CAD on the computer with dimensions and notes for the cabinet maker.  We then review the drawings with the homeowner and cabinet makervanity draw and revisions are made if neccessary. (see CAD drawing to the right)

Step 4:¬†As soon as¬†everyone is in agreement on the details the drawings are approved and we order and track it throughout it’s production. Custom pieces generally take about 4-6 weeks from time of order to date of installation. (see photo below of the vanity in production)vanity in prodction

Step 5: We are always onsite on  installation day to make sure everything is placed in the right spot and in case the installers have questions that need answering or problems resolved, should any arise.


It is great fun to design a piece, have it made by a craftsperson and see it finished in a space that the homeowners use and love.

finished vanity

cheers, amber