Musings from Meghan!
I have recently discovered Pinterest. For those of you who haven’t, it is a virtual notice board where you can ‘pin’ and organize all of your favourite web images, quotes, recipes, fashion choices etc. It is a visual feast, and for a certain demographic that I now realize I fall smack dab in the middle of, it can create a deep longing for all things beautiful.
Consequently, I’m not really sure how I feel about Pinterest. I completely understand the desire to organize the zillions of images and ideas that bombard you online (though, in a neat little self-fulfilling loop I never want to use Pinterest more than when I’ve just browsed Pinterest), but I am not sure that the impact of scrolling through thousands of de-contextualized images is entirely healthy for me. Are those pictures from a magazine or do people actually live/cook/dress like that? Why don’t I? Where can I find the time to make bookshelves out of old crates or picture frames with twine and clothes pins? I consume Pinterest in furtive gulps when no one is looking (much like leftover pizza from the fridge) and it tends to leave me in a state of manic restlessness that can only be assuaged by frantic tidying.
But it was only when I saw the Mud Rooms that I knew I could ‘pin’ no longer.
Though, arguably, Ireland should be the birth place of Mud Rooms, most of the “pinned” spaces are larger then my living room and I simply can not look at them any longer. Especially when my front hall looks like this.
So I wallowed in my lack of space for a little while and then did this.
The back door mat with feet was inspired by Meg McElwee’s beautiful patchwork bathmat, but is made with four inch squares and is therefore faster to throw together.
The shoe pockets (a more precise version of the wall pockets) are made from four fat quarters on a linen background. I intend to sew buttons over each pocket so that they can be fastened closed when not in use …. if that ever happens!