September-October 2019 | Bethesda Magazine

Make an Entrance

Manage the mess of coats, boots and backpacks with a stylish and organized mudroom

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1. Grab and Go

Save time and avoid stress by keeping keys in a dedicated spot. At 12¾ inches wide and 3½ inches high, this key rack and mail holder is perfect for a small space. It’s made of powder-coated steel with wood-capped hooks and a velour-lined bin to hold a phone, letters or sunglasses. Check out the Umbra Estique 5-Hook Organizer for $15.99 at The Container Store in Rockville (301-770-4800;

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2. Dirt Catcher

Contain gloppy galoshes with this great looking copper boot tray. The raised relief design, which helps shoes dry faster, comes in two patterns—pinecones and circles. It measures 34 inches long by 14 inches wide and is priced at $59 at Orvis in Bethesda (301-652-3562;

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3. Sitting Pretty

Planks of acacia wood with rustic edges and exposed butterfly joints form a simply elegant modern bench. A black iron shelf provides a sleek contrast and practical storage for shoes. The Yukon natural entryway bench is 56¾ inches long with two color options (natural or gray), and costs $799 at Crate & Barrel in D.C.’s Spring Valley neighborhood (202-364-6100;

4. Hang Ups

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A hall tree is a classic entryway or mudroom piece. With a built-in bench, two drawers, hooks for backpacks and dog leashes, and a mirror for last-minute hair and makeup checks, it’s the complete package. The paneled Logan Hall tree is 78 inches high and 44½ inches wide, and is constructed of maple in a choice of five finishes. It sells for $2,199 at Ethan Allen in Rockville (301-984-4360;

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5. Thirsty Threads

Protect floors in high-traffic areas with the heavyweight Waterhog mat runner. This commercial-grade rug is easy to clean and stain- and crush-resistant. It dries quickly and is made from 94% recycled plastic materials. It features a locked circle pattern and comes in six colors in two sizes, 2½ by 6 feet and 2½ by 8 feet, priced at $120 and $170 at L.L. Bean in North Bethesda (888-660-1570;

6. Stow Away

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Extra storage is always a good thing, so contain clutter in a sturdy round basket that blends with any décor. Handmade of natural water hyacinth with a twisted chunky weave and loop handles, the Margaux tote baskets are available in two sizes—14¼ inches and 19 inches in diameter—and retail for $29.99 and $39.99 at World Market in Chevy Chase, D.C. (202-244-8720;


Carolyn Weber lives in Silver Spring and frequently writes about architecture and home design.