The Shiplap “Drop Zone”
Welcome to our Shiplap Drop Zone DIY, as I mention several times in my previous posts, my shiplap addiction might be getting a little bit out of control. Honestly, I just love the stuff, and it is so easy to install.
After completing the shiplap fireplace, we decided that to add a small amount of the same shiplap barn wood, to an open area creating a drop zone. In most houses a drop zone is located near the garage, in an alcove, hallway or the mudroom. Our floor plan did not meet this particular criteria at the time, but during construction we made a few framing decisions that would allow us to later add in a drop zone. We knew we would need a place near the front door for guests, since our hall closet would actually be closer to the garage entry. Here is a look at our before picture of the area where I decided to create a drop zone for our guests upon arrival to our home.
Drop Zones have gotten so elaborate over the past few years, along with laundry rooms, and mudrooms. They are no longer just a messy corner piled up with dad’s muddy boots, the kiddos book bags and Spot’s leash. We are talking full on decorated spaces, just like the rest of the home. This is why I felt completely justified in putting such a functional space right in the middle of my open concept great room.
As you guys know I love my barn wood shiplap available from Home Depot, and we had some left over from our previous fireplace project. It just made sense from a design stand point that the drop zone should be the same type of boards as the fireplace, to carry this design concept through the entire house.
Oh yes, I can still hear Mrs. Arnold, my interior finishes professor in college saying, ” You should never be able to stand in one place in a home and see more than 2 types of floor coverings.” No worries, as we have hardwoods through out our entire home for this very reason. I still feel like this same principal translates to wall finishes as well. See how this creates a uniform transition between spaces? Pulling the same finish from the fireplace to the drop zone makes the space seem very intentional, not piece mealed together as an after thought.
Since this is a open concept space, which is mainly designed for guest to drop their coats and purses upon arrival. We opted to install this industrial style coat hook in lieu of baskets, cubes or cubbies. This will also allow this space to transition into something else if drop zones ever become passe’. We purchased the Cast Iron Row of Hooks currently still available at Pottery Barn. I liked these strong durable iron hooks and how they mirrored our iron balustrades on the staircase. Plus you can also add to additional sections to create a larger size coat rack, which is very handy and adds a custom feel. We topped the drop zone off with our family name art, the pictures were from a local artist at the annual Yellow Daisy Festival, and we were able to find the perfect frame with 6 openings at Hobby Lobby.
Designer Tip: If you have trouble finding a frame with the correct name of openings or you have a longer name. You may want to purchase a long oblong frame and have a matte custom cut for the amount of letters your need. This will save you some bucks $$$.
So the bench, was a suggestion from one of my dearest friends, Niki. She had mentioned to me that she loved having the ability to drag a bench over to the dining room table, when you have extra guests. We currently have the Benchwright dining table from Pottery Barn, which can be extended up to 108″ by adding both drop in table leaves. We decided it made perfect sense to invest in the matching Benchwright bench, for these occasions. So now when we have a large crowd, we can extend the table, and add the bench to one side, which is the equivalent of adding 3-4 chairs. However, in our day to day use the bench stores away perfectly as the seat for our drop zone. Just add a few fun seasonal pillows and now you have a functional yet cozy little drop zone.
Designer Tip: Always look for items that can be used in multiple rooms, in different ways. I truly believe in a good multi-tasker, in fact prior to buying anything I need to have several uses for that item already in mind. This goes for tools, appliances, and furniture.
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