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Steal This Look: A Classic Mudroom in a Former Miss America’s Beverly Hills House

Designers Alexi Rennalls and Sam Gnatovich of Simo Design in Los Angeles have made a healthy business of acquiring aging houses with “good bones,” rehabbing them, and putting them back on the market. A few years back, they were lucky to find a sprawling, 1948 Beverly Hills estate that had been carefully maintained (by owner Mary-Ann Mobley, Miss America 1959) but was woefully out of date. They gave the home a dramatic front entry with a modern glass and steel staircase. But the primary entrance, located off the garage, received a more casual, family-friendly update. It’s now lined in fully custom cabinetry on two walls, with storage space for shoes, coats, mail, and more. See the rest of the house in Before & After: A Former Miss America’s Beverly Hills House, Transformed, and let’s take a closer look at the mudroom.

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Above: The custom mudroom rack is white-painted wood cabinetry against a wall of white ash wood. Its modern styling is complemented by just-rustic touches such as handmade, unpolished brass wall hooks and the house’s original, 1948 brick floor. Photograph by Jessica Sample, courtesy of Simo Design.

Materials

Super White by Benjamin Moore, Photo by Mel Walbridge for Remodelista
Above: Elsewhere in the house, Simo used creamier whites like Swiss Coffee and Dove Wing (both from Benjamin Moore). On the storage unit, they used a crisp white, like Benjamin Moore’s Super White. Photograph by Mel Walbridge for Remodelista.
The storage unit backs up against a wall of white ash paneling. For reference, a four-by-eight-foot White Ash veneer sheet is $72.50 at Woodcraft.
Above: The storage unit backs up against a wall of white ash paneling. For reference, a four-by-eight-foot White Ash veneer sheet is $72.50 at Woodcraft.

Hardware

These Square Metal Hooks are made in Japan of unpolished solid brass. They’ll develop a patina over time; $18.65 each (but currently out of stock) at Analogue Life. (Consider the Round Metal Hooks if you need something immediately.)
Above: These Square Metal Hooks are made in Japan of unpolished solid brass. They’ll develop a patina over time; $18.65 each (but currently out of stock) at Analogue Life. (Consider the Round Metal Hooks if you need something immediately.)
Add these solid leather Cabinet Loop Pulls in gray, offered in three sizes and four metals and starting at $5.75 each, from 3 Twenty Leatherworks in Southern California. They’re also available as Handles, to match the lower cabinets shown here.
Above: Add these solid leather Cabinet Loop Pulls in gray, offered in three sizes and four metals and starting at $5.75 each, from 3 Twenty Leatherworks in Southern California. They’re also available as Handles, to match the lower cabinets shown here.

Furniture

If a custom design is not in the cards, try a configuration from Pottery Barn’s Wade collection, which includes entryway storage benches, towers, and wall-mounted cubbies. The Three-Piece Tower Set shown here is $2,829.
Above: If a custom design is not in the cards, try a configuration from Pottery Barn’s Wade collection, which includes entryway storage benches, towers, and wall-mounted cubbies. The Three-Piece Tower Set shown here is $2,829.

Accessories

Ikea’s Flådis seagrass basket folds down into a low basket or stands tall (as shown) to hold maximum gear; $12.99. (For seven more options, see 8 Favorite Belly Baskets: They’re Popular for Good Reason.)
Above: Ikea’s Flådis seagrass basket folds down into a low basket or stands tall (as shown) to hold maximum gear; $12.99. (For seven more options, see 8 Favorite Belly Baskets: They’re Popular for Good Reason.)
The Ibiza Tote is made of woven rafia with dark brown leather handles; $120 at Shopbop.
Above: The Ibiza Tote is made of woven rafia with dark brown leather handles; $120 at Shopbop.
Though it’s barely visible in the image up top, a jute rug will help keep shoe dirt at bay. Pottery Barn’s Round Jute Rug is currently on sale, starting at $107 for a six-foot rug.
Above: Though it’s barely visible in the image up top, a jute rug will help keep shoe dirt at bay. Pottery Barn’s Round Jute Rug is currently on sale, starting at $107 for a six-foot rug.

See this home’s pool rehab in Swimming Pool of the Week: A Modern Update in Beverly Hills. For more favorite mudrooms, try:

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