Mudrooms have always been a necessity in the country, but they're becoming more popular in city homes as well. Everyone needs a place to keep shoes, coats, and bags organized. When you're living the country life, though, mud is the reason for the mudroom. It's a place to drop muddy boots and gear, and get cleaned up a bit before coming into the house. A pretty mudroom is nice, but don't make it so fancy that you'll be upset if (or rather, when) it gets dirty. This mudroom has an area for washing up with a flip-up bench.