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Northshore Home Fall 2018

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40 FALL 2018 I n the realm of typical interior design, the mudroom is what an unadorned clay pot is to the silky flower it holds: all substance, no style. But when interior designer Kristina Crestin began the first-floor interior design of an Essex home, the mud- room became the project's brilliant star. The homeowner and her four children previously had used a back hall to stash all the items that New Englanders typically carry in and out of the house: backpacks, coats, boots, and sports equipment. The area was, well, a mess. "Everyone needs a dumping zone, but the general function wasn't working well," says Crestin, the owner of Kristina Crestin Design in Manchester-by-the-Sea. For the family, especially the children, accessibility was a problem. Today, the homeowner says with relief, "you no longer walk in my front door and see piles of stuff. Now, it has purpose. There's a space for everything." The mudroom also has beautiful style rooted in a stunning shade of blue, visually exciting materials, and details packed with interest. All of it was pulled off, the homeowner says, thanks to Crestin and the third crucial member of the team, general contractor Covenant LLC in Essex. Crestin's first order of business, she says, was to as- sess what she was working with. Studying the overall first-floor space, the architectural interior designer spied a large, mostly unused office, positioned to the left as guests enter the front door. The office was also where one of the family's two beloved Labrador re- trievers slept in a roomy crate. Crestin right away en- kitchens LOGISTICAL MAGIC KRISTINA CRESTIN TURNS A FAMILY'S UNUSED OFFICE INTO A MULTIFUNCTIONAL, BRILLIANTLY ORGANIZED MUDROOM. By Mary Grauerholz Photographs by Jared Kuzia Anchoring the room is an island that accommodates the dog crate, in perfect fit underneath the island top.

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