Photo by Donna Dotan, Courtesy of Ariel Okin
Interior designer Ariel Okin turns her mudroom into a family-friendly space that’s guaranteed to make everyone feel calm and happy.
Interior designer Ariel Okin, of her eponymous firm, moved to Westchester during the pandemic and decorated her own home in her signature “traditional with a twist” style. The entrance to this bright and lively mudroom, on the side of the house, is the one most used by the family. “I’m not afraid of using color — that’s something my firm is known for,” declares Okin. “I wanted the mudroom to feel joyous and inviting. The Closet Stripe wallpaper and Breakfast Room Green paint in a modern eggshell finish [both from Farrow & Ball] give the space punch without being overwhelming.” For accessories, Okin incorporated a durable (yet affordable) jute rug by Himalaya Rugs Company, as her family has a dog and a toddler. The checkered fabric on the bench seat, in Smithton Weave from Schumacher, offers a contrast of textile and color, which Okin says makes her happy. “The console table is from my capsule collection with Society Social. We brought the mirror and pendant [both from Serena & Lily] from our apartment in Manhattan,” says Okin, adding: “Color is peppered throughout the house, with lots of blues, greens, and yellows, so this space introduces the color story for the rest of the house.”