Today’s home takes us to a beautiful winding country road in Alford, MA. Here, designer Jess Cooney worked with a couple from New York with two teenage sons. The family purchased this as their second home, and though the Berkshires are often thought of as a summer destination, they planned to use it for long ski weekends in the winter. The house was a new construction home being built by a married couple who parted ways during the building of the home, so it was left with unfinished elements such as trim and moldings, along with stocked cherry cabinets in the kitchen and a light blue glass tile backsplash. The mudroom was an empty sheet-rocked space with wood flooring and no storage. “Upon meeting the clients and their two teenage sons, I decided that the most important aspect to address in the home was the mudroom first and foremost, along with giving them plenty of storage in the living room, master, and the home office,” Jess tells us. “The wife responded instantly to my wanting to get the mudroom in order for her first. She knew that I understood the life of a mother picking up clothing and bags on the floor at all times and the struggle of having nowhere to put things when your family, children, etc., arrive home.”

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