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[MUSIC] The downstairs stairs level is definitely the most casual area of the house. So once you walk down the stairs, you enter into the mudroom area. All the walls are horizontal wood walls painted in antique white. Under the stairs, we still ran the boards horizontally, but actually concealed drawers in them, so that you would have a ton of extra storage for those odds and ends that you need coming and going from the garage or coming and going from the garden. [MUSIC] I have an old antique bench, along with railroad ties that I had installed in the walls, to act as hooks. The flooring is one of the most amazing things about the terrace level. Throughout the foyer, the garage entrance, and the family room area, and even into the bathroom is all solid brick paver. In a running bun pattern, and it continues out into the covered terrace area that leads back up into the courtyard. The overhead light fixture is a basket that I actually converted into a light fixture. Simple parts you can pick up at Home Depot or Lowes. Put it together, and it turned out to be a really great, casual light fixture for the area. Have an old milk jug to use as an umbrella stand. There's also a handmade hunt board. It's new, but it's all made out of old wood from barns here locally in the Sonoma area by some local artists. And above that is an encaustic painting. An artist friend of mine had done a beautiful painting similar to it, but it was all tropical birds. And I told her that I would be really interested in having her do a similar painting, but using all birds indigenous to Georgia. It just really adds a level of character, I think, to the mud room.