Here's a great article about mud rooms. We don't call them mud rooms in the Carolinas because we don't need a lot of heavy coats or boots. These rooms are drop zones in Charlotte. Great places to stow book bags and sporting gear.
The folks at River View Redo wanted a mudroom to keep their kids's stuff organized and found these smart grills that hide the mess while allowing belongings to breath. They ordered the grills online and received them overnight from UK-based company http://www.brass-grilles-shop.co.uk/