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Laundry Room Essentials

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

What makes the perfect laundry room? A washer and dryer are obvious, but beyond those functional appliances, there are design elements and practical solutions that make the daily necessity of washing clothes less of a chore. We all have laundry to do, but if you take the time to plan out your space and include the extra essentials, the space can be a pleasant place to get the job done.

laundry room with white cabinets

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Storage. Detergent, fabric softener, bleach, stain removers, and those single socks seeking a mate. You’ve got to have a place for them, so a few cabinets or shelves are absolutely key. Supplementing with baskets and bins or clear containers to hold smaller items keeps the space organized.

storage in laundry room

laundry center in closet

hgtv remodels / better homes & gardens

A Folding Surface.  In my own laundry room, I have a plain white laminate countertop where I do all the folding – just that 2 x 4’ amount of space makes all the difference in the world. It’s not just a few beach towels that hang out there on a daily basis, in our busy home there are many piles of clothing being folded and sorted and sent to their destination. Check out Wilsonart’s many laminate solutions for creating a laundry room folding surface in your home.

cg laundry room

aqua and white laundry room

house & home

 

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House Hunting + Virtual Room Makeovers

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

My sister and I are looking for a home for her to buy in the Salt Lake City area. She and her husband moved from California, have lived in Utah for a year, and did a smart thing. They’ve rented a condo while looking around for where they want to live, and have finally settled on a few neighborhoods they like.

So now we’re looking for a fixer for her and I to renovate together, and every few days we’ll go online together and start looking around. After an hour they all start to look the same, our eyes glaze over, our brains start to hurt! It’s been tough to find exactly what we’re looking and in our budget but in our search, I can’t resist doing a virtual makeover in my head whenever I spy a space in need of some upgrades. For example:

The addition of a window seat with a cushion, trim around the windows, and some pretty color on the walls could make this breakfast nook really spectacular. Maybe a bright color on the door for fun?

breakfast nook before

breakfast nook womans day

source: Sarah Alba for Woman’s Day

 

I spy built-ins next to a fireplace in a home for sale and think, how nice they’d look with glass doors filled with accessories and surrounded by modern furnishings.

styled built in cabinets

styled built ins

image source: Better Homes & Gardens

 

Kitchen potential! If you paint the walls, remove the smaller upper cabinets and replace with open shelves, remove the cabinet doors, replace the countertops with wood, add some accessories then boom chicka boom – what a dramatic difference could occur in this cobalt kitchen.

blue kitchen before and after

white kitchen with open shelving bhg

image source: Better Homes & Gardens

 

Great room, bad carpet. Replace with hardwood floors, add patterned window panels, a sofa against the wall and chairs in front of the window, a modern rug. Replace the fan with a statement chandelier, accessorize a bit more, and hello you’d have one gorgeous space.

living room virtual makeover

navy and coral merideth heron

image source: Style at Home

Virtual room makeovers are my new fixation, I love a room with great potential!

We haven’t found the right home yet, this could take weeks or months, we don’t know.  We’re looking for an older home with character and a fixer that requires some cosmetic work so we can get our hands on some real before and afters. I’ll let you know when we find the one !  .

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Using Pattern to Dictate Palette

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

I’ve had my head wrapped up in ideas for my fabrics for the past few days and then realized some of you asked about pattern mixing in the comments on my youngest daughter’s room (see it here). One question was how to go about mixing patterns successfully and Michelle offered up a few really great tips last week.

My approach to effectively use multiple patterns in a room is to start with one pattern that will dictate the palette and go from there. I pick a patterned fabric I love (or sometimes rugs or wallpaper or artwork) and use that as a jumping off point for the additional colors and patterns that will be included in the space. Here are some examples of the technique in some beautiful designer spaces and then a quick example of my own.

This wallpaper in this sitting room sets a lavender and green palette with the lampshades playing off the green and the purple zebra mimicking the hue found in the flower pattern above.

purple and green palette

New England Home

 

Two colors next to each other on the color wheel will work together, below is a beautiful medley of bold green and blue in a floral paired with geometric print wallpaper and accent pillows, that print taking its color cue from the botanical. Mixing florals with geometrics is a win win combination!

blue and green palette

Thibaut Design

   

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