|While my laundry will not be this elegant, this is the feel I want: cottage inspired, bright, a vintage feeling.|
I'm really excited about this project because I love laundry rooms. In fact it probably speaks to my peasant roots that, while I admire grand dining rooms and elegant living rooms, what I'm most enthusiastic about are service areas---impeccably organized closets, efficient kitchens, thoughtfully furnished workrooms, etc. While I'd much prefer to LIVE upstairs at Downton Abbey or Gosford Park, I was much more interested by the service areas and servant's lives. At any rate, after almost 5 years back in the house, I'm ready to tackle my laundry room. Note: this is kind of a bittersweet project though. It's going to be my last major home project for a while. I've gotten to that wonderful, but sad place where I've perfected my home as much as possible (well at least as much as my budget and current lifestyle allow). I've still got plenty of small projects: organizing closets and drawers, remaking slipcovers, painting some stripes, etc., but other than that, I'm happy with the colors and room layouts. On the one hand, it will be nice to be able to simply enjoy my home without the feeling that I need to do SOMETHING about this or that problem room, but I'd be lying if I didn't admit I'd miss the need to decorate just a little.
|I know it's a kitchen, not a laundry, but it's the feel I want: muted colors, some aqua, mix of old materials. I love it, except those hideous stools---what were they thinking?|
But enough moping. To paraphrase Pollyana, if having a decorated home that doesn't need any major work is my big problem, I have no problems. I'll show you a pic of the laundry room later, but suffice to say, disaster is the best way to describe it. It's actually in a lean-to addition to the house, and has some assets: it has a window with the original, delightfully distressed wood frame. It's a decent size, about 8 by 12, and has a deep laundry sink. But of course, there are issues. Number one, it has a toilet. While this is great for outdoor parties, it does distract from the look of a cottage like laundry. Number two, in addition to storing laundry supplies, I need to also store a barbecue pit and the variety of coolers and the trash can we ice down beer in since I use the free-standing garage as an art studio. It also has miss-matched appliances. *quick story: We ran into many problems and delays on the house, some unavoidable, some the result of human error. At any rate, I was having one of those days when I COULD NOT COPE. But trying to be all Pollyana, I had one thought, "For the first time in almost 20 years since leaving home, I would not only have my own laundry room, I would finally have a matching washer and dryer." That thought had me calm and happy when the phone rang. It was Thomas, excited over finding an expensive front load washer and dryer on a major clearance as they were floor models. Then he dropped the bomb, " I mean, they're not the same color, but I was like who would care about that........."
|I definitely want a counter and skirts to hide my mismatched washer and dryer|
|The vintage poster I'm thinking of replicating large scale on the accent wall|
|I'm planning to use this palette and paint the back wall to resemble these boards.|