I’m not sure I have the words to describe how excited I was to design the Blog Cabin 2014 laundry room. Who wouldn’t love to work with project manager Dylan Eastman and construct custom pieces to make laundry more manageable for the lucky winners? We also had a ridiculously good time styling that open shelving above the washer and dryer. I can geek out over that stuff for days. While the practical purpose of a shelf is to provide storage, it can be a great opportunity to express yourself as well.
One of my favorite ways to spice up some shelving is to line its back with gorgeous fabric. This stunning striped cloth is from HGTV HOME’s fabric line and works beautifully with the custom cabinetry in this room. We knew we wanted the room to be citrus inspired, but instead of heading straight for Florida orange, I was really taken with these fresh yellows and greens. Add that cool grey into the mix and I was in love. This cloth (which Made & Remade’s Michelle Reynolds also used to cover the ironing board) kicked that shelving up a notch instantly and set the tone for the space.
In a laundry room, function is equally, if not more important than form. That doesn’t mean, however, that useful, everyday items can’t be attractive. A charming glass beverage dispenser and vintage glass jar become beautiful containers for detergents and cleaners. Whether you make your own or buy them at the store, you’re the one who gets to decide how they’ll look in the end.
One thing I like to do in any space I’m working on is to plan for plants. Blog Cabin 2014 is home to many gorgeous botanical plants and I didn’t want the laundry room to feel left out. Whether it’s a low maintenance succulent, cacti or a fussier flower, adding greenery to any space can help you to relax and to breathe easier.
And my last trick to ensure that the laundry room’s open shelves will remain stylish was to create a hiding places for stuff. We can’t always choose what colors or designs our products will come in, but we still need to keep them around. This closed storage bench is the perfect place to play hide and seek with the stuff that doesn’t complement your palette. This citrus workstation is officially ready for its close-up! Just add new homeowners to this space for some instantly good, clean fun.
Take a tour of the laundry room and tell me what you think.