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Blog Cabin 2014: Delving Into Shelving

Blog Cabin 2014 Laurie March Shelving Ideas

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.

Laurie March Blog Cabin 2014 Shelving Ideas

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.

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  • Posted at 2:03 pm on July 7, 2014
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89 Comments

  1. How cool is that!

    Katie Jackson on July 31, 2014 at 2:14 pm
    • Thanks Katie! It was the MOST fun to design and build this with Dylan :)

      Laurie

      Laurie_March on August 2, 2014 at 11:26 am
  2. Laurie,
    Your shelving is really great. I have tried to do a lot of different shelving to help use the last bit of space in my home, it does hlep. I love what you did in the laundry room!!!!!:)<3

    nanwes on July 31, 2014 at 2:27 pm
    • Nan –

      You're the best! Thanks for the kind words.

      It's so important to try to carve out and use every single inch in the laundry room – isn't it??

      Laurie

      Laurie_March on August 2, 2014 at 11:26 am
  3. Laurie,

    Did I miss it, what's in the shelf under the baskets? Is that by any chance the books for the washer and dryer?:)

    nanwes on July 31, 2014 at 2:35 pm
    • HA! The books for the washer and dryer are actually in the #3 laundry basket. Insider secrets!

      The shelf below the baskets holds folded towels at the moment, but it's a nice size for anything folded flat.
      :)

      Laurie

      Laurie_March on August 2, 2014 at 11:27 am
    • Laurie,

      You did such a great job of getting everything into this space, I didn't catch the books, but I knew you had them hidden in there. :-)

      nanwes on August 2, 2014 at 11:57 am
    • ;0)

      COOLSMILEY on August 2, 2014 at 7:01 pm
  4. Laurie, Great shelving! I like how everything has a place so it can be found when you want it. What a nice addition to the laundry room. Working with Dylan was a bonus! :)

    BYTHEBAYDREAMER on July 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm
    • Hey there!

      Yes, Dylan is a dream to work with. His knowledge of this home is incredible! Also sometimes walls aren't perfectly level, square, plumb when you're working with older homes so Dylan really made some intricate adjustments to make sure our built in cabinets would work. Whew!

      When we put them together, we couldn't stop smiling. They fit with literally one inch to spare! Now that's planning … ((thanks D!))

      We tried to think of absolutely everything we could fit into this room that would make life easier for the winner – and give some good tips for anyone planning a laundry room at home watching along.

      Thanks for your kind words!

      Laurie

      Laurie_March on August 2, 2014 at 11:33 am
    • Laurie,

      Dylan did such a great job of at least trying to level walls, we bought a new home a few years ago (I don't think the fact that it was a spec made it any worse than those that were built for owners) and rarely have found a wall that is level.

      You both did such a great job, we're all so very happy and lucky to have the team on this home!! :-)

      nanwes on August 2, 2014 at 12:00 pm
  5. Okay, not to hog the whole blog here, but I re-ran the video and it looks like it's possibly sheets in the shelf that I thought was books. :)

    nanwes on July 31, 2014 at 4:19 pm
  6. amazing home for a lucky someone

    BGon on July 31, 2014 at 4:21 pm
  7. Awesome laundry room, Laurie. You and Dylan thought of everything. That space would make doing the laundry an almost pleasant experience.

    Addy243 on July 31, 2014 at 4:24 pm
    • Thanks Addy :)

      Actually we all ended up sitting on that window seat at some point or another in our shoot days – it's a wonderful vantage point and with a flip up table – you can actually sit there with a lap top!

      Laurie

      Laurie_March on August 2, 2014 at 11:34 am
  8. Awesome shelving!! I'm going to be in central Florida and would love to visit the home. Does anyone know "where" on Lake Hamilton, the home is located? I toured the HGTV Dream Home in the Florida Keys a few years and totally enjoyed that experience… would love to do it here.

    Bud on July 31, 2014 at 4:28 pm
    • No visits here, Bud. But I hope the visits make you feel like you're here!

      And needless to say – entering for your chance to win could really get you in there!

      Laurie

      Laurie_March on August 2, 2014 at 11:35 am
  9. Sadly, they don't give tours of the Blog Cabins.

    Some people have discovered the location by looking at the northwest corner of Lake Hamilton on Google maps and looking for the dock. The address isn't given out to us, possibly because neighbors wouldn't like the traffic.

    Lindingo on July 31, 2014 at 4:40 pm
    • I didn't see the dock, I did see the quonsat hut, I know I murdered that spelling, but the thing you put your car and tools in. <G>:)

      nanwes on July 31, 2014 at 6:52 pm
    • I haven't looked yet. It would show the old dock, not our fancy new one. But it sounds like you did find it. :)

      Lindingo on August 1, 2014 at 12:47 am
    • There was no 'old' dock on this site. Look for the next door neighbors dock which is shown in many of the earlier images. Alternatively use 'street view' and look for the new red board fence.

      AnniesOwn on August 1, 2014 at 1:36 am
    • The dock next door along with their pool helps on the one side and the blue boat next door.

      nanwes on August 1, 2014 at 12:02 pm
    • Thank you once again!

      Lindingo on August 1, 2014 at 4:31 pm
  10. The pictures and multiple videos of the laundry room got me through the hard days of waiting for the rest of Blog Cabin to come on line. I knew I was going to love it, based on the details in the laundry room.

    Those botanical prints are coming out of the laundry room shelves and out on to walls where I will be able to see them more often. Sorry laundry room, but you will still be charming.

    Lindingo on July 31, 2014 at 4:46 pm
    • Aww thanks so much. The digital exclusive views of the Laundry room were meant to do just that: give you something to peek at while everything else got wrapped up in post production.

      Those botanicals are fun, huh? I liked that they were more vintage looking, and that one had a black background. Added a little glamour.

      Thanks for noticing :)

      Laurie

      Laurie_March on August 2, 2014 at 11:37 am

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