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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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89 Comments

  1. I love the bright, fun colors and the functionality of the room. Fabulous room plan!

    Tres on July 31, 2014 at 4:58 pm
  2. The fun is in the function! Really nice job!^_^

    amberPA on July 31, 2014 at 5:15 pm
  3. Love the citrus colors!

    amberPA on July 31, 2014 at 5:16 pm
  4. I love, love this laundry room. The colors will brighten your day doing laundry. I would love to know if that is a closet across from the washer and dryer.

    Ronda on July 31, 2014 at 5:37 pm
    • I have wondered that myself would be nice for brooms,vac, mops etc

      funny girl on August 2, 2014 at 7:26 pm
  5. Yep…this laundry room is a winner! So many wonderful ideas to apply in my laundry room, my kids' laundry rooms. Can't wait to get started.

    Our AC went kaplooey last night. I even had a chance to see the wires that show the simple bandaid is NOT an option. I've experienced hot temps and humidity today. Husband will tell me I'm experiencing Florida without the gorgeous perks but on a milder basis. He said that it would be hotter than this! I looked up Mitsubishi AC. I've always wondered how wonderful it would be to cool ONLY the rooms you need to cool when you need them. Will there be a blog about this? Maybe we can get the water spitzers on the pergola as part of the blog, too. You know we want to know more!

    I shared some of our veggies and herbs with the technician who came out to let us know what was wrong with our AC. lol Then, a dear friend called to visit about our 17 pints of canned tomatoes. She wants to know what we're doing. You KNOW I have thought of the garden beds at the BC, too.

    I haven't been on much today, but it's not that I haven't got the BC tucked away in my mind.

    Wishing everyone a great day!

    Trish on July 31, 2014 at 5:55 pm
  6. Laurie, you did an awesome job in the laundry room!! Not surprising since you do amazing work naturally. The design and color of the room makes me feel happy and lightens the load a bit. Since I have come to know you I have learned and relearned so many things and for that I DO THANK YOU.!!<3:D XXXOOO

    Sheri McNamara on July 31, 2014 at 7:22 pm
  7. I mentioned in yesterday's storage blog that the laundry room has my favorite storage in Blog Cabin 2014. It's beautiful AND functional!

    TwoCorgis on July 31, 2014 at 7:31 pm
  8. Laurie, I have to say you and Dylan did an amazing job on the laundry room. I think it is my favorite room (crazy I know), I just love the colors (orange has always been my favorite and it is finally being used) and I love the other colors too. My favorite is by far the ironing board. I am so glad that it was reused in the house. Reminds me so much of days gone by and my Grandma. Thank you for that. The rest of the house is beautiful too. That room is just really special.

    CheleRS3 on July 31, 2014 at 8:43 pm
  9. I hate to repeat as I know I've said this somewhere, but I love the iron in the laundry room. I used to iron my Dad''s (91 yrs. old in a few mo.) shirts and I still love ironing. Most people complain about laundry, I like that too, especially when you have plenty of room like this laundry room, you can fold on the folding table without having to drag all the clean clothes through the house. You can do a quick iron as things come out of the machine too.
    :) <3

    nanwes on July 31, 2014 at 8:56 pm
  10. A very functional and cheerful laundry room, thanks to you and Dylan.
    Ronda it looks like a closet to me as well which is even more storage. Awesome ????

    Straybird on July 31, 2014 at 9:09 pm

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