Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Downstairs Laundry Room

Sharing our downstairs laundry room today!  This room looks similar to other rooms I've shared.  It's located right off of our mudroom and near the kitchen so I kept it cohesive with simple whites and grays (believe it or not I actually DO have rooms that look a little different - they are just few and far between).  :)  I'm going to apologize in advance for picture overload!  I got a little camera happy.  And for the brightness going on.  This room is so sunny because of the side of the house it's located on.  I love that about it.  It's a happy room that dare I say.. makes doing laundry not so bad.  :)    

Come in come in!


As soon as you enter the room you see one of my beloved farmhouse sinks.  It took some convincing to make Kenny understand just how much we needed one in this laundry room.  Luckily after living with an attorney for 17 years you learn a thing or two.  He's not the only one in our house who is good at making a persuasive argument and closing a deal.  :)

I researched faucets to death while we were building.  I have a love for faucets, sinks, lights and hardware.  They are the little details that really make a space.  This bridge/arch faucet was love at first sight!  I will have to add the source for it later because I can't seem to find it in my notes and it's the one faucet whose info. I can't remember off of the top of my head. 

Our last laundry room was TINY and didn't have a sink so this space feels like such a dream to me.  This Shaw sink is perfect for rinsing off dirty rain boots or clothes.  The kids wash their hands here every day after school after they hang their backpacks in the mudroom.  


I also fell in love with this simple nautical/industrial pendant.  I ordered it on-line at Shades of Light.    

 Floor tile is the same tile we used in the girls' bathroom.  I decided to place it in a basket weave pattern in the laundry room to mix it up a little.  For those of you who have asked about it, the manufacturer is Alfalux and it's the Olimpia Series - Color Clay.  I ordered it through a tile store (knew I loved it the second I spotted it!) but you can find it on-line here.

I just went with a simple white subway tile backsplash and Caeserstone quartz countertops.  This quartz is different from the quartz I used in the perimeter of my kitchen.  It's called "Concrete" and is more of a dark grey than a black.  So happy with how it turned out.

To the right you can see my upper cabinets.

And here's a picture of the lower cabinets and the washer/dryer from our previous house.  I love the built-in look so we measured our washer/dryer and had our cabinet guy build the drawers below them too.  To the left of the cabinets above the washer/dryer you can see I added some open shelving.  I thought that would be a fun place to put a few baskets and bring some personality into the room.  What I didn't understand until it was too late was how far set back they were from the other cabinets.  

I didn't love how they jut back in - sort of hiding in the corner.  I thought about adding a cupboard door to make them closed and opening up the cupboards above the washer/dryer to be open shelving instead.  You can imagine Kenny's reaction when I came up with that one (after everything was already installed)... "we haven't even moved in yet and you're already trying to remodel!?"  Ha!  Good thing he loves me.  :)  My builder convinced me to leave it for now and wait and see because it's something we can always change down the road.  I'm glad he did because I think opening up the three cupboards above the washer/dryer would have been too much open shelving to style and a waste of good cabinet space.  Now that I'm living in my house and starting to decorate it I'm realizing that I have plenty of open bookcases and shelves to play with.   Besides, too much of a good thing is never a good thing.  Unless maybe you're talking about open shelving?  :)

K - I am SO excited to show you my favorite thing about this room.  See the three bottom cupboards in the picture above?  How the hardware is located at the top?


They are pull out laundry baskets!  Ahhh! 
 Please tell me I'm not the only one who is dying over this little feature!? 

After years of having laundry in piles all over my hallway floor I appreciate this more than anything in my whole house.  I started dreaming about these pull out laundry drawers long ago.  The second we decided to build a house I said to Kenny "I'm putting pull out hampers in my laundry room!"  He already thinks I'm crazy so this being my first announcement didn't phase him much.  Then when we met our architect I said "hi!  I'm Erin and I want pull out hampers in my laundry room!"  :)  K - maybe I took a minute to introduce myself first, but it really was one of the first things I told him I wanted. 


I still need to find some fun labels for them.  As soon as I do they will read "LIGHTS, DARKS, and TOWELS."  An organizers dream come true.  :)  I can't tell you how happy it makes me to have a place for our mounds of dirty clothes.  That isn't the hallway floor.  

Here's another favorite feature.  See the upper open cabinet on the far left?  

Pull down drying rack.  Can I get another woot woot!?  

:)


Used to dry all sorts of things I don't want to put in the dryer.  Because of this laundry room's location we've been using this drying rack for all things pool related.  I took this picture last week.  (Even though it's too cold to swim we are using the hot tub most weekends.)  This will be especially nice in the summer so I don't have to keep re-washing suits and towels that we use every day.  

 To the right of the washer/dryer is a cupboard door...  

that opens into a pull down ironing board.  My iron fits on the little shelf above it.  My mom has one of these in her house and I've always loved it.  A place for everything and everything in its place.  :)

There's also an ugly electrical cupboard that I plan to cover up with a fun picture of some sort that will no doubt drive my husband crazy when he needs to get into it.   I came SO close to wallpapering this room and then decided to just paint it the same color as our kitchen/family/hallways for now (grey paint color is "Seattle" by Frazee).  I may still wallpaper it at some point.  Or maybe just add some colorful rugs and accessories and leave the walls neutral?  Fun options.  


So there you go!  Our main floor laundry room.  
Still hard to believe it's out of my head and sitting right in front of me. 

Anyone in the mood to fold?  

:)  

40 comments:

Mel said...

Love love love your house Erin! You've given me so many ideas for my one day house :). Stunning!

cottageofbooks said...

I love, love, love it. All those little details like the pull out ironing board are inspired. Laundry room heaven. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy's World said...

That is my dream laundry room. I know this might sound crazy, but, I love doing laundry. I love the smell of it while it is washing and drying, and the smell of it when it is all done. I hang dry a lot of my tops and I have wanted a drying rack like the one you have. I am not sure that I would leave that room. :) It is beautiful Erin!!

I really love the pull outs for your dirty laundry and the open shelving in there. I seriously love the whole room..

I would love to come and help you fold. ;)

Katrina said...

This would be the perfect sized laundry room for my oversized family! I dream of such a laundry room. Right now, and I think forever more since we don't plan on moving, we have a small laundry room in between our kitchen and our garage. The entry to the garage opens up into our small, tiny laundry room and many, many times as I bend down getting laundry out of the dryer someone will come in from the garage and the door HITS me in the head. Oh yes, that's so much fun let me tell you...getting hit in the head with a door a few times a week.

LOVE your laundry room :)

Love Being A Nonny said...

ok if I can contain myself, I will comment on this! THIS is my dream room. I love love love to do laundry. I know, I'm a sicko! I adore the pull out hammers and the drying rack and the pull down ironing board, and the open shelving and the farmhouse sink and the flooring and the gray and white and well, everything about this room makes me happy. One day when I visit you, we will sit in the laundry room with a cup of something Sonic to drink and I will do your laundry! Deal!

dee said...

LOVE the pull out hampers! We all have pull out trashcans, so why not! Had you seen that idea somewhere or did you come up with that on your own? And, the drying rack is genius AND looks great!

Squishypig said...

I have one of those ugly gray boxes in my laundry room. I put a picture frame over it but put it on a piano hinge so it could swing open to access the breakers. In the frame is a chalkboard and on the back I put a sheet of metal so we could stick notes up with magnets. It's great!

Love the laundry room, mine is like a tenth of the space and is also our pantry.

Unknown said...

Love the laundry room. I have a very small space for mine but have been able to utilize it. I too love the laundry baskets. I don't have space to have drawers but I do have them under the counter. Beautiful space.

Shumway Family said...

THanks so much for sharing these pictures Erin. I know you spent so much time researching beautiful features for your house and it shows. I LOVE looking at your pictures. Beautiful job and I think your family is darling. :)

Shumway Family said...

Thank you so much for sharing the details of your house. I have learned a thing or two from you as we are going the rounds in planning our remodel. I know you have spent hours upon hours researching, planning, and fretting about the details. I know, because we haven't even started yet and I'm dreaming about the tile being all wrong in the kids shower.:) You have done such a beautiful job!

You also have a darling family. Your children radiate warmth.:)

Hanna Lei said...

I love it! Especially that sink. -Hanna Lei

burse blessings said...

Oh, wow Erin it looks beautiful. I would love to do laundry in there. You are so blessed. You did a great job designing it. I love the laundry sorter such a great idea. And the drying rack is great. I feel like I have laundry hanging everywhere to dry. Absolutely beautiful. Enjoy it.

Erin said...

Oh my word everyone! Thank you so much! I'm thrilled you all like the space! I know it's crazy to have that much space. My last laundry room was so tiny I could hardly turn around in it. That's why all our clothes were always on the hallway floor! :)

Cathy and Nonny - you two are welcome to come and fold ANYTIME! I actually don't mind laundry either. It's definitely one of my more preferred chores and with you two helping me (and some sort of sonic drink!) we'd be set! :)

Dee - Thank you! I had seen similar ideas for the hampers on-line and tweaked it to come up with my happy version. :)

Katrina - ouch! I hear ya on too tiny laundry rooms! Everyone should have a big laundry room. You are welcome to bring your laundry over anytime. :)

Shumway family - thank you so much! What a kind thing to say about my kids. :) I really appreciate that. Means a lot!



Erin said...

Squishypig - that is a GREAT idea about the chalkboard on a piano hinge! Genius! Thanks for sharing!

Aria Brown said...

woot woot!!! I'll admit that when the time comes for me to design and build our house that the laundry room is a big focus for me too!! love the space as always!!

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Sarah said...

Gorgeous Erin. I love the sink and the pendant-or course the practical stuff is probably more important...or is it? :) You are a genius.

Lynnsey said...

So excited to see this post this morning Erin! I LOVE your room - and the fact that you also have another laundry room in the house could make me faint right on the spot. Seriously, my dream.

I love all the features you thought of for this space. I am in the process of building a laundry room right now in our lower level and might steal that pull out drying rack. Sadly, mine won't be quite as big and beautiful as yours but having a dedicated laundry space will be a bonus for us - right now it's in the entry - yuk!

Beautiful room - thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

Erin, My mouth dropped when I saw the hanging racks in the laundry room... and then the ironing board. I am so jealous. I would love to do all your laundry for you. I'll even hang out in that laundry room and you won't even know I am there. Promise!

Erin said...

Thank you so much everyone! You are all too good to me. Stephanie - you are welcome over anytime! Especially if you'll do my laundry. :)

Rosa Mia Nissenbaum said...

Absolutely LOVE the large laundry room! LOVE the pullout laundry basket drawers and pull out drying rack! Where did you come up with these ideas?? I also have the same pullout ironing board... not that it gets used often. Seriously beautiful and so well organized/planned out.

Anonymous said...

wow your laundry room is bigger and nicer than my kitchen!

Chantel said...

BEAUTIFUL! Anything to make laundry more enjoyable is worth it! Love it!
Regarding your electrical box, I had the same problem in our tiny city condo. Ours, was right smack in our entry hallway for everyone to see. I ended up getting a canvas made from a photo I took in Africa and it fits perfectly! Just an option for you to consider :)
Here's my post about it: http://sweetlillife.wordpress.com/2014/01/17/electric-box-be-gone/

Denise said...

OMG, I love your laundry room. If I ever get to build my own house, I will be coming to your blog to get tons of ideas.

Erin said...

Thank you everyone!

Rosa - most of these ideas come from years of having no space! I dreamed up a lot of solutions. :)

Chantel - thanks for the fun idea! I'm off to check it out!

Melissa said...

Erin- This is seriously my dream laundry room! Oh my, I am lusting over that room over here!!!

Shari said...

Erin, the hampers and drying rack are GENIUS. LOVE!!!!

My heart fluttered a little when I saw them.

Anonymous said...

Love it! You have incorporated many of the things I dream of as I squeeze into my closet sized laundry area and try to avoid the water heater/furnace/door. I even like the farmhouse sink, which I am generally not a fan of. I was also going to suggest a canvas - our box is in the toy room/den and ii bought a canvas for me or my kids to decorate and hang over it - easy to move, but hides the ugly. Can't wait to see more! Jen

Simply LKJ said...

I have serious laundry room envy! LOL It is gorgeous Erin. Ours is so small I have to go outside to change my mind!!

Leanne W said...

Could you tell me the dimensions of the room? We were looking at building a house and that looks to be just about a perfect size!

Erin said...

Thanks again for all the fun comments everyone!

Leanne - I'm not sure about the room dimensions! I'll pull our plans out and check this weekend.

Steph said...

YES! It is perfect! I, too have been scheming and dreaming about laundry rooms. I won't even look at a plan that doesn't have a mudroom/laundry on the main floor and a laundry option near upstairs bedrooms. Laundry is the single most annoying thing in my life. Especially living in the stupid cold mountains where we have TONS of coats/jackets/gloves/SOCKS and multiple clothes changes per day! I have a big enough room for sorting SOME of our laundry (darks/lights/towels and whites) but the VOLUME of it all, with four boys, it always spills out into my kitchen by the end of the week. And I totally do at least one load per day. You are so lucky to be living the dream right now in the thick of motherhood. We won't be able to afford my dream laundry room until most of our kids are grown up and moved out. By then, I probably won't need it!

Jenni said...

You have the SERIOUS dream home. Love EVERYTHING.

Keshet said...

Oh man, I am in love with those pull out hampers!!

Stacey said...

Hey Erin! I LOVE your laundry room. I am looking at doing our new (to me) house with the same floor tiles you have in this room. Are yours natural or polished?

Thanks!
Stacey

Erin said...

Thank you so much everyone!

Stacey - I'm not sure! I didn't even know there was a choice. I just picked mine out in a store and ordered it. They seem natural with a bit of shine? Sorry I'm not much help!

Jamie said...

Hi Erin,
I love love love your house, it turned out beautiful. I have been following since the beginning and just love all your choices.

Question: What kind of washer and dryer do you have? There are so many choices and really would like personal opinions on which ones people like best.

Thanks for your help!
Jamie

Erin said...

Hi Jamie! We have the LG 4.0 and we love them! They have been great washer/dryers. Here is the link so you can check them out:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/LG-Electronics-4-0-cu-ft-High-Efficiency-Front-Load-Washer-in-White-ENERGY-STAR-WM3470HWA/203258878

Thanks for your sweet words about my house! I'm so glad you like it. :) Let me know if you have any other questions!

Amanda H said...

This room is just beautiful! I'm curious, are all front loading machines a standard size? I know you're a planner so I know there's no way you'd limit yourself to having these machines for FOREVER so I'm wondering about how future machines would fit in that spot. We're planning a new home and I sent my hubby this post and just said "Yes, please! To all of this!"

Constance said...

Excellent use of space, color and layout again, Erin!

Love the farm sink with the window above it for fresh air and light, the built-ins with every possible extra (ironing board, hampers, storage cabinets, drying rack).
The floor tile and pattern look great here, love the countertops with the white paint as an offset.
(APPLAUDS, CLAPS, WHISTLES)

When will your house be in Architectural Digest or House Beautiful? It deserves a multi-page spread!

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what size your farmhouse sink is? Do you have a 30 inch or 36 inch size? What size did you use as your prep sink the kitchen too? Are they both the same size. Thanks so much. Heidi