Updated: Nov 8, 2019
Finally! Right? :-)
If you've been following the progress of my luxe laundry room makeover for the One Room Challenge as one of this season's featured designers, I am sure you are ready to see some photos! Some real photos of the finished space. Well you are in for a treat. I am excited to show you how we took a cramped 9x6 builder basic laundry room and turned it into a space that even I, the self-professed hater of doing laundry, am happy to do laundry in.
I spent all day Sunday doing mountains of laundry; and I actually enjoyed it! I can't say that will ever happen again, but we will see.
The laundry room was the last space to be renovated in my builder basic home. I bought it brand new almost two years ago and haven't missed a beat making it mine. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to see all the projects I have done over the past two years.
Before I get to the photos, I just want to take this opportunity to thank Linda Weinstein of Calling It Home blog, the creator of The One Room Challenge (ORC). She is an amazing lady and I have loved participating in the ORC now for the 8th time since 2013. I would also like to thank my fellow featured designers, the guest participants, and the fans who make this such a media sensation.
Of course we couldn't turn out these amazing spaces without the support and generosity of our great sponsors. I am especially thankful to my room's sponsors: LeGrand, Emtek, Hudson Valley Lighting, The Tile Shop, Milton and King, Behr Paint
This is it! This is my new laundry room!
What do you think?
Let's start with the inspiration for the room. Can you guess it? Yep, it's the beautiful Milton and King Cranes wallpaper. I immediately fell in love with the exotic Japanese inspired motif of the cranes - the bird of happiness and good fortune in Japanese culture. Take a look at their website and you will see their amazing line of products. I have so many other favorites and look forward to using more in the future.
I then found this gorgeous marble tile at the The Tile Shop. The art deco inspired Streamline stone mosaic tile was the perfect way for me to bring in my signature pattern and style mix. I love the pattern with the wallpaper. Even though it is not recommended for floors, but only for wall installation, I knew that the laundry room would not be a high traffic area, so I went for it as the floor tile. I just love the gold banding that beautifully picks up the gold in the wallpaper
This is what I get to see as I get ready to wash dirty clothes.....ahhhhhhhh! :-)
This is one of my favorite shots of the room. This because you can see the gorgeous Emtek mortise pocket door hardware. Aren't these the most gorgeous things you've ever seen?! I have a slight obsession with pocket doors. I first switched out my master bathroom door to a pocket door and now the laundry room door. Soon all doors I own will be pocket doors! Haha. It only made sense, and not sure why these production builders don't do this more. The door to the laundry room swung into the room and took up a lot of space, now it is easily tucked away and when pulled out, shows off the incredible hardware. You have to head to Emtek's website to see more options
All the cabinetry in the laundry room were custom built on site by my carpenter Getze. I decided to do caning on the fronts of the cabinet doors for air circulation for clothes from the washer that I don't put in the dryer. Now I have so much storage that I don't know what to do with.
Check it out
I found these amazing storage containers at Ikea. I look so organized now. I am sure I can keep it that way ;-)
And check out my beautiful Hudson Valley Julien sconces. They add some dimension to the main focal wall along with my gorgeous dolphin mirror. My favorite mirror of all time. I know! Pretty unconventional to have a mirror in a laundry room, but I couldn't resist this one. The beautiful Remi chandelier is also from Hudson Valley. Lots of lighting in this fabulous room
More storage on the other side of the room. We have come a long way since the before.
All the cabinets were painted in Behr Marquee Fresh Popcorn in satin finish. The ceiling is also Fresh popcorn in flat. The paint color works beautifully with the beautiful Zebrino Nexus marble countertop. I know marble requires of bit of maintenance, but I loved the striped pattern - one of my signature motifs in almost every space I design.
I am so happy that I didn't settle for the other remnant I almost bought. I am so thrilled with this one.
The gorgeous cabinet knobs are also from Emtek. I had them installed by my go-to installer, Keith Coen from Americas Fine Art Installers. The Prosser knobs have the simplicity that I was after but still had some presence to them. The satin brass finish is very warm against the paint color.
I just love that I designed the space with these deep drawers. They are perfect for storing all my stuff! I mean, all the laundry room things are all in one place. My son always makes fun of me about the amount of toilet paper I have in the house at all times. Little known fact about me: I have a genuine fear of running out of TP. No kidding! :-)
In my defense though, some of those are paper towels..... Haha
Stop the presses! Before we go any further, I have to bring your attention to the AHMAZING artwork I commissioned for the room. We are dubbing this duo "Knickers + Brassiere"
So I reached out to my beautiful friend and fellow Designer Shelly Gerritsma of Canter Lane Interiors based in North Carolina. She is an extremely talented designer, artist and illustrator. I couldn't get the words out fast enough - she immediately said yes and I am so glad!
I could tell that she had so much fun creating these pieces for me! And so appropriate for the laundry room. Don't you think? She knows my love for cheetah print and stripes and she snuck those patterns in as well. How amazing! I love me some Shelly! Head to her website and check out her bespoke line of textiles and wallpaper, and of course her fabulous interior design work.
I had them framed at Hobby Lobby with the large mats, and these frames make them look so much more thoughtful in the space
This shot really captures how great the artwork works with the rest of the space. And of course, you can catch a glimpse of the sexy Legrand adorne switches and wallplates. The graphite finish is so gorgeous. Everyone should upgrade to the LeGrand adorne collection.
My existing washer and dryer are actually looking quite spiffy next to my LG Styler. The LG Styler clothes steamer is the best thing since sliced bread! I have been using it daily to steam and refresh my clothes. It's like having my personal dry cleaning right at home.
I am so happy that the washer and dryer are now stacked. I was a bit worried that the dryer would be too high and I would always need a step stool, but it has worked out perfectly. Not as much bending over now.
I was also low-key worried that the units would stick out too far into the room. I mean I even went to Home Depot to look at new appliances. The woman at the appliance counter literally talked me out of getting a smaller, less deep set. So glad I listened to her
Check out the interior of the LG Styler. You can even refresh and disinfect kids' toys and blankets. Such a lifesaver!
I had to have my photographer Colleen capture the wall of hand drawings that my son Josh created for me for mother's day this year. It is the characters from our favorite anime, Seven Deadly Sins. I had them framed at Hobby Lobby a while back. One of my treasured possessions for sure
Here is a reminder of what the laundry room looked like before
Cluttered and messy with no space for anything.
Another view. Clothes inevitably would just pile up on the old dresser that was in the room. That pile you see there was most likely dirty and clean laundry mixed together.
What a difference six weeks makes! More like five weeks though :-)
While I think my laundry room is one of the most beautiful spaces in the house now, it also very functional. I now have a surface for folding clothes! You know how big that is?! BIG!
So happy I can strike this one off the renovation list.
I still have a whole exterior to work on so I think there may be more ORC's in my future.
Do y'all think I will participate as a guest participant in the ORC for Spring 2020? I am curious to know what you think. Leave me a comment :-)
Let's go check out the big reveals of the other featured designers
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