my laundry room




Whoever said laundry had to be a mundane chore? Saucy designed her laundry area to complement the rest of the home decor. This is in part due to the fact that the laundry facilities are located smack in the middle of the upstairs hallway. The family passes through the laundry area dozens of times a day... good incentive to keep the laundry done.

Aren't you tickled that they're making coloured appliances again? This blue washer and dryer are too too perfectly cute.




We suspect that at one point, this area was a small bedroom that made way for a hallway when the first addition to the house was completed in the 1940's. Upstairs laundry rooms weren't popular then, but the hall area would have been narrow and a bedroom was added to the front of the house when the covered porch was built.

Saucy decided to keep the area wallpapered. It was much easier to find a pattern that she could live with than to pick and scrape all of the layers of old wallpaper off the plaster walls. Besides... she likes wallpaper. Layer upon layer of it.




Have a close look and you will find the framed the goodies that the house faeries left behind, treasures found when renovating. Old keys, pennies under carpeting, a funny old fashioned hair pin.



The laundry room needed some bling - what with being located in the hallway and all. Don't you love chandelier medallions? Plus, you just can't feel like a tortured housewife, standing under that.



Yes, that is Jackie Bouvier as a girl, framed in the laundry room. Saucy also very much wants a black and white photo of Martha Stewart in here, too. She saw a promotional shot once of her peeking from behind sheets drying on the clothesline... wouldn't that be perfect?

However: Veto. Would. Hate. It.



Inside the cabinets some locker bins store: string, mending supplies, clothing labels and washing instructions, replacement buttons and stain remover sticks.



On one wall, Saucy keeps her framed (not authentic) Titanic memorabilia. She did this up years ago when the movie was so popular and I went through... that phase.

She also thought that necklace would be a funny Halloween costume... you get it, don't you? *blush*



Here Saucy had framed for Veto an old architects' rendering of changes to the home made in the 1970's. The lawyer we purchased the home from saved all of the diagrams and blueprints and passed them along for future reference. This shows the window to Veto's "man room."



The detergent and cleaning supplies are in these nifty tins, a gift from Pepper.



Here, the clothes hang to dry - especially Veto's dress shirts. They never hit the dryer! Saucy's wooden hangers look like they were nicked from fancy hotels and B&B's. Sorry, they're just from Winners.



Under the hanging rack, there is a rack for drying sweaters at the ready and a basket of gypsy socks. You know, the ones that run away from their families and their partners to start a new life in the dryer. They get captured there and eventually, nine times out of ten, they are reunited... and it feels so good.

In case you're wondering, the counter is actually an ironing board. It's super-handy. The Fan and The Secret Weapon had to step in and take over that project. That day, Saucy was about to snap! Imagine that.



Now leaving the laundry area to return to the downstairs main entry foyer. That cute sign is from Anthropologie. The crazy station style clock comes in handy, running up and down the stairs all day doing the laundry - Saucy can keep track of time.

How about a tutorial? Saucy lurrves folding the tee shirts so they all stack up neatly in the drawers and on shelves.

Start with your shirt facing down on your neat, clean folding surface. Smooth out the wrinkles. You will need a "folding board" approximately 10 - 12 inches long by 6 - 8 inches wide. Saucy uses a place-mat thingy she had from a long time ago... when she was going through... the celestial phase.



From here, the instructions are pretty simple. This finely-honed method after hours and hours of folding tee shirts at The Gap is much more user-friendly than Martha's method. Hers confuses Saucy no end.





Are you following so far? After the sleeves and sides are folded along the edge of the board, pull the bottom of the shirt to meet the bottom of the board.



Easy, right? Now fold it over again. Depending on the size of the shirt, you may have to make an extra tuck to keep things straight near the collar.


Don't worry... after you've done hundreds of them, you'll do them in a flash.



The board (or "paddle" as we used to call it in retail) pulls out nicely if you don't fold too tightly. Beware... if you fold too loosely, the shirt will fall apart. Fold it just right, there, Goldilocks.



And voila! Your tee shirts all stacked, ready to go. They use up less drawer space and if stacked on a shelf are easily located.



Saucy just really, really, like doing laundry. Not a word of a lie.

50 comments:

Kathy said...

Wow! Such a beautiful laundry room. Thanks.

Pepper said...

It looks awesome. I was sure you would whip it into shape in no time!
It seems I may have to "rethink" my opinions on wallpaper.....

Mrs. Trixi said...

I am loving your house more and more. It is wonderful. That laundry area is beautiful. If a laundry area can be beautiful.Lol
Thanks for the tutorial.
Blessings~~

Oliver Rain said...

I would really really love laundry if this was my laundry area too. You are so lucky and so talented for creating such a beautiful space. I am envious

SOINSPIRED said...

Wow! What a transformation. Thanks for the tutorial. I really needed it. Can you please email me at cbakeman@cox.net. I have a question for you. Have a great day!

Junie Moon said...

What a great t-shirt folding tutorial, very helpful. As for your laundry room, it looks like something out of a beautiful magazine--truly fabulous. You're a very talented person with a good eye for just the right thing.

koehmstedt said...

Cute, cute, cute! Could you please design my laundry room? Just kidding, but thanks for sharing the great inspiration - now I have a starting point.

April said...

You are my Martha! I mean seriously. Your blog is so inspiring, I just can't wait to read it everyday. You have just inspired me to redo my teeny tiny little laundry closet in my condo. My little Munchkin is only 2 and I am itching to work on his room. Any ideas/links for little boy rooms? Organizational wise....you can email me at hellospring@yahoo.com

Chris said...

Oh. my. lord. This is fabulous. Hands down, one of the best laundry areas I've ever seen! GREAT job!

Alecia said...

Oh WOW, I LOVE your laundry room!! If I had that I would love to do laundry too!!!

Anonymous said...

Pssst. This 'Love of Laundry' thing is a congenital defect! Saucy really, really loves it - she has gotten so perschnickity about it...she tells me to send Loopy's clothes home uncleaned after a sleepover...and I THINK I AM "THE QUEEN OF LAUNDRY"!!! I say "I've never met a stain I can't remove" but, psst, friends, saucy REALLY is better!!!
She adores her Dear Veto for many reasons - one of them? He scouts stores for unusual cleaning supplies for her when he's away on his many travels! Nothing gets saucy as happy as a stain removal stick we can't find in Canada! Flowers? Chocolate? Fancy wine from her fave Sonoma winery? Veto does it all! But a stain removal stick - that girl just melts! I dunno. It's a sickness, I think! Now, she wants a photo of Martha!?!? She's over the edge, fer'sure!

Kr8inKaren said...

What a fab new laundry room - LOVE that chandelier - but my hubby won't let me put one anywhere (although I'm thinking of where I could put one!!!!
I am a laundry kind of girl - I iron LOTS - but not as much as I used to -no longer do I iron tea towels and sheets - how shocking!

Starshine said...

I can't think of another laundry room I'd rather be in!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

I love your laundry room! Do you know where I could get the detergent containers?

Lisa Milton said...

I may never be seen again if I had that laundry room.

It's beautiful.

scrappaleica said...

saucy, Love your laundry room!

Mrs. G. said...

I'm just going to say it: I want to be you. You are nice, have excellent taste and are surrounded by lovely things. That is the prettiest laundry room have ever seen.

Just say Julie said...

I don't know if my husband will buy into, "I'd do more laundry if my maundry area looked like this", but that won't keep me from trying! Now that my floors are done, I feel a new project coming up :)

Misty said...

Oh. My. Gosh...
I want to move into your laundry room. It's lovely! Just lovely. Truly lovely...

Good N Crazy said...

Um. Sick.

Sorry, it just is. And those bins? In the closet? All cute and contained and uncluttered?

Sick-er.

And Martha with Jackie?

Do you know any Mormons? Cuz we'd say: Molly. As in Molly Mormon, it's kind of a complement and a dig at the same time. I send you my most Molly-est thoughts!

But....I LOVE the blue washer and dryer! I want RED ones!

MJ said...

I'd just be happy with white front-loading washer and dryer. I will be waiting for them for a while. One day. One day. One day.

Jen r. said...

I love your laundry room and am salivating... Jen R

Her Shabbyness: Sweet 'n Southern said...

Can you come decorate my house???? I LOVE it.

Yes, I think we may be long lost twins :) hee hee

Her Shabbyness: Sweet 'n Southern said...

Can you come decorate my house???? I LOVE it.

Yes, I think we may be long lost twins :) hee hee

Angela said...

I have told you before that you are amazing! I still believe that wholeheartedly! I love your laundry room, it is simply divine! And I think that I will use your sh irt folding technique to teach my boys how to fold their shirts- thanks!

I was wondering if you would consider doing a few tutorial posts on organizing, de-cluttering, simplifying a space, etc. along those lines. Simply because I am having trouble keeping all my kid's clutter from becoming chaos. What did you do when yours were little to keep the clutter at a minimum without going crazy? I am open to all suggestions for our partially finished basement/playroom area, building shelves, storage containers, etc. etc.

Angela

Angela said...

Wait! One more question... since The Fan mentioned in her reply that you are great at stain removal... I've got two for you... I am completely stumped.

Our cat peed on my son's tennis shoes. They smell horrible, they are partially suede (I think), and fairly new... I HATE to throw them away!

And we had our nylon baby backpack carrier in the back of our car trunk during the winter. With the ton of snow that we got, it began to leak into the trunk... little did we know that mildew was growing on the carrier. How do you get mildew out of a nylon backpack baby carrier (it can not be removed from the frame for washing)?

There you are... let's see if I stumped you!

Angela

alittlebitofscrap said...

You are my inspiration! Love the laundry area, so pretty!

Pajama Mama said...

Thanks for visiting my little blog...
your laundry room is beautiful!!!! Do you have any idea where the laundry/cleaner bins came from? I would love them in mine, too!
-kristen

Rue said...

I never thought I would say this about a laundry room, but it's GORGEOUS! Would I want to do laundry if I had it... no, but I would hide in there because it's so pretty ;)

Oh and I went through the Titanic faze too LOL

Helena said...

I never knew reading blogs could be so inspirational! Laundry rooms can be beautiful??? Doing laundry can be fun??? Wow.....

The Mrs. said...

Oh man. I need a laundry room redo so bad!

O N E W E I R D W O R D said...

I am in awe of your laundry room!

What a wonderful idea to make it so glamorous. The photo of young Jacqueline Bouvier. That clock on the way down the stairs. The chandelier. The wallpaper. The reno treasures (my mom found a valuable little china plate when they reno'd their kitchen - and the house was only built in 1967; yes, it has a centennial brick).

You're giving this "chore", which is a constant part of our lives, the respect it deserves. And the respect the laundry queen (or king) deserves.

The room is a joy.

PS: this is my first peek at your blog, which I found in the blogroll at The Eleventh. I'll be back.

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Amber said...

I just stopped by to visit from TCB and enjoyed taking a look at all of your fun pictures and stories! Your laundry is fabulous! I'm pretty sure it is the most glamorous laundry area I have seen. Ever. I love how you framed the little treasures that were left in your house! Preserving little bits of its history.

And the makeover of the reno house? It looks incredible! Thanks for sharing your pictures for inspiration!!!

Amber said...

I just stopped by to visit from TCB and enjoyed taking a look at all of your fun pictures and stories! Your laundry is fabulous! I'm pretty sure it is the most glamorous laundry area I have seen. Ever. I love how you framed the little treasures that were left in your house! Preserving little bits of its history.

And the makeover of the reno house? It looks incredible! Thanks for sharing your pictures for inspiration!!!

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Oh my gosh, lemme come do laundry in your gorgeous room!!!

Are you serious about the top of the counter being an ironing board?!?!?!

That blingy chandy really does it for me!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Salena said...

Wow..... you have organised your home pretty well, I'm impressed.

tammy said...

Love your laundry room! I am in the process of trying to do mine, and I love all your ideas. Would you mind telling me where you got the wallpaper? It's beautiful.

tammy said...

Nevermind....I just found your answer to my question ; )

Anonymous said...

Strangely enough it was the post about your laundry room that made me move from a casual lurker to addicted to your blog. This is the greatest laundry room ever. If you can make a laundry room that great you can do anything!
srayner@saskpower.com

Florence and Mary said...

Oh how I dream to have a laundry room one day... is that sad?!

Victoria xx

Astrid said...

I agree...you've got the Most Gorgeous Laundry Room Ever!

You said the countertop was an ironing board? What's it made of?

Where did you get that cute station clock? I LOVE it! :)

Have a great day!

jessica said...

beautiful! would you mind sharing what wallpaper that is? I've been looking for something very similar! thank you! jamayor33 at cox dot net.

Cmmc97 said...

Gypsy Socks! Ha! I have a fabric zip-bag I call the 'singles club' where socks go to 'hook-up' with eligible partners. I think I like the gypsy socks better. Love Love Love the chandelier!

Fawn Hamilton said...

All I can say is OMG!
Ok please do tell. How did you make the ironing board counter top? I really need that!!
You have some talent girl!!

Shanty 2 Chic said...

Oh yeah:) Just found your blog and I'm in LOVE... You are so talented...
~Whitney

Thena said...

WOW!! Just found your blog through Be Different Act Normal and your laundry room is awesome.

wobbely said...

Love your blog. Any chance your friend Pepper would share where she purchased those pretty tins?

Saucy said...

Thanks, I love those tins too. In Canada, you can find them at Winners (in the US called TJ Maxx). Good luck!

Laura Bray said...

I linked to this on my Facebook Fan Page today. I do a Monday is Laundry Day tip each week! Thanks for the inspiration: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Laura-Bray/186154928095588