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Anatomy of a Perfect Laundry Room

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Laundry is one of those things that I’m not particularly good at.  I’m not particularly bad at it either, but I can never seem to get the towels as clean as I want them to be.  And sometimes our workout clothes still smell after we wash them.  But I shouldn’t have told you that.  I think part of the problem is that our washer and dryer are approximately 30 years old.  Our washer sounds like the house is going to explode and the dryer takes three cycles to get the clothes dry.  So when I got (my first ever!) bonus for passing the PE exam, a new washer and dryer was the perfectly adult (read: boring) way to spend the money.  I’m actually pretty excited about it.  They are being delivered on Saturday and I can’t wait to wash all of the things.  I just know this will be my ticket to fluffy white towels.  Since I’m going to be making over my smelly clothes, I figured this would be the perfect time to give the laundry closet a makeover because it is ugly and dirty and quite frankly embarrassing.  Time to learn from the experts.

anatomy of a perfect laundry room

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I think the thing that makes the perfect laundry room is sophisticated simplicity.  Functional but good looking storage.  Pretty containers that I will probably never fill and will just sit there pretending to be useful.  A pretty paint color or if you want to spend the cash, but a backsplash really kicks things up a notch.  It will just be paint for me.  Finally, a hanging rack would be terribly helpful so I don’t just throw the wet delicates on the floor and forget to hang them.  I am bad about that.


This image is actually the one I am using as inspiration (read: copying).  I am literally going to go buy the same shelving unit and drying rack from Ikea that are shown in the picture.  Because Southern Living knows what’s up.  Do you guys have any other good laundry room tips?

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Just some lamps

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

You guys talked me into it – I am definitely going to paint the pantry door black this weekend.  It didn’t hurt that Meg had an extra can of black laying around to give me because free is always the right price.  I am antsy to work on our bedroom some more as well but after so many trips this year, I need to start doing a little more saving and quite a bit less spending, and what we really need is new furniture and art.  I’ll just keep picking up pieces one at a time and hopefully I’ll finish it by summer.  I did stop into Target this weekend and pick up a sweet little navy lamp (see 5 below) for the top of a to be determined dresser for pretty cheap.  Target is always bringing it.  Here are some other winners that are all less than $100.  I’m particularly smitten with number five.  That copper is so pretty.


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Wall of Mirrors

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

So I’m finally taking the professional engineering exam next week, which I’ve spent probably close to 100 hours in the past several months studying for.  I would be nervous if I wasn’t so sick of studying.  I’m kind of at that point where I’m just ready to get the thing over with.  I’m also ready to jump back into fun projects.  You would all be so very disappointed in my lack of halloween decorations this year.  It is a travesty.

One project I have been pondering is creating a wall of mirrors somewhere in our bedroom because we have tons of wall space and no art.  This would really only be feasible if I were able to find a bunch of really cheap mirrors at Goodwill and Restore.  Here are some of the cheapest mirrors I could find (while still being attractive), and even these options would be too expensive since I would need so many of them.  What are our thoughts on a wall of mirrors?  Would it be fantastic or would so many mirrors in one place make me feel like I was seeing ghosts?  It’s a tough call.


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