Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}

What a week! Technology has not been my friend. From the dryer breaking down, leaving us with draping laundry to dry all over the house, to my blog practically combusting before my eyes and the resulting havoc of trying to piece it back together again (with the help of my patient tech person, Ted) I’m ready to just focus on PRETTY & PLEASANT THINGS. Shall we?

Be sure to scroll all the way through the post to see both my laundry room and some lovely laundry and craft room inspiration photos at the end.

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}

I’ve been taking you on little tours through several rooms in my new house so you can see what we have to work with, the pros and cons of each space, and some inspiration rooms that might give us a vision for the direction the room could go in time.

As I’m thinking through each room and getting to know our home, I am also starting to get inspired with a feel for the house as a whole and understanding better what it wants to be :). I’ll put together a post on the overall vision for the house, soon, too. SO much fun to dream about it!

So far I have shown you the inspiration for our entry and our living room. Today I thought since I’ve spent so much time thinking about laundry this week, we might as well hop downstairs and check out the laundry room so you can see where I’ve been hanging out!

It is one of my favorite spaces in the house already, so I think it will be a lot of fun updating it!

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}

While our laundry room is in the basement of our house, it is much more inspiring than any basement laundry room I’ve ever had! This isn’t a dark, creepy or dreary room you dread going to thank goodness! It is light and cheery. I actually enjoy going into the laundry room, even though we haven’t yet solved our dryer problem :).This space is just overflowing with potential, don’t you think? Imagine this room as the most adorable craft room/laundry room or a mudroom/laundry room? Can you see it?

Here are some of the pros:

  • Nice tile floors
  • Tons of cabinet space and counter space
  • Two windows for lots of natural light
  • Large size room
Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}

Here are some issues to deal with:

  • Broken dryer
  • I cannot reach into the washing machine because it is up on a pedestal and I’m short :)
  • The plumbing is exposed in one place on the wall
  • The room doesn’t have a laundry sink so that might be something to add in the future

Ideas to consider:

  • New counters
  • New hardware
  • Additional millwork
  • New lighting
  • Functional and attractive organization
  • Cute accessories
  • Space for crafts or projects
  • Fun rug
  • Could change the mirrored doors to the furnace and water heater closet

Cosmetically this space is already very pleasant to be in. It was SO nice to move in and already have a great start in this room, but how much fun will it be to make it our own? There are so many things we could do in time and many of them will be easy enough to update right away.

Another great thing about this space is it has a tiled hallway leading up to it from outside the lower family room, connecting the garage, a bathroom and this room.

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}
The hallway also has a lot of potential to be a continuation of the laundry room’s functional space.

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}

I love that the hallway offers additional wall space, which will provide even more opportunities to personalize the space with organization and decor.

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}

The paint color is a nice pleasant gray blue so I’ll be keeping that for now at least, so I can begin with just making this space more functional. I love that there are spaces wired in for sconces. My wheels are turning for what this hallway wall could look like!

I already have a simple idea for how to use the hallway, so I’m getting started on it and I’ll share my first update to this space soon!

I’ve gathered up some inspiration pics for our laundry room that might spur some ideas we could mix and match to make this laundry room the perfect space for our family. What ideas do you like? Enjoy!

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}Style at Home (Photography by Stacey Van Berkel)

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}
Studio McGee

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}California Closets

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}

Style at Home (Photography by Stacey Van Berkel)

I love colored washer and dryers!

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}Brown Eyed Fox

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}

Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}
Vision for The Laundry Room & Craft Room {My New House!}

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PS. Don’t forget, if you ever have questions about about any of the things you see in any of the rooms in my home, even though we have moved, you can still find sources for my style and furnishings (as well as things I dream about) in my shop here, and paint colors from my old house here! As we get settled, I will be updating my house page and colors for this house as well.

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In case you thought my house was perfectly set up already for a before and after photoshoot due to the magic powers of blogs, it isn’t. :) But I’ve been working on getting settled in so I’ll share a bit of the behind the scenes for you with my cell phone pics.

Someday I know these rooms will come together and I will make sense of what goes where. But for now we are living in the moment and getting to know what it’s like to just *be* here. A house doesn’t become a home when it’s perfect, but it becomes a sanctuary when you let yourself live in it. So that is exactly what we are doing!

I had to laugh because my little entertaining cabinet looked like this the other day.

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And now it looks like this. My 15 year old son set up his own little vignette in the corner of our living room. Ha! Style + function? (Guess I need to work on installing outlets for his computer near his own desk! Although the unintended benefit of this arrangement just might be more family togetherness so maybe its a perfect corner for a functional space)

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My daughter Courtney and I have hung just one thing up on a wall so far, the mirror above the console. I have no idea whether or not it (or anything else for that matter) will stay there long term, but at least setting a few things up makes us feel more like we are making progress in getting settled even if we decide to change it all down the road.

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We’ve been really enjoying the view and even took a little walk down on the beach by our house to get a close up look at the area. I think the view of the ever changing sky is going to spoil us forever.

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Jack and Lily love playing in their new yard and going on adventures in Seattle. We took them on a little trip to Alki Beach and they had so much fun.

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We take the ferry to church, you can’t beat the ferry for a beautiful commute.

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Back in the house, as we unpacked the kitchen stuff into our little 1950s kitchen, I set up my flea market rattan shelf in the adjoining dining room to serve as a temporary holding place to put the overflow. Sometimes my stuff just ends up where it wants to be and I end up loving it. Just seeing things you love again makes you feel more at home.

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And of course, it’s not a home until the coffee station is set up.

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Jack has been making himself right at home, he was nervous at first but now he’s really comfortable hanging out in the new house. But if you have any doubt of that, this should clear that up…

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I’ll be sharing many more updates on the house and our plans and inspiration for each room as they evolve! For now, we are just really enjoying “getting acquainted” with this old house.

Some of you who follow me on Instagram may have seen a few of these photos. Click here to follow along if you haven’t yet! :)

Sources:

Leather loveseat, blue tufted ottoman, trellis patterned arm chaircoffee maker (ours is an older model), mug drying rack, wood chevron cabinet, wood mirror, glass cabinet (taupe)

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