Dreaming of a Dutch Door {My New House}

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Dreaming of a Dutch Door {My New House}

I‘ve been thinking a lot about this little house and dreaming about what she might want to be, in time. She’s a girl, by the way. :) Lately the house has been letting me know she doesn’t want to be stifled. She’s got personality, and has been just waiting to burst out of her shell. I believe it. I sense it. She’s ready to evolve like a butterfly.

In her heart, she has a charming personality and doesn’t want to be stuck in a time warp or limited by how she might have been perceived. I can understand that. You can feel pigeonholed and it’s hard to break out of what was…to what is.

Dreaming of a Dutch Door {My New House}

Like a butterfly she’s ready to burst out of the cocoon where she has been so safe and snug to show off her full pretty personality and spread her colorful wings to evolve to a more modern and charming 1950s cottage.

Same girl, more spunk.

The previous owner emailed me to let me know this little street the house lives on once had 54 kids on it, back in the day. It sounds like it was a real bustling family friendly neighborhood street, when it was fresh and new. Kids could roam around freely in safe, wide open spaces. Neighbors gathered out in the street for block parties.

I can imagine she would’ve have loved to have a Dutch door, even then, a friendly door. Dutch doors had a surge of popularity in the 1950s, and I can see why she might have wanted one right here in the kitchen looking over the side porch.

Dreaming of a Dutch Door {My New House}Coastal Living // Photographer: Dominique Vorillon

Can you picture it?

Can you picture this puppy face being Jack looking in the Dutch door to tell me he’s ready to come in? Yes….yes, me too. It’s meant to be. Lily might prefer to keep the kitty door :).

Dutch doors are perfect for opening wide and letting the breeze from the sea air flow through to cool the house and to more easily connect with the outside areas. They are a charming way to call the kids in for dinner or even to pass a cup of sugar to a neighbor without risk of letting the dogs run out. Jack loves to cause a commotion, so I think a Dutch door is perfect for keeping him safely inside.

I cannot wait to share inspiration for updating our kitchen and show you the rest of the “before photos” soon. So much potential in a little compact space. But today I just couldn’t stop thinking about Dutch doors and believing one belongs in this space.

Sometimes you just have to start somewhere, leap out with one giant step in the direction of what is to come. Then let the other design layers unfold, to evolve the entire personality of the home over time.

Dreaming of a Dutch Door {My New House}
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Dreaming of a Dutch Door {My New House}
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Dreaming of a Dutch Door {My New House}

Dreaming of a Dutch Door {My New House}Melanie Turner Interiors / Harris Trail

Dreaming of a Dutch Door {My New House}
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The little area just outside of the kitchen door is already evolving! It will be a perfect space to access from a Dutch door. I’ll share that vision and project soon.

I’m quite tickled with the vision that is coming together for this little house.

Thanks for letting me share this house with you and for your encouragement and kindness in allowing her to evolve and spread her wings. Is your home needing to or starting to evolve in some way? Tell me about it in the comments, or share on Home Love Stories!

If you’re catching up on my move, click here to see all my posts about the new house, as well as the video tour here!

PS. Don’t forget that TOMORROW, on October 15th, there is a one-day only 50% off pre-order sale at Barnes and Noble (online only) for The Inspired Room book! That is a crazy crazy good deal for a hardback book! It will be a lovely gift for yourself and other people you know, so stock up for Christmas, housewarming gifts, shower gifts, birthdays and more. :)

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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!}
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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.