Friday, June 24, 2011

Wash Day - home tour continues...

Come on in & take a look around our
Laundry Room.
This was indeed one of the last rooms we redid --
up until then, we called it the "icky room"...
'cause it was, well, kind of icky.

In our green & blue & yellow color scheme -
we went off the map in this room --
with a big dose of deeper blue & a punch of red.
Gray calms it just a bit.

Now, I can't imagine this room was ever so rudely titled, "icky"...
I would now call it our "work horse",
likely one of the hardest working rooms in our house.

So, let's get down to business with a little tour---
you enter thru the kitchen.
 A quilt hangs in the doorway if need be to close this room off from view.
Or in my Kari world - to just look sweet.

The former Summer Kitchen -
this room has one of our three home entrances.
This one now goes out to our deck & back yard
(called a "door yard" on a farm)-
and clothesline.
Grill on the deck is conveniently located too.

When our house was built in 1857 -
every room was taxed - even closets...
so - this house has just one real closet - in the upstairs landing.
Since this room is a big contender for home storage --
we had to get creative.

We now hang coats, grouped by season,
on a coat rack salvaged from another home.
Below it stands an Amish bench.

Apple crates & a Chimney Cupboard store our everyday supplies:
cat litter, tools, string, glue...
This beauty was purchased at the Columbus Antique Mall
in Columbus, Wisconsin.

Our Washer & Dryer are angled around a green dresser Dave found
along the curb --- the green table to the right was also a roadside find.
This dresser stores all our gift supplies:
tissue, gift bags, gifts-in-waiting...
The table has a sweet tool caddy that
keeps the ribbon, scissors & gift tags organized.

This fun shelf was purchased in Waterloo, Wisconsin -
have to have fun stuff to look at while folding laundry. -

This freestanding wall hides a sink...which is still on our
"to do" list.  For now, we keep our "grab & go" items here.
There is actually one small broom closet in our laundry room -
big enough for a mop bucket, mop...and of course
a broom on the door.

And here is where my collection awaits a trip to the antique mall -
this old bassinet corals it just right.
See this room works as a waiting station & tagging central
for my antique business too.

So -- what pulls it all together?
 -- a table in the center of course.
Might I add, one hard working table.
You might find this holding folded laundry,
set up for gift wrapping,
filled to the brim (above & below) with antiques.
The tablecloth provides a bit of
"don't look behind that curtain"
hide & seek magic for antique overflow.

And sweet stuff has to live in this room too.

I have come to absolutely adore
this Laundry Room.
Instead of cringing, as I did in 2006 when I first walked into this room
and wondered what we would ever do to fix it up...
it now makes me smile.

P.S. -- if you click on "Home Tour" under the labels
on the right you will find other rooms of
our 1857 home highlighted.

to see an update to this post click HERE


Kari from Meadowview Farm said...

I must admit...I generally like to primp just a bit before taking a picture & posting it. This laundry room picture "gallery" was un-edited, un-primped. For instance, I should have removed the tablecloth on the table in the middle -- it is a fabulous gray table with ornate legs -- but right now there are indeed boxes of stuff under it -- so the cloth hides them. And, isn't that how it goes in a house. This is really my home, how I live -- not magazine "homes" -- you know, created just for the photo shoot --but not how they are every day. This is every day for me.

Prior said...

love your laundry room...the table in the middle is great, too!

Stephanie said...

As kids - us cousins would dare each other to go out into the washroom at night without the light on and whoever could stay the longest was the bravest! =D I never won! Now - it is so beautiful and homey and inviting! I would take that dare with no issue today! =D

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