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The Ultimate Laundry Room

Do you like to do laundry? Nope…didn’t think so. Most of us do not prefer to spend much time on house chores, especially the ones that require us to spend an ample amount of time in a usually cramped and boring space. While great laundry room design won’t necessarily change your life, it can help make the task a little less painful. Here are some do’s and don’ts for designing and decorating your laundry room, and some inspiring photos to get the creative juices flowing!
DO have counter top space. Even if your space is small, investing on front loaders can allow you to install a counter above the appliances. Believe us, it’s worth it.

If space allows, DO install a sink. A built in sink. This is quickly becoming standard, and a adds value to the room and your house.
DON’T have a carpeted floor. Tile is best, wood and vinyl also work. Do have a nice rug in there to warm the feet. And if you must have carpet (for instance, a master closet install), be sure and have an automatic shut off valve.

DON’T build around your old appliances. Like the kitchen, they are the actual working piece, and nothing is worse than a great designed room around out of date appliances. If updating the room but not ready to invest in the w/d quite yet, be sure to allow space for upgrades in the future.
DO have plenty of storage, whether its cabinets, baskets, shelves, etc. Usually a combo works best. Again, even the tightest of spaces can have good storage is properly thought out.

Do have a place for hang drying clothes. Get creative, but be sure there is a place to hang the delicates.

DON’T be boring. The laundry room is a great place to be creative, and even kitschy. Fresh, clean feeling colors are great, and be bold in experimenting with pattern. Some painted cabinets are a quick way to add detail.



Black and White and Sophisticate All Over

One of my all-time favorite designers du jour is Kelly Wearstler, whom you have probably heard of unless you have been living under a rock somewhere. Interior designer- turned TV personality turned fashion designer still true to her bones always interior designer -Kelly has the heart of America. Why do I love her so? Her incredible style speaks for itself, and is hard to deny. Her interiors are exciting yet calm, always sophisticated, and intrinsically creative.

A Kelly Wearstler design

There are many reasons to love her interiors, but one of my favorites is her use of the black and white palette. A sophisticated stand-by for interior designers almost as long as there have been designers, some might think the black and white room has gone by the wayside, or feels stuffy or forced. In today’s land of beige it is too bold for some, but when you come right down to it, black and white are the true neutrals. Kelly brings new life to the idea with her bold punches of color – usually just one or two – and the effect is striking.
Black and white rooms with a bold yellow accent can be stimulating and sensory – perfect for a dining room. Looking for something a bit calmer? Try a deep purple hue or a soft aqua with the black and white backdrop for a bedroom. A black and white living room with soft green accents or neutral beige’s feel inspired, and is a color palette that can go into just about any style of décor. Traditional, transitional or modern- this color palette is the “little black dress” of interior design.

Ofuro – The traditional Japanese soaking tubs are making a new splash

The Ofuro- or what is typically a small, deep, free standing tub – is making quite a comeback in interior design. The Ofuro is small enough to go into just about any bathroom, often being around 45” square. The best part? They are very deep, and fill typically to the shoulders. Bathers are seated upright in a traditional ofuro (most have a seat or two built in)– think like a small indoor American hot tub. The Ofuro is usually paired with an open European type shower – no glass doors to painfully clean! This also allows for installation into even the smallest of bathrooms.

A freestanding Ofuro style tub from MTI Whirlpools

The Japanese soaking tub of today has taken on new contemporary appearances. Available in wood, metal, or your standard acrylic tub material, they can fit in almost any budget. Installation can be easy as is most tubs are free standing – though you’ll want some sort of steps to get in. For more elaborate installations the tubs can often be dropped down into the floor, or include intricate surrounding step systems.

A traditional wood Ofuro from

While the tub in its traditional form is a soaker only – meant to relax the mind and body with heat and silence, todays models can also include air massage and jets. A heater to keep the water warm can also be a nice addition on higher end models.

This Victoria + Albert tub shows installation with an open shower concept