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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 Like the kitchen, they are the actual working piece, and nothing is worse than a great designed room around out of date appliances.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.

Remodelers’ Choice 100

Every year, Qualified Remodeler magazine creates a list of the top 100 most requested products from their magazine. This year, there was a strong tendency towards bath products and products that make the home energy efficient. Here are my top ten product picks from their highly varied list.

#1 – Quick Drain – Designed for shower tile to have higher degree of creativity (your drain doesn’t have to interrupt your tile layout!) and cleaner aesthetics – always a plus in interior design! Available in 7 lengths, all with a width of 1 1/2″.

Quick Drain

Quick Drain with wave design

#2 – Wine Master Cellars, Vintage View – What a concept! Label forward wine racking systems! Also available in 6 finishes, and can be displayed through wall mounting, free-standing design, floor to ceiling frames or smaller table/counter top configurations.

Wine Racks

VintageView racking

#3 – Viking DrawerMicro – 1.0 cubic foot capacity can accomodate a 9×13 dish. 1,000 watts of power, it fits in standard 24″ cabinet depth, frees up your counter top, and doens’t require a trim kit. It can also be installed under built in gas or electric ovens.

Microwave Drawer

Viking Microwave Drawer

#4 – Spark Modern Fires – Their newest direct vent “slim” fireplace is designed to hang on teh wall.  With a viewing area of 46″ x 12″, it is only 8″ deep! Saves space and time and cost of installation.

Hanging Fire Place

Wall hung fireplace

#5 – LED Countertop Lighting – From LED Inc, these strip lights are available in 6 color options, they are 100% dimmable, can be cut to any size, and can bend. Perfect for undercabinet lighting, and practically any edge including walls (soffits) and tables.

LED Lighting

LED Undercabinet Lighting

#6 – Lucent Solid Surface -From LG surfaces, Lucent is an acrylic transluscent solid surface. Available in 4 transparent colors. The material allows us to combine teh soft shades with light sources for creative counter tops, table tops, and other surfaces.

Lucent Transluscent solid surface

Lucent transluscent solid surface

#7 – MTI Concealed Drain – MTI now offers a line of shower pans with concealed drains. Made of solid surface material, it features a removable drain cover for clean design.

Concealed Shower Drain

Concealed drain shower pan

#8 – Outwater Metal Tiles – Stainless steel metal tile mosaics from Outwater are available in numerous styles and colors. Great for many modern and contemporary applications like fireplace surrounds, bathrooms, kitchens, and floors.

Metal Tile Mosaics

Outwater metal tile mosaics

#9 – Muro Line – Cosentino Tile has launched a new line of mosaic tiles made from recycled material. These tiles are tumbled for a more natural stone look, and are available in 20 colors and varying sizes!

Muro Tiles

Silestone Muro tiles

#10 – Outwater Laser Carved Moldings – These moldings are carved from Baltic wood, and are suitable for staining or painting. Decorative accents for custom cabinetry or furniture, or anywhere you can imagine using molding.

Laser Carved Wood Moldings

Ouwater's laser carved wood moldings