Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Dirty Laundry

Since coming back from our long July 4th weekend, all I am doing is catching up on laundry!
So, I thought I would stage my laundry room and show what I wish it would look like all the time. No before pictures--it would frighten you!

It's a long, narrow room with a door from the hallway on one end and a door to outside on the other end.
A couple of years ago I fell in love with and bought the red LG washer and dryer, hoping it would make doing laundry a little more fun. Not so much, but they are pretty!

I hung the Pierre Deux wallpaper, and installed the red glass cabinet knobs.
For fun, I put a French linen runner across the top of the washer and dryer--a recent purchase from Tracey at French Larkspur.

Looking from the outside in. Dexter is of course always ready to have his picture taken.

The shelf on the wall is antique and is great for hanging clothes right out of the dryer on the pegs.

There is also an antique clothes line for drying lingerie, etc. For now, I hung a few vintage linen towels for staging purposes.

I have some of my vintage red tole trays on display in the room too.

There's a tiny little monster
That is seldom seen
Dwelling within
Our laundry machines

It loves to eat socks
And make undies pink
It works with mildew--
Forgotten loads stink.
-Stacy Fileccia

Uh oh, the dryer is beeping.
Time to go fold a load.

LG Tromm Washer and Dryer
Pierre Deux wallpaper
Runner from French Larkspur
Everything else is vintage.

Speaking of French Larkspur, Tracey is celebrating her one year blogging anniversary with an incredible giveaway! Check it out here!

I'm joining my friend Heidi at Heart and Home for Wednesday Gratitude, because even though I hate doing laundry, I'm grateful to have a washer and dryer. A red washer and dryer!
I'm also linking up to Three or More Tuesdays at The Gypsy's Corner.
On Friday, I'll join Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.
Thanks Ladies for hosting!
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Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

YOur laundry room is gorgeous. I love the shelf. It is perfect to hang things on and also to display some pretty things. Love the washer and dryer. Everything is just gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

What a nice and pleasant place to do your clothes. I would be very happy with the front loaders. I love your old shelf and the cute clothes line. And most of all, the pretty view out that back door! Lovely. Hello to Dexter! :-)


a quiet life said...

how cute to make your laundry day fun! and dexter looks like he has been fluffled and puffed too~

you enjoying sarah's key? i loved it... haunting to saw the least.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Very cute poem! Your laundry room looks fantastic too! I too have a shelf w/pegs so I know how much you love that! But mine is not nearly as big or antique. I really love the laundry line over the machines though very cute idea! Love the red and yellow decor! Beautiful!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Delores, Even your laundry room is beautiful! Love the antique shelf and the wallpaper. I have the same washer and dryer is a pale gray.
Hugs, Sherry

Privet and Holly said...

What a cozy space! I am going to copy you and find a beautiful runner to go across the top of my front-loaders! Also loved your sweet clothesline and of course, DEXTER!! Those darn laundry buzzers always seem to be calling, don't they?! xx Suzanne

Kathysue said...

Delores, The red washer and dryer is so YOU!! Love it. I wish I had a space this big for my laundry. I call my laundry room the PIT!! hehe. I am thankful I have it inside the house and I don't have to use a washboard like my Grandmother!! Kathysue

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very Pretty!
My daughter has a LG W & D and the washer sounds like a jet. :D

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Delores, your laundry room is adorable. You would die if you saw mine. I am getting ready to take down the stupid wallpaper border and repaint. This will be the third time to paint my small room. I love your wallpaper. How neat that the family before you had such good taste and style. Dexter is too cute watching you.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

First of all...your puppy is so precious! He kind of works with your color scheme too;)!

Second of all you might just have one of the cutest laundry rooms ever! I adore everything in it! That LG washer and dryer have been calling my name for awhile...after seeing it in your pics I may have to take the plunge!

I am off to hunt for red tole trays and a vintage laundry line;)...they say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery...smiles!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

And you have a beautiful laundry room! It's so frenchy and fun and I love the red too!

Heidi said...

Hi Delores,
I don't blame you, those machines are powerful and very chic in red! Your laundry room is just like I'd expect it to be having seen the rest of your house - perfect in every way. I love the vintage linens hanging from the line, and that wonderful rooster lamp. Beautiful!
It seems I'm always doing at least one load of laundry every day, sometimes many more! I do appreciate the electricity and the big machines that help me!!
Thanks for linking up.
We should do that as well, and soon!
PS. root canal done and I'm back to normal in under 2 hours. whew!!!!

La Dolfina said...

Hi Dolores,
I love your laundry room, it's narrow but it packs a punch, especially with those cherry red machines :) Great use of space and such a pretty place. Great job!!

Bonnie said...

Love your darling clothesline, great lamp and the toile trays are very attractive. Probably the best laundry room I've ever seen. You are good!

Wish you lived closer- I could put you to work!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Man, the laundry room is beautiful now, why don't you just send your laundry out to be done, then you can enjoy your room ha!


Sonia said...

What a beautiful laundry room...so nice to look at and looks very functional as well..but of course I like it cause it's pretty!! LOL I'm working on mine right now...thanks for sharing and the inspiration!!

Miss Bloomers

Anonymous said...

What a pretty laundry room you have! Your machines are so pretty. Love how you've decorated it too! Your tole trays are lovely and I see a Rooster! I love the yard birds!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Unknown said...

Very nice. Those little red knobs are fun!

A Lasting First Impression said...

That is one of the coziest laundry rooms I have seen. I LOVE the red knobs, so fun! I would gladly do laundry in that cute room, the door at the end the of room adds so much to the space. My laundry room is a closet, and I very much dislike the space! LG is the best!

Regina said...

Beautiful place and laundry room.
Have a great week Dolores.

Heather at Satisfying Spaces said...

What a cute laundry room and dog. :-)

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Oh my gosh if I had a laundry room like that I would be thrilled,ours is more like a cave,a dark scary cave...can we trade? PLEASE

savvycityfarmer said...

I would use this as my bedroom, kitchen living room AND laundry room ... what with the runner and all it could be my tablecloth ... I could line dry my clothes while I ate lunch ... I could then wash my lunch dishes in that clean little sink ... and after lunch I could reach outside the door and do a little gardening ... after gardening a nap would be in order on that beautiful carpet ...
that's that ... I'm moving in.

gena said...

Your vignette is stunning and its occupant precious !

Thanks for sharing !

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Delores,
I love your laundry room! Pierre Deux is one of my favorite places to shop. A few months back my husband and I went to Pierre Deux in SF. A lovely store and purchased a few rugs. The door out back is perfect in the laundry room. My laundry room is inside with no door to the outside.
A fun post today!
Have a wonderful week,

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Love your laundry room but I really LOVE your washer/dryer. Once my dies in a few years, I want those! lol

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Lila said...

That looks a ton better than my laundry room. I have to say, my friend wanted to name her son Dexter and somebody else said that it was a dog's name. Now it is!
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Tamra said...

Yes a washer and dryer are a beautiful thing. Our laundry room is not yet a reality I am running to my moms house frequently until it is done. My LG's sit waiting patiently in storage.

I've often wondered how in the 1800's and early 1900's they kept all the whites so white. Recently I found a recipe for the cleanest whites. Put your whites in the sink, add some oxygen bleach, boil a large pot of water and then pour over the linens stirring occasionally until they are cool enough to handle. Rinse and wash as usual. It works! My white linens have never looks better. I remember my grandma talking about wash day and how they would have a huge pot outside and they would haul water boil the clothes. No wonder they were so clean. Makes me love my machines even more!

Julio Muao said...

I suspect my current laundry room is sporting your "before" look. I love it Delores. I love the PD wallpaper and putting a lamp in the room just brings so much warmth with style. Great job.

P.S. Dexter is sooo cute.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Love your laundry room! For whatever odd reason, they are some of my favorite spaces!!!

I've kept a fluffy white towel on top of my front loaders forever, and recently took a linen fabric remnant to cover the tops!

Hootin Anni said...

This looks like it may be right out of Home and Garden! Beautiful. Are you sure you don't have a maid somewhere hidden?

LEGEND OF MARY'S BEAN is my Friday blog.

Have a great weekend.

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

What a beautiful laundry room! Love all the warm colors and what a lovely view you have looking outside. And Dexter is adorable!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Oh gosh.. I dream of having a laundry room like yours! very beautiful room! my fave!

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

Beautiful laundry room! I'm in the process of doing mine now. I love all of your extra special touches!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh Delores, my very favorite wallpaper is on the walls in your l.r.! I love it! Your little clothes line with the pretty towels is so cute. It would take me a month to get my l.r. presentable for photos! I also heart that shelf on the wall, not to mention Dexter. He is a cutie! laurie

Anonymous said...

I would love a laundry room like yours. Ok I am inspired.

Pamela said...

I just love your laundry room! I could spend all day in there.

Ames said...

Oh how I dream of a beautiful laundry room like yours! Mine is 100% utilitarian and ugly! Sometimes I wonder if my husband thinks it's an extension of his garage. ~Ames

Lizabeth said...

I sure love what you did in this room. You've taken a modern utility piece and softened it up beautifully!
The clothes line with the towels is too cute! You are an inspiration!

The Tablescaper said...

Your laundry room is beautiful, but I agree, even a beautiful laundry room doesn't really make doing the laundry much better. I call mine the laundry monster.

- The Tablescaper

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