Greetings!! I apologise for the dearth of posts lately. Alas, my blog’s become the cobbler’s daughter with no Louboutins.
I’ve been totally immersed in a big design project, the focus the last few weeks being on plumbing fixtures. I realise to some, these two words alone sound like an awfully long day, but hopefully to others (you crazy kindred spirits you) a wildly fascinating topic.
I mean, have you looked at sinks, faucets and toilets lately??
LED waterfall faucet via VDomos
The Starck Axor V’s crystal faucet head allows you to see the vortex of hot & cold water meeting for the first time. It’s like the Match.com of the plumbing world. Philippe Starck for Hansgrohe.
The ways in which one can deliver H2o to any room in the house now are limitless ( budgets, California water-flow restrictions and load bearing walls aside 😉 )
Anyway, rather than skulking around avoiding my blog like a freshman boy dodges laundry, I thought I’d merge real life with Slim and take you along for the spin (see what I did there?)
This is what I love about the internet-I typed in ‘Christmas laundry room’ and this came up. Folding clothes on the counter? forgetaboudit-it’s Christmas time. Let elves do the heavy lifting.
Besides, who thinks of the holiday season without thinking of laundry? Cut me a break here- come up with a better segue and you’ll receive a bottle of pine-scented fabric softener.
Truth be told, isn’t laundry a subject near and dear to our hearts? The very fabric of our lives as it were?
‘Freshman Home from College Laundry’
I never promised you a rose garden every post.
You have to love boys.
But back to ‘Laundry Day’. It sounds so antiquated now, but how many visceral memories do you associate with that term?
Besides the time my pet mouse gave birth on the top of the laundry basket, which didn’t go over too well, my most vivid memory is my mom sitting at an ironing board watching TV. I can still smell the tang of spray starch, the scent of hot iron against damp cotton. Pressing my father’s shirts and linen handkerchiefs (no kleenex tissues for an Englishman) she cautioned me when I got married to ‘start off in the style I wished to stay accustomed’. In other words, don’t be ironing shirts if you’re not willing to be committed to it forevermore. Ha! My parents are in fact still married (was it the handkerchiefs?) but life and marriage have changed. A lot.
Washing machines now have more cycles than the tour de France, irons resemble mini space shuttles and faucets play music from your iPhone while spewing rainbows of LED light mixed with pre-softened, pre-temperature controlled water.
designer; Amanda Jones, cabinet maker Salisbury Artisans, CT.
Though it’s function might not be terribly exciting, the laundry room is as fun a room to design as any other in the house.
I’ve always wanted a Sheila Maid ever since I saw an original Victorian one my friend’s laundry room in the U.K. Such a great idea.
A few other ideas for the laundry;
-If you are doing new construction; any way to get a laundry chute? I wish I had one.
-Invest in a BIG multi purpose sink. If you can find a vintage one, like this old zinc beauty I found for next to nothing, even better. Hello Downton Abbey. A pull out nozzle faucet is the best choice here. Do as I say, not as I do.
– can the room double as a potting room, mud room, a place to put your ridiculously noisy ice-maker, a ‘pet salon’ with a sink or shower for four legged friends?
-hooks, hooks and more hooks.
-a plant or two to bring life and nature into the space.
-and a charging station to get all those unsightly cords, plugs and chargers out of the kitchen.
No need to play it safe. I chose cherry red for our barn laundry. These babies are my mid-life crisis Ferrari. Every time I walk by them they make me happy.
A quick spin around all that’s available out there might have you considering adding a bar to your laundry (hey-there are worse ideas)
Did you know, for example, that Samsung makes a wi-fi enabled front-loading washer? Not sure what that even means, but it sounds cool.
Do keep your detergents etc. in easy to reach attractive dispensers. Not that the Tide bottle isn’t a thing of beauty.
This is one of the most popular laundry room pics on Pinterest. I think the appeal lies in something as simple as the oversized glass jars holding detergent, clothespins, and naturally…starfish
There are tons of fun decals to be found on Etsy but it’s simple enough to just create your own…or better yet, get the kids involved. It might be the only time they ever go in there 🙂
There’s also the new Whirlpool 10 minute clothes ‘freshening’ system SWASH
Could it possibly work? You first. I’m not a big fan of dry-cleaning or any chemicals in my clothes so I’m somewhat skeptical. If anyone has tried one yet, please let us know.
Of course there’s nothing quite like the luxury of laundry dried naturally.
Nature as usual, does it best.
And how could I possibly resist adding this??
Neil Young “Man Needs a Maid”
Next up…I don’t know…toilets and tinsel? I’m dancing as fast as I can here People.
More on the Barn Laundry Room; “Thin Red Line”
And for much more fun laundry related stuff have you visited “The Laundress” site?
*first image via Tumblr