Friday, September 05, 2008

The laundry room

Welcome to our laundry room. Come on in and take off your coat. There is plenty of space to hang it. In our home, the laundry room is as you enter the house. It is a small but efficient space. We have refinished the plain coat rack in palisander stain giving it a rich tone. Since everyone has to come in here to hang their coats, I wanted this room to look really special. We have kept the paint color for the back wall as we both still loved it. I had it mixed based on a Laura Ashley color. The other walls are now a warm white which is called 'Katoen'. The white is not as cool as it looks in the photos. Normally I would not go with a white but you will see why I choose this color when I reveal the entrance hall.


This is a bargain piece I found. It was only 2,50 euro and I thought it looks so cute with the little washline. The grey does not work in the room so this is a project I still have to work on by changing the grey paint color.


This tour is going to contain alot of photos. It is such a small space that taking an overall photo is almost impossible. I wanted to show you the set up of the laundry. There is a drainboard on the machines and we are thinking of replacing it with a wooden drainboard that will be stained to match the new wall rack I made. What do you think? Some people are saying it needs changed and others saying it is fine when they visit. I would like the drainboard to be the same width as the wall next to the door you see. This one is a bit short. The dryer sticks out farther than the other machines as there is a heater behind it and it cannot go back any farther. Doing the new wider drainboard would mean it would be out as far as the dryer. Don't forget you can enlarge any of the photos.


TaDah! My pride and joy! I came up with an idea of a wall rack but looking around they were very expensive and not the large enough size I wanted. So we went and bought wood, braces and hooks to create what I had pictured in my mind. Now besides quilter, stitcher and lacemaker, I can add furniture maker to my list of hobbies. Well, not really as this was not that difficult to do.


In the evening, there is a pretty glow when I only turn on the candlestick lamp. Next to the coat rack is a hanging basket where I do seasonal flower displays.


I have various glass jars holding things from my wash powder to fabric softener to clothespegs to vintage buttons. It has been fun searching for the jars and then going through my house for items to use for decorating. I have a stack of my small quilts resting on a shelf and a chest filled with doilys my grandmother handmade.


Two old irons...


Buckets hanging from handhewn hooks...


Miniature quilts...



You have seen this old Singer before. It was a gift from a dear friend and I love the look of it displayed throughout the year with seasonal items. As you see, it now has a miniature quilt and plant alongside it.


I am so glad you stopped by! Bundle up as it is a chilly autumn afternoon and don't forget to leave your calling card (a comment) before you leave...


"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face."
~ John Donne

I am taking a blogger's break for a week. Jos and I are off to Cranberry Cottage to stay an entire week. We did not take a vacation this summer and decided to use some time to stay longer and enjoy the cottage, autumn's begin and the woods. I need to take a good rest. You can read about it here. I have been overdoing it and had some bad flare~ups. I am hoping a week in the peaceful north will be very good for both Jos and I. I will see you again in a week's time...

Thanks to all of you who have wishes Jos a happy birthday.

24 comments:

Ragged Roses said...

Hope you have a wonderful week at Cranberry Cottage with Jos. Your home is just such a delight, I don't think you'd like to see photographs of my piles of laundry! Take care
Kimx

Melissa said...

Heidi,

Congrats! It looks beautiful. Time to celebrate and just relax.

Melissa

Among the Hedgerows said...

I'm so glad you stopped by before you left for the cottage, Heidi! Your laundry room looks fabulous! That's the only thing I don't like about my home ... my laundry is in the basement. I'm looking into having it finished but it's quite expensive so it's a long ways down on my wish list. I love the antique touches you've used and your shelf looks great.
Have a wonderful week at the cottage and make sure you rest. Wish Jos a happy birthday too. Take care of yourself, my dear friend!
many hugs,
Lynda

Nan said...

I love this room! You have such a gift, and it's wonderful that you share it with us. I think you could get paid for your decorating ideas. Have a wonderful, relaxing, refreshing trip, and happy b-day to your fella!

Annemarie said...

I hope you have a wonderful time at Cranberry Cottage. I'm sure you deserve it. Sorry you've been feeling so poorly, dear!
If I had a laundry room like you, I don't think I would mind doing the laundry itself half so much. My goodness, it looks simply wonderful!

Melissa said...

Heidi,

I can just imagine how pretty those paper holders are on the store counter tops in Holland.

If it's still there, maybe I will have to go buy it.

Hugs!

Melissa

Suzann said...

have a wonderful week Heidi. Your laundry room is absolutely lovely. Funny you should have this post as just today I was thinking that my laundry room is in need of some serious attention. You've inspired me to give this room some love next week.

Terri said...

Is it Jos birthday? I hope you treated him extra nice! I saw your picture over on your mom's blog. You are a good looking couple Heidi!

I like your laundry room. It looks like a place you might even want to hang out in! And how many laundry rooms can claim that distinction?

Judy said...

I hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy yourselves. I love your laundry room. It makes me want to do something with mine. Noone sees it but me but maybe I'd love doing laudry.

countrygirl3031 said...

Good morning Heidi...I love your laundry room. It's so cozy and inviting!

Hugz,
Michele

Mandie said...

Heidi, You are the ONLY person I know that would have an impeccably decorated laundry room! :oP It's beautiful & i love it but it still makes me giggle! Love you bunches!

Mandie

Nancy said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. You did a great job on that shelf. You won't need George anymore, you can build your own things. Everything on it is perfect, just like you. Oh, I forgot, just practically perfect, like Mary Poppins. I am very happy you are having a nice week at the cottage. Hope no one else is there. Hope you are feeling better. I know you are able to read your comments, but cannot comment back. Hope Jos is not mad at me for putting him on my blog, and hope he had a nice birthday.
Love you, Mom

Nancy said...

Oh, PS: I did NOT pose for Robins little Mary Engelbright picture, but, you are right and I told her, I could have. LOL. It looks like me telling you kids, JUST DO IT.
Love you, Mom

my house by the river said...

Heidi,

Have a relaxing time. Enjoy your time together.

blessings,

mari

Kristen said...

Oh my goodness!! That is the cleanest and most sweetly decorated laundry room I have ever seen! Enjoy your week away Aunt Heidi! I have missed you!! LOVE YOU!!!

The Dutchess said...

Dear Heidi,it's just lovely....

The Dutchess said...

There is something waiting for you at my place...

Wild Rose said...

What a delightful space! Enjoy your time at Cranberry Cottage and have a good rest.

Marie x

Melissa said...

Heidi,

You are so sweet.

Thank you for your note to me.

Have a great week.

Melissa

Andylynne said...

I hope you and Jos have a great week. I will miss you but you deserve the rest. Can't wait to see what you "find" while your gone.

Now on to my big question....
You do laundry in that room!!! Wow it is beautiful. I'm with Ms Ragged Roses my photos would include laundry, not so neatly arranged LOL. In a rooom not nearly as pretty.
The shelf is wonderful, you did a great job. I love the balance in the way you arranged the shelves.
About the drain board If it were me and it isn't to much trouble I would like a matching board that would cover the dryer, I'm thinking it would balance the room even more.

Mia said...

Dear Heidi! Your laundry room looks lovely, with lots of beautiful details and thing to look at. Our laundry room is also used as an entrance, especially by us. It is where we store all our farm clothing and Wellingtons.

I do hope you have a lovely time at Cranberry Cottage, and that the time spent there has done you good. I do wish you good health and the possibility to enjoy your most favourite season, autumn.

PS. I have missed you aroung my blog...

BittersweetPunkin said...

Your laundry room is too cute!! Love the board over the washer and dryer...thats a GREAT idea!!

Pondside said...

I hope you've had a relaxing week off, Heidi.
I've had to take a break from blogging, for personal reasons, and miss it a lot - but I'm happy to be able to pop by to read what you've written and to see your lovely photos. Your laundry room is lovely - it's nice to pay attention to the hard-working spaces in our homes!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful wall shelves. I love your entire "laundry room." It is the prettiet one I've seen. So warm and inviting. What is the third machine (washer, dryer, ...)?

Andrea (CHL)