Oh Joy! and Clever are teaming up to show you what it’s really like to build a house from the ground up
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I’m back with a new interior update for my house! I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to design a laundry room because . . . I’ve never had a laundry room before! In the last three places I have lived in my adult life either: the laundry wasn’t even in the building (Brooklyn living), laundry was shoved into a bathroom (small studio in Philly), or it was in a shared space with our duplex neighbor (our current place). So, to have a place to wash, dry, and fold . . . it’s a dream!
All of the interiors for the house are being designed in collaboration with Cleo Murnane, the creative director at Project M+. It’s so great to get the input and eye of an interiors/architect team because they bring a certain perspective to the process, while I bring all my ideas for injecting fun into it. For this room, I wanted to go tile-heavy and use something super fun. Since it’s a small room, it felt like a great place to be able to make statement and make it feel really special. This cement tile by Juju is the focal point of this room, so everything else was selected to complement it. This space provided an opportunity to bring in colorful cabinets . . because if you’re going to use that tile, you can’t just go with solid white cabinets!
Color Study 1 (Green)
This version pulls the dark green from the tile and gives the tile a pop that feels chic and sophisticated.
Color Study 2 (Blush)
This version pulls the blush pink from the tile and offers a lighter palette, where the tile blends in a bit more into this feminine and colorful space!
Which one do you like best? I love both for different reasons!
Also, here are some things to consider when designing or renovating a laundry room:
1. Storage Depending on the space you have, the laundry room not only holds the soaps and detergent that you need to wash clothes, but it can also serve as a storage area for linens and towels for your home. This space should feel like a breath of fresh air (also because the smell of clean laundry is the best!), so don’t be afraid to block out some space for those just washed linens, too.
2. Stacking vs. Side-by-Side Washer and Dryer Sometimes, this decision is based on your personal preference—whether you like to get clothes from the top or the side of a washer. But often, this comes down to space as well. Typically, smaller spaces have stackable machines to help maximize the square footage. While our laundry room is not huge, we also chose stackable so that we could get more space in vertical storage.
3. What functional details can you add to the space? Would it be helpful to add a towel bar for air drying clothes? Or hooks for hanging clothes after you iron them? For us, the laundry room is right beside our walk-in closet and next to a bathroom, so we are working on creating a pass-through of some sort. This small window would allow the dirty laundry to go right into the laundry room hamper, making it easy to go right into the wash when needed. If you have the time or ability in your renovation to add these kinds of details in, they are small things that will make such a difference for your day to day!
Construction by Boswell Construction.
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