Do you dread doing laundry? I sure did for years! In fact, I’d let it pile up for at least a week before I’d grudgingly head to the garage to wash load upon load over the course of a few days. However, after years of doing laundry in our dark and dirty garage, my husband and I recently created a laundry room that I can actually say I love! We did so by partially converting our garage to make the existing laundry space part of the house and boy, has it ever made a difference in my life as a busy mom!
The only downside to the new setup was our old machines. With the laundry room being open to the rest of the house, the noise level of the washer became a bigger deal than it ever was before when the laundry was part of the garage. Also, whereas I didn’t think a thing of it before, I found myself wanting sleeker, more modern-looking machines. So when I was contacted by Samsung about working together to promote their new appliances, I jumped at the chance!
These Samsung Front Loader Laundry Machines have been a total game changer. Not only is the washer MUCH quieter than our old one with it’s Vibration Reduction Technology; but also the touch keypad vs. the buttons on the old machine makes it much harder for my son to turn the washer on when I’m not around due to the fact that it requires that you press and hold to get it to start. YAS! Problem solved!
I also love the looks of the new Samsung machines! Although the measurements are comparatively similar to our old ones, they come across as having a smaller visual footprint. I can definitely get down with that! They’re super modern and as a stylist, I appreciate the way the doors on the washer and dryer somewhat mimic the looks of the handles on the sink cabinet. It’s like candy for my eyes. 😂 The faces of the machines are also much flatter and more streamlined than what we had before. With our laundry room essentially being a little alcove in a hallway, small details like that DO matter.
Anyway, I absolutely couldn’t be happier with how our new laundry sitch has turned out, especially with the new Samsung Front Loading Laundry Machines. We now have a pretty AND functional space where I’ve been able to easily and willingly take care of business on a daily basis.
A huge thanks to Samsung for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
HOLY COW, I’M FINALLY DONE!!! I am so excited to be able to share my finished Spring 2019 One Room Challenge Project with all of you! What a relief! This project definitely took longer than we were expecting it to, but it was so worth it. Let’s take a look below at a few images of where we started.
And some progress shots, of course!
And below is where we are today! I’m SO HAPPY with how the laundry room turned out and it’s already impacted my day-to-day life in such a positive way. Laundry was such a dreaded task before because the washer and dryer were essentially inside the garage and the area was always filthy. It was super gross trying to clean our clothes in such a dusty and dirty atmosphere. I was always behind on laundry because I had no desire to go out in the garage to take care of business, but now it’s easy peasy! So without further ado, let’s check out the finished product!
For those of you who have been following me for awhile or recall my dining room remodel post awhile back, there used to be a door there where the opening into the hallway is now.
Here you get a peak at the wood wall I designed and my husband built. It’s definitely Art Deco-inspired, which is sort of my thing, if ya haven’t noticed! I love the way it works so well with the mural too. When I design a room I like to try to use various elements that mimic each other in shape and form and I feel like I’ve definitely pulled that off here! Below is a closer look at the wall as well as the moulding I designed to frame out the Beige Geometric Shapes Modern Bauhaus Wallpaper Mural I received from Murals Wallpaper.
Here you can see the Mitzi Petra Semi-flush Mount Light I chose to use in here. It’s such a statement piece! And just like the moulding mimics the mural, the light mimics the wood wall my husband built. They look oh so perfect together! I’m obsessed!
Part of the reason we took down the wall that was here previously and replaced it with the wood wall is because I really wanted a sink for cleaning the mud off the kids’ shoes and soaking stained clothes. We didn’t have much space to work with, so we opted not to build a cabinet around the washer and dryer, as was the initial plan; and we also decided to use the wood wall since it would take up less space, as opposed to building a regular wall and having a doorway as we did before. I wanted it to be as open as possible and it turned out just as I imagined! This sink sitch is actually even better than what I could’ve hoped for.
As far as the nitty gritty goes, I chose to use a Kingston Brass faucet because that’s generally what I’ve used for all of my reno projects. They hold up well, they’re affordable, and they’re good-looking. That’s a win, if ya ask me! This particular model is the Concord. The tile is handmade 3×3 squares from Fireclay Tile in Tuolumne Meadows. I love the way the color looks with the mural and the artwork I was gifted by Society 6. Last, but definitely not least, that super rad concrete and brass wall sconce you see there is also from Mitzi. It’s called the Macy Wall Sconce. It’s new to Mitzi and it’s such a stunner.
See how the wood wall lets the light in? In addition to saving space, it really helps to brighten up the sink area. Below is another view of the Bilden Mural and Petra Semi-flushmount Light.
And there you have it! Spring 2019 One Room Challenge is one for the books! I’m so relieved to be done with this project and so happy with how it turned out. True, I didn’t finish it on time, which is perfectly okay. The important thing is that we’ve kept at it and now we have a WAY MORE functional little laundry room. Sure, it’s small, but it’s big on style, just the way I like it.
If you’d like to check out my first five ORC posts, you can find them here:
I’m SUPER excited to be taking part in the Something Different Summer Home Tour! I’ve never done anything like this before, so please bear with me. I hope I don’t inundate you with TOO MUCH inspo. 🤣 I’m not sure that’s even possible, but nevertheless, there are 21 other ladies with beatifully unique styles posting this week as well! So let’s take a tour through my home and then you can use the links at the end of this post to check out all of the other amazing homes in the tour as well!
Here’s my recently remodeled entryway that doubles as my office. I must admit though, I actually never sit here. It’s crazy really, because that teal velvet chair is SO COMFORTABLE. Instead I choose to sit at the dining table on one of our not-as-comfortable dining chairs while I work, but boy, I sure do love the view from there. Sitting at the dining table also helps me to keep a better eye on the kiddos, so that’s reason enough in itself, if ya ask me!
As you can see, our home is open concept, so the entryway/office is basically part of the main living space. When we initially bought the house as a foreclosure four years ago, the living area was split into two small rooms, one of which had a fireplace. It sat right about where the coffee table does now. 6It was leaking and falling through the floor, so it was one of the first things to go when we started the demo work. Since I did most of the drywall when we remodeled the house, I patched the hole in the ceiling where the fireplace was, along with all the other imperfections from scraping the popcorn off the ceilings. Talk about a literal pain in the neck! There’s definitely a deeper satisfaction and appreciation that comes with doing it yourself as opposed to hiring someone. It was hard work, but I’m so proud of how it’s turned out!
Anyway! Moving along! I can pretty confidently say that the other side of the living area pictured below gets more action than any other part of the house. Not only do the kiddos like to post up together on the pink chair while they watch TV, but I’ve also binged many a Netflix series in that very same spot. In fact, I’m getting ready to sit there and watch Schitt’s Creek as soon as I wrap this up!
In case anyone is wondering, I’m the one who plays the guitar around here. In fact, my dad gave me the one pictured above when I was just 12 years old when he taught me how to play. I used to do a mean Jewel cover as a little gal. 😂 I don’t play that often anymore, but I used to play quite a bit. I think part of the reason why I stopped playing as much was because I didn’t have a stand for it. Out of sight, out of mind really is a thing! So I recently got one and I’m pleased to inform you that I’ve been playing it much more often.
Next stop: the dining room. Our dining room went through several different looks before I finally settled on the right one and it is just so right. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error before you figure out what you really want. Heck, I feel like this whole entire remodeling project has been a series of trial and error, progressively figuring things out as we go and that’s okay! In my opinion, that’s how you figure out what you like or at least that’s what I tell my husband.
Here’s a little sneak peak of the laundry room we recently built for the One Room Challenge. I’m SO EXCITED to finally be posting the full reveal tomorrow, so stay tuned!
One of the things that was the most important to me when we first bought our house and we were figuring out how we wanted the kitchen to function was being able to watch the kids while I make dinner. Our old house was divided into several smaller rooms and the kitchen was really small and closed off from the rest of the house. It also had tile flooring. My daughter was just starting to walk when we sold it and it was super stressful having her underfoot on such a hard surface while I cooked. I knew that whatever house we ended up buying had to have hardwood or laminate flooring in the kitchen and be open concept so the kids wouldn’t have to actually be in the kitchen for me to watch them during meal prep. That’s the primary reason we took down the walls dividing the main living space of our house from the kitchen and dining room and it’s been so nice!
I’m pretty sure our bedroom is probably my favorite room in the house. I don’t know if I’m just really tired right now and dreaming of lounging in bed or what (I am); but it really is a very calming environment in which to fall asleep, no matter the time of day. There’s literally a rosy glow in the room because of the copious amounts of sunlight it gets all the time and the blush colored floor and curtains.
We made the bed ourselves. I designed the frame and my husband built it. Since our room is tiny, the iron bed we had previously wasn’t really working anymore. It sat off the floor quite a bit and had a headboard and footboard, so it made such a visual footprint that it made the room come across even smaller than it is in reality. That as well as my desire for a velvet headboard led to the current bed sitch and I love it!
My daughter’s room is pictured above and it’s just so her. The little gal loves pink and I guess you could say she got her wish for a pink bedroom. Pink floor, pink walls, pink sconce by her bed, and pink sprinkled throughout the rest of the room too! I probably wouldn’t have gone so overboard with the pink, but I remodeled it in an attempt to get her to start sleeping in her own bed, so I wanted it to be really special. It didn’t work. Both she and my son still sleep with us! Since taking the photos below a few days ago of my son’s room, he got a big boy bed. So far it hasn’t been enough to persuade him to sleep in his own room either though!
Well, that’s it! For those of you who are still with me, thank you SO MUCH for stopping by!
Now go check out all of the other tours! There’s inspo galore! I promise!