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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Laundry Rooms Can Be Very Pretty!

Okay, here's a giveaway for this darling little ribbon tree. I made it months ago and gave it away but never heard from the winner. So I am trying again. I simply can't imagine someone entering to win this little cutie and not checking back, even after I sent them an email that they won. Oh well, let's try it again. You know the drill. To win this, you must leave a comment and be a follower. I love my followers and they get priority for their loyalty.

I am also including this Alexandra Stoddard book I mentioned a week or so ago.

The winner will be announced this coming Friday, the 27th. You can tell your friends to drop by and try winning it also. But Friday I'll draw the name, put it on here and notify the winner. Ooooh, there will also be some of those coffee filter paper roses included also. Very nice prize if I do say so myself. Here are what those roses look like.

In our house before this one I had a pretty big laundry area in the pantry of the kitchen. It was much nicer than the one in California as that one was in our garage. But the one we have now is really made up pretty. I like doing chores in pretty and charming places, no matter in what room the chores are done—office, bath, studio, bedroom, kitchen, wherever. I like pretty! So this time I'm showing you my present laundry room. Soon I'll show you some other laundry rooms that are lovely and some even huge and exquisite. Nothing in your home need be ugly or uninviting. You can do whatever you want to do with a room if you have the desire. Hardly any money went into my laundry, just thought and things I had around the house.

This is a decal I made and put on our laundry room door leading from the hallway into the laundry room.

I bought this little bucket to hold laundry detergent.

A little tin holder I bought and painted white. It holds clothes pins or little packets of laundry detergent I've received from friends. The little wood basket I painted rosebuds on. Not the best but it was my first try.

A shelf above a little green bench I painted white and made a bit shabby. It holds greenery, which makes washing laundry a nicer chore in a beautiful place. The walls are pink of course. The bright pink clay pot on the left I painted and decoupaged with a beautiful rose and put a faux plant in it. I saved pretty seed packets and just tacked them on the wall with Fun-Tac, easily removable when I want to change something in there. Other photos that have been given to me by JoAnn Coletti when I helped her with her computer a couple of years ago. She sent me several little cards of her pictures of her rose garden and some of her paintings. I love them; they're gorgeous.

This is an old redwood board from the fascia boards of our old house. I saved several boards, which were 50 years old and well-seasoned and made signs out of them to go around our house. I made the decals on my computer and printer.

I saw this gorgeous rose border and had to have it. It is in my laundry room. My laundry room doesn't look like any I've ever seen. Just shows you what you can do when you want it badly enough. I did! It's a unique laundry room and my style also.

Rather than the kitschy stuff you'd usually find in a laundry room I wanted this picture of a cottage in the woods with a lovely garden. When I wash clothes this is what I see. Much nicer than a wall.

I bought wood letters and put different kinds of roses, polka dots, plaids, stripes and paisley fabrics and gussied them up with rickrack, lace, bows and ribbon roses.

I made several clothespin bags and gave a few of them away in giveaways here on my blog. This should tell you how nice the items I give away are. No junk here. Handmade crafts. I also gave away some of those letters once. The three clothespin bags I have left are hanging in the laundry with clothespins and various other things a laundry would have.

Iron hangs on a holder on the wall next to some old french packets of soap given to me.

This is the door to a pantry in the laundry room. It hold fruits, cereals and cleaning supplies along with paper plates and napkins and other sundry stuff.

This little plaque has knobs to hold my decorated hangers, baskets or keys. Also notice I use lace scraps in this room or lace trim.

The rose border goes around the whole room except over the washing machine and dryer. It has shelves that hold detergents, cleaning supplies, bleach, spot removers, etc. I chose to hide them behind a pretty curtain.

Notice I even covered the pole with fabric to hang clean shirts out of the dryer.

Much nicer not seeing all that junk up there. All this was very easy to do and it adds a lot of pizzazz to the room. When a room is pretty, you tend to enjoy doing chores in it more than if it was dark and dank and a mess.

Even the ironing board has a cover when I'm not using it to iron. It's really a lovely laundry room and a great place to decorate and not have it so boring and ugly.

These last 2 photos are ones taken by my young best-bud-forever with that wide angle lens she had rented for a couple of weeks. She just popped over while I was doing laundry and I didn't think nor have time to set it up for a photoshoot. This is what it looks like on any given laundry day.

I'll show you some other laundry rooms I've come across on the internet. Some are fancy. Some are cute. Some are gorgeous and huge. Some are simple and small but with great design features. Soon, very soon, I'll show those to you. Just keep a lookout for them in the next couple of weeks or so.
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