Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Laundry wish list

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In my dream house, I have a huuuge laundry. At the moment I have a little matchbox laundry (ie smaller than a shoebox). It's serviceable enough, clean, and it certainly beats going to a laundromat, so for that I'm most grateful. But in my dreams, I'm not having to edge my way sideways through this room (if you could call it a room) just to get to the door to outside each time I hang my washing.

I've seen this laundry (below) on a number of blogs (I'm sorry, I not sure where I first got these photos from) but I look at it and think this is pure laundry heaven. Here is a room big enough to hold parties in. A large table (a trestle!) to fold washing on, beautiful built in cabinetry....

Here's the view from the other side of the room. Is it sad to be totally in love with a laundry? Am I really that domesticated that I ooh and ahh over this matching stainless steel triple set of washing machine and dryer? Does anyone else share my enthusiasm?



How gorgeous are the jars filled with washing powder? I wonder if it REALLY looks like that, or if that was just for the purpose of the picture.

Being practical, and always striving to be organised, I'm loving these twin dirty linen baskets (below) in pull out cupboards - ingenious. One for lights, one for darks. I have this arrangement at home, but in my walk in wardrobe, using a two drawer cane cabinet. I have trained my son to separate the lights and darks...his future wife is going to thank me one day.




Now this pull-out ironing board below is my idea of heaven. I'm one of these terrible people that only irons as I need something - I'm not one to do a stack of ironing at a time, much to my mother's horror! So this ironing board that you can easily pull in and out as you need would be perfect - at the moment my ironing board stands constantly at the ready in my laundry, constantly getting in my way!



HGTV

If these cupboard below were re-painted white, I'd be claiming this laundry as my own. Check out the zinc benchtop, the bountiful light and the washing machine hidden behind doors. Who says a laundry can't be beautiful?

Better Homes and Gardens via The Inspired Room

Even all your laundry powders and other everyday laundry objects can be beautiful, if you so wish it. Elevate the ordinary, make it a touch special. Like this....put your laundry powders and liquids in glass jars, coralled in a lovely wooden box...


or this....replace plastic pegs with old style wooden pegs in hold them in a wire peg basket....


....and this... ditch the plastic laundry basket for wicker. I got mine from Target years ago, and it has outlasted ten plastic washing baskets.


So one day I will have a laundry the size of a roller skating rink, with built in cabinetry, but in the meantime I'll just keep collecting photos for the architect...

Best wishes,

17 comments:

Claire Jackson said...

Catherine,

I appreciate your yearning for such a divine laundry, I admit to having had the same wish for many years. The laundry images on your blog are just divine, and if my laundry were remotely like it, ironing would be an activity I would really rather enjoy!!

Thanks for sharing, definitely perfect laundry design inspiration!

Cheers,

Claire

Rachael said...

thanks to your lovely post, I am off to bed to dream of crisp white sheets, fluffy towels and washing that smells of sunshine....
I'm deinitely going to find some glass jars to put my washing powder in, they looked great!

viera said...

Absolutely perfect laundry ideas. Love them all.
Thanks
XXX
V

DESIGN BY CATHLEEN said...

These Laundry rooms are fabulous! I too always wanted a large laundry room, UNTILL I finally got one!
I of course look at it as another opportunity to decorate, my family thought it was a storage room for all their, GASP laundry! I also never realized how much lint flies around, I like to call it the dust bowl room...

xoxo,
Cathleen

pam said...

oh i totally feel your enthusiasm over these laundry rooms. loving that large trestle table for folding! i think that would cure my great-at-washing, great-at-moving-from-washer-to-dryer, very-bad-at-removing-from-dryer problem cause i'd just want to spend time in that room. often times i'm reaching in the dryer one by one for my clean clothes.

A-M said...

OH what a gorgeous, gorgeous post! The laundry that you have seen before, I first saw over at Villa Anna. I took the pictures to my cabinet maker who drew up similar plans.... white shaker cupboards, with glass in them. I have also included big floor level, pidgeon holes for my boys school bags.... a real mud room. I didn't do the ironing board thing as I don't think I would survive ironing in the laundry .... too lonely. I have to be ironing out with all the action, in the family room with the kids playing. Unfortunately I wont have the room to have a lovely big table in the centre... more of a galley but that laundry was the original inspiration for mine! A-M xx

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Absolutely beautiful photos!!! Can you imagine having a laundry room that's as beautiful as a kitchen or luxurious master bath? After this post, I think I can :).

We have a little laundry closet by our bedrooms upstairs. It's fine...but it's not remotely pretty, and the bifold doors are off the track and are hard to open. I'll have to put some improvements on my list. Thanks!

P.S. My son sorts his laundry too. I agree...so good for them.

Alison Gibbs said...

Wowabulous laundries but would you want to do your laundry in there?? You would mess it up!!LOL
Alison

Alison Gibbs said...

Mmm... that should have read Wow Fabulous laundries..... lost some letters somewhere

Terri said...

My laundry room is ugly. The machines are old (and beige) but they work beautifully. I have done nothing to the room, mostly because it seems hopeless with those machines in it. But it is a good-sized room - I really need to paint and style it a little. Thanks for the inspiration.
:)

Kath Lockett said...

I'm not with you on the laundry thing. Space yes, organisation yes, but powders etc can be hidden away in cupboards.

Oh and I *am* a weekly ironer, in large lots to make it worth getting the ironing board and iron out. Does this make me evil? :)

mondo cherry said...

That first laundry is my dream too. Even sorting odd socks would be pleasant in there. Unfortunately masses of dirty clothes and sheets etc goes along with the joy of having lots of kids, and I sometimes feel like I spend hours in my laundry, so it would make such a difference to have a lovely bright room. I am feeling a bit envious that A-M is going to have a similarly stylish laundry, even if it won't have the table in the middle!
Clare

Absolutely Fabulous said...

gorgeous post! made my day!
loving your blog.... used some of images here . do drop by...

River said...

In my dream laundry the washer and dryer are sitting on a raised bench about two feet off the floor to eliminate bending. The space underneath would be where I'd store the garden boots and such.

Lauren said...

yes catherine!! i have been meaning to switch out all my plastic baskets to wickers ones. I'll have to link up to this post when i do!!
xoxo

Melissa said...

I love the Alexia Biggs of the laundry powders and liquids in glass jars. It's so pretty it seems it would make doing laundry a joy! Love your blog.

Katie said...

I love the sign! Any idea where I might find it?