Laundry in the Kitchen

Addendum!  Just saw this readers and thought this kitchen/laundry explains how a small space is no excuse for being disorganised or having a super-sized laundry!

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Clean up the Laundry

Laundries, if you are lucky enough to have a separate one, are often the most neglected room in the house. They become general dumping grounds for smelly dirty clothes, mismatched socks, and of course a damp and  mildew breeding ground.  Why not open the window and add some fragrant washing powders?

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The key to a good laundry, is organisation. Baskets, baskets, baskets, and containers are essential for the dirty clothes, storage of detergents and cleaners. A bucket is handy for soaking things, as is another  for scrubbing brushes, mops, dusters, rags.  Shoe cleaning equipment can be stored in yet another basket.  A huge room is not required if you are organised.  Today, the English are inspirational in making the laundry as part of the kitchen, often hidden under benches or in cupboards, cleverly using available space.  So, consider what your requirements are- do you want somewhere to iron, or hang up clothes to dry?  Can you organise the drier over the top of the washer to save space?  Have you room for a sink? Do you really need a bench top or can it all go in a cupboard? Often a sink can double up as a scullery- you can dump the big dirty platters and pots in here when entertaining to clean up later after guests have gone.

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Re the decoration.  Have you considered using an awesome colour, giving it the va va voom, domestic goddess look?  The photo below is from My Luscious Life -isn’t this just so much more interesting than plain cream walls, a naked bulb in the centre, dirty clothes and trackies all over the floor?

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Why would you not like to do your laundry in here?  You are only in here slogging away for a few minutes a day, so why not make it enjoyable?  Wouldn’t it make you think “Yay, every day is Laundry day!” ( which of course it is). So, choose an awesome colour, an interesting rug, hang up a curtain, some hooks and pictures and away you go.  Note the storage in an above-appliance cupboard. No sink or bench top required.

In the next photo there is fantastic use of shelving rather than cupboards.  Open shelving is great for using the baskets and containers and are much more accessible and easy to use than a cupboard. Note the continuation of the bright blue colour.  Simple and effective.  Added bonus of shelving is you won’t hit your head as you finish loading the washing machine, if you have left it open! Owww!

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When sorting, washing, drying, folding does it not make sense to do it with style?

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Check out our Pinterest board for more inspirational laundry ideas.

Looking for Baskets?  Try http://www.frenchcountry.co.nz/collections/garden/baskets.aspx

Related Links and Further Reading:

http://cocoandcashmere.me/2013/08/20/laundry-room-the-new-heart-of-the-home/

http://vizualityworks.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/laundry-rooms-are-the-new-walk-in-closet/

http://bobbybclean.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/organize-your-laundry-room/

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Magic, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

How do you make my house the fairest of all? Mirrors are the best accessory you could spend your money on. Why? They bounce light into dark corners, they give depth to a room, seemingly increase the space, blur the boundaries of where your room starts and finishes, adds an interesting layer….

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Light and reflection in a dark corner of a room.

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Visual trickery -The mirror above is reflected in the mirror above.

…Yes all of the above – and they sparkle and twinkle and catch your eye when looking around a space as seen in the image below. 

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They are also useful to carry on a theme or style that you have going in your space. And as we said in our last post, if you use an old, old, one ($ca-ching, $ca-ching) they will give your room soul. Or perhaps, if you have a modern theme, then search something out that is clean lined and sleek. Oversized and over-scaled, a mirror placed strategically behind the console in your entranceway will add grandeur.

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The Mirror Frame was the inspiration for the wallpaper.

Mirrors add visual trickery – placed between two windows a mirror can seem like another window. If you place a mirror at right angles to a window your eye will get confused as to what is window and what is mirror. Upon reflection (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!) they are so, so useful in so many ways. 

So, find some mirrors, in opp shops, your favourite design store or in the attic and use them to create your own magic. Often cheaper than art and pictures, they will take your room to new heights. The Magic Mirror, as the Queen in Snow white found out, can make life in a room very, very interesting. 

For more ideas and inspiration have a look at this Related Article: http://design-vox.com/?s=mirrors

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Adding Soul to your Interior

When designing a space for yourself think about how you might add a bit of soul.  Add an interesting layer or two of soul and suddenly a room takes on a different dimension. “More Grown Up” a client said to me this morning.  It is easily mastered by not buying everything new. If you have everything new and blingy it just looks well, shiny and a bit like a magpie has decorated a motel room.  This is because everything has the same texture, no interest or character and the pieces haven’t been on the planet long enough to develop what is called a Patina.Good word that….Patina is something that happens over a long, long  time, and can never be duplicated no matter how much stressing and antiquing you do. Wood, Mirrors and leather are surfaces that show Patina and age really well.

Older pieces tell a story about who else has reached out and touched it over the years.  Am sure most of you have seen that in an old building where they step has worn down where everyone stands or on a fountain or piece of stone that people have touched for centuries.  Below in an otherwise clean and contemporary interior the dining table, is what is adding the Soul and Patina to the space.  It looks so much better than a smooth shiny new piece don’t you think? 

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Josephine Gintsburger via http://www.urbankaleidoscope.com/

So, in your scheme consider adding pieces that are old, a little beaten up or worn. Things that have lived a little and been around a while.  This gives a textural play and depth to an interior along with heart. Something that you just can’t get when you buy new.  This is seen with antiques and is what makes them more valuable and yes, more expensive.  So, before you go and buy something new think about the pieces that you have that could maybe reinvented with furniture wax or stain or with different accessories.  Perhaps even move your older pieces to a new place for a new lease on life and give them some TLC by dusting and polishing.

This photo above shows how adding an ancient mirror in amongst clean, contemporary styled furniture adds that special soul that a new mirror just wouldn’t add.  If you have had something for a while, or it has been passed down from family, it does say something about you and therefore makes your interior scheme unique to you, and adds your style.  You don’t want your house to look like everyone else’s do you? 

If you would like help adding soul to the interior design of your home please contact us .

For more ideas and inspiration have a look at these Related Articles:

http://greigedesign.blogspot.co.nz/2013/09/by-invitation-only-patina.html

http://www.europeanantiques.co.nz/

http://blog.damasketdentelle.com/index.php/category/styles-de-deco/antiquites/

Hallway to Heaven

When walking up your hallway does it take you to heaven?  Are you going ‘Wow, this is interesting’ or do you just pass on through and not stop because it is somewhat lacking? Well then! Stamp your mark here in the hallway, and give it some of your personality.  Start by getting rid of the detritus that everyone dumps there when they come in the door.  You know that is always the starting point of any project don’t you? Add a basket for those track shoes, and an umbrella stand. Wall hooks?

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Then begin adding those layers we have talked about before- hang the art or a rogues gallery, add a  runner, or rug, paint it an awesome colour, add mirrors, and maybe even a feature wall with wallpaper. The more carefully chosen layers you add the more captivating a space will become.

(See previous blogs: https://roomserviceinteriors.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/less-is-a-bore-let-the-room-evolve/ )

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In your hallway,  push the boundaries colour wise and take it from being the dullest to grandest room in the house.  Make sure though that it links back to a colour that you have used elsewhere so you keep the flow and continuity going through the house.  If you have a long, long, long hallway a good colour trick is to paint the end wall in a dark/bright colour as it will seemingly shorten the length of the hallway.  (This is because dark/bright colours will come towards you.)  Using colour is particularly effective if the place is dark with no natural light.  On a job we are working on my client added dark wallpaper up the stairwell in her house and it looks awesome.   It has taken the space to a whole new level, picks up the lead light windows too and at night the gold just shimmers.  (I give her all credit for this as she had bought it before I came on board!)  We are looking forward to the vintage chandelier going in on Thursday, which is my next point:-  Add an out of the ordinary light fitting too.

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Next you can add a skinny console, or cabinet.  Place flowers, or maybe even a lamp there, candles, add some art work &/or mirror like in the picture below and you’ll have done a great job!

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Have a look at the inspiring ideas and home office spaces on our Pinterest board.  If you would like help creating a hallway to heaven for yourself click here to contact us .

For more ideas and inspiration have a look at these Related Articles:

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