“Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” (Louisa May Alcott)
One of the most important things I’ve come to realize about my role as a homemaker, it’s that making my days both useful and pleasant is so vital for our home to feel peaceful. And, I think the same is true of the spaces in our home.
Fifteen years ago, when we moved into our home, I was so thrilled to even have a laundry room after many years of only having a ‘laundry area’ that was behind bi-fold doors in our family room. Suddenly I had more cabinets than I knew what to do with and the best part of all was that there was a sink!
And, even though everything had a distinctly 1992 (the year our house was built) feel to it, my gratitude far outweighed any stylistic differences I might have felt towards this space.
Early on, I decided that I actually really liked the color of the cabinets and door as they had the English/French Country feel that I gravitated towards. It gives me a chuckle now when I see so many painting their white cabinets and doors a color similar to the one that was already here when we moved in.
But I knew that, someday, we would need to update other areas especially the counters and sink.
And, last summer we finally made that happen! I still can’t believe how big of a difference it made to get rid of the small tiles and replace them with a beautiful quartz and undermount stainless sink.
The old sink was definitely showing quite a bit of wear and tear!
But, this new sink is both hard-working and beautiful and has a slimmer profile which makes this corner feel much bigger.
While we selected a custom honed quartzite slab for our kitchen, when it came time to make the choice of counters for the laundry room we decided to go with a more affordable, in-stock option.
And I couldn’t be happier with the results!
There are very minimal, neutral veins in the pattern and it helps to keep this small area from looking too busy.
We also decided to switch out the horrible florescent light fixture for something much softer.
Simple accessories, like this small pastoral painting, add character and warmth to the space.
And, I decided it was time to update the bench where my kids sit to put on/take off their shoes each day. This beauty was the perfect fit and by simply placing baskets underneath it gave us the storage we needed.
I knew that I wanted a roman shade for the window but, oh my goodness, they are SO expensive! The perfect solution appeared as I poured over my options on Etsy when I spotted these ‘faux’ roman shades which don’t raise and lower but don’t need to for this space.
I was able to select the color combination and love how they turned out!
Having rooms that are both useful and pleasant is one of my greatest goals as a homemaker. In fact, I believe that it’s the pleasant that enhances the useful and vice versa.
It’s with intentionality that I set out to create spaces that are functional for our life as a family while also being lovely to look at and enjoyable to be in.
And, it definitely helps to make the chore of doing laundry a little bit less overwhelming when I get to do it in such a pleasant and useful space!
In case you are wondering where the laundry is actually done in this laundry room, here’s the other side of the room which is much more boring but definitely the most important feature! 😉
So happy to meet you here today friends!