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Our Farmhouse Laundry Room

August 24, 2016


Our laundry room at the farmhouse isn’t something we’ve shown you yet. We’ve recently added it on to create a space that would serve as a mudroom/laundry room for the family.

When we first moved into the farmhouse, we used a closet underneath the stairs as our laundry room. This worked fine for a long time, but eventually we outgrew the space and built a small addition off of our dining room to keep our laundry and, of course, my favorite plants.

BMC Wash ‘n Fold was Chip’s business when we were dating. I love that this is a part of his past, so I had an artist paint it on the brick to surprise Chip.

(Chip wrote a blog of his own about this business—read more about Chip’s wash ‘n fold here.)

This little plant in the window is my youngest daughter, Emmie’s, tomato plant – which she has lovingly named “Mr. Tom”. She loves watering plants with me in here and checking on her own is something she does daily.

The laundry room recently become a place in our house I retreat to. Which probably sounds a little funny—to retreat to the laundry room. But I’ve learned that when you make your spaces creative and fun, it helps make the chores, like laundry, not so bad. And trust me, laundry is not on my list of favorite to-dos.

I love the natural light and the calm feeling I get sitting in here drinking my morning coffee. My open shelves are filled with plants, because, of course, green things make me feel at home. It’s part of my morning routine to come in here and water all of them. Then I just kind of hide back here until it’s time to make the kids breakfast.

Tag me on Instagram to let me know what your favorite space in your home is, and why you find yourself retreating there! I’d love to know what your version of “the laundry room” is and why.

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  • Tara
    7:14 pm, August 5, 2017
    Very nice! What type of wood did you use to make the shelving? Always great designs!
  • Gail Gatton
    5:41 pm, July 27, 2017
    Just love all your designs. I don't have an old farmhouse, quite the contrary I live in a house built in 1978 in Florida. It's a one story & only 961 sq. ft. I moved from Md. & a bigger home, have gotten rid of a lot of things however still kept many older things I just couldn't let go of! It's really hard! So I decorate with old & new & just recently purchased an old farm ladder to put my quilts on which is about 8-1/2' tall, I slant it to fit in my art/computer room. It's full of quilts though, they are all new, I do have a couple old ones. Thanks for all your great ideas, so very much appreciated even in my small space!
  • Jennifer
    7:30 pm, July 26, 2017
    Hello, I have searched everywhere online, I am looking for the pendant lantern hanging above the table in this room. Can you please direct me where to find it? Thank you!
  • Stephanie
    2:46 pm, May 9, 2017
    I would love to have my laundry room look like yours; however, at least I have a small area to call a laundry room which is fortunate. I don't have a window, though. Thanks for sharing your laundry room with us.
  • Linda
    8:41 am, May 3, 2017
    I can see why you retreat to this space for some me time. I am a quilter and would have my sewing machine in that space too. All I would need would be a cup of tea and I would be set.
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