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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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  • Katherine
    7:59 am, October 18, 2016
    I think the kitchen designs have tons of room In the huge islands and tall cabinets they often use. I love the show too and can't wait to read the book! I am wondering does it drive you crazy that other couple decorating shows have changed and are copying so much of the Gaine's show rapport style?
    • Joan Regan
      5:56 am, October 20, 2016
      Yes, I agree other shows are copying. I still love Chip and Joanna the best. They have real personality, whereas some of the the others are fake. I also love Tarak and Christina from Flip or Flop. True to themselves and both couples worked hard to get where they are and that shows in their commitment. Keep up with the fun things !!
  • Alison Farrin
    4:50 pm, October 14, 2016
    So, while I love the look, who dusts all the stuff on your open shelves? and Who puts it all away pretty after it has been used? Where do you put all your appliances? I have a huge kitchen by most homes standards and the mixer, canner, and pasta maker are all living in a cabinet in the laundry room, because there is no room in the kitchen! Not only that, I'm fanatic about putting things away and almost no one I know comes close. So, a couple months after people move into the pretty, open concept, it looks like the pigsty they moved from. I'd love to see you using design concepts that actually make room for all the stuff that goes with being a good cook. (And I don't bake - my daughter's baking collection approaches the stuff level of my cooking collection. God forbid, we would have to get it all in ONE kitchen!
    • Shereena Osai
      7:15 pm, October 16, 2016
      Good point, showing how she blends function and design would be great.
    • Barbara Stirling
      11:25 pm, October 20, 2016
      This is such a great point. "Open" has its price. How demoralizing it can be to see a dirty kitchen from your family room or your dining room. It is so difficult for mothers to maintain open shelving & glass cabinets, let alone keep all the main living areas consistently clean as they can all be seen simultaneously. All of a sudden, in seeking beauty and order, you are trapped in the maintenence of appearance, rather than the business of real living. There has to be balance. Just like Robert Frost wrote that "good fences make good neighbors," I think that oftentimes an interior door or concealing cabinet makes a mighty good neighbor too. We just need to honestly assess our beauty... and what price we would pay to maintain it.
    • Cindy Paige
      7:31 pm, October 25, 2016
      I thought I was the only one who really disliked "open concept"! I love everything Joanna does but I personally prefer my kitchen to be out of sight.
  • Bonnie Jean
    1:33 pm, October 14, 2016
    Love your laundry room ! I would retreat there too if I had one like yours ! I actually love doing laundry as it is one task that clearly and quickly shows results... plus I love the smell of freshly cleaned laundry. I love your show and am so grateful to have something my whole family can watch and it just makes you happy. You and Chip are an inspiration and a joy to watch along with all your children and animals on the farm. You are living my dream. I also love your testimony which gives me hope that God is not finished with me yet. I would love to enter your Season 4 giveaway but I do not use Instagram. I hope to make it down your way for a visit one day. In the meantime I am watching and learning and Pinning ideas on Pinterest. Cannot wait for your new book and magazine !!! God Bless you and your family and the crew at the Silos ! (Cannot wait to try the cupcakes !!!)
  • Wanda Evans
    5:32 pm, October 13, 2016
    My very favorite tv show of all time.....was watching the CHEW last week and Iron Chef Michael Simon says he watches every and Chip seem so good together, If possible I tape Fixer upper when I'm out. Thank y'all for real tv, I am a Christian and can watch with all Family and friends.God Bless Y'ALL
  • Sarah
    8:37 am, October 12, 2016
    #LaundryRoomDreams mine presently is a small closet-like room with not much storage, no imagination, and NO SINK!!! I can't wait to improve that space.
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