Laundry Room Refresh Reveal

When we first moved into our Charlotte house close to a year and a half ago there was one room that just didn't make sense, functionally. The laundry room. It's a strange shape, kind of L-esque,  with loads of underutilized space and a weird layout that doesn't allow for much flexibility. The previous owner had a side-by-side washer and dryer, but we choose a stacked version to allow for a small secondary refrigerator to be added to the space. 

There were always piles of laundry on the floor and stacked on the table, due to only having one laundry basket that we would haul upstairs a couple of times a week, as well as an oversized drying rack that limited the access to the sink, cabinets and fridge. In a nutshell, it worked but not well. 
Usually I would just shut the door and repeat my old mantra: "Someday we'll sort this space out. It's just a laundry room after all."

But, recently, something changed. I decided I didn't want to spend so much time in a space that really made my skin crawl, from both a functionality and aesthetic perspective. What's the point of suffering if you don't have to?  I was confident that I could improve the laundry room with a little research and not much money.
Here's how it came together...

Solving the functionality issues first, I added a sorting laundry hamper to keep the clothes off the floor while they wait to be cleaned and a wall mounted drying rack to eliminate the need for the oversized rack that took up way too much space in this tiny, ill shaped room. So simple I found myself wondering, as usual, why I hadn't thought of these solutions before. 
I could have easily stopped there, but what's the harm in making it pretty, too :)

You know where this is going already, don't you? A quick trip to my fave discount stores and I came home with an inexpensive print and rug to freshen up this ho-hum space. 

While I was prettifying the space, I reorganized the cabinets as well by adding some symmetry to shelves, a couple of baskets to hide the uglies and generally spifying up the place. By the way, we keep our wine in here too - is that weird? Haven't quite figured out the whole wine cellar thing just yet!

Pretty good for a day's work. 

Source List
Sorting Hamper - Container Store
Wall Mounted Drying Rack - Container Store
Baskets - Target, years ago, similar
Print - Marshalls

until next time,

Silver {Grey} Lining

Remember that storm I blogged about a couple of weeks ago...well, like most of the areas around here we experienced "seepage" in our unfinished basement. Nothing a little wet vac and dehumidifier couldn't handle, but still an inconvenience. So, where does the silver lining come in? Well, I'll tell you. 

After spending a weekend cleaning up the basement and staring at the painted laundry room floor, {which we painted cream shortly after we moved in - what was I thinking?}, we noticed how badly it had aged.  Mostly, from a bad paint job way back when, but also from using this space as a makeshift temporary kitchen during our kitchen remodel. 
So, we finally decided to do something about it. 

Yeah, it's not a life altering change - we just painted the floor after all, but I am telling you, it has made all the difference. $25 for a can of paint and about the same for this cute new rug and I am really digging a space that I use daily. Multiple times a day. 

So, yeah, this is a post about a basement floor and a can of paint - and, I'm ok with that. Because its not only the big changes that help you to love your home.
Go on, get out there and tackle a small change that's been on the list forever. You might just rediscover a love for your home.

until next time, 

Mom Cave Revisited

Remember when Mom Cave's where all the rage? Way back in 2010. Ours was one of my first big projects on the blog (check it out here). I even got a local TV spot feature. Pretty big stuff for this small time blogger.

Well, that was then. 
{Warning the next pictures could be the most unattractive and true to life that I have posted thus far - consider yourself officially warned.}

And, this is now. 
In truth, I never really used as much as I thought it would. I never blogged from the "desk" area. 
It became nothing more than a dumping ground for stuff. Sad, but true. 
Even as a dumping ground, it was getting out of control. Totally unorganized. Inefficient use of space. 
Bad, bad, bad. 

So, when my SIL, Linda, mentioned she was thinking of starting her own personal organization business and wanted to "test drive" her services, I was quick to offer this space for a trial run. I know, I am SO nice. And supportive. Clearly, doing this just to help her out. Not taking advantage at all :)

Check out everything that was removed from the space. Piles for garbage, recycling and donating. Linda was ruthless, in a good way. In a way that its often hard to be with your own things. 
I am eternally grateful. You are about to see why.

Newly organized shelves.

Newly cleared counters.

Newly organized cabinets - flower pots, vases, baskets, etc.

Decorative accessories and candles.

And my new favorite, the party cabinet. 

So, while this space may never be my dream Mom cave or blogging space, it's now a highly organized storage, staging, and wrapping station. 

Life. Reorganized. has transformed this space. Linda is truly a talent when it comes to organization. I know she will have a ton of success as a personal organizer and I am more than happy to provide space in my own home to let her practice. Again, so generous of me :)

If you live locally and would be interested in a free consultation from Life. Reorganized., please contact Linda via email by clicking here
Do it now before her time is booked up. Seriously, she is that good!

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until next time, 

My TV Debut

Talk about surreal...

It all started about a week ago with an innocent email in my Designing Domesticity inbox. A producer from a local TV station was gathering information on Mom Caves within the Chicago area. A couple of days later we had a little chat over the phone regarding the segment they were putting together and the possibility of featuring my Mom Cave.

Original Mom Cave

Of course, I was immediately excited, but wasn't really sure if it would go anywhere... so I put it on the back burner and moved on.

Fast forward to Monday of this week when my phone rang during lunch - it was the producer and she asked to come to my home to film me and my Mom Cave on Tuesday!

Excitement overload - of course she can come, anytime, I squealled!

Two minutes later, I hung up the phone and the panic set in. My Christmas decorations are everywhere; my Mom Cave is over run with presents in various stages of organization and wrapping; we've just moved the furniture from the porch inside; essentially the house is in transition mode! Plus, I was scheduled to make my pinecone berry tree during nap time on Monday and Mr. Designing Domesticity was out for the night.

Obviously, I had no other option than to put my head down and get my work done - I wasn't even daunted by the power being out for 4 hours (can only wish I was kidding about that part)!

Mom Cave Tuesday

As it turns out, the filming was totally low key, the producer was lovely and it was all over before I even knew it. Here are a couple of shots of the goings on...

Even Tessa got in on the act...

Photos courtesy of Mr. Designing Domesticity

If you are in the Chicago area, the segment will be airing on the U around 8.12 AM on Thursday December 9th. Tune know I will be!

Update: click here to view my Mom Cave on TV!

Mom Cave Organized

I swear, this will be the last post (for now) pertaining to my Mom Cave. I don't want to beat a dead horse after all, but I do want to share a couple last tips regarding the decor and organization!

On the counter top:
1. cork tiles - extremely versatile (I've also used them in the kitchen)! I use these to organize ongoing projects, either for clients or ideas for around my own home. One per project.

2. cork board - my biggest inspiration board, currently holding plans for our upcoming kitchen remodel.

3. dry erase calendar - great for organizing posts and ideas for upcoming posts.

4. magazine sleeve and filofax - great for organizing the endless references I keep on hand.

On the floor: I found this all cotton, 5'x 8' rag rug at TJ Maxx for $29.99. Such a bargain and goes along way to warming up the space!

Seeing inside these cabinets is nothing special, but in the interest of full disclosure, I'll give you a little peak.

Left hand cabinet - containers, mostly for plants, some just decorative. I keep vases for fresh cut flowers upstairs near the kitchen.

Middle Cabinet - decorative seasonal items: candles, shells, gourds, Easter eggs, greenery, pine cones, etc.

Right Cabinet - overflow kitchen items, anything relating to eating and drinking.

Craft Drawer - ribbon, scissors, glue, etc. Anything that I may need or have used on a project.

The open shelving holds most of my projects and helps me to remember what I have to get done!

If you look closely you'll see the clues to many an upcoming post...spray paint, caning jars, bins of fabric - it's all there just waiting for me to create.

I also have a wrapping paper organizer which I find extremely helpful for containing all the many bits and bobs that are associated with gift giving.

OK, I am fully aware that this isn't the most exciting post!  But organization is so key in keeping a home running smoothly and of course welcoming any last minute or unannounced guests, that I think it's an important topic to cover regardless of the excitement level.

Nothing in this space looks perfect, but everything is easily accessible and has it's own home, which makes tidying up and most importantly, finding it again, so much easier. Perhaps one of the reason that this space makes me so happy and has slowly grown to become my Mom Cave.