Laundry Room Love
Before I finished the upper bath, I was already working on another project: the laundry room. I love this space -- it was already great thanks to previous projects (installing a full wall of cabinets, tiling around the sink, installing a new light, and switching the out-swinging solid door for an in-swinging glass one), but I wanted to inject a little more personality.
It started with the cabinets. As I mentioned, I was in the middle of the bath project when I decided the laundry room cabinets needed something. I considered painting them and/or changing out the hardware before I decided to wallpaper the insets. The hunt was on for the perfect paper! I spent a lot of time working out the perfect colors on two designs from Love. vs. Design, but then ordered a swatch of yellow caning wallpaper I thought could work. Somehow, this wallpaper came across my feed and Amazon had one roll left at a great price so I snatched it up.
Though I was initially hoping to incorporate yellow into the space, the celery green wallpaper ties in better with existing elements like the magnet board, towel bin, and large DeGrazia painting. I also decided to paint the inside of the cabinets with some leftover paint (SW Alexandrite from my stairwell debacle) and wallpaper the shelves while I waited for the other new elements to arrive.
Like they were made for one another, those two new elements (rug and accent wallpaper) also incorporate the celery green. The accent paper was a surprise find I was not looking for, but had to have once I saw it, and was used to cover the sides of the pantry cabinet and new appliance surround. While it worked well for these applications and is better quality than a lot of peel-and-sticks I've used, it would not be a good fit for walls.
The wood counter was cut from an old tabletop, while the sides were part of one of those IKEA handyman cart deals (you can get some great stuff in those!). Unfortunately, after finishing this last night, I quickly realized it's going to hinder my climbs to reach the upper cabinets!
This rug! I am SO happy with it. Its vibrant colors incorporate all of the colors in the room (seriously, how did that green on the inside of the cabinets show up here?), plus it's soft and seems to be of good quality -- even more gratifying since I have not had great luck purchasing rugs online. I'm thrilled with the impact of a few small additions to the space, which is not only our laundry room but also the main access to our pool deck. Don't the colors exude tropical warmth (as opposed to Wisconsin winter)? Yes, please!
However, since there is still snow on the ground, I consider it winter and, thus, the Christmas season! I actually started taking down some of the decorations this week, which is pretty early for me (I usually wait until right before Easter). But our Christmas cards are still up, as is our tree -- that will be the last to go. 'Til warmer weather strikes, I'll be getting my dose of summer in the laundry room!
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Raised on a farm in Rushford, Minnesota, one of nine children. Graduated from Winona State University in 2001. Majored in English Writing and Minored in Women's Studies and Art. Studied Interior Design at Dakota County Technical College from 2004-05. Married Benjamin Ries of Vermillion, Minnesota, in August of 2005. Moved to Spearfish, South Dakota (thus putting Interior Design studies on hold) in September 2005. Welcomed children Adelaide in 2006 and Rusty in 2007. Moved to Zimmerman. Minnesota in December of 2007, then to El Paso, Wisconsin in May of 2011.