Monday, February 21, 2011

From Drab to Fab:: Easy Laundry Room Makeover and Latest Style File Segment.

 My laundry room used to be a bit of an embarrassment....Plain white walls, florescent overhead lighting, storage shelves that didn't fit the space and clutter, clutter, clutter! It was overwhelming to go in there to do the wash, but go in I did, because I had to. The rest of my home is pretty much decorated to the nines, so it really didn't make any sense to NOT do the laundry room. Actually, I have long yearned for this space to be inviting and looking good, it was always just so much easier to close the door and forget about it!  Well, not any more. In one weekend, I banished the boring and corralled the clutter into what is now a functional, bright and cheery spot to do a chore we ALL have to do. I just love the color in there now, and it really does make a daily chore that much more pleasant.
 This wire shelving unit was waaay too big in here.

It's looking better already!

Isn't this a better use of the space?!

The same room also houses my water heater and air handling unit.........
...but they're nothing a curtain can't conceal! I love soft architecture.

An extra task light helps spot stains for pre-treating.

 Details help pull everything together

So, there you go! A laundry room transformed and another room decorated. Simple fixes like changing out the florescent light for a cool moravian star, getting the laundry baskets up off the floor by hanging them on the wall with chunky, silver hooks and adding a few more shelves all staggered to work together for storage in metal bins and bright, cheery baskets. A functional, well organized and great looking laundry room.  All in a days work! Just like laundry....

Oh, and check out my latest segment on KVOA channel 4 "Laura's Style File" where I talk more about this laundry room redo. Thanks and please consider following me. It's super easy! All you have to do is click 'follow' in the right sidebar!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bling it On!


A cheap-o goodwill mirror....




Some dollar store glass cube gems........



An inexpensive can of colorful spray paint....





And.........

PRETTY!
 A lovely bling-y thing for around $5.  Yes, bling it on!


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pretty in Pink

 Pink is one of my favorite colors. I'm in good company.

There is pink music:
Pink Floyd, "Mr. Pink Eyes" by The Cure, "Pink Cadillac" by Bruce Springsteen, "Pink" by Aerosmith, "Pink & Blue" by OutKast,  "Pink Cashmere" by Prince, "Pink Orange Red" by Cocteau Twins, "Pretty in Pink" by The Psychedelic Furs and on and on and on....

There are pink movies:
The Pink Panther, Pretty in Pink, Pink Flamingo......


There are pink phrases:
Tickled Pink, In the Pink, "Pink is the navy blue of India." --Diana Vreeland......

There are pink brands:
Mary Kay,  Pepto Bismol, Victorias Secret.......

There is the promise of grade school girls everywhere: The Pinkie Swear

There is pink food: Pink Grapefruit, Cotton Candy, Bubblegum, and what sweet morsel doesn't taste better when it comes out of a pink pastry box?

All of this, and yet pink often goes overlooked as a design color of choice.  Not by me. I almost consider it a neutral!  I think I painted my daughters room in floor to ceiling pink to live vicariously in a pink room!






So, how do you feel about pink?  Do you get tickled pink at the sight of it, or does it leave you feeling like you've just received a pink slip?  Leave me a comment and let me know!  As always, thanks for stopping by and please consider 'following' me!
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