Hello! Today for my Fives With Annie and Cindy, I want to share the simple styling tips for our laundry that took it from boring to pleasant! As pleasant as doing laundry can be.
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that in San Francisco our laundry room was communal on the first floor with assigned times. Granted there were two washers and dryers making the process faster, but still not that convenient.
Well, in our new house at the beach, we have the first-floor laundry room that I am about to show you AND two stackable units next to my closet upstairs. Yes, I am pinching myself.
It may be boring, but the cabinetry, countertop, and wood tile flooring in neutrals are good! And the galley-style laundry room design is fine too. We painted the walls Benjamin Moore Simply White to freshen it up.
Here are the accents that we used to make the laundry room decor more pleasant.
1. Laundry Room Stying With Vintage Artwork And Laundry Baskets
The baskets on the shelves are old and have items for the beach like towels. This is the door you enter coming back from the beach. There is a hot and cold outdoor shower to the left of the door. The lidded hamper is from Homegoods.
The painting of the ocean really perks up the room! I “won it on eBay” and had it reframed in natural wood at Michaels. It’s fun to find original art for less money than a reproduction.
2. Lighting Sources In The Laundry Room
The Mark D. Sikes Navy Flushmount replaced a pretty awful “boob light”. This makes a nice ceiling statement in a room with little natural light.
I like the wicker lamp from Target that we bought for my sister’s kitchen counter, so I bought one for in here too (nice to leave on at night for a cozy glow). This sink is the perfect place for hand laundering.
The plant is a trick for disguising the washer and dryer outlets (somewhat..I wish they were lower). You may remember those flea market paintings from our kitchen in San Francisco. 5 Tips To Freshen An Apartment Kitchen. All the detergents, cleaning supplies, and other laundry essentials are in the cabinet above.
3. Washable Rug In The Laundry Room
I love this dark denim-colored Ruggable rug with the premium rug pad. We had the same one in black and white in SF but it was too long to use here. This would be nice in a kitchen or any place that gets dirty.
And that’s how some Laundry Room Simple Styling made it less Blah!
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4. What to Read
I just finished this book on tape. I ordered it as it was a bestseller but I didn’t really know the subject matter…
“It Ends with Us is a romance novel by Colleen Hoover, published by Atria Books on August 2, 2016. Based on the relationship between her mother and father, Hoover described it as “the hardest book I’ve ever written”. Wikipedia
I don’t want to ruin it for you but it deals with spousal abuse and it was interesting if not a bit disturbing.
5. Travel Fashion Over 50 — Some Great Deals
On my recent trip to Paris, I took two of these good quality J. Jill Cashmere tunic sweaters. They were on sale when I bought them and now they are an extra 30% off the sale price! Didn’t want you to miss out.
I have a Petite small and a Petite medium (this is on Instagram). They are a great weight and haven’t pilled at all in the last several weeks.
Comfortable for travel: Below I am wearing the J. Jill Effortless Tunic Sweater (on sale and an extra 30% off) on the plane. There are lots of colors from which to choose. The Vince Camuto leggings are a couple of years old and comfortable.
The lug-soled booties are also 30% off (saves suitcase room by wearing them in the airport but they are easy to slip off during the ride). The White and Warren cashmere scarf I wore on the airplane and every day in Paris.
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I will have a post on the latest great things we did in Paris next week for you.
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Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: