All posts tagged: storage

Before and After: A Laundry Room Reveal

Do you ever look at “before and after” pictures and think to yourself that the ‘before’ couldn’t really have been THAT awful.  That something must have been done to make the space look worse in the ‘before’ picture so that the ‘after’ would seem really dramatic? I can assure you that was not the case in my laundry room. It really was this bad all by itself. With a pretty useless corner. And minimal storage. Open wire shelving, a shower curtain rod to hang clothes from and a dingy plywood counter top did not a pretty picture make. It was not a nice place to be. Space was really an issue and our laundry room had an odd area of dead space.  A 2×2 foot corner that was drywalled in and completely empty inside. Four feet may not seem like much, but in a tiny space like this it can make a huge difference.  Many of my neighbors with this same weird dead space had turned the area into shelves or coat closets.  I decided …


Before and After: A Happy Home Office

There’s really not much “before” to show in this room.  Just a very blah, small bedroom that was a toy dumping ground and hamster bedroom when we first moved into our house 4 years ago. When I started working from home, this seemed like the perfect spot for my  office.  My house is generally pretty neutral, but I wanted this room to be more fun and colorful – a really happy place to be. Here’s the space before. Awful, I know! But I knew this little nook had great potential as the perfect spot for a desk.  It’s a wonderful, sunny spot for work now. To help fill the space above the desk I sprayed the frames of some thrift shop cork boards white and covered the cork with handmade paper found at Luckett’s Store, an awesome, funky antique shop with lots of vintage treasures. Kitchen spice holders from Ikea (attached to a magnetic knife holder) are great for keeping small items contained and helping keep the desktop clear. These jade calendar blocks were always on my …


This is not your mother’s laundry room.

Laundry rooms have gone quite glamourous lately.  Have you seen?  Chandeliers and beautiful glass containers and artwork.  And really, why not?  Most of us spend enough time in our laundry rooms that they should be nice to look at. Here are some of my favorites. So pretty!   Wouldn’t you love to wash, dry, fold, repeat in this laundry room? The dark washer and dryer sets a different tone in this laundry room. Detergent – check Fabric softener – check Disco ball – check This one is fit for a princess with its sparkly chandelier and Tiffany box blue. You  have to see the amazing transformation of the laundry room below at Chez Larsson.   A great example of what can be done with a can or two of white paint. I love these chalkboard painted cabinets and the warmth of the wood countertop. And in that same laundry room, the cleverly painted stripe of white with lots of hooks. The above laundry room gets an A+ for beautification on a budget.  The floor was retiled, …