Thursday, 19 April 2012

Laundry

Hard working laundry rooms and useful utility items can be both practical and beautiful. Simple, natural elements such as wood and linen combine well with metal and stone. Re-purposed stainless steel bakers racks and enamelled industrial lighting compliment traditional wicker baskets and deep farmhouse sinks. Simple, well chosen elements create a functional room that helps cure those wash days blues! Here are a few of my favourite finds.
Above image: ash towel rack from deVol Kitchens
Above images: 1.vintage basket to use for laundry by Lillian August Designs 1st Dibs 2.clothes peg bag made from vintage linen by Aina's Charme 3.vintage grain sack for storing laundry by The Textile Trunk (loodylady Ebay)4.fabric for pretty laundry room curtains and blinds "Reef" 100% cotton in colour way Surf by Clarke and Clarke 

Above image: laundry room by Plain English
Above image: laundry room idea from House to Home
 Above image:Teresa Green ironing board cover originally from Selvege Dry Goods 
Above image: fabulous laundry of a house in Kent featured by Light Locations - film and photographic locations agency
Above image:  Cabbages & Roses

Just add fresh air!



For more information on anything shown in the above images please click on the names under each photograph to go through to their web sites. The colour swatches featured are my suggestions for accent shades and do not relate to specific paints unless otherwise stated, but I'm sure your favourite paint companies would be happy to suggest matches!
With warmest wishes
 

45 comments:

Bluebells and Lavender said...

Lovely images...makes me want to get out the ironing board...Have a lovely weekend. Sharonx

Susan T said...

Your images make me want to cry. I have a laundry cupboard rather than a laundry room, I would love to have a room any of the above beauties, to fold lavender scented white laundry in. I would of course have to throw the rest of our clothes out of the window, but it would be so worth it.

Veronica said...

There will be no washday blues in any of these spaces Glenda. I sadly neglect my laundry and really need to give it a bit of charm and interest! Love the colours and the detergent in that large jar!

Have a great week...its almost weekend!

Veronica

Nat la fée angevine said...

I like so much all those pictures !!! Wonderful. I would like to get such a place in my home ! may be later on !
Thanks for making us dreaming post after post, it always a great pleasure to visit you !! Enjoy your day
Nat from France

cowparsley said...

It is always such a treat to find a new post from you Glenda. I look forward to them so much, you never fail to impress and delight.

Lots of love xxx

.Rosa Lily said...

Wonderful images:) I love the peg bags in particular, and so easy to make. Unfortunately I don't have a utility room as my cottage is so tiny, so we have to be very aware of every available inch! One day maybe....

Robynne's Nest said...

...and the winning laundry is..the house in Kent, closely followed by Plain English. Thanks Glenda for another lovely post...it's got me dreaming about renovating my laundry when I return to my home in Australia. In fact I already have on my mental list one of those vintage wash troughs (kohler?) that I often see in the U.S. Country Living mag....probably impossible to find!! Have a lovely weekend. Robx

No21 INTERIORS said...

You even make a laundry room look beautiful! No21x

Jennifer said...

Who would have thought that a laundry room could become so beautiful - even when they are utilitarian.

houseknutsford said...

What beautiful images. Weirdly makes me want to go and have a Spring clean.

FleaingFrance & French Shopping Tours said...

You have the most beautifully edited style in your photo choices. Thank you, thank you for the continual inspiration!!!!!
Simone

DomCurieuse said...

Washing is real fun with all these pictures !

AweSomeLiving By Rosita de Jongh said...

Beautiful pictures as a party is doing the laundry, beautiful colors and fabrics ..... Nice post ... nice weekend dear greeting rosita

designchic said...

So many beautiful images...could almost make me want to do laundry!

Greet Lefèvre said...

Dearest Glenda,
I was very looking forward to your next post!! As I am never disappointed!! Again a beautiful 'Laundry' post on which you put so much work in !
I always know you gonna give us a lot of interesting links too!
Thank you so much for all your creative work!
xx
Greet

Renza said...

Sarebbe di sicuro più bello lavorare in lavanderie cosi ben arredate, mi piacciono le tue idee.
Un saluto
Renza

le bianche margherite said...

Ohhhhh!
Anche il bucato può diventare rilassante!
Un abbraccio!
Donata

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Who would imagine that a laundry room could get your heart rate going! (in a GOOD way!) Haha! Everything here is so beautiful in its simplicity. Just lovely! I have a closet of a service room, but I would love something really workable and spacious like your examples. It's so nice to have all the references! Thanks! I hope you're doing well!

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Thank you so much!!!!! I really can't thank you enough for such kind comments they really do mean so much. Oh and apologies for the typo' which hopefully I have now amended )things are rather hectic at the moment)! Warmest of wishes as always from this old farmhouse - Glenda xxx

B said...

Lovely; I'm after one of those vintage ceiling driers. B x

Mrs. Sutton said...

BEAUTIFUL images! The combination of ANYTHING by Plain English, a laundry maid AND/or Cabbages and Roses makes for absolute perfection in my mind. It would be the first room in the house that visitors would see if my laundry room looked like any of those - Thanks for such great inspiration!

Velvet and Linen said...

That drying rack is divine.
I just placed an order for my new laundry room!
Thank you for such wonderful inspiration.

xo ox
Brooke

Mari Crea said...

Nice ideas
Hugs
Mari

Kris said...

Any one of these would do for me. I especially love the image from a home in Kent. The drying rack is gorgeous and I love the curtained panels on the tables.

LA VIE EN ROSE said...

these spaces all look so clean and organised AND pretty. I really have to tackle my utility room, thank you for the beautiful insiration Glenda, I have lots of lovely ideas now.

Sharon

Modern Country said...

Oh this is lovely Glenda, thank you also so much for mention my work and my shop in between !! :))
I love how you merge everything together into a wonderful Inspiration Board. There are no others who do it that way. It speeds up your thoughts and ideas immediately, and it is easier to see a fully/finished decorated room. Lots of great Ideas. Thank you!

Enjoy a nice weekend !

~ Aina ~

Wendy Paula said...

How timely, beautiful images. We are working on our basement laundry at the moment.
I recently posted some images of progress and your lovely inspiration has given me more ideas to add to the charm:)
Have a lovely weekend Glenda :)
Wendy xo

Nordisk gammelt said...

Inspiration pictures from you, I like it ;o)

Decor de Provence said...

Who said laundry rooms couldn't be beautiful... I love this post!! Every images is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

xx
Desiree

helen tilston said...

Hello Glenda

I do love to iron and would love to have a spacious laundry room. My washer and dryer are in a closet so no hope. Thanks for a wonderful post
Helen xx

Isabelle Thornton said...

I am sharing your blog on my Facebook page. I would love if you would participate in the French party on Monday!

Xo
Frenchy

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Chateau-des-Fleurs/113300158681218

Francine Gardner said...

Fabulous laundry rooms and accessories, fresh and simple, my dream...

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Laundry never looked so good...love them all!!!!

The Snowdrop Project said...

Great post as always Glenda.
Love the Plain English images.
I'm a bit of a laundry nut and obviously have too much time on my hands!! I'd gladly lock myself in any of these laundry rooms!
Lizx

manon 21 said...

Merci de m'encourager,je file repasser..

belle soirée

Manon

therelishedroost said...

That almost made we want to throw on a load of wash! Almost! Lovely as usual!

LatteLisa LisaHjalt said...

I have a crush on vintage looking laundry rooms. We're moving so I'm finally getting a laundry room again. It looks pretty raw right now but hubby has promised to make it more functional and then I'm going to add these little details that make it more cosy.

Have a wonderful weekend Glenda ;-)

Kifus said...

Ahh it is sad how we tend to neglect our laundry rooms, well, in fact I tend to neglect mine! Thanks for all the lovely inspiration!

Kifus

Vicky said...

Your blogroll is WONDERFUL, as is your blog. it is a continuous source of inspiration

Art and Sand said...

I just discovered your lovely blog. My laundry is done in a corner of the garage, but your beautiful pictures have given me some ideas for brightening it up.

matind'hiver said...

Tout est magnifique !!!
Le lavage et le rangement deviennent vite très agréable.
Merci pour me faire Rêver à chacun de mes passages, un vrai régal pour les yeux.
Belle journée *

summersoul said...

I know that I am not in the norm when I say that I honestly love laundry! So as you can imagine I could spend all day looking at this post. I actually made a few of those grain sack mini baskets. But my favorite one is the laundry room in kent with the apron sink and the wood countertops. Divine! And exactly what I am currently doing to my kitchen.

have a great one Glenda
MC

Jo said...

I would so love to do laundry in any of these beautiful rooms!

miss b said...

Lovely images and great inspiration - I'm just about ready to redecorate my laundry room too!

http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

trishie said...

Loving these beautiful laundry rooms! Mine looks so crummy in comparison.

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