This week I am inspired by Joanna Gaines’s book, Homebody. She has some amazing photos, sure. But what really inspired me is her philosophy on design: every nook and cranny of a home should be special, and work for you.
If you think about it for a second, it makes a lot of sense. As homeownership evolved, and homes started to be kept not by a staff, but by the owners themselves, there became the idea that we would keep some parts of our homes to show others, and other parts would be closed and private. We started to really buy into the concept of public and private spaces. But then we took it a step further and started to pick out private places that were not worthy of investment. Laundry rooms were in a dark corner of the basement. Mudrooms were in the garage. Pantries were shut behind closed doors adjacent, but not visible in, the kitchen. Why? Why did we take the tasks that people enjoy the least (laundry, gear organizing and putting away the groceries) and make them even more tedious by making the working environment they exist in so deplorable?
Thankfully, we are in a time of design where these spaces are being reconsidered. I see plenty of second floor laundry rooms (depending on how you feel about that 😉 ), show stopping mud-rooms, and large pantries with spaces to sit and hang out. But not many people have room for all of that. So what I want you to take away from this is one small concept…make it intentional.
I love this laundry space…a counter top finished off the appliances. Further, the homeowner brought in a lamp, a potted plant and a couple of other touches to make this space feel finished. It’s especially important to finish these spaces when it’s the primary entrance to the home for your family (ie, it’s how you get from the garage into the home). That first greeting the house gives you is so important, make it clean and inviting!
Here is another intentional space for a plant lover, I assume. This is a great example of a space that more than likely brings the homeowner great joy, even if it isn’t each and every one of our’s dream laundry.
From this space, just admire the intention. Fun cabinet hardware, friendly tile work, unique lighting, a throw rug. These little touches make a space feel special.
For a pantry, consider clear containers to make the space more intentional. It keeps food fresher, longer, and looks more uniform on the shelves. If you don’t have a dedicated space for a pantry, these containers look fantastic on a high shelf in the kitchen.
And I have featured mud rooms before, but what I want to point out is that even a small hallway can be a mud room. A few well anchored hooks, a couple baskets to toss smaller objects, and a small place to sit to put your shoes on, and you have a mud room!