Lovely Laundry....



I remember visiting friends in the US quite some years ago and thinking it was really unusual that they had a separate laundry room.....on the whole British homes tend to be smaller than American ones and generally over here people usually have their washing machines in their kitchens.

The idea of a separate washing/utility room is increasingly popular though and people now tend to squeeze them in wherever possible.....I know I would love one! I have a friend who has managed to fit one in on the first floor of her home (nice and easy for putting all those ironed clothes away) and another friend has a room behind her kitchen which doubles as a "mud room" and is perfect for her three rugby playing boys....dirty kit goes straight into the machine.

You won't ever catch me underdressed on laundry day.....

I can just see myself throwing clean items of laundry nonchalantly into these buckets!! I can also see my 3 year old son scaling it and getting his bottom stuck in the very top row and yelling to be rescued!! I love the look though.....very stylish....

LOVE LOVE LOVE this....now THIS would get me doing laundry....listening to the radio at the sink.....I would probably move a chair in there.....

Simple but functional....love the hanging space....

I love those enormous jars for pegs and powder.....lots of space too....

A lovely tucked away space....you could probably even hide down here and read, I don't think my family would actually recognise a laundry basket or a washing machine so I could probably lose them for an hour or two!!

I would need to add some colour but isn't this SO nice and neat.....

Some very nice touches....

Lots of space and I like those laundry bags on the door....very organised....

And yes, I have been doing laundry today.....my ironing basket is in fact empty.....mission accomplished :)

41 comments:

  1. Hi!
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    kisses

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  2. so adorable, I would never mind doing the wash in such lovely rooms
    Bunny

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  3. I wish I had a laundry room! The buckets are pretty neat.

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  4. What a fantastic post! I have a collection of ripped out pages from magazines with my "fantasy" laundry rooms!!!

    For "one day!"

    Love your blog too!!!

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  5. You make me want to dress up and do laundry! So inspiring & great images~
    xo's

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  6. Oh what a luuxury it would be to have a utility room Simone....and any one of those especially the one that you like with the Zinc ??? sink.
    I am halfway there with a utility cupboard!!!that houses the washing machine and tumble dryer and laundry basket , which is situated in a lobby off of the kitchen so , at least I don't have to have those white goods in the kitchen.......But I want one of the ones in your post pleasssseeee.
    Older houses ( the like of which I live in ) never have these facilities for obvious reasons , as you know.
    As usual , wonderful colourful post that I thoroughly enjoyed reading and feasting my eyes upon. XXXX

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  7. making laundry look good! Lovely photos Simone!

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  8. Wowza, now those are some fancy laundry rooms. I want you to know I'm going to post on MY laundry room in the near future...so you'll have to stay tuned.

    Simone once again your comments on my blog make me smile from ear to ear. Seriously could you be any sweeter? If you were here I'd give ya a big hug. Can you feel it...my mental hug an ocean away:)

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  9. Love the laundry room with the chandelier - I might not mind doing the laundry so much in a room like that!

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  10. I love those images!! We are actually going to re-do our laundry room to make it functionally fabulous and your pictures are inspiring! Take care, Caroline

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  11. Love some of those ideas. I was just saying to my mil that I want to kick out our first floor and make a laundry room and the powder room bigger.

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  12. Wow Simone. You make me want to do laundry. Beautiful images here. Although feeling a little guilty. I only live in an apartment, but here in Australia most do have a separate room for laundry. I really can't imagine not having one. There is one drawback, listening to everyone else's machine rumble and bump around. However, I don't have a backyard nor clothesline. Great post, sure want to run out in that sunshine! Have fun.. Julie

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  13. Absolutely LOVE this post...I don't know what it is about laundry hanging on a line out to dry, but it just seems so romantic!

    But I'm also loving the sheer creativity of these fancy laundry rooms...wow! Most are larger than my entire home!

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  14. The things we take for granted aye! over here in NZ it is the norm to have a separate laundry room . I have never lived in a house that doest. sadly mine is probably the messiest room in the house AND my washing pile of unfolded laundry is still all over the couch in the dining room :/

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  15. Simone, bringing my laundry over!
    Lovely pics.

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  16. Are you really coming to Italy? where exactly? Maybe I'm wrong...
    love all the pics. i think it's a great idea to have a separate room for laundry, it's very useful!

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  17. So much laundry loveliness all at once! A chandelier in the laundry - now that's more like it. You made me laugh, thinking of your son climbing that bucket wall and getting stuck. Imagine how much fun you could all have with that. I like the idea of "posting" the laundry like that, would be very satisfying.
    We all have separate laundry rooms in Australia also - I can't imagine how I would manage if it was in the kitchen. I think it would be the end of me. I would be found most afternoons in the foetal position surrounded by laundry baskets and breakfast dishes with a bottle of Absolut in one hand and a copy of Hello! in the other. Meredith xo.

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  18. Once again my friend ~ the pictures that you found are sooo cool! I really like the buckets on the wall and can see that little boy of your way....up....high! My favorite laundry room would have to be the first one ~ rustic yet functional ~ I think I like the sink in it best. Hope your Monday was fabulous ~ now I am off to do my laundry! xo

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  19. Oh I'm really liking the inspiration here Simone, I think I'd be like number 2 ... no really ..... lol not.

    I like different things out of those pic's, what about the chandelier! mmmm nice

    Got that lippy on the ready, he'll be putty in your hands for sure.xxx

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  20. after seeing those lovely laundry rooms i never want to go back into mine....time for a laundry room MAKEOVER....great post..you inspired me!

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  21. The laundry would be so much more fun in these beautiful rooms! Ax

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  22. Number 8 is soooo yummy!!! I'm a curious sort when it comes to homes. I prefer smaller rooms with great big closets & storage space & my laundry room dream is soo that one. Crazy wonderful!!!!
    Its so funny how many Americans never realize how big their homes actually are. Back in Michigan, living just acorss the border from Canada I use to watch Coronation Street on the CBC & when a friend joined me one day she way shocked at the lack of space. I actually had to explain the reality of life. It was quite funny. Man I miss the show...it was about 6 months behind the UK schedule so I have no idea what happened to so many characters...

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  23. What a great post, I too live in England and having visited the states want to turn my old downstairs bathroom into a laundry room, Loving the details and pics in your post, great inspiration! x

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  24. What a perfect post Simone! My laundry is next on my list so these photos are very inspiring, thanks! Although, I really don't have the space or the proportions some of these laundries have. Hmmm, you have me thinking now. I hope you have a great week. Thanks again for visiting.

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  25. Ha! my laundry is in my garage, but my mother has the most divine utility room in the world. It is actually so pleasant that I used to sit and read in there growing up. Even cooler, It is on the second floor, where the bedrooms are so you don't go up and down stairs to do the laundry! I do have to say, I feel a like a bit of a failure that hers is so fabulous and mine is in my garage! xxx kim

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  26. This has given me inspiration to redo my laundry room. I love the vintage look of all the metal with the brand new washer/dryer. Great pics and wonderful ideas as usual!

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  27. Mine is disgusting & revolting, but very soon will be attacked with a wrecking ball & MOTH's sledge hammer & turned into a Butler's Pantry -yay!!!! I have Laundry Envy something fearful after this post Simone.
    Millie ^_^

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  28. You've picked some gorgeous looks! I can't quit laughing about your 3 year getting his bottom stuck though :0 Our "laundry room" is a dark cob web filled corner of the basement and could benefit from some of the above inspiration.

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  29. I love reading your blog!! I lived in England for 3 years even gave birth to child #6 there. I miss it so much and reading your blog reminds me of somethings that have slipped my mind (for instance, my boys rugby kits~although it is a dirty messy thing, it is a sweet memory to me!)........I don't really miss the laundry being done in the kitchen with one machine that went from the wash cycle to the dry cycle - a little too aggravating when doing laundry for 8!!! However, I would probably give up my laundry room in the states if I could spend one more year in your beautiful country!!! lucky you to be in such a fantastic and lovely place. PS I lived in Leamington Spa in the West Midlands.

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  30. Would almost make laundry day bareable. Ours is still in our basement. SCARY!!! I LOVE the 3rd pic. The watering cans aren't practical but soooo stylish and that old sink WOW! My second choice is the 5th one with all those machines. Great style. Now I just have to get the Hubby to see these. He's the one that does the laundry! lol
    Carole

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  31. My laundry is really ugly. I have been putting it off and putting it off but this really has inspired me to do some planning. Thanks.

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  32. I actually like doing laundry.....at least the last part of it...the folding and the ironing....probably because it means I am at home taking things slower instead of at a manic pace at the office....anyway....I LOVE these pics and my fav is the one that could double as a potting shed! (By the way, that is me in the first pic!)

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  33. Hi, Simone! I really love your blog, we're so alike, even I live so far from you, how can this be? Anyway, if you're dream about a magic place to see, come to Brazil. I think you'll love it!
    I'll come back soon, to see everything here!
    Best wishes!

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  34. You have a lovely blog and I enjoyed my visit.
    All the laundries you have shared are just lovely.
    I am off to do some ironing now.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  35. You've picked some gorgeous pics! These are very inspiring for me because I have to decorate my laundry room!

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  36. ifyou could only see my laoundry room...err i mean laundry cellar....
    xo

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  37. glad i found your blog! who knew laundry could be so pretty?

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  38. I'll take any of the above!! So lovely. Mine is currently a corner of the garage. Not so lovely.

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  39. Hi I saw a quote on your page and put it on mine and tried to link it back to you , I am still new to this nd not sure if i did it right

    -L.A

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  40. I Love I Love I Love your blog...And this post has really inspired me...I have a basement that needs to be turned into a wonderful Laundry Room, in Sweden they are called 'tvattstuga' pronounced (twat stuga)oops Lol!!!
    Nice to meet you
    Julie
    x

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