Sunday, January 6, 2019

IS IT MY BUTLER'S PANTRY OR MY LAUNDRY OR MY OFFICE?

There's a room off our kitchen that serves many purposes.  When we purchased our home, it was my least favorite space.  Now, it's the room I like best.  I've written about this space before.  I'm not sure what to call it----my laundry room, my pantry, or my office.  It serves all those purposes in one small space.   I wish I had some before pictures, but just let me say that it had red indoor/outdoor carpeting on the floor, yellow and orange floral vinyl wallpaper and a utility tub hanging from the wall, flanked by a washer and dryer.  It was the first room we tackled. We pretty much gutted it.

Here it is today, recently updated to add a stacking washer and dryer.  Originally I had an under-the-counter washer and dryer.  It's demise prompted this update.  I do love the capacity of the new appliances, but I miss the long counter.  I had to give up a section of the long counter that served me well as a place to fold laundry or as a spot for a dessert buffet during the holidays.




I do have a BAD BEFORE image of the under-the-counter washer and dryer.  

BEFORE WITH SWING ARM CURTAIN TO COVER THE WASHER AND DRYER
If you've been a long-time reader of my blog, you know that I asked the carpenter to cut a vintage corner cabinet in half.  I got a strange look from him, but he did it.  The top half holds my collection of transferware and the bottom half became the cabinet under the counter.  I store all my laundry and cleaning supplies in the under-the-sink cupboard.  If you know me, you could guess that I would paint the cupboard pieces black.  I think this was the beginning of a pop of black in every room of my home.  Since the counter space was so deep, I opted for a wood counter.  I like the contrast of the painted and stained pieces.  To tie the two finishes together,  I added stained rope trim on the drawers and on the cupboard.

 My vintage hamper fits perfectly into the gap left by the previous appliance.  I encourage dirty baseball uniforms to go inside the hamper instead of onto the floor.  Sometimes it works.

VINTAGE CORNER CABINET ON THE COUNTER AND UNDER THE SINK
One of the best design decisions I made for the space was the addition of two file drawers in the remaining under-the-counter space.  It's so convenient to have it nearby and so accessible.  I like to think that it helps me be a LITTLE better organized.

PULL OUT DRAWERS WITH HANGING FILE FOLDERS

Another design decision was to add a butler's sink with a gooseneck copper faucet.  
It's been a lifesaver more times than I can count.

BUTLER'S SINK ABOVE THE CUPBOARD
The china cupboard is the star of the room.  I'm always a sucker for a palladium window.  Let me show it off with a few close-ups.

CUPBOARD TOP AND FORNASETTI PRINT

LOVE PALLADIUM WINDOWS

Every knob needs a tassel.

KNOB WITH TASSEL

Have you noticed that I like brown and black transferware?



I needed something on the wall against the washer and dryer.  My Anthropologie elephant volunteered to leave the kitchen and be part of this space.  The containers below him hold laundry soaps.





ELEPHANT IN PROFILE

That elephant is just too cute.  He's one of my favorites.

MY ANTHRO ELEPHANT

No room of mine is complete unless I have a chandelier.  This room is no exception.  I did a verdigris finish on this vintage acanthus leaf pendant light and I also changed some of the crystals to black ones to pick up the black in the room.  

MY VINTAGE CHANDELIER

Now for the teaser.  You must check back in a while.  You haven't seen the pantry side of the room yet.  I'm working on the photos.  Here's a sneak peek.

SNEAKY PEEK OF THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

MY KATE SPADE- INSPIRED CHRISTMAS TREE

Christmas has been a long time coming to our house.  We've had a one-month renovation that stretched well beyond two months.  I was waiting for all the construction traffic to be gone
 before I put up the tree.  Hence, very late with the decor.  For the first time in forever I don't have a live tree to decorate for Christmas.  I have a small vintage feather tree instead that I placed on the landing in the foyer.  I couldn't wait to add my Kate Spade-inspired ornaments to it.  I knew the black and white with pops of pink would really stand out on the white tree.


VINTAGE FEATHER TREE

I placed some of my Kate Spade office boxes under the tree.  
Adding ribbon makes them look like gifts.

KATE SPADE "GIFT" BOXES



The striped ribbon that I wove through the tree is very Kate.


I added some tassel ornaments to the mix.




FEATHER TREE DETAIL
Merry Christmas to my readers.  Thanks so much for following along.
See you all next year.  Have a wonderful holiday.

To see last year's tree, go here.

LAST YEAR'S TREE