Sharing the reveal for our European Organic inspired laundry room, full of elements such as natural textures, matte walls, marble stone, unique metal finishes, linen fabrics – all grounded with a simplistic design aesthetic.
*This post is sponsored by The Home Depot. All opinions, thoughts, images, and text are my own.
It certainly wasn’t in the building-a-pole-barn-home-playbook to have any room “blog reveal worthy” at this point, especially the laundry room – which is often a room thought of dead last.
But nothing gets us quite as motivated as a deadline! I’m so excited to welcome you into our new laundry room!
I have the opportunity of a lifetime to partner with The Home Depot to design a laundry room to showcase the incredibly beautiful new Samsung Front Load Washer and Dryer – which are both so smart they know how to tell your phone when they are done! (Plus other amazing features!) . Can we all take a moment to realize how amazing that feature is?!
I was as giddy as a school girl to discover the new Champagne color line for Samsung appliances. All along, I’ve been having an internal battle not dreaming about black, white, silver or bright red – for that matter.
Along came Champagne – the perfect gentle metal color with rosy undertones, that pairs perfectly with European White Oak floors, creamy whites, and of course . . . TIDBITS blue/gray.
Watch out family – doing the laundry is going to be my new favorite hobby!
LAUNDRY ROOM BUILDING PROCESS
Let’s step back and take a look at how far we’ve come . . . and how far we have to go on our new home.
4 weeks ago we were wrapping up framing (which my husband did entirely) and begging and pleading with the sheet-rockers to begin their work . . . starting with the laundry room.
While the rest of the house sat in disarray, we focused on pulling together a completed laundry room, because . . . well . . . deadlines.
We don’t even have power and water hooked up yet, so we had to bring in a generator and portable heat. I might add, this is the only room without a window, so I needed to bring in my video light boxes to get images of the space.
We let the sheetrockers continue with the rest of the home while we created some built in cubbies, painted, added trim, installed our new custom lockers, painted some more, installed the washer and dryer in our stacked cubbies, and finally – decorated the space with laundry and cleaning essentials.
EUROPEAN ORGANIC DESIGN DECISIONS
While surfing the web for design ideas for this new home, I came across the phrase “European Organic”. I finally felt I had found the words for the style this new home was inspiring me to create.
Upon further search, I don’t believe this is a common design title, but it sums up many of the elements that inspire me and that I hope to bring into this home. I was so pleased when I pulled together these elements in the laundry room and felt they came together nicely and were familiar to me.
Experimenting with these elements in a small scale space has given me direction and confidence for the rest of the design decisions I will be making all on my own for the remainder of the house.
Let’s talk about what those elements are that bring together many common European design trends that I love and can be found in Scandinavian, French, English, Italian, and other UK traditional homes. Mix in the word “organic” and you create a space that feels raw, natural, earthy, simple and classic. Can you see these elements in this laundry space?
- raw wood
- matte finishes
- unique metals
- muted colors
- creamy whites
- natural linens
- time worn
- purposeful decoration
- classic, seamless design
Now – I don’t consider myself a “design pro”, but I do love to pull together elements that inspire me and give them a name. It brings peace to my type A personality 😉
LAUNDRY ROOM DETAILS
Let’s walk through this room together and I’ll share details on the items and materials we’ve used. As always, feel free to ask me any questions you might have in the comments below.
8 FOOT FRENCH GLASS DOORS
Every time I stare down our blank hallway, my mind envisions tall French doors in each 8 foot doorway. It may take awhile to source them all, and none of them will match – but the search is going to be worth it.
French doors for standard size doorways are hard to find and expensive. I was delighted when I asked our local door company if they knew of any, and they had this set sitting in their warehouse collecting dust because it wasn’t what their previous customers had wanted after all.
Which meant they wanted to get rid of them and they were a steal of a deal! I love that they can swing open and hardly take any space on the inside. Not to mention they look so gorgeous! These are unfinished, as I wish to take my time figuring out the best way to finish them.
CUSTOM CORNER LOCKERS
Our laundry room has to double as a mudroom, which is why we were sure to make space for some storage lockers and a bench.
We were just about to purchase some IKEA cabinets when I just felt really, well . . . blah about them. They looked so, well . . . IKEA.
I did some research and discovered this hidden gem of a company called Sawdust City, that makes custom country cabinets. This was a perfect solution for us because we didn’t have the time/desire to make our own to fit this corner, and Sawdust City was so great to help us with this particularly rushed project.
They are darling, fit our space perfectly and will fit the needs of our family perfectly.
PLANKED WALL WITH SHAKER PEGS
Wanting to add a splash of color and wall detail in here, we opted for some planks and shaker pegs, all painted with PPG color “Elemental”.
Truth be told, I meant for this to be a bit bolder of a color – which I may change up when time is on my side. I was concerned if I went too dark in a room with no natural light, it may not be what I was expecting.
Nonetheless, it is a lovely blue/gray shade and adds just the right amount of color for this small space.
IRONING BOARD HOLDER
Just behind the door we added a ironing board holder to place our ironing board. It hides the electric box perfectly! We did have to add a built in box on the floor to hide the piping for our radiant floor heating. I was concerned about it, but once painted you hardly notice the disruption.
BUILT IN CUBBIES
Because we spent our allotted budget on cabinets for this space on the lockers, we had to figure out a way to get storage around the washer and dryer without buying more cabinets.
It’s a good thing I ADORE open shelving concepts because adding these built in cubbies did just the trick.
I have easy access to places to store linen towels, extra hangers for items that need to hang dry, crocs to place lost socks and dryer lint, an antique wood bowl for my wool dryer balls, and much more.
STACKED WASHER AND DRYER
The highlight of this space for me is the Samsung Champagne front load washer and dryer, which you can find at The Home Depot.
I’d love to hear in the comments what you think of this color! Isn’t it so unique, beautiful and timeless?!
You’ll have to check out all the amazing features of this new washer and dryer Smart design, but my favorites include:
- Can be remotely started and scheduled through wifi connectivity on your phone or devices with the SmartThings App.
- Receive notifications when it is finished (goodbye stinky rags that I forgot to change for days!)
- Wash a full load in 30 minutes (Life. Changing. Can’t. Wait.)
- Large 4.5 cubic feet loads (great for my family of 6!)
- Delivery, installation and haul away options from The Home Depot.
- Quite, Energy efficient, steam functionality, and so much more!
This is me happily checking out the Smart features and dreaming about how much easier this is going to make my mommy life.
Be sure to shop Samsung Appliances with the Home Depot, and view the other colors and features available with their new Smart Appliances, then let me know what you think!
Let me shed a little light on why we decided to stack our washer and dryer in built-in cubbies.
- Surrounding storage without spending on cabinets
- Space saving
- Allowed room for a countertop for folding AND shelves for baskets
- Design wise, stacked washers and dryers are a very common European practice. In fact, they officially call this “European Laundry“, where they are often stacked inside a closet. Not many traditional homes in Europe have space for a devoted laundry “room” so this is their solution.
MARBLE COUNTERTOP, BACKSPLASH AND SHELF
I knew I had to have a bit of marble in the laundry room, and Mr. TIDBITS came to my rescue.
He had me go to a countertop remnant place in our area, and pick out a big enough slab to cover our countertop, backsplash and for a little marble shelf. I got the whole slab for a total of $250.
Then he was able to cut it with his saw and a blade made for stone, and polished it smooth.
It turned out absolutely lovely, and I love that it is deep enough to store items on and gives me room for folding a few items.
We included a Persian white light fixture, ceiling can lights and some body movement sensor under cabinet lighting – which you can see in the background in the image below.
All these together create a bright and moody space, perfect for a room with zero natural light.
We’ve purchase this flooring for our entire house (minus bathrooms) and it was great to lay it down in the laundry room and fall so in love with it all over again.
It’s called European Oak, wire brushed engineered hardwood. We have to install it by glueing it down on the concrete floor below (remember we are building a slab on grade, pole barn home). But it is a beautiful wide plank flooring option.
When it comes to the decor in this space, it is all very useful and practical.
I used canisters with signs of age, natural wood tones, and kept the color scheme very neutral in the items I brought in.
I found many of the items at the Vintage Market that came into our town just in time. If you would like to find exact sources for the items that do have links, be sure to visit my “Shop my Style” page where I have those for you.
I truly hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our new laundry room! Through our year of renting a home and 6 months of RV living, I can’t even tell you how good it felt to create “home” for us again.
While we won’t be able to live here for another month or so, it has done my heart good to dive into my favorite creative work of all time – designing and creating spaces with my husband.
Please let me know what you think about this space in the comments below. I love to hear from you and am so grateful you took the time to visit today.
Be sure to PIN THIS POST, and stay tuned while we race to pull together a bathroom and most of a kitchen so we can move in and slowly finish the rest of the home!