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Why The Laundry Room Is My Favourite Space
About a year ago we totally renovated our house to accommodate the ever expanding Minford brood. All three children were sharing a bedroom and it was all getting a bit ‘squash and a squeeze’. You may have assumed I was going to bed at night dreaming of ensuite bathrooms and marble topped kitchen counters. No. I went to bed at night obsessing about a laundry room. Years and years of hanging up washing on every available radiator, chair back and banister had turned me into a kind of laundry freak.
It was the smallest room in all the house plans but in my mind it was the most important and the one I dreamed about the most. The endless piles and piles of washing created by three young children. No where to hide it if it hadn’t all been folded away. No where to dry it if it was raining.
I am now the extremely proud (and frankly smug) owner of a tiny laundry room and downstairs loo. It has been totally life changing and I’m not afraid to say it – it’s hands down my absolute favourite room in the house. So if by any chance the above resonates with you and you’re not of the employs a full time housekeeper kind, here’s a few additions you may like to add to your laundry room/ cupboard/washing machine shoved in the corner of the kitchen, to make the daily business of washing a more joyful one.
Zara does a cheaper version of the basket on wheels but it’s not quite as good on a space saving shape. Still it’s a goodie.
- Laundry Storage Basket
- Alape Bucket Sink
- Sheila the Maid Clothes Airer
- Meadow Flowers Fabric Softener
- Soap on a Rope
- Industrial Storage Trolley
THAT Gucci Ad
I am constantly on the lookout for inspiration for a shoot or story. Often I have found that it doesn’t come easily from flicking through interior publications. Instead it is their cousin, the fashion magazine, that invariably does it for me.
I had thought that I would resist the temptation to mention my love for Gucci as frankly everyone seems to share the same sentiments right now. However, I TOTALLY changed my mind when my new Vogue dropped onto the doormat and I opened it to find this image from their SS17 Resort collection.
I genuinely gasped. Firstly, it is one of my major life goals to end up entirely eccentric in the cutting garden (that I will own) dressed in a skirt suit and loafers. That in itself makes the image perfect for me but I just love everything else about the scene. The achingly beautiful English garden and countryside, the mad floral prints, the bonkers granny gardening with her grandchildren – one all blondy curly curls and the other a teenage goth naffed off about being there. Then there’s that boater that I am obsessed with. Kudos to Gucci for taking a risk and putting ‘Glamour granny’ Vanessa Redgrave in a major fashion campaign with wrinkles and creases.
When I then found out it was shot at Chatsworth House my joy was complete. It’s one of my favourite places in the whole world and recently owned by another ‘girl crush’ the wonderfully elegant and eccentric Debo Devonshire. I went there last year and nearly fainted when I walked into the bedrooms. Chinoiserie, de Gournay rooms of exuberant, pleated and tasselled heaven.
Below are some of my favourite images from the campaign. I am loving the wear your grandma’s curtains vibe.
Mixing leopard and pattern was a trick of famous interior designer Madeline Castaing.
So in future, if you’re stuck for some inspiration for your home, remember to always check your fashion mags to spot ideas for your latest interior ventures.
Kids Beds: Thinking Outside The White Bunk Bed Box
So much of what I do is about thinking through the obvious styling ideas and then forcing myself to come up with something a bit different and more unusual.
If you’re going to use this mantra when shopping for kids beds then here’s a thought – why not try to break out of the sturdy white bunk bed zone and go for something a bit more cool.
Not, I might add, that there’s anything wrong with a good sturdy white bunk bed (I should point out *clears throat* for the interests of transparency that I am currently the owner of said style, but, there are some serious DIY plans afoot).
If you do a little digging there are a stack of interesting alternatives out there. Of course, like most things, the French were there first with beds available in gorgeous sludgy colours and cool shapes. Other brands have since caught on though and there are now a lot more options to choose from.
Yep, you’ve guessed it, I’ve done the trawling for you. All of the below get a major thumbs up from me, and who’d of thought Next were so hot on the kids bed thing?!
If you still can’t find what you’re looking for from the list below (Really? 😉 the following tips should keep you on course for that Milk Decoration magazine style room).
1) A sludgy, ‘just off’ colour.
2) Metal, and yes in this case white is OK especially if it’s bunk beds.
3) Bleached wood. If it’s not quite bleached enough you can always attack it with some lime wash and a bit of sandpaper.
4) One word. Rattan. Trust me on this one. It’s a thing. And, if you decide you’re over it after a while you can just use it as a daybed which is EXACTLY what I’m planning to do with this one from Hutsly. That summerhouse of mine will be transformed into an oasis of mad woman chintz, rattan and indoor plants before you know it. More of that another time.
Photo: Sarah Maingot