Archive | Laundry

Laundry rooms can be arranged in a variety of ways and may include large laundry or utility sinks, sewing areas, ironing space and drying racks. Some laundry rooms do double duty as a mudroom.

Linen Closet Looks

linen closet organization - open shelves and basket storage - pinterest via atticmag

From a small cupboard to a large open area there are numerous options for linen closet organization.

Linen storage is one of those do-your-best propositions because houses often lack really ample space for stashing sheets, pillows and extra blankets for every bed, or towels for each bath. Unless you’re lucky enough to have an old house with a walk-in linen closet or a droolworthy linen room with built-in cupboards, almost any armoire, a salvage cabinet (or even a bookshelf) can do the job. Putting together a system of linen closet organization is a matter of creating available real estate combined with effective, practical tactics for using it.… Continue Reading


Fitted Laundry Rooms

laundry room built ins - Hamptons Design show house - ikeafans via atticmag

Laundry room built ins are fitted to the space and that’s the direction laundry rooms are taking these days.

When I was designing my laundry room I wanted to take advantage of the 13-foot length of the space to build the longest possible counter. I knew that space would be invaluable for folding clothes and linens and, as a result, I created a few laundry room built ins, including a bank of drawers, a wine refrigerator, and a front loading washer and dryer fitted below a stone counter. During the year before the renovation, I’d had a laundry room with a top loading washer and dryer, no counter whatsoever,  and a freestanding plastic laundry sink.… Continue Reading


Miele Fans Washing Machine Cheat Sheet

Miele washing machine cheat sheet - user guide - Miele 3035 front-loader washer and companion dryer - Atticmag

Atticmag’s “blog-sumer” Miele washing machine cheat sheet — our user guide with opinions and tips for best results.

Earlier this year, Mr. AM accidentally knocked over a drip filter cone of hot espresso coffee that was brewing on the counter. The scalding liquid and fine grounds splattered all over the front of his chinos. Fortunately he wasn’t burned but the spill was so bad he had to remove his pants in the laundry room. I forgot about them for a few days and when I recovered, they looked destined for the cutter pile. But I had recently purchased a Miele washing machine (3035) and dryer, an investment in making life easier when my 9 year-old washer failed.… Continue Reading


Hidden Laundry Appliances

hidden laundry appliances - custom cabinets conceal laundry appliances - Revival Construction via Atticmag

In a room that doubles as an entry or walkthrough space, hidden laundry appliances keep things elegant.

The set up for this formal laundry room is perfect for a walk-through space or one seen from the main living area due to the hidden laundry appliances.  Custom cabinets are painted a soft gray color that compliments highlights in the slate tile floor. I’m seeing more rooms painted in a single color including walls, trim and ceiling, and finding it more attractive each time.  The washer and dryer each have their own given closet with a framed lattice door for ventilation. While it’s visually stunning, I imagine getting heavy, wet laundry from the washer to the dryer isn’t much fun. … Continue Reading


Charming Cottage Laundry Room

country cottage laundry room with skirted counter from Patina White

Simple details change a space, taking a chore from drab to fab.

Were it not missing a window, one would never suspect this vintage inspired laundry space was located in a basement.  Homeowner Beth Schaleben started by selecting the perfect perk-me-up color based on Devine Color’s “Steamer” she had seen in a magazine.  The skirted wooden counter would receive all the oohs and aahs were it not for the vintage fabric bleach sign discovered in a fellow junker’s stash.  It’s a fantastic piece that adds color and off the chart personality.

Schaleben used an ebony stain on the new pine counter for a mocha appearance. … Continue Reading


Washtub Sink Laundry Room

custom laundry room - washtub basin sink with a marble counter and backsplash - salisbury artisans via atticmag

Elegance married to utility is an ideal union in a custom laundry room.

If fixtures could talk, this galvanized steel washtub might have a story to tell. Near perfect patina made it ideal to showcase in a custom laundry room in a Connecticut farm house. Using a bathroom concept, the washtub is placed on a marble counter, like a vessel sink. Because the tub is deep, the sink cabinet was lowered to create the right working height.

Vessel sinks generally go with wall-mounted faucets so the height can be adjusted and the spout can swing away easily. Rather than trying to build out the wall below the window – which would be too low —  designer Amanda Jones used the window like a wall and floated a shield-shaped honed marble backsplash in front of it.… Continue Reading