We've decided to start a much needed project here at Chateau À Gogo.......the Laundry Room. Currently the laundry room is a closet. That's right, a closet with a stackable front load washer and dryer on one side and shelving on the other. I could go on living like this but there is one issue I just can't stand any longer. The FRONT LOAD WASHER!! I will never, ever own another one again. I know they look super cool and make designing a nice laundry room so much easier but I don't care. I have owned two now and hated both. They stink, they make your clothes stink and eventually make your room stink. I have tried every remedy in the book and every product on the market to clean the machine but in the end, it just stinks. The fact that they make products to clean a washing machine should tell you something. Anyway, time to move on and shift gears to the new laundry room. It will be located in what we call the mud room which is about a 12x8 space.
Here are a few pics (everything you see will be removed: cabinets, carpet, etc....):
To start the project off and really get my thoughts together, I put together my first Olioboard. Yes, I'm sure I'm very late to the party on using this tool but whatevs better late than never. I want my laundry room to be fun and over the top. After all, it's just the laundry room so it's not like I have to sleep in it or sit and watch TV in it. When I walk in the room, I want to immediately feel happy and not dread the task at hand. I'm combining ideas around several spaces I love and keeping the future kitchen plan in mind by using the same cabinet inspiration for both rooms.
Cabinets: High Gloss Lacquer White with Brass Campaign Hardware including brass kick plates(inspiration: Sasha Seymour kitchen featured in House and Home)
Countertop: White Carrera Marble
Wallpaper: Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon in Aquamarine (just one wall)
Paint: Electric Orange High Gloss with Lacquer glaze on top (inspiration: Victoria Webster's dining room in House and Home); I really don't have a lot of wall space to cover so even though this color is intense, I think it will work
Flooring: White Gloss Penny Rounds with light grey grout
Backsplash: White Subway Tile
Let me know what you think. Would you want to do laundry in this room?
I actually laughed out loud. I have this exact and I mean EXACT clock in my living room. I purchased this clock at an Alabama antique mall while visiting my sister last year. It reminded me of a crazy Jello-Mold salad. It was so over the top I had to have it and it was only $25.00. As I looked to see where the origin of the pin, you can imagine my amazement when I saw it was from One Kings Lane. I quickly clicked to the site to see it with my own eyes. Sure enough, there she was in all her glory as part of the Kelly Wearstler Domicilium Decoratus sale ending tomorrow.
My good friend is traveling to Palm Springs in the coming weeks and I'm jealous beyond belief. I am dying to go there preferably during Modernism week in February when the weather is perfect versus 109 degrees right now but either way, I would take it.
Featured in Architectural Digest, France, the Abernathy home was built around 1962 and was designed
by architect William F. Cody. In
more recent years the home was update by architect Michael Haverland.
At Chateau À Gogo, a dash of Asian and a sprinkle of color are all part of the perfect room equation. Today I'm hosting Melissa from The Insane Domain. She has been surrounded by Asian design since childhood. As we sip our Asian inspired cocktail (Love Me Long Time: recipe at the bottom of this post), I pick her brain about what makes this style timeless and how it can be incorporated into today's spaces.
Me: What are your thoughts on the resurgence of Asian design?
Melissa: I think people are now more than ever looking to incorporate items into their
home that have a history and tell a story, so the Asian style is perfect for
this. Whether it is a large piece such as a chest or a small work of art, these
items are not only beautiful but have a sense of strength. Classic Asian design
compliments many different design aesthetics so no matter if you lean toward
minimalism or bohemianism, you can blend it in seamlessly.
Me: How have you been influenced by Asian design?
Melissa: My grandmother Ruby was obsessed with all things Japanese. She traveled several
times to Japan and would bring back beautiful kimono's which she would wear on
a regular basis. Her home was built in true Japanese style and had a Tokonoma
alcove where she would display anything from art to oriental flower arrangements.
She was a member of the Ikebana Club, which celebrated the art of Japanese
flower arranging. You would find her picking up random sticks, rocks and
flowers and placing them beautiful but simple vessels. Her standard poodle was
even named Saki!
Me: What items in your house are examples of this look?
Melissa: I inherited many pieces of art from my grandmother and have them scattered
around my home. I love saturated color so the deep blues and golds are perfect.
I also have a warrior statue that was hers and I use that to hold my long
necklaces. The doors on my husband's office are vintage panels which we had
installed on a sliding system and they mimic shoji screens.
Me: What are some of your favorite Asian inspired pieces available today?
Melissa: Anthropologie has a great piece they called the "Traveler Chest"
which can work in a foyer, bedroom, or living room and has a great Asian feel.
West Elm has several pieces that are Asian inspired such as their "Window
Headboard", "Terra Console", and their "Shirley Fintz Table
Lamp". These are all easily accessible and affordable. Just looking in
your local thrift shops or flea markets can be a gold mine for either lacquered
boxes, blue and white china, or ceramic garden stools. And last but not least,
Jonathan Adler and his horse or dragon lamps.
Thanks Melissa for stopping by the Gogo. If you guys have not checked out Melissa's blog, you should. She is currently undergoing a kitchen transformation that is so exciting to watch.
In the meantime, have a cocktail on me:
LOVE ME LONG TIME (Cucumber Lychee Saki):
3 slices of cucumber
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz lychee juice (from can)
1 1/2 oz Prosecco
(Italian Sparkling Wine)
Muddle cucumber & lychees in bottom of glass. Add lemon and lychee juice. Shake in ice filled shaker (you can also stir the drink extremely well, in lieu of shaking). Strain into champagne flute. Top with Prosecco and drop a lychee fruit into the bottom of the drink for a pleasant surprise. Garnish with cucumber.
In keeping with yesterday's post about (vintage barware), I decided to start a new Pinterest Board specifically for cocktails (check it out: Cocktail Hour). Here are some of my favorites to try this summer including a few unconventional ones.
Want to give your house numbers a personality? Update them with modern house numbers and letters from recycled architectural grade aluminum from Modern Dwell Numbers. They come in wonderful colors such has hot pink, orange, purple, etc. besides your typical aluminum and bronze.
I'm thinking Chateau À Gogo would look great in orange.
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One of my favorites, Koi-Chinoiserie graced the cover of the Spring 2012 edition of Luxe Magazine.
Powder Room say hello to your new pendant lamp. I am loving this light in brass. Because my house was built in the 1970s, the original fixtures and hardware throughout the house are in brass. Lucky for me it has come back in vogue and I think this fixture is a perfect fit. It is also available in a finish called "fuel" which is a red/orange color.