Wednesday, October 30, 2013

One Room Challenge - A Personal Reveal


This is the fifth week of the One Room Challenge. Next week is the big reveal! I recall that Linda of Calling It Home once referred to me as one of the most personally private bloggers on the blogosphere. Well, today I will reveal something about myself - I love to clean my house. I have never had a cleaning lady and have never even considered it. I love the entire process of taking care of my home. Those of you who balked at me saying that I enjoy doing laundry with my new washer and dryer probably just fainted.

Part of my love for cleaning includes having wonderful cleaning tools. No plastic for me - all wood and leather and lambswool and goat hair and such. They are works of art really. Check out these photos from one of my favorite stores - John Derian in NYC.



These cleaning tools are made by a wonderful German company - Redecker and can be purchased online. Crate and Barrel has started a section in their stores and online called Clean Slate and they carry some of the Redecker line as shown just below.


I wanted to create an area in my laundry room for my collection of cleaning tools. In my laundry room, there was already a large pegboard, so I just bought pegboard hooks at Lowe's. Now everything is easily found and is a beautiful display as well.








I also did another DIY - now I bet Linda has just fainted. I wanted a chair in the laundry room for the mud room area I have created to sit and take on and off muddy wellies and wet boots. I had a mahogany corner chair in one of the bedrooms that was not really being used and decided it would be ideal. I found this gorgeous Clarence House Les Porcelaines Bleu designer sample on Etsy for $15.00 and used it to cover the seat. I placed the pattern on the diagonal and I think it looks perfect.



My laundry room is quickly becoming one of my favorite rooms in the house. I am using things you don't normally find in laundry rooms - so far you have seen my Brunschwig & Fils wallpaper, a dupioni silk roman shade, an antique ginger jar, Clarence House fabric, a mahogany chair, and you won't believe what I have in store for the reveal next week. Everything I have shown you was found very inexpensively on eBay, Etsy, and consignment stores. My laundry room is not only functional, it is gorgeous. Rules were made to be broken in making your home your own.

I hope to see you all next week for the reveal. I cannot wait to show you the rest. Thanks so much to my sponsors and friends of Chinoiserie Chic for supporting this One Room Challenge.




I hope everybody else had made lots of progress in their rooms. Let's go see.


Chinoiserie Chic  - that’s me!

39 comments:

SHERRY HART said...

Beth....coming clean [ha ha] with your deep dark secret is a first. Not sure I have met too many people who are like you:) The laundry room is certainly come a long way and looks fab.

Kimber McGallagher said...

It is gorgeous. I know it will be magazine worthy. Cannot wait!

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I had to pick myself up off the floor to type this. It just goes to show you that you never really know anyone. Your cleaning supplies are beautiful, and I would not have a clue about where and when to use each one. Maybe you could give a demonstration? I am really impressed with your chair. If this were my laundry room, it would double as a guest room....it's that lovely.

My Notting Hill said...

The chair looks fabulous. With those beautiful cleaning tools, displaying them makes so much sense. I enjoy cleaning too but I just don't do it frequently enough...

Julia | Pawleys Island Posh said...

I wish I had just a teeny tiny half an ounce of wanting to clean for myself. I'm a slob and was clearly a queen in my last life. I can just never suck up the expense so I clean my house begrudgingly so the world will never know my inner slob ;)

The Pink Pagoda said...

What a perfect spot for your cleaning supplies. It looks great and is so organized. That chair!!! It's so pretty and I love that you're putting a mahogany chair with beautiful fabric in your laundry room. I absolutely CANNOT wait to see the photos next week!!

sharon smith said...

Only you Beth, only you! I love doing laundry, and iron my sheets. However....I hate cleaning and cherish my cleaning lady.
I still am dying over your wallpaper, but need smelling salts when I saw your chair. I don't know what set me over the edge. The fabric or the chair!
Fantastic...
Sharon
@novaraway

Kim said...

You know there is something to be said for beautiful cleaning objects ... it makes sense that they make you happy to clean. Perhaps all that plastic is why I hate it so much! Looking absolutely "chic"! xo

pam {simple details} said...

I'm in awe every week, Beth!!! I had no idea there were such beautiful cleaning supplies ~ my plastic yellow broom and dust pan are looking really tacky right now! Can't wait to see more of this!

home before dark said...

I love this reveal of yourself. Not surprised that you would be drawn to beautiful tools and have the need/obsession? for them to be beautifully displayed.

From the beginning I thought this room would end up being a sister to your "closet". Not too far wrong!!!

Your room is my very favorite one of the the entire lineup. Way to go.

marion erwin said...

Thank you for the inspiration. I have been working toward my goal of enjoying cleaning. Your post really nudged me a big step further. The entire room is superb. Love the chair and the fabric. Looking forward to the reveal.
Marion

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

I am so excited for your reveal! I love where you are taking this room. And thanks for the fine cleaning implement introduction. My father is a fanatic and would love these!

Calypso In The Country said...

I think you put us all to shame with those cleaning supplies! Great idea and I love the chair!
-Shelley

Ann said...

I love your attitude about cleaning your own home. Lately, I switched my housekeeper to biweekly visits, because I don't like the intrusion on our sanctuary, and I enjoy keeping everything neat and tidy. In fact, when the housekeeper leaves, I have to straighten every picture, readjust every foo dog and nick nack, move area rugs, etc., because she doesn't have a feel for how things are placed. I have thought of doing the cleaning myself, but, until now, have rejected it. Reading what you have to say about enjoying the process struck a responsive chord with me. Your home is filled with treasures, and caring for them is part of the joy and responsibility of owning them. It seems to me that you have mastered the Art of living. The elements of the laundry room that you have shared so far are fabulous, and I cannot wait until next week to see the rest.

jkeppel said...

Seriously, that corner chair is STUNNING! And I love that you are using it in the laundry room. I can't wait for your reveal!

Junell said...

Def get the cleaning thing! Hate when my things get broken. Love the feather dusters! That chair is stinkn' cute

therelishedroost said...

So great, and organized ! THat paper is the best!!
Karolyn

mrs. V | Chez V said...

Just keeps getting better and better. Those supplies are like works of art and don't even get me started on that chair. Perfection. I want to move right in to your laundry room.

Jessie said...

Love your gorgeous laundry room. It's chic and functional, the beautiful cleaning supplies are definitely a plus! Still can't get over your stunning wallpaper!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

René said...

Tools that gorgeous deserve to be properly displayed. I clean my house too and rather enjoy it. Looking good!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

There is no greater feeling than cleaning your own home. Love the space!!

erin williamson said...

Ok, you are weird but awesome. Please do visit my home with your feather dusters and lambswool anytime ;)

Looking fab!

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Beth, I am dying over this. You are absolutely delightful!

Holly Phillips @ The English Room said...

I so wish I had your talent! I just hate cleaning. I am jealous.

It is looking so great! I have loads to do before I rest. Cannot wait to see the final reveals next week!

Kimberly Lemmon said...

So its the plastic tools that make me hate cleaning. Kidding. I really don't hate doing it, just wish I had more time to do it in!! Looking fab Beth!!

kcinteriors said...

It is so beautiful!! Never have I ever seen cleaning tools look sooo good.

Stacey said...

Wow! That chair! Gorgeous! Yes, I agree that your cleaning tools definitely merit their display! Fab, fab!

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

I know what you mean about it being like artwork. When I went to Vancouver last year, there was a store that made only brooms and they were the most beautiful brooms I've ever seen! I don't love to clean, but I did love those brooms! ;) Things are looking great!

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

How did I not notice the adorable detail in your wallpaper before? Perfect for the laundry room! And, I love the chair and the fancy cleaning tools.

Have a lovely afternoon! xoxo

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

I'm dying over the chair- so cute!!!

As for the cleaning, more power to you sister. If I had that set up I maybe might like to do it too.

Carrie @ Cosy Carolina Interiors said...

It is absolutely lovely! I actually like cleaning my house, too. There's something centering about it. Now I know that you know exactly what I mean. :)

Henhurst Interiors said...

Not only do I love doing laundry, I think ironing is the most relaxing and meditative activity on earth.
I love your chair - it is perfection!

Karena Albert said...

Beth you are simply amazing. I love your collection of cleaning equipment in natural woods, fibers, etc!

The chair? Gorgeous!

xoxo
Karena
Review "Fifth Avenue Style"

stephanie at Stephanie Kraus Designs said...

I am still on the floor --- I am impressed that you love to clean your house! the laundry room looks fab!

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

I am in awe of your cleaning supplies...I would be too afraid to use these. they are too nice! also, love your collection of pineapple 'urns' from target....love how you've grouped them like that! and i'm still drooling over the wallpaper

Mary Maki Rae said...

You've really done Great so far-!
That Chair and the Upholstery - just Beautiful-!
All the Blue & White - Charming-!

Now you may just have to update the cupboard door hardware to something more Chinoiserie in style-!
Can't wait to see it next week-!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

I could not agree with you more. I love to clean the house, ok not the bathrooms but the rest of the house. Love all of your brushes!

Kim Ballard said...

That chair and seat are just fab, not to mention the rest of the room. Love, love, love natural cleaning implements. Gorgeous.

TN Mimi said...

That feather duster on top is a work of art!
The chair is PERFECTION!