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.
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