I love this picture because of the random flower pot and the cigarette my grand-father is holding on top of my head. My grand-father Jean-Paul was a huge influence in my life. Even if we were not related by blood (my Dad was adopted by him and my sweet grand-mother, his mother's sister), I see a lot of myself in him. He was very loyal to his friends and family, had a dry sense of humour, loved gadgets, had a short fuse and never met a garage sale he didn't like. He's the one who really got me into vintage stuff, flea markets and rummage sales. After a long, happy life, he passed away a few years ago and I am still reeling from it - it was so sudden. So this Valentines day, I'll be playing a little game of solitaire with his old Glamour Girl cards, thinking of him, and sending him a big kiss. I love you grand-papa!
Well I'm calling it: my laundry room is finally DONE! This is the before look: plain and empty, with no storage equipement.
My goals were to organize some storage solutions, hide the ugly water heater and electric box and change the light fixture. I started by installing a towel rack and a wire basket to dry dish clothes and hold Ziplocs, cling film and foil paper. I also put some hooks to hold bags and my grocery cart. The litter box is also hidden behind the door.
Next to the water heater, there was just enough room to fit an old Ikea cart. It now holds cleaning products and cat food. On top of the water heater, I installed two Ikea shelves to hold bottles and paper stuff like tissues and paper towels.
Behind the pillar, I keep the ironing board as well as grocery bags that I use to take the recycling downstairs to the building's bin. The space between the wall and the dryer was just wide enough for me to install a few hooks to hold the broom and mop, as well as hide a few folding chairs that I use when company comes over.
The electric box is covered with magnets that hold souvenirs from my last trip. On the door, I installed a vintage ACME sign that I painted red.
Finally, I made (by hand) a curtain using fabric from ReproDepot, and had a nice print framed to add a pop of colour. The last touch was the fixture from Hip Haven. I like that the light is soft and highlights the fabric and print.
And voilà! A laundry room nice enough to have guests sleep in it. Well, almost.
I can't wait to see my new Panton chairs around my Saarinen table! Come on FedEx, take them home!
I feel very smart because just as I was about to click "complete purchase" on the Gabriel Ross Web site, I googled the store to see if any coupons were floating around. And it's a good thing I did, because I found one! Now it's your turn to use it: Code VISA2008 will give you 10% off any purchase when you use your Visa card. And if you are interested in a classic Knoll piece, they are also having a sale and you'll get 15% off. But act fast: the Knoll sale ends tomorrow!
Pretty basic, uh? Well, a lot of people still don't undestand that if their home is not selling, it's probably because the living room is purple, the Russian nesting dolls collection is gathering dust and pictures of winning show poodle Marcel are not the best choice to decorate a bedroom. So get crackin'!