This laundry room lives much larger than its square footage, thanks to smart planning by Geoff Chick & Associates. The base cabinets that flank the washer and dryer are just 18 inches deep, but extending the wall of cabinetry all the way to the 12-foot ceiling vastly increases the usable space. Windows visually expand the room; the natural light flooding in enhances the warm notes in the soft gray paint. "Most laundry rooms are tucked away in a dark corner or in the basement," Chick notes.
A decorative wrought iron piece is mounted to the wall of this wine cellar complimenting the iron chairs tucked against the wall. Natural wood wine boxes placed in the room add fitting and simple decor to highlight the theme. Built in bottle storage built from floor to ceiling maximizes the available space.
For this laundry room, Mark Warren of Warren Home Restorations Inc. wanted to combine efficient storage and ample light with pleasing design that would blend with the rest of the home. An apron-front sink makes a pretty stand-in for a utility sink. To the right, specially sized niches hold laundry baskets that make sorting and toting a snap.
A triple-faucet sink is a convenient spot for washing hands and any dirty outdoor items. The charming brick floor keeps things low-maintenance underfoot, and a small water closet is adjacent. Decorative elements consist of a collection of antique clocks and a glass-fronted shelf display of cookbooks. The result is an engaging and versatile space.
Warm wood paneling and molding create an intimate, warm environment in this inviting wine room. Barrel armchairs are a comfortable spot to enjoy a drink, while a cozy seating area is perfect for relaxing and having a conversation.
The second-floor walkway opens up to the traditional wine room below. Warm wood paneling and molding surround the space, while an L-shaped bar with barrel armchairs are the perfect place to grab a drink.
Enclosed hanging and plenty of drawer space create an organized and uncluttered closet. The beautiful woodwork continues through the hallway arc to the large double vanity. Marble tile with a neutral, grainy finish adds texture to the smooth, traditional design.
The wine room of this five-story Boston brownstone is full of the homeowners' collection. Traditional coffered ceiling brings architectural interest to the space, which is grounded by tiled floor. A simple table with industrial-style chairs is the perfect spot to sample favorite wines. Photography by Andy Caulfield
This family wanted a space where their three boys could clean up and store their gear after a hard day’s play. Handy cubbies along this wall are equipped hanging hooks and surrounded with shelves and drawers above and below. A brick floor is decorative and low maintenance.
This home makes great use of space by the door by turning it into a mudroom. Open shelves act as a catch-all for kids' backpacks and shoes, while a small desk is a great place to dash off a quick note or pay a bill.
What was an empty wall in the foyer now houses built-in storage cubbies for members of the family to stash jackets, shoes and sports equipment. Dove gray shelving with brass hardware proves that the catch-all room doesn't have to be boring.
Luxe textures create the feel of a boutique in the master closet at this Connecticut countryside estate. Pieces of cowhide are stitched together for an updated take on an animal-print rug, while a shiny brass chandelier shade offers a little sparkle. Specialty shelving and drawers handle the functionality side of things with elegance.