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Monday, February 25, 2013

Laundry, Linens, and Lipstick?

We are finally finished with the utility room....I say utility room, because this room has many purposes!  When we moved here to take care of my mother, we had a small problem!  All of us were used to our own bathroom...3 of us...2 bathrooms!  SO....I decided that I could use the desk in the laundry room to do my hair and make up.  I still us this desk even though my mother is gone and I now have my own bathroom.  The room is flooded with natural light and is perfect!

There is a switch box behind my fabric covered picture frame.  I added a chandy that I stole from the sun room....

and gave it new shade covers that match the chair seat.

I bought this vintage Charles of the Ritz make up box at the auction this past summer.  I thought it would look fun on my "vanity"...I also store my every day make up there too.  The drawers in the desk are full of special makeup, blow dryer, curling iron, nail polish, it takes a lot of stuff for me!

The top lifts off, for more make up storage.

I have some vintage Avon cream containers in this cloche and some pearls on a silver cake plate.

I brought in a clock that H  painted white a few days ago.    I added some flowers, vintage perfume bottles, and a sweet Easter bunny to the vignette.

I put everything on a vintage vanity mirror.

I love this vintage lipstick holder and the comb and brush belonged to my mother.  

I added some flowers to my sea shell mirror to dress it up a little...

This old ironing board belonged to my Grandmother...she ironed everything..sheets, pillowcases, underware..if it was cotton, it got ironed! 

SO, our room is complete....I have linen storage....

doily storage....

washing and ironing...

and a new white vanity!

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  1. You are so inspirational I see everything now in a new light!
    Thank you
    hugs from the UK
    Alyson x

  2. What a lovely Laundry Room! I love it!

    Jan ♥

  3. So the lace on the old wood ironing board!

  4. The prettiest utility room I have ever seen!

  5. Your laundry room is such chic and gorgeous!! The fabric of the lamps is fantastic. The flowers in the vase near the clock are very beautiful, but everything is lovely!

  6. LOVE IT!!! Penny, This room is just fantastic!! I mentioned before that our washer and dryer is in our downstairs Powder Room. Well, that is where I have bow dried my hair for years because the boys would be sleeping when i was getting ready to go to work at night and i did not want to wake them by using the upstairs bathroom.....

    I really wish I had a Laundry Room now....



  7. When I look at your pictures, I wish that you could come to my house, take a look at my stuff and make it beautiful!

  8. I love the feminine, romantic look of your decor ... so, so pretty!

  9. How stunning! It's beautiful, you are so talented!

  10. Beautiful laundry room - mine is in the garage and I HATE IT. I would be washing everyday if I had that beautiful laundry room. Enjoy.

  11. There's nothing utilitarian about this room! At least not utilitarian looking ;) I love your little make up area. I do my makeup at the kitchen table or in the living room because of lack of natural light in the bathroom. I'd love a little place like this to sit down and do it.


  12. Hi Penny!!!

    The room is amazing!!!!!

    Your make-up area is great. It's so beautiful and elegant. I love the Charles of the Ritz case and how you have used it. Great idea!! You have great decorating ideas!! I love the flowers on your new white vanity. Do you mind if I ask, where do you buy your flowers? I have flowers all over my house, imitation of course LOL.

    Thank you for sharing your beauty!!


  13. Oh, this is so wonderful - I would love a space like this! Your makeup case and chalk board sign are my particular favorites! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven today to see whats cooking.

  14. Everything is so pretty as usual. I love all your posts. take care, Darlene

  15. What a fantastic niche' you've carved out there-so many organizational items but pretty ones.
    Have a good week.

  16. What a sweet, pretty and romantic laundry room, with all those lovely things. You did a wonderful job and it's so you! Thanks for your wishes for our 38th. Anniversary and for your sweet visit. Big hugs,

  17. Oh wow, your laundry room is totally unreal. I see so many creative ideas and all of your accessories are so lovely. Of course the cloche steals my heart. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  18. Penny, I love your laundry schedule reminds me of my schedule!!
    everything you touch turns pretty love it!!

  19. Your home is gorgeous! I love your "laundry schedule", the way you decorated your ironing board, and your doily storage. Super cute! I'm hosting my Homemaking Linkup Weekend and would love to have you join, if you haven't already!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

  20. I love your old irones and your laundry schedule! It's nice to have a make-up area! You are lucky!

  21. Beautiful job. It is always fun to give a favorite space in the house a face lift. Hang in there with the weather. It has been the same way here. I'm ready for flip flops too.

  22. It just gets better and better Penny!!! LOVELY job! And what a great space for your makeup desk! Awesome idea. Thank you so much for sharing it with us for my Pearls and Lace party!!

  23. It is all so beautiful, Penny, as your home always is.
    I love your wonderful ideas.
    Hearts to you,

  24. How very pretty! It's like stepping back in time. I absolutely love it.

    If you haven't already, I'd love if you'd come join my How To Tuesday link party, too.

  25. Hi I'm stopping in from Adorned From Above Link Party today. I have followed your blog. I would be really happy if you would stop by my blog where I offer a wide variety of awesome tutorials, featured artists, how to's, and designs. Right now I have a blog hop going on you can link up until Monday March 4th.

  26. Laundry, linens and lipstick - Lovely!! Truly lovely, Penny! Love the chalk board text!! Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  27. Love the "Laundry Schedule" sing :) Perfect for my laundry room! What a beautiful space.

  28. you have reminded me i'm on the hunt for the perfect jewelry box!

    visiting via vintagefarmhouse and hope you'll find a moment to pop over soon.



  29. Such a beautiful space you've created! I love how you've placed some of your pretties in the cloche and made a special space for the doilies. Your iron cover is so pretty, too, and I have to say that I am thankful we don't have the need to iron as much as grandma did! Thanks for sharing your pretty space with us!

  30. This is the most decadant Utility Room on the planet ~ just sayin'! It's really beautiful!
    I found you today from Made In A Day Linky Party, where I'm #70. I hope you stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  31. Absolutely lovely ~ thank you SO much for linking up to Project Inspire{d}.

    Have a pink-filled week, Penny.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  32. Hi Penny, This is one beautiful utility room! Fabulous and I love all the pretty details. Thanks for joining the Open House party.
    xx, Sherry

  33. Penny, I'd continue to use this space too. It looks like the perfect room with lots of light and pretty things.

  34. Hi Penny ! I am always amazed how much love you put in every space of you home...thank you so much for sharing with us...the room is great ! xo

  35. Your stash of linens and your doily storage are fabulous!

  36. Thank you for linking. Love what you did with the cake stand!

  37. This is all so lovely! Such creative ideas with all of your vintage finds!
    sandy :)

  38. Penny,
    So many wonderful ideas here. Thanks for joining up at the Old Time Party.
    Farmhouse hugs,

  39. Loving your shell wreath, Penny! My favorite is the cake dome over your jars of cosmetics! Fabulous idea to keep out dust AND be pretty! Genious! Btw, my grandmother ironed everything also - including sheets! I remember asking my mom why? The sheets will only get wrinkled when you sleep on mom didn't iron the sheets...neither do I! Cheers, Catherine

  40. Penny,
    I love all of the special touches you have added to this room. I can see why you still use it for putting on your cosmetics. Your ironing board is so pretty all dressed up and I adore your Avon cosmetic jars. Lots, and lots of eye candy. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  41. I absolutely love how you set up your vanity and used all those wonderful treasures! I could actually have fun doing laundry in a laundry room like that!

  42. I love all of your pink cosmetics in that stylish bag! Very pretty!

  43. I'm visiting from Old Time Farmhouse. What a great room for doing your make up, hair, laundry, etc. You did a fabulous job and I love all the vintage things and linens. Pamela

  44. You would feel like a princess sitting here to do your makeup! Beautiful!

  45. Penny, I love what you have done in what normally may be forgotten areas to decorate, so pretty! Hope to see you again at Pretty Things this week Monday 5pm PST :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  46. Thanks for sharing your talent on Wildcrafting Wednesday!

    I hope to see you again this Wednesday at:…nky-love-party.html
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  47. haah at first I thought that was garlic bordering the mirror. Phew - my eyes deceived me.

    Visiting from ISBMTF

  48. Hi again Penny, So vintage, pretty & lady like. Love it all. Theresa @


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