A laundry room that puts the fun in functional
Homeowner and co-owner of Vancouver’s Peridot Decorative Homewear Rashell Gouwenberg celebrates her love of horses in her laundry-cum-mud room.
“When we were designing the house, I had the laundry room placed right off the kitchen,” says Rashell. “It’s the perfect spot to stow stuff when entertaining, which we really like to do.” But that’s not all – the laundry room also acts as a mud room, since it’s the main entrance to the house from the barn.
Rashell had as much closed storage as possible installed using custom cabinetry, which was painted in a semi-gloss finish because it’s easier to clean. The indestructible quartz counter can handle any task, from folding clothes to arranging flowers freshly cut from the garden. The matte grey porcelain tile floor camouflages dirt and dust.
“I didn’t just want to wallpaper the laundry room – I wanted to wallpaper it with a horse pattern,” says Rashell, who searched high and low for the right one to complement the house’s contemporary aesthetic. She eventually found this modern swedish-designed black and white paper. “It’s simple, quirky and fun, with just the right amount of country.”
Decorating advice from Rashell
"I don't think people realize how much time they spend in their laundry room. Making it functional as well as fun is important."