Redesigning My House – Room by Room

What to do, what to do.  I’ve been contemplating redesigning several areas of my house for some time.  The multitude of questions remain unanswered.  Color scene? Furniture? New appliances?  Molding?  What the heck is molding anyway?

Well I decided to start small, with my laundry room.  Seems like a strange place to start but it’s actually quite useful to handle a smaller instance first, and then branch out.  Laundry rooms need to be clean and friendly, you don’t want to think about dirt and grime when you are cleaning your families clothes.  They also need to have a certain design to the furniture placements, and all the variance appliances and equipment and supplies need to be placed just right and be able to fit within the room, all within easy reach.

A few things we’ve thought about, one is getting a new washing machine that could fit in a more compact space.  Something like a combination washer/dryer or a front-load stackable washer/dryer.  Not sure exactly how that will play out but we’ve done a little bit of research and we think it might be the way to go.

Another thing we’ve considered is getting a nice smooth table to do the clothes folding etc.  This hasn’t been something we’ve done in the past, it’s been a little bit of a Hodge-podge set-up, and we feel that it’s just about time to get our act together and start doing laundry like a professional set up.  We need to get our Feng-Shui on!

A third thing we’ve considered is what to do about all our laundry detergents, we need some place out of site to store all of them.  We have, probably, more then usual because we take pride in utilizing home-made and custom made detergents that are easy on the environment.  Given the vastness of our collection we can’t just have them sitting out on the floor.  Perhaps cabinets underneath our new table could do the trick?

Lastly, however, I wanted to reach out to the readers for their feedback.  Anything would be appreciated, as we know you’ve probably all been through this before as well.  We know that everyone goes through a laundry-room phase at least one in their life, so how did you tackle the challenges?  Did you get a stackable washer/dryer to fit more space?  Did you create a new section just for detergents?  What about wallpaper or other designs?  All these variants could be put to great use, so let us know!!

Resources:

http://www.stackablewasheranddryer.org/4-new/

http://www.houzz.com

 

 

 

Keeping the Kids Active – A (Not So) Brand New Backyard Playset for the Spring

A quick note about being both a homeowner and parent.  Living in Connecticut we get a decent amount of beautiful weather (along with, especially this year, a decent amount of winter brutality).  Today kids have so much in terms of technology to consume and spend time on that it can take away from the necessary 60 minutes of recommended activity.  So for younger children I have taken two different routes.  One is strictly limiting screen time for kids to one-hour a day.  The other is to provide ample opportunity for fun activities outside in the yard.

Kid’s need these resources, especially kids that are relatively well off.  For those with video games and televisions, and smart phones (even the little ones have them nowadays!)  It’s not as simple as “going outside” and playing in th dirt, hopping fences and scraping knees.  Something a little extra needs to be done to get them outside on a more regular basis.  Enter the backyard playset, a wonderful addition to my home that I had installed a few months ago.

This is in my house in Fairfeild County, Connecticut.  It is from this past spring, it is a great addition to the yard and it gives the kiddies a really great retreat from indoors and from the call of the iPad or X-Box.

I got it relatively easily, from companies like Gorilla Playsets that will deliver it right to your door and there are also playset installation companies in Connecticut and the surrounding areas.  The great guys at Tri-State came very quickly and were very professional, so a very big and well-earned thanks to them.  The end result was such a beautiful display that I was almost emotional.

It’s great to be able to provide such a beautiful asset to my children to be used fro years to come.  I fyou are within the means to get yourself something similar, I highly recommend it.

Thanks for listening/reading, if you have any questions or recommendations for future posts, please reach out at elizabeth@elizabethroberts.org, or drop a comment below :)

 

Welcome Back!

Sorry about that past month or so, we got hacked by some crazy group of weirdos, so we unfortunately had to shut down and get rid of all of our data.  We’ve set up backup and disaster recovery methods going forward, so hopefully this won’t happen again (it also helps to keep our version of WordPress up to date.

Sorry about that.  But anyway, we are back and I wanted to talk to you about a few things that I mentioned in a few previous posts (which are now unfortunately wiped out).

A few months back (before the summer) we were researching playset installation companies in connecticut to get our son’s swingset installed in time for the good weather.  We came back with an excellent choice and I wanted to give them a special thanks for all the hardwork.

We will be trying to redesign some sections of our house in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for some updates regarding that.  Also, if anyone knows of a good interior decorator, leave us a note in the comments section.  We’d really appreciate any input (as we want to make sure we get a good one).

This summer has been an absolute blast lately, so I hope that you have been having some fun and getting out into the sun.  We went to Rhode Island a few times and have absolutely enjoyed the wonderful weather.  Just beautiful.  Only recently have we experienced a few heat waves, and even those haven’t been so bad.

Without the bad weather we wouldn’t appreciate the good weather, and speaking of bad weather, I wonder what this winter will hold?  I know it’s so early, but I just saw my first Christmas advertisement!  I kid you not, it just the beginning of August!  Summer isn’t even half over yet!  I can’t believe it.