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  • Writer's pictureAshley Harrison


Updated: Feb 17, 2018

Multi-Purpose spaces for the win!

There are two things that moms spend a great deal of their time doing. Laundry and gift prep. I know, that sounds funny, gift prep? I'm 100% serious though. I have four children, they all get invited to birthday parties or events throughout the year, that also means they have birthdays of their own (not even counting grown ups here). Figure in all the holiday gifts, wedding gifts, baby shower gifts, friend gifts, housewarming gifts, hostess gifts, etc, and half of your year is buying gifts and wrapping them. In my last house I didn't have adequate space or storage for all things craft and gift, so this time around I made it a priority.

I found this gorgeous reclaimed wood island at Restoration Hardware, and fell in love with the general store look.


Unfortunately, I needed the back side to function for laundry basket storage, so the Restoration Hardware piece wouldn't work. I enlisted the help of a local furniture maker, and he gave me one island that met my craft and laundry needs, all using reclaimed wood we had, from the demolition of an addition.

Not only is this a custom piece, made from historic wood, native to the property, but it's THE FEATURE of this room.

Think outside the box

A laundry room doesn't just have to be a laundry room. Create a space that fits your lifestyle and your needs. Laundry and crafts don't go hand in hand, but because we designed it that way, it makes complete sense to us, and that's really all that matters.

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Jul 27, 2018

Just found your IG and blog. Your house is amazing and like both your style and your honesty. Cant tell you how much I love your laundry island. The style, the fact that the wood is repurposed and that you made something so beautiful and functional. So much inspiration. I am a mom of 3 boys (3 and under) and see so much of what I feel - especially in your most recent blog post. Am worried about the day they all go off to school - already!!

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