Living Clean: A Laundry Makeover (part 1)

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There’s a reason why all of those house tour posts never showed our laundry room: it’s a huge mess!

I figured, if I’m going to stick with my commitment to live clean with non-toxic, sustainable products from the Made to Matter, Handpicked by TargetTM collection, I should do it in a (clean) laundry room that makes me want to spend a little time in there. There is a skylight, after all!

So in addition to stocking up on recycled paper towels and high efficiency laundry detergent from Seventh Generation and method, I’ve been bringing home lots of storage boxes and baskets, poring over inspirational (aspirational) images of laundry rooms on Pinterest, hunting down the perfect peg rail, and replacing dingy plastic scrub brushes with pretty wood ones. (You know, so I’ll use them more.)

[Pictured above: Towels / Wire Baskets (and the boxes I'll use inside the cabinets) / Seagrass Baskets / Market Tote / Laundry Truck (similar) / Dustpans (red & green) / Wall Clock / Peg Rail / Made to Matter Household Goods]

 

home  Living Clean: A Laundry Makeover (part 1)
home  Living Clean: A Laundry Makeover (part 1)

Here’s what it looks like now. In my wildest dreams, we’d move all of the hookups so that the washer and dryer are stacked on the back wall; we’d get a tankless water heater to save on space; and that water softener would go somewhere else to free up the corner. Then we’d have someone come in and build custom cabinetry. But realistically, I think a little paint, a little purging, and a lot of reorganizing will go a long way.

What do you think about the grey for the cabinets? I’m leaning toward a very pale, cool grey (like the one on the upper right) at the moment, but it will probably be a last-minute call.

As for what’s inside, we’re cleaning up our act. I think we’ve moved that bleach with us at least twice, but we never use it. I think I have it because my mom did. (Sort of like my iron.)

home  Living Clean: A Laundry Makeover (part 1)

[1. Dustpan and brush / 2. method Glass + Surface / 3. Utility brush / 4. Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent / 5. method Wood Surface Cleaner / 6. Feather duster / 7. method Smarty Dish tabs / 8. method Daily Shower Cleaner, method Bathroom Cleaner, and method All-Purpose Cleaner / 9. Seventh Generation 100% Recycled Bathroom Tissue]

home  Living Clean: A Laundry Makeover (part 1)

A little paint, some new hardware, and a change in routine. Stay tuned.

P.S. My first post on committing to using products from the Made to Matter, Handpicked by TargetTM collection: a chat with method founders, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan.

home  Living Clean: A Laundry Makeover (part 1) This post is sponsored by TargetThe Made To Matter line has been handpicked by Target to bring you brands that make things better for your you, your family, and the place we all call home.

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5 Hats for August

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style  5 Hats for August
Heading into balmy August (it’s right around the corner!), here are five easy summer hat styles to keep the sun out of your eyes on warm afternoons in the park, on the beach, on vacation, or in your own backyard.
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These Ecuadorian hats are made with tremendous care, woven from the leaves of the toquilla palm at night-time only, to protect the material from the sweat of the workers making them. The hats have a long and colorful history that includes cameos from Teddy Roosevelt (who wore one while visiting the Panama Canal), and a slew of stars from both past and present, including Ernest Hemingway, Jon Hamm, and Diane Kruger.

  1. Madewell + Biltmore Panama hat, $58
  2. Metal-accented Panama hat, $42
  3. Clyde pinch Panama hat, $248

IMAGE:  Sincerely, Jules photographed by Temoc Gonzalez.
 style  5 Hats for August

Did you know that the bowler hat—and not what we recognize as the traditional cowboy hat—is what was known as the “hat the won the West”? It wasn’t until the 1860s, when John Batterson Stetson created the very first cowboy hat, that the modern iteration was born. (For inspiration on keeping cowboy hats current, visit Refinery29, here.)

  1. Straw cowboy hat, $19.95
  2. Palm Straw cowboy hat, $29.95
  3. Mixed braid cowboy hat, $28

IMAGE:  Arizona Muse photographed by Craig Arend.
 

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Elegant and ultra-feminine, the wide-brim floppy hat is perfect for days when there’s not a cloud in the sky. Wear one with a dress and sandals (or just a bathing suit or a beach cover-up) for instant polish.

  1. Terrain Newport hat, $68
  2. Serena Straw Floppy Hat, $38
  3. Floppy hat, $22.94

 IMAGE: Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacifc, photographed by Bess Friday for Who What Wear.

 
 style  5 Hats for August
Traditionally a men’s hat, the boater is made of stiff straw and comes encircled in ribbon. Best known in the past as a political accessory or as part of school uniforms, the boater has been making a unisex fashion comeback as of late—Forever21, Urban Outfitters, and ASOS have all thrown their respective hats (sorry, couldn’t help it) in the ring.

  1. Straw Boater Hat, $22.86
  2. Black straw boater, $30
  3. Straw Roll Brim Boater, $13.34

IMAGE: Amy Nelson on Chictopia.

style  5 Hats for August

Baseball caps date back to the mid 1800s, and were designed to shield players’ eyes from harsh sunlight. They’re still worn on the field today, but non-athletes can get in on the fun, too, with patterns and prints and a variety of textures (chambray or straw in the summer, wool or felt in the winter).
  1. Chambray baseball cap, $34.50
  2. Polka-dot cap, $29
  3. Cotton baseball cap, $88

IMAGE: Sara Strand photographed by Janka Polliani.

[Top image: Photo by Kara Rosenlund via Design*Sponge]

P.S. This summer’s perfect Summer Sandals? (Though these are probably still my all-time favorites.)

Many thanks to Shoko for her help with this post, and to Lily for the graphics.

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