Laundry Room Reveal – Our Dream Basement Laundry Room

This post was created in partnership with LG Electronics Canada Inc. When I walk into a space I can immediately visualize the potential and how I would transform it. When … Continue reading “Laundry Room Reveal – Our Dream Basement Laundry Room”

This post was created in partnership with LG Electronics Canada Inc.

When I walk into a space I can immediately visualize the potential and how I would transform it. When we were hunting for a larger family home over seven years ago I had to do some major visualizing when we walked into our current home as the perspective buyers. 

The entire house had been painted dark blue and dark brown. To say it was somber would be an understatement. Despite the gloomy décor I could picture it all, and the large backyard and big unfinished basement sold me. 

Initially we didn’t know how long we would be living in our home. Although spacious and near the school we loved, it was a builder house and a bit cookie cutter for our tastes. We had always discussed moving further into the country and finding a home that was a little more unique. 

But as the years have gone by, we have fallen deeper and deeper in love with our house. But what has really sold us on it is the fact that we decided to break that cookie cutter mold, turn it on its head, and make it our own.

The first big change was to create a large dream laundry room that would function well for our family of six and the perfect location for it was in our basement. This meant that our old laundry room, which straddles our kitchen and garage, is now a dedicated mudroom. Double score!

I had always envisioned a laundry room that is warm and pretty, yet very functional, and I truly think we have achieved just that. 

We were able to hide the existing electrical panel with MDF and Metrie trim. Then we painted it the same colour as the walls to have it blend in. 

I had always wanted a focal wall with a bit of relief from so much cabinetry. A floating shelf with decorative items on it has brought some colour and personality into this room. I was able to find all of the accessories and stool for our laundry room at HomeSense.

I fell in love with these plant art pieces as soon as I found them. The green brings some much needed freshness and life into the room, making you almost forget that it is located in our basement, especially when there aren’t any windows.

For the tile backsplash we opted for peel and stick tiles. We had never tried them before and wanted to see if it would be worth the time saved. Although easy to install they were more expensive than regular tile and we probably wouldn’t choose to use peel and stick tile again.

Opting for grey cabinets from Ikea was also a great way to bring some colour into this space. The Ikea laminate countertop gives the illusion of butcher block, but it is a lot more durable and budget friendly. I love how much warmth the countertop brings into the room.

We chose to hang our ironing board on the wall and left space for a future drying rack.

I think the biggest annoyance our family experiences with all of the laundry we accumulate as a family of six is the finished loads sitting in laundry baskets, waiting to be folded, hanging around our house. Once we complete washing and drying all of our four kids’ clothing, we have filled four laundry baskets. Those baskets were constantly taking up floor space in our laundry room, or overtaking our dining room table.

A simple wall-mounted wire shelving system has solved that problem. Having a dedicated home for all of our laundry baskets has been a dream come true!

But I think our favourite new addition has been our new LG TWINWash®with LG SideKick™ pedestal washer. Mike and I actually look forward to doing the laundry now. Mike has the LG SmartThinQ®app on his phone, which notifies him when a load is done. The capacity is amazing, allowing us to move through our family’s laundry faster.

The LG SideKick™ has been used constantly for everything from sandy gloves brought home from school to a red shirt here and there. I love that I don’t need to waste water when I need to wash a small load and I can easily separate an item while continuing to wash the rest of our clothes. The laundry set is also Energy Star efficient making using it easier on the environment and our pockets!

It’s safe to say we are absolutely head over heels about our new laundry room. Breaking the rules with our home’s layout and making it work for our family has made us fall even deeper in love with our house. I cannot wait to continue with the rest of our renovations we have planned and take you with us on our family’s journey.

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The Future of our Laundry Room – A Sneak Peek with LG

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When you have four kids, laundry becomes an event in your life. In fact, laundry for Mike and I have become such a weekly event that we created a popular YouTube series called The Fold and our entire laundry routine has been featured on Baby Center. There definitely seems to be a fascination with how a large family tackles laundry… successfully.

Often when I talk to other parents, their biggest dread when it comes household chores is laundry. But not us, we use it as a time to relax, reconnect and reset before the week starts. Now, if we could just fall in love with doing the dishes the same way.

Well, I am excited to announce that we have been working very hard behind the scenes to create the laundry room of our dreams. We decided to flip our home on its head and turn our laundry room into a mudroom (still a work in progress) and then create a brand new laundry room in our newly finished basement. 

This larger room, although still a work in progress, is coming along nicely and I will be posting the reveal soon.

In the meantime, I am excited to share that I’ve partnered with LG for this transformation, and a little while ago I attended an event with fellow content creators, where I was able to get a sneak peek at their latest washers and dryers, and a very cool new product called the LG Syler.

Our beautiful, and charming host Coco Rocha walked us through each of the most recent LG laundry room appliances. 

Everything she showed us received ohhhhs and ahhhhs from the crowd, including the LG Styler, which basically steams and deodorizes clothing like jeans and suits and be plugged in anywhere including a closet because it has portable water container. Yes, I believe this is something that Mike needs one day.

But then I fell in love. We learned all about the LG Twin Load Washers, (the ones that will soon be in our laundry room at home), and I was in disbelief of it’s capabilities. 

The Lg Twin Washer can wash a big load in the front-loading washer up top while the smaller LG SideKick™ unit simultaneously washes a second load down below. The LG SideKick™ is also great for a very small load, including intimates. Not only is the Twin Wash quieter and faster, you can actually program it to send notifications to your phone! Amazing!

So keep your eye peeled for two videos coming up very soon to reveal our new laundry room and all of the exciting features we’ve included.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored byLG. While compensation was provided, all opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the opinions of LG.

That time Chef Chuck Hughes taught me how to cook

Chef Chuck Hughes LGThis post was created in partnership with LG.

I’m not a great chef. But I’m trying to be. In fact I’ve made the decision lately that it isn’t too late to learn to cook, improve my tidying skills, de-clutter my house and truly reclaim my home.

Recently I had the opportunity to visit the LG Kitchen in the Chatelaine offices, where I spent the afternoon with celebrity Chef Chuck Hughes and Rick Campanelli, or if you grew up in the 90s in Canada like I did, you’d know him as Rick-The-Temp.

I walked in, looked around and thought, “Be cool Joanna, no one has to know that you are a terrible chef.” It turned out that I wasn’t expected to cook, but instead Chef Chuck Hughes would be teaching us three delicious meals. Dodged that one!

In the midst of learning how to create a delicious spin on bruschetta by grating your tomatoes, yes, you heard me right,

Chef Chuck Hughesbaked Lake Erie Pickerel and Local Strawberry Fluff (I have shared the recipe with you below), I was able to take a sneak peek at LG’s InstaView™ Door-in-Door® Counter-Depth Refrigerator,

LG InstaView Rick Campinelli

By a simple two knocks, it is easy to check on the items through the transparent window without opening the door.

and LG QuadWash® with TrueSteam® dishwasher.

LG Quad Wash

High-temperature steam removes baked-on, caked-on food from your dishes, sanitizes and reduces excess water spots.

It was an amazing afternoon spent with some very talented and amazing people.

strawberry fluff

Here’s Chef Chuck Hughes’ recipe for Local Strawberry Fluff.

Strawberry Fluff by Chef Chuck Hughes

2 egg whites
1 cup sugar
2 cups strawberries, hulled and crushed
Sugar cookies, crumbled
Stemless wine glass or glass fruit nappe
Cut fresh strawberries for garnish

  1. Place egg whites, sugar and hulled and crushed strawberries in a stand mixer.
  2. Mix on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes, until the mixture is fluffy and smooth.

In a stemless wine glass layer crumbled sugar cookies, fresh berries, fluff, repeat.

strawberry fluff

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by LG Electronics Canada Inc. While compensation was provided, all opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the opinions of LG.