The Workshop: Inside an All-in-One Laundry Room, Dog-Washing Station, and Storage Area

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Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch
Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch


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When Stephanie Sabbe first reviewed the floor plans for what was basically the utility room in our 2021 Whole Home, she knew it had so much more potential. “I saw it as being a laundry room, dog-washing room, gift-wrapping room, potting station, flower-cutting area, extra storage…basically a catchall for anything functional you do in the house,” says Sabbe. Infusing the space with a warm, saffron-yellow paint on the cabinets and wainscoting, and topping that with a simple botanical wallcovering, elevated it from a glorified closet to a place you’d actually like to be. Hard-wearing brick floors and a convenient doggie shower station (which is also good for washing off muddy cowboy—or cowgirl—boots) make it truly multipurpose.

Countertop: Caesarstone. Wallpaper: Morris & Co. Paint: Farrow & Ball. Fixtures: Elkay. Lighting: Circa Lighting. Flooring: Acme Brick. Storage containers and tableware: Walmart.

Pet Shower

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Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

After running amok throughout the local terrain, the family dog can come in for a little wash down. (Hi, Tex!) Fixture: Elkay. Tiles: Daltile.

Laundry Corner

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Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

To maximize counter­top space for this multiuse room, Sabbe chose a single-unit washer-dryer with all the controls for both at eye level. Appliance: LG Studio. Bowl filler: Elkay.

Timeless Pattern

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Photo credit: aaron dougherty

Morris & Co., now celebrating its 160th anniversary, continues to produce original William Morris designs like this iconic Marigold pattern from 1875, available in fabric as well as wallpaper.

Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch
Photo credit: Stephen Karlisch

Q&A

House Beautiful: What did you want to achieve in this space?

The space got me really excited because it wasn't called a “laundry room” on the plan—it was “utility.” There are so many ways you can pick that apart. I saw that room as being a laundry room, a dog-washing room, and a gift-wrapping-paper room.

Stephanie Sabbe:
What’s the room’s most noteworthy feature?

The cherry on top is definitely the LG WashTower. It's a combination washer-dryer. In my dreams, I have one of those in my house!

HB: What makes the LG WashTower so cool?

SS: It gives you more room to play with the rest of the space and do all the things you want. It’s one entire piece—a single unit with a dial pad for both in the middle. So ergonomically, you're not having to reach up. It's accessible to anybody at eye level. It saves space and it's just more functional.

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