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3413 Marion Drive
Tampa, FL 33637

If you need to get caught up on the inspiration and the background of where these rooms started, I invite you to go back to Week 1. I am Leslie, a self-professed creative junkie turned home decor and DIY blogger. After working as a graphic designer for several years I took a very, very early retirement to raise our children.

My goal, whether in my home or my clients, is to create rooms with a relaxed southern style. Although my designs are traditional, I love to experiment with color and a fresh interpretation of classic interiors. We recently downsized to a new-construction home and I can’t wait to inject old-world charm and character through my DIY projects and timeless finishes.

This spring, I was honored to be a Featured Designer and this season marks my 10th One Room Challenge! That’s a lot of amazing rooms that have been transformed thanks to this bi-annual event!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram @deeplysouthernhome and my Facebook page Deeply Southern Home for behind the scenes on Stories, and sign up to receive my blog posts straight to your email inbox by clicking here. It is a community supporting one another in an effort to create rooms we love and provide that ever important sanctuary in our homes, in whatever way that looks for you!

You can see my previous seasons and get a recap of the nitty-gritty behind the scenes by checking out the One Room Challenge tab at the top of the blog. Paint sponsor is Sherwin Williams, featuring their new Emerald Designer Color Collection.

In the very unique times we are living in, I decided to bring in my trusted contractor to do the large projects. The the leftover space to the right of the washer and dryer is a stepped back shelving unit that will house all the taller items like brooms, mops and vacuums. It will be left open for easy access to the water lines and dryer vent.

On the opposite side, the main goal was storage and functionality of the room. You can see that the existing double base cabinets were split to accommodate the dog washing station and still provide counter space on both sides of the room. I haven’t sketched up the actual plans but it will need to be a custom version of something like this one from Pottery Barn.

By incorporating a fold-out design I gain the function of a drying rack while still being able to access the electrical panel when necessary. Of course, I plan on painting the electrical panel the wall color to help it nearly disappear back there. I painted the base of the bench so it could be installed properly and the board and batten could be added on top.

I spent a few minutes today considering how I want to build out the board and batten and shelf. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, I hunted the local Habitat for Humanity and Antique Malls for an old door to add to slide between the mudroom and the laundry room. I hired a local artisan to create a leaded glass window in a diamond pattern, popular in Tudor architecture.

It took a great deal of trial and error to find the right finish to minimize that undertone. You should know that the door will likely remain open at all times, at least partially, so that our dog Freddie can have access to his water and food bowls. Be sure not to miss the Featured Designers and their virtual projects with High Point Market.

Paint sponsor is Sherwin Williams, featuring their new Emerald Designer Color Collection.

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