The (im)perfect pair. 

Now, standing in the finished space the process seemed simple. In truth there were numerous iterations to determine the ideal state. Anything is possible with an unlimited budget and a clean slate. Modifying an existing space with modern amenities without creating the feel of the “new” part of the house is borderline miraculous.

Siburtek and Limekiln Studios are a husband and wife team who themselves own an older home. They understood and appreciated the 1920’s attributes and worked with great care and expertise to maintain the character and quirkiness while creating a functional and beautiful space.

And they were patient. Very patient. I like the details and wanted input on all decisions.  The result- a paired laundry space and mudroom in a creative and highly functional way. On budget. It is a miracle!

Every last detail & resources:


Inset cabinets to mimic those in the Butler’s Pantry.  Porcelain knobs from Rejuvenation are period relevant and the right scale.  This Kohler porcelain sink and faucet with pull out spout is both beautiful and functional.  Laundry stains and dirty hands beware!

The countertops are wood finished in a walnut stain.  The school house pendant (another period reproduction) is from Capital lighting– the look we wanted at a very reasonable price!

All the paint is Benjamin Moore:  cabinets are White Dove, ceiling is Polar Ice and walls Rodeo.


Radiant heat was added to the floor- dreamy on a snowy day.

To maintain the feel of an enclosed porch we chose incredibly durable Italian porcelain tile that looks like slate, but won’t stain with the dirt and salt the troops track in.  Another budget friendly choice.


A bench with lots of room underneath for shoes, boots and whatever else gets dropped here.  Pillows were made from Serena and Lily shower curtains.  Yes you read that correctly- canvas shower curtain material is durable and significantly less expensive than fabric by the yard.  Plus no stress if they get stained or damaged!


We left the original siding (remember this was once a porch) to maintain the authenticity and story of the house, then added lots (and lots) of hooks for hats, jacket and bags.  Found these vintage 1920’s heart hooks on Etsy.


Last but certainly not least shelves for everything we need from hats and gloves to beach towels!  The open space below- room for the piece de resistance and splurge- a 1920’s reproduction laundry cart!  On it’s way from Rejuvenation this gem will revolutionize the laundry process (or atleast keep the dirty clothes from being dumped on the floor).  Told you this was imperfect!

Next: a discovery. 


  1. Beautiful!!! Love it all! I just chose rodeo for our guest bedroom. What did you choose for the washer and dryer? In the process of researching w & d for our new laundry area.


    1. Thanks E! Ooh sounds like your project is coming along too. Would love to see! Ours are LG, and I absolutely love them. We actually bought them for former house, and brought them with us. As I write this, they will probably break down, but so far they’ve been excellent!


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