How interior designer Parker Bowie Larson revamped her laundry room with a colorful design and custom sink
The name Parker Bowie Larson is synonymous with style and innovation in the world of interior design and decorating. With decades of experience working at top interior design magazines, Parker has curated eye-catching product stories that have graced the front pages of publications such as Elle Decor And Architectural digest. This exposure coupled with her eye and experience for design naturally led her to move into a career in interior design. Nowadays, Parker is recognized as an industrial tastemaker, designer and interior designer, consistently setting the bar higher with each passing season.
But what distinguishes her is her unquenchable thirst for inspiration. Parker says one of the best aspects of her job is seeing what’s new at industry trade shows — from textiles in Paris and furniture in North Carolina to kitchen and bath in Las Vegas. After nearly two decades of recommending the best products to readers, she’s now graciously sharing her renovation journey.
Samsung sat down with Parker to discuss her latest project—a laundry room renovation—and her approach to designing spaces that blend style and function.
Q: What inspires you? How can you apply this to your style and designs?
When I walk into a room, I can immediately imagine what it could be like. Coming from my product-focused background, I like to start by thinking about the look of the room whether it’s wallpaper, a rug, or a piece of furniture. I believe design should always reflect your life experiences and my style reflects the trade shows, events and interiors I have been lucky enough to be exposed to.
Question: I recently renovated my laundry room. What was the first step you took in the design process?
The first purpose of a laundry room is functionality, so I actually started with the appliances. I always encourage readers to use color when making their choice of machines, and I was excited to find that Samsung’s bespoke AI washer and dryer comes in navy blue (it also comes in dark green!). I’m a big fan of colors and patterns, so it was necessary to use unique wallpaper, and I chose one of my favorite designs Bamboo By Casa Branca to make my blue washers and dryers even more special.
Q: What are some rules you like to follow when designing a laundry room? Is there a common mistake people make when renovating a space?
Laundry rooms are having a moment just as the kitchen did years ago. Instead of being hidden rooms, they are now rooms worth being proud of. A common mistake I see when people renovate their laundry room is that they don’t take enough risks. We all spend a lot of time in our laundry spaces, so it should be an area that makes you happy when you’re in it.
Q: You can’t have a laundry room without the basics: a washer and dryer. How did you decide which ones to include in the space?
As a mother of three children, it was important for me to have smart technology that allowed me to control appliances from my phone. I love how this Samsung AI washer and dryer determines the best setting for each load, and the song that alerts me when it’s done is an added bonus! The washing machine also has its own detergent, so you won’t have to refill it with every use, which helps a lot in keeping it clean. For some reason, my detergent pouring skills aren’t the best, and I usually make a mess.
Q: What methods are suitable for your family’s laundry appliances? How have they simplified their laundry routine?
With three kids ages six and under, we have a lot of dirty laundry, and I love how our custom-designed, AI-powered washer and dryer allow you to easily monitor your load on an app. The machines use AI technology to help me decide which cycle I should run based on the soiling levels of the clothes in the washing machine and the moisture levels of the clothes in the dryer and adjust the run time accordingly, which helps a lot with energy efficiency and makes our daily ritual more cost-effective. The super capacity size is also key because I’m a huge linen collector, so I really like the fact that I can wash my duvets and duvets in it too.
Q: How do you incorporate design and decor features into your Brushed Navy Bespoke wash collections?
For this project, I actually started by selecting my appliances to coordinate the wallpaper with the navy blue finish on the washer and dryers. I wanted the space to feel happy, so I brightened it up by accentuating the coral color of Casa Branca Bamboo Custom roman shade pattern, under counter sink skirt, and custom ironing board cover. The Bespoke AI Laundry pair comes in three colors – Forest Green, Silver Steel, or Brushed Navy – so you can choose the color that best complements your decor.
Q: What’s your favorite spot in your new laundry room?
I would say the pelvis. I always make floral arrangements for shoots or for my home. Fresh flowers make all the difference in a space! Having a well-decorated place that isn’t in the middle of my kitchen is a luxury. My old laundry room was in the unfinished part of the basement and had a very utilitarian sink that was not fun to arrange.
Q: Are there any design trends that have caught your attention or perhaps some that you are ready to move on from?
Atlanta-based interior designer Susan Kasler used a pale pink de Gournay wallcovering in her High Point showroom at Hickory Chair a few years ago, and since then, I’ve seen a return to the aesthetic. We are seeing more interiors filled with colors and patterns versus the strict and minimalist phase we went through in the 2000s. Whether homeowners are modern or traditional, they want to surround themselves with meaningful, well-crafted items that reflect their unique story.
Q: What’s your next home renovation project, especially regarding the next room or space you plan to tackle?
My kids have been begging me for a playroom like the one we had in our old house, so I’m hoping this will be my next project. It was the biggest compliment that they wanted me to recreate it exactly like we did in our old house “with the monkey bars, rock climbing wall, and swing.” They are my first repeat customers!