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How to make the hardworking spaces in your home work smart for you.

The laundry room, mudroom and home office carry a lot of weight in the average household. Not only do they play an essential role for most families; they probably don’t get the planning attention they really deserve. Interior designer Lauren Clement of Lauren Nicole Design says that while designing these spaces does need some extra forethought, making yours work hard for you can actually be easier than you think. She put her expertise to work on this North Carolina remodel. “This homeowner is a busy mom with two young kiddos, 2 rescue dogs, 2 rescue cats and a husband who travels a lot for work,” Lauren says. “Both kids play sports and are constantly on the go. So a contained and organized space for all of the ‘stuf’ to go was her number one ask.” Ready to rework your utilitarian spaces? Here are her top tips. [OPPOSITE] “A big design tip that adds a lot of impact is recessed lighting,” Lauren says. “I know, not exciting, but I promise you will thank me later. Under-cabinet LED tape is also a really powerful way to get task lighting but also to highlight items on open shelving.”

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