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Samsung Addwash

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When we purchased our home in Maryland it came with a washer and dryer. The excitement of finally owning a front loading washer quickly waned after using it for a few weeks.

The clothes didn’t seem to get as clean as they did in my top load washer and I was surprised to find out that in order to add something to the already in progress load the washer would have to completely empty itself of water and then restart.

I sold that pair and went back to my trusty top load washing machine a few years ago. This spring I was contacted by hhgregg to see if I was interested in reviewing the new Samsung Addwash Front-Load Steam Washer and Steam Electric Dryer. Given my history with front loading machines I was initially hesitant, but after I read a little more about the Samsung Addwash I decided to give it a try.

Upon arrival the hhgregg delivery team worked quickly to install my new Samsung washer and dryer. They managed to get them into a tight space without damaging my freshly painted house. Before they left, the had the washer and dryer hooked up and working which was great. My husband would rather install six ceiling fans over one washing machine, so we really appreciated their white glove delivery service.

samsung addwash review

The Pros

I’ve been using the Samsung Addwash for a few weeks and am impressed with how well the clothes get cleaned. With three teenage boys (who play sports, skateboard, ride bikes, and generally ruin all their clothes with dirt and stink) I knew I could put this machine to the test.

With my previous machine, I often had to run two rinse cycles or run everything on heavy duty to make sure the clothes looked and smelled clean and fresh after washing. So far I’ve tried several cycles and have seen great results.

It has a quick wash feature. I’m sure this has never happened to you, but my kids will often tell me they need a jersey or pair of shorts on the day of the game. The requested jersey is usually sitting at the bottom of the hamper covered in grass stains and smelling horrible. The quick wash feature on the Samsung Addwash takes about 30 minutes and still gets the clothes clean.

samsung addwash

The Samsung Addwash is 5.0 cu. ft., which makes it one of the largest front load washers on the market. I’d rather do one or two huge loads during the day than multiple small loads. Large loads save me time and money, both of which I would like more of on a regular basis. 🙂

The delicate cycle gets delicates clean without ruining them. I don’t want to spend a ton of money on dry cleaning and I’ve found that many of my hand wash/ dry clean clothes can be successfully washed on the delicate cycle. I usually do one load of delicates a week and then hang them on a rack in the living room to dry. I figure this cycle has saved me hundreds of dollars a year on dry cleaning (between me and my husband) so I love that this Samsung washer has a delicate cycle that is truly easy on your hand wash clothes.

The dryer can keep up with the washer. Having lived in numerous houses (thanks to the Navy) I’ve had the opportunity to try many different brands of washer and dryers. One of my biggest bet peeves is that many dryers aren’t able to keep up with large capacity washers. I find myself running the dryer two times to get a single wash load dry.

The Samsung steam electric dryer does a great job of getting clothes dry and is energy star rated so you spend less on each load.

The steam feature on the Samsung dryer allows you to steam the wrinkles out of clothes, which means less ironing. Let me repeat…. less ironing.

samsung dryer

All these features make this Samsung washer and dryer great appliances, however my absolute favorite feature is the AddWash™ door. If you are like me, laundry goes something like this.

Me: “Everyone bring me your uniforms.”

Kids: Arrive in the laundry room with most of their uniforms.

Me: Starts load of laundry.

Teenage boy: 10 minutes later… “Wait mom, I need this shirt washed for tonight!”

With my other front load washer I would have to stop the load, wait for all the water to drain out (a huge waste), then add the shirt and the load would restart from the beginning. With Samsung AddWash™ technology, simply pause the load, open the AddWash™ door, close the door and restart the wash.

The AddWash™ technology is a game changer for me and I find myself using it with almost every load of laundry.

The Cons

The washer and dryer are both very deep. The dryer is 32 inches deep with an additional 5 inches required for the vent tube. In my long and narrow laundry room this makes for a bit of a tight squeeze. Make sure you measure your laundry space before purchasing any washer or dryer set to make sure it fits.

The pedestal is optional. My last front load machine was stackable, so it wasn’t an issue, but I think the pedestal is really a must have for this set. The pedestal is an additional cost, which is why I’ve listed it as a drawback. I think the set is much better if you don’t have to crouch down to get the laundry in and out.

Overall, I’ve been very pleased with the Samsung AddWash Front-Load Steam Washer and Steam Electric Dryer from hhgregg. This set is energy efficient, has all the cycles I need for my family, and does a great job getting our clothes clean. If you are looking to purchase a new washer and dryer that uses less energy and water while still doing a great job on your clothes visit hhgregg to learn more.

samsung addwash laundry pair

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Printable Home Safety Checklist

Last summer I had the opportunity to participate in a military makeover for one of our awesome veterans and his family in Charleston, SC.

Teaming up with Safety 1st, a leader in making spaces safe for children, we went through the house and installed a variety of products to help make it a safer place for their toddler.

After going through the house from top to bottom looking for potential dangers I realized how simple it is to create safer spaces on a budget and became passionate about educating families about child safety, since so many accidents are preventable.

Creating safe, supervised spaces for children is the best way to protect them from the many hidden dangers in the home. This free printable safety checklist checklist is a great resource to help you get started.

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Safeguarding your home does not have to be expensive, so don’t delay in making your home a safer place for your children.

For more tips on safeguarding your home watch my segment on Designing Spaces or visit

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Countertops! Renovation Adventures

This is quickly becoming the blog of half done remodel projects! The days have been so busy trying to find things (this is probably the WORST move in terms of things broken/ missing) and finish the house projects.

Today our countertops were installed! We probably won’t finish the kitchen until this weekend, and the backsplash is another story, but I wanted to give you a preview because I LOVE MY ISLAND!

Yes, I am shouting because I’m so very excited and you are the first people (other than my parents) to see it!

Of course I’d love to invite you all over and we could sit around my island and chat for hours, roll out a few pies, and make some bread, but for now you’ll have to enjoy it virtually.

I’m not sure if I ever showed you the pictures of the kitchen when we moved in. Here’s the view from the dining room looking into the kitchen.


Here’s a view from the opposite side of the kitchen, looking towards the dining room.


New view from the dining room into the kitchen. Cabinets are fully put together and we still need trim, touch up, and clean up. But look at that island!


View from the opposite side.



We had a platform and legs custom built to match the island and support the six by nine slab of granite. Pardon the dust and construction dirt.


The house is a typical Florida 1970’s ranch with large rooms that are closed off from one another. We wanted the kitchen to be the gathering space so I designed this huge island (we’ll be getting stools tomorrow) so that people could gather, sit, and relax.

I envision this as a space for food, school, family, and fun, craft projects, cookie frosting, bread baking and maybe even a game of ping pong. 🙂

We’re still working to get this place in order, but every day I love this house even more.

Stay tuned!!!

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This is part of our ongoing renovation project for our new home in Florida.  Our goal is to be done by Thanksgiving or else.  Follow the daily accounts of our real life during this DIY renovation process here.

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Renovation Adventures: $200 Bathroom Makeover

I’m not finished with my bathroom yet, but I just couldn’t wait to show you what we’ve done so far.

$200 Bathroom Makeover

If you remember, the bathroom was the last room standing with wallpaper. After peeling wallpaper for two weeks I decided to paint over the wallpaper in my bathroom instead of peeling it off.

I realize that the wallpaper could come up, but I took a lot of precautions so hopefully this makeover will last for a few years.

Bathroom plan:

  • Paint frame on sink mirror and wall mirror.
  • Paint over existing wallpaper.
  • Remove shower doors.
  • Paint vanity.
  • Spray paint nobs and fixtures.
  • Replace faucets.
  • Paint doors & trim (not finished)

The Kingston Brass Faucets were the most expensive part of the makeover at $66 each on Amazon. It also took the longest because we changed out the plumbing in the bathroom (to the wall) so that when we re-plumb the entire house it will be cheaper.

Old faucets.


New faucets and painted sink mirror.


I spent about $50 in paint, spray paint, and primer. I used Insl-x Sxa-110-04 Stix Waterborne Bonding Primer to paint all the mirrored frames and it worked really well. I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to paint a mirror soon because I think it makes a huge difference!

Before the wall painting and mirror trim redo.


I painted the frames around the big mirror and sink mirror.


I spent about $15 in stick down tiles to cover the inside of the vanity. It is in pretty bad shape, but I think the tiles will buy us some more time.

We removed the mirrored shower doors and replaced it with a $8 shower rod. I bought rings, but then found rings in our stuff so I’ll be returning those.


The only thing I didn’t think about was a towel rack. The old towel rack was on the shower doors so I’ll need to hang a new one in the bathroom. I know I have several coat racks in our boxes so I’ll just need to find one and reuse it.

Total cost for the makeover was right around $200!

I still need to touch up the large mirror and caulk a few places to make sure the wallpaper stays put under the paint, but I was so excited about the progress I had to give you an update.

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This is part of our ongoing renovation project for our new home in Florida.  Our goal is to be done by Thanksgiving or else.  Follow the daily accounts of our real life during this DIY renovation process here.

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