One Room Challenge {Basement} – Week Four

Welcome to week four…otherwise know as the week when shiz gets real real real…

…the ORC anticipated/dreaded deadline is fast approaching and for me, that means I have 12 sort days to pull this business off.

As a reminder of the progress on my #bijoubasementblitz, you can catch up on where things have been and gone during week one, two and three, which brings us to where business is today.

When we last spoke, I was working on some custom wallpaper situations and showed you my upholstery/fabric, paint and rug plans…for this week, I want to bring you up to speed on construction, and also showcase the furniture selections I’ve made to date. And then, I hope to finish things off with some DIY project fun that I’ll outline in hopes that putting it such things out to the universe will force me to put my big girl panties on and make some do it yourself happen;)

So first, construction. Here’s the nitty gritty on that…






To sum things up…drywall, drywall and more drywall. It’s, I’d say, 90% complete as of now so hopefully by EOD today, all the mudding will be finito and dried by tomorrow…then the real fun starts because my hallway doors, cabinets and woodwork can start to go in.

To date, all of the building materials you can see were supplied by my friends at Home Depot Canada…the lumbar, tape, mud, drywall etc…in my next update, I’m going to hopefully (please god,) show you how much of what we’re doing down there can be created from simple oak plywood, also supplied from your local Home Depot…one stop shop for reno and cabinetry as it were:)

All in all, it’s safe to say I’m VERY excited to move on from heavy duty construction and on to the finishing details…i.e. the wood business to start…on that note, no space of mine would be able to be done without some loveliness from my favourite resource for interior finishings, Metrie…for my basement, I’ve decided against wall trim but will be using Metrie’s 1″x 6′ oak flat stock to create stair cladding and the flooring at the landing. As well, the same stock will be used to make the hallway cubbie bookcase and shelving over the sump pump.

Can’t wait for all of that to commence…hoping Thursday. And speaking of Thursday…it’s a big one in general because along with the start of millwork, the wallpaper will also be getting under way with the delivery of my Drop it Modern custom goodness. The end of the week will also see my Karastan carpet getting installed in the nook and playroom, thanks to installers from my favourite Alexanian…all such good things:)

So that’s construction/building…this little vid recaps current situations…

…it might still look like a bit of a disaster down there but just you wait…I have big faith that this sucker is going to look a lot different come this time next week…mostly because of all the cabinetry and paper etc., but soon, also in part to the amazing pieces that are going to fill it up and very hopefully, make it a cozy little cool retreat our family will actually like going down to.

The furniture selections I’ve made will hopefully really make this space come alive…it’s been challenging to say the least to puzzle together 4 rooms worth of stuff in such a short time frame, but with the help of some incredible ORC sponsors, I think I maybe pulled it off. The proof will be in the pudding of design cohesion I suppose, but for now, I’m very pleased with the plans.

Here’s a preview of what’s to come down there on the furniture front…

From one of my most favourite online stops for furniture and decor, All Modern, I’ll be using: their sweet lip lounge chair in the playroom, Watercolors Swing Chair in the nook, and both the Modloft Coffee Table and BBlue Dot Strut Table in the main room.

I was introduced to Altea (Montreal based,) a few months ago and have fallen hard for the way they hand select and bring back to life such an incredible array of stunning antiques…they also design and create a line of beautiful furniture and I’m ecstatic to be using their iron coffee table in the main room…

Candelabra is where I go when I want a huge selection of really special, curated decor pieces..I was so excited when I say they were a sponsor for the One Room Challenge and can’t wait to see their Pansy Dining table in the bedroom/office and Noir Dixon side table in the nook…

In the playroom, as you know, I’m dealing with 6′ walls so to get a sofa in there is a bit of a challenge…not to mention the narrow staircase situation…enter Restoration Hardware Teen and these amazing loungers…I’m going to line 3 of them together to make a super squishy/cosy place for the kiddos to relax..

Of course, it’s impossible to think of any room not having a little of everyone’s favourite store IKEA in it, and this one is no different. For the basement, all of my selections share natural, wood tones and a sort of paired back elegance. I’ll be using their Lisabo Table in the bedroom,3 Norraker dining chairs, Stockholm 2017 chair and IVAR cabinets (3 floating on the wall,)in the playroom, and Stockholm 2017 coffee table (I’ll be using as bench,) somewhere or another.

Next up my Canadian based absolute favourite for modern classics, Rove Concepts…their selection of mid-century iconic furniture is amazing and I’m BEYOND thrilled to be incorporating their Walnut Tulip Dining Table with matching armchairs (with chartreuse cushions…be still my heart,) annnndddd my favourite chair of all time, the Flag Halyard…all will go in the main room and I can.not.wait to see them in place!!!

When shopping for decor locally, I often make a stop at Bouclair to pick up side tables, rugs and small furnishings…their new Atelier collection is so good and I am super happy to be using two of their Scandinavian Tree Trunk side tables in the space.

And last but not least, one of my new online favourites when I’m looking for a giant selection of fabulous and very well priced furnishings, lighting and decor…the Mine. From them, I’ll be adding an Orient Express Patina Ottoman to the playroom and a pair of Braddock Small Ottomans to the bedroom.

And that my friends is the furniture situations…I’m so happy with every pick and can’t wait to see them all in place.

In additions to purchases from retailers, I’m also hoping to add in some vintage (more on that next week,) and a few DIY creations as well. I’m not usually a crafter per say but I figure the basement is a place I can try my hand at a few things and see what sticks.

I’ve got 4 project plans and all of them have to get done before Week Five…so wish me luck as it were;)

I’ll go into greater details with instructions and steps (assuming they work,) next week but for now, here’s a little visual on what’s what. The last one is the one I’m probably most excited about…my friend Nicole suggested the idea and I’ve never been so excited about a DIY ever…I mean how can you not want to make a chair out of teddy bears!?!?!?!?!?!

Stay tuned!!!

And with that, I think I’m done for today…I’ll leave you with some shots I snapped this week of the furniture arrivals so far…

And a little vid on what all of this is currently doing to the state of my living room…

Oh and make sure you link over and see what my friends are up to for this week…

Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updatedย  | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky | Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators | Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban Bโ€™s | Erin Williamson ย Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

xx

  1. Amazing, Christine! I love the drywall. ๐Ÿ™‚ Your blank canvas is totally prepped for fun now!

  2. I think you know I feel your pain so hard! And my living room looks 20 million times worse currently, I’m not even sure how workers can get around in here!

    But… your furniture plan looks glorious, and yes! It will get done. And it will be fabulous.

  3. So many amazing furniture pieces! I love that each of them is unique and that not every piece is super modern. Mixing all of the pieces really helps to make an interesting space. You are tackling such a big project, I can not wait to see how it comes out.

  4. Christine- I am with you! It’s drywall for days and then BAM, we get to work magic. I know your space will be nothing short of spectacular. You have such an amazing eye. I’ll be tracking on insta all week to see it come together! xo

  5. love the furniture and drywall may be boring and drab to look at but it is major progress!

  6. Dabito

    You got this, girl! And yay to all that yummy yellows!

  7. wow Christine!! how do you do so much in so little time and the furniture selection is just to die for! Love that chaise from Roveconcepts! The rope details for the staircase and the stools … right on! Can’t wait to see more next week!

  8. This is looking so great, Christine! I know there’s still a lot to do with all that construction but the items you’ve chosen are fantastic! Can’t wait to see reveal. Good luck!

  9. I love all your furniture pieces and the white and yellow! Very modern! Can’t wait to see your basement transformation! You always inspire me Christine! Let’s do this! XOXO, Sarah

  10. It’s going to look all so fabulous together. Can’t wait to see how your DIYs turn out too.

  11. Sue

    I love watching you at work and learning about all the great boutiques where you shop! Can you please tell me what pot lights and bulb colors you mostly use in your spaces? Thanks and I can’t wait to see the finished room!

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