One Room Challenge {Basement} – Week Two

Hi friends and welcome back to week two of my basement One Room Challenge makeover…

christine dovey one room challenge

If you stopped by last week, you got a glimpse of the very less odd space I’m trying to tackle with this round. Yup…starting at the top of these stairs…

one room challenge christine dovey basement

…what you see lurking is anything but pretty.

As 6 days ago, this is where we were in the first section of the basement…i.e. the part under the original 100 year old house..i.e. the super dingy part…


one room challenge christine dovey basement

one room challenge christine dovey basement

one room challenge christine dovey basement

one room challenge christine dovey basement

To sum that up…weird channel in the ground so that you can actually walk in this section, walls jetting out in strange places, less then awesome framing, strange coated concrete…very low low low ceilings…dust…junk everywhere, unease lol.

But thanks to an amazing team and a ton of awesome building supplies from Home Depot, things definitely have already improved and I am super excited to share with you the progress and the grand plan as it were.

To start, the old framing of the storage areas was removed and new went up…

one room challenge christine dovey basement

one room challenge christine dovey basement

The secret room, started to reveal itself…

one room challenge christine dovey basement

…and giant storage cupboards in front of the old storage area/now secret room, along with the framing for the stair bookcase, were constructed…

one room challenge christine dovey basement

one room challenge christine dovey basement

As you can see, the channel on one side is now completely covered. What will visible in its current form is just the base of the channel in the middle. On the stair side, I have other plans…more on that later.

For now, I want to share more of this big secret space I keep talking about, because really, it’s what I’m most excited about I think…

Here’s the entrance from the hall…

one room challenge christine dovey basement

… and the very scary sort of before, which isn’t really the before…the real before was this room completely closed off and absolutely filled to the rafters with junk. Have a I mentioned that we’ve been paying for a storage POD for 2 years…kill me.

Anyhoo…the as of a few days ago situation…

one room challenge christine dovey basement

one room challenge christine dovey basement

Thankfully, things are looking waaaaay up in here, which I’ll show you more of later in the post.

For now, here’s what’s been going on in the other main/decent ceiling height section…

one room challenge christine dovey basement

one room challenge christine dovey basement

Three main things:

1. Sump pump got framed out for cabinetry to hide it since it sits in the middle of the living area.

2. The bench for the fireplace was framed so that concrete can be poured next week.

3. The little cold room/soon to be office/bedroom had some mold remediation completed and is now ready to be re-drywalled.

So to sum up, a lot happened everywhere.

And in fact, where we are right now is actually MUCH farther than what’s shown above because my contractor was here all day yesterday and banged out a whole ton of drywalling. I’ll finish the post off with that business.

And with that progress business out of the way, I think it’s high time I show you what the actual vision for the space is.

One thing I learned after the 2 year long reno of the main house, was that without complete drawings that show EVERYTHING, a whole lot can go wrong so before embarking on the untouched last bastion of this house, I asked my trusty CAD drawer (who I’ll tell you all about in posts to come and who is PS, sooooo awesome,) come by and create an architectural plan that dealt with all the inherent issues with the space.

First, the layout, which shows the 4 areas I’m dealing with: hall, secret room, living area and bedroom/office…

CAD plans Christine Dovey One Room Challenge

And then the elevations…

CAD plans Christine Dovey One Room Challenge

CAD plans Christine Dovey One Room Challenge

CAD plans Christine Dovey One Room Challenge

So going back to the before pictures of the different areas, what you can see is a main hallway completely lined on the one side with flat black veneered doors…like this original inspiration photo…


And also like in this shot, an oak vaneered box at the bottom of the stairs at the one end.

Behind one door, will be access to the furnace room. Behind the two middle doors, open storage and then there’s the bookcase at the far end. Behind that, will be the secret room, which I’ll now divulge will be made over into a hidden playroom for my kiddos!!!!

I’m SO excited about this one. The kids have tiny bedrooms and toys are literally eating those spaces and my living room right up. As of now, they think the basement is turning into a play area so on the big reveal I can’t wait to see what happens when I take them downstairs, show them what looks like a big living room and bedroom, watch them seem super bummed and then push open the bookcase to reveal their own secret little escape behind it. SO FUN!!!!!

As for the rest of the drawing plans, on the stair side of the channel will be an open bookcase separating the stair landing floor from the area behind the stairs…

orc inspiration

The stairs themesleves will be clad in oak, in a very linear modern way with…

one room challenge oak stairs christine dovey

…with oak covering the concrete at the base…then the bookcase and then in the little area behind the stairs, I’m going to do wall to wall super plush carpet so that this spot can serve as a little hangout/reading nook.

The living area’s main architectural feature will be a fireplace with floating concrete bench…along these lines…

inspiration orc lottaagaton blogspot

And then then in the office, I’ve switched gears a bit from the plan and have decided to nix the built in desk in favour of a custom made bed that I’ve just decided will look a little something like this…

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All the yassss on that.

So that’s the architecture.

As for all the other stuff that will go in there, here’s the grand moodboard plan for the main living area and office…

christine dovey one room challenge living room moodboard

And then the reading nook and playroom…

christine dovey one room challenge playroom 4

As noted last week, the general gist is very neutral and modern, with little pops of colour and whimsy.

The daybed shot above really sums up the vibe.

There is so much to break down in terms of the plans and this post is already getting super long so just quickly for now, all of the amazing ORC sponsors will be playing a huge role in making these spaces happen…

All Modern | Annie Selke | Arianna Belle | ATG Stores | Bellacor | Canadian Tire | Citizen Atelier | Bouclair | Crystorama | Drop it Modern | Dimplex | Emtek | Fabricut | Farrow & Ball | Framebridge | Fringe Market | GRASS | Haiku Fans | Hapi Art | Home Depot Canada | J & J Made | Jill Rosenwald | Karastan | Lamps Plus | Lazzaro Leather | Metrie | Mimosa Lane | Minted | Mohawk Home | NewWall | Parima Studio | Rove Concepts | The Shade Store | Varaluz

And as a starting/foundation point, lots of wallpaper happening…I want to go into tons on that later but for now, the Farrow and Ball striped wonderfullness arrived and will be going in the playroom…

one room challenge christine dovey basement farrow and ball wallpaper


As well, for the reading nook, this super fun print from NewWall will take center stage…

one room challenge christine dovey basement newwall

The rest of the space will be dosed in custom goodness from my favourite, Drop it Modern.

In terms of fabric, this floral number by Fabricut is seriously EVERYTHING and really leading the design plan…

one room challenge christine dovey basement fabricut

I’m using a ton of fabric in this one with re-upholstery happening (thanks to J and J Made) on a whopping 7 pieces! A pair of old French chairs I used to have in the foyer and were painted black, have been stripped and I’m so in love with them already!

one room challenge christine dovey basement upholstery

And with all my spaces, art will play a huge role. A few beauties from Minted have arrived and are making the rest of my house super pretty as they wait for the basement to get did…

one room challenge christine dovey basement

So much more art to come:)

And with that, I think I’m done for week two, with a quick final look at what the current construction situations…



one room challenge christine dovey basement




The ceilings might only be just over 6 in here, but this room is going to pack a whole lotta fun!

And then the rest of the hall…

one room challenge christine dovey basement

one room challenge christine dovey basement

one room challenge christine dovey basement

one room challenge christine dovey basement

…all summed up in a little vid from me to you…

Next week will be the construction reveal because work in that regard is slated to be mostly done by then. As well, I’ll be showcasing the total wallpaper and fabric story, and starting to break down all the furniture, rug, lighting goodies that have started to roll in…all super awesome.

Make sure you link over and see the progress all my fellow ORC’ers have made…they’re all fantastically talented and I myself can’t wait to see how they’re making out…

ORC Spring 2017 Featured Designers

Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room
Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated | 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 B’s | Erin Williamson Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

See you back here next week:)

Monday Moods

This week I’m dreaming about the day I can wear my leather jacket again so…inspired by all my favourite details that add a little edge. Graphic wallpaper, charcoal couches and skull glasses are all things I can’t get enough of. With an impending snow storm on the horizon, it’s best to look on the bright side and think warm thoughts.

Untitled-1-01 1. Crystalline Wallpaper from Drop it Modern

2. ‘Bubblegum’ by Nastia Cloutier Ignatiev from Citizen Atelier

3. Leather jacket from ASOS

4. Black Skull Tumbler from BYOB Cocktail Emporium

5. Rochos Caglio Slide

6. Holt Sofa from Black Rooster Decor

7. Chill Pills keychain from

8. Spring Street Residence by Kelly Wearstler

Happy Monday, lovelies!

Monday Moods-Modern Romance

This week I am loving the use of deep jewel tones mixed with strong metals like gold and copper to create a romantic look. Elements of blooming florals and gorgeous bouquets are enough to make me want to skip ahead to warmer times ahead.

MM8-01 1. Floral Dress from Zara

2. Roma Chandelier from Black Rooster Decor

3. Tom Dixon’s accessory line at Klaus

4. Lips patch from

5. Kaishi Chair from CB2

6. Incredible arrangement by Coyote Flowers

Happy Monday, lovelies! I hope your week is full of romance.

Monday Moods: March Madness

It’s hard to believe that it is now almost March and that the worst of winter (fingers crossed) is hopefully over. Now there is nothing left to do but dream of coral lipstick, citrus fruits and blooming flowers…

mm-01 1. Grapefruit tart by Lark and Linen

2. Denim dress from Zara

3. Rebecca Judd’s Modern pink bathroom

4. The 50 best Spring NYFW shoes By Stylecaster

5. Halo light by Nate Cotterman

6. ‘Dance’ by Ashley Woodson Bailey at Citizen Atelier

Happy Monday, lovelies xx

Monday Moods-ethereally ever after

Happy Tuesday, lovelies! After having spent Family Day appropriately with the kiddos, I felt inspired by the soft delicate elements in design, so wanted to do a post about objects and pieces that give off a sweet, light, ethereal vibe. If you’re like me, you would gladly take a break from this grey day with some of the items listed below. If you don’t have time to go through everything, might I suggest Lana Del Rey’s newest single, ‘Love’ to sweeten up your day.

Print 1. Saerom Yoon table

2. Marni Spring 2017 Shoes

3. Lana Del Rey’s newest single, ‘Love’

4. Phenomena By Bomma Lighting

5. DIY Coasters from Domino

6. New Rome Valentino Store by India Mahdavi

7. Curious IX By Tadeusz Biernot

8. Crescent Wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler

I hope you had a wonderful family weekend and a fantastic week ahead! xx

Monday Moods: Spring Refresh

Although I feel like the second half of winter is always the coldest, I am optimistic and excited for Spring now that February is among us. As such, I have been looking at all of the fun things that are coming out and making a wish list for a seasonal refresh. If you too are feeling a little pent up and are over winter vibes, check out my picks for this week and let me know how you prepare for the upcoming season.

mm 1. Truffles A-line dress from For Love and Lemons

2. Feline Wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler

3. Santal from Le Labo at Gee Beauty

4. Martini recipe by Full Moon

5. Velvet Sequin Shoes

6. Untitled #4 by Eduardo Mata Icaza at Citizen Atelier

7. Black Magic home inspiration 

8. Spot Surface Light by Tom Dixon

9. Turtledove Rug at Black Rooster Decor 

Happy February and Happy Monday my lovelies!