One Room Challenge { Basement } – Week One

Friends…it’s the happiest time of the year!!!! And I don’t mean Christmas…though I do LOVE Christmas. But…if you’re a designer or design blogger or both, you know what I’m actually referring to in this instance. Yup people…it’s ORC time (as always, a giant thank you to Linda for organizing!) and I’m thrilled beyond all good candy unicorn things to let you know that I’m taking part this time as one of the featured designers and well, my plan is to go large and attack a space that needs a heavy dose of resuscitation…but maybe not totally fail this time lol.

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If you’ve followed my #oneroomchallenge past trains, you know that I’ve so far done a client’s piano room, my old ensuite bathroom and the master bedroom in my new old house…it’s the later that I bring up whenever I speak of failure because it was attempted and begun before the room even had a roof…during the construction/renovation of the home I currently live in, otherwise known as #pineavehouse. During my first crack at it, I was a featured designer and because of renovation delay after delay, there was just no way on god’s green earth that I could finish the thing by the deadline and well, that sort of murdered me. I am not a person who feels good about missing a due date…like not at all lol. Fast forward to the next ORC and I linked up when the house was actually you know…weather tight…to finally finish the space. And I did. And that was awesome.

What wasn’t awesome though in general was this house…the backstory on that in general is that we bought it with every intention of putting say $200k into it and selling it for a profit…but then problem after problem after problem popped up and that $200k tripled and well, that mean we needed to sell something to pay for it…and that meant, my old house went on the market and this house became ours.

The summed up version of that decision is that I love that the road brought us here…it’s a quirky little abode with its share of flaws…but it’s also super fun and weird and special…and it’s ours and we are growing to really love the place. If it had land, we’d love it even more, but again, that’s a story for another time.

For now, and for these purposes, what you need to know is that we love most of the house…most of it.

What we REALLY DON’T love is the basement…like not at all…like in any way. It’s a dumb, dumb, dumb space. It’s the part of the house that reminds of us daily of all the issues with this place in general..the uneven floors…the low ceilings…the cut corners…the lack of usable space…the lack of storage…I could go on.

We basically pretend it doesn’t exist. Trouble is, there’s no door.

So…

One Room Challenge.

Basement.

Makeover.

Before and After.

FINISHING THIS HOUSE SO WE CAN BE DONE AND THEN ONE DAY SELL IT AND HOPEFULLY MAKE MONEY SO WE CAN BUY OR BUILD OUR FOREVER HOUSE.

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Which brings us to today…the first post for the One Room Challenge…almost exactly a year from the date we moved into this house…actually about 10 months because we were supposed to move in but then the house wasn’t ready so then we lived in a hotel for a month or so (which was actually sort of awesome and I realized then that I might and could live in a very small house and save a whole bunch of money that I could then use to travel with my family…but that’s another story,)…but for the sake of this story, we’ve been here about that long.

And in case you haven’t guessed, I will indeed be taking on the hardest/weirdest space I promise you’ve seen in a while…the #pineavehouse basement…dun, dun, dun…

Here she is of today…partially finished in ways I don’t actually like and crying out for a LOT of attention…

Stairs…notice how awesomely even and level they are…also, those drywall jogs are so fantastic…

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Hallway…this is in the old part of the house so the ceiling is lowwwwww…the channel in the concrete was made so people can actually walk in this section…even with the recess, I think we’re topping out at a whopping 6’5″…also please note that incredible duct…the one that jets out and carries into the family room area…I bet you wish you had one of those ::sideye::

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Now on to the ‘main’ room…this is the new basement that sits under out kitchen/dining room. Thankfully, this area has a really luxurious 8′ of ceiling height. The other good news is that the floors are polished concrete so large plus there. The bad news is that the windows are tinsy and our back porch pretty much eats up light from 2 of them…the house in very close proximity to the west eats up the other four so yup…not a lot of natural light down here…there’s also the issue of the giant decluttering that I swear we do ALL THE TIME but somehow, never seems to make a darn bit of difference.

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Then, there’s the little odd space that was supposed to just be a crawl room but when we saw it had 7′ of clearance, turned into an extra room…there’s a little hiccup on this once, that we just discovered, so I’ll fill you in on that next week but for now, imagine bedroom/office combo…for small people…

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And that my friends, grainy depressing photos and all, is the official before…minus one secret project/space that I’ll reveal in posts to come:)

For now, I’ll leave you with my very mixed bag of inspiration shots…

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…that actually did manage to lead the direction of the design, once I decided to merge the cozy and modern vibes together…and add a dash of colour…

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…this image from Bailey McCarthy especially sealed the direction…

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So, if you take this stuff and my little ORC widget mini-board and mush them into a ball of basement happiness, what you’ve got is a space built around a lot of creamy white and brown…with a little hit here and there of neon yellow, mossy green and bright, saturated blue.

Excited for the pretty stuff…and PS, very grateful to the amazing sponsors, who are legit the reason this space is getting finished…

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

Along with these amazing sponsors and my amazing team, I’ve got a LOT to do so that before May 10th, I can:

Renovate and bring to life a:

1. cool looking hallway with a #$@&# ton of storage
2. little study nook behind the stairs
3. family/TV room
4. bedroom/office combo
5. secret little space that’s going to be sooooo fun.

Yup…it’s pretty much 5 rooms (long with some awesome people who are already making so so grateful to have such a great team by my side…more on them next week.)

God speed to me as it were.

Also many good wishes and happy thoughts to my fellow ORC designers…

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

…BEYOND excited to see the goodness they come up with!!!

See you back here next week for the design plan grande reveal.

xx

My Master Bedroom – Before the One Room Challenge Hit

Since my master bedroom has been sort of destroyed post #oneroomchallenge, I thought it might be a fitting/funny time to show you the reveal of how it appeared hours before demo began on the ensuite.   I’m hoping I’ll be able to put humpty back together again in the coming weeks, which will bring to a close ALL RENOS/MAKEOVERS on this house…yup…I said it. With the bathroom and this room done, my house is completo, which is music to husbands ears let me tell you. I’ve promised him that nothing more will be done and hopefully, when we list it for sale next year, people will respond to this project of mine that has taken 9 years to finish, and pay up as it were;)

The master bedroom was the last room touched in my place…for a long time, it remained a white box with shifting furniture, piles of toys, cast offs from other room etc.  About 3 years ago, I made the decision to add moulding to the walls and when I decided to finally tackle this room, I knew I wanted the walls black so that the matched furniture set would be concealed. On the long wall opposite the door, there are a set of odd windows that are off-center and weirdly sized…the wall to wall curtains were selected to mask the irregularity of the windows…Hollie Cooper hand painted them for me and sewed together IKEA panels to create a custom look.  The other main feature in the room is the ceiling…I worked with Metrie to create an interesting graphic that complimented the wall moulding and again, served to add more drama/interest to the space. My Super Allen installed the design and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.  Other than that, most of the makeover involved finishing details like art, accessories, rug and bedding.  I shopped my house for a lot of what’s there…you ‘ll probably recognize the settee from the living room…I prefer it in the bedroom and that’s where she’ll live permanently in the new house. The long mirrors were stolen from the foyer, as were some of the art pieces that you can see in the Style at Home shoot…for some reason, I didn’t get a single good shot of the wall opposite the bed with my TV and dresser…nor did I get one of the guitars/Nicole Cohen art…both are in the magazine shoot though.  As for new stuff, I added in the Ashley Woodson Bailey floral photograph, that I had Super Allen frame in plexi. The IKEA side table lamps are new, as is the vintage overdye rug from Elte…bedding/blankets were also added.  And finally, my graphic pillows from Alexandra D. Foster are my favourite…adore the graphic hit they bring to the space.

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{Furniture- The Art Shoppe . Rug- Elte . Settee- Les Bohemiennes . Mirrors – Aberfoyle Antique Market . Black and Gold Table – Nate Berkus for Target . Gold Dish- Nate Berkus for Target . Pouf – Elte . Table Lamps- IKEA . Floral Artwork – Ashley Woodson Bailey / Citizen Atelier . Bedding – Elte . Graphic Pillows – Alexandra D. Foster . Ceiling Moulding – Metrie . Curtains- IKEA/ Customized by Hollie Cooper Interiors . Chandelier- Schonbek . Flowers and Faux Cherry Blossoms . Fiori }

To see more of the room, make sure to check out the ‘Makeovers with Style’ issue of Style at Home. And….a TV preview of the room in 360 view styles will be coming up on Steven and Chris Nov. 25th at 2pm EST, so stay tuned for that as well.

xx

One Room Challenge – The Reveal!!!

I’m writing this post the day before the official reveal because as you read this, I’m on a plane over the Atlantic heading for London and the Amara Blog Awards…cue MAJOR excitement!!!

I really can’t believe I’m sitting here hours before the car picks me up for the airport, actually ready to showcase my One Room Challenge bathroom.

For those of you have been following along, you already know that this reno has not been smooth sailing for me at all.  If you haven’t been reading these past few weeks, you can catch up with week one, two, three, four and five…after reading, you’ll understand why I’m more than just a little happy to be able to share this reveal with you on deadline.

Thanks to: 1. my amazing Super Allen who demoed the original space and started the groundwork for what was going to be the finished product 2. my husband for always always always helping…not matter what…all the time…he did picks ups/delivery, drove me around most weekends to source goodies, helped me with cleaning/scrubbing/gluing/scraping/hanging etc. etc. He’s pretty swell and I’m pretty lucky. 3. Jamie the Magnificent…aka…the contractor who swept in like a construction white knight and within 4 days was able to take a bathroom that was essentially half done and to one that’s ready for its spotlight 4. My electrician Ben from 2B Wired for again, swooping in last minute and getting all of that business done. 5. Peter the Painter who always, always comes when I need him…he’s a gem among gems who I can always, always count on. 6. Me…I’ve worked really, really hard on this bathroom- probably harder than on any space I’ve done before…the stress of the ups and downs and fear of not finishing, combined with the days and weeks of sourcing, overseeing, painting, cleaning, scrubbing, installing and cleaning some more, were hard….but so so worth it.

Like I said earlier, finishing this bathroom in time for reveal day was really touch and go with this one. As of this past Friday, I had pretty much thrown in the towel thinking there was no hope but the gods shone down on me and miraculously, though all is not completely finito, the bathroom is ready to show you what it’s made of.

So, here she goes….my master ensuite, Fall 2014 One Room Challenge styles…

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So there you have it:)

I wish I had better photos because honestly, these don’t do the space justice at all. It’s a super hard room to shoot because of the huge mirror and narrow dimensions…I can’t wait to have it captured professionally.

For now though, these will give you an idea of what the place looks like…minus a shower door…we’re still waiting on that so the professional shots will showcase it as well:)

In any case, I’m so thankful I took the leap again and took part in this round of the One Room Challenge…they don’t call it a challenge for nothing but when all is said and done, it’s a process/trip I’d never not want to take.

It feels pretty fantastic to have a vision for a room….

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…and see it come to life.

A huge thanks to my fellow ORCers for brining the shiz to this round and for being so awesome/inspirational…

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

Abby M. Interiors . Because It’s Awesome . Chinoiserie Chic . The Decorista . Design Chic . The Design Daredevil . Design Darling . Design Indulgence . Design Manifest . House of Turquoise . Jana Bek Design . Jill Sorensen . Maddie G. Designs . Mimosa Lane . A Piece of Toast . The Pink Pagoda . Stone Textile . Waiting on Martha . The Zhush

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And of course to Linda for organzing this whole thing.

I’ll be back after my trip to do a whole behind the scenes on the bathroom to show you the work that went into getting it ready to show you this past week.  I’ll also of course, go through all my sources.

For now, thanks as always for reading and stopping by. I’ll be away until Saturday so will draw for the winners of both my giveaways (CA/art and 219) then (sorry about the delay on the Gray Malin/Citizen Atelier one…just not enough hours in the day).

Oh and though I won’t be here, I’ll be posting all about my London adventures on Insta so make sure to have a peek over there.

xx

One Room Challenge – Week 4

Am I the only one who can’t freaking believe that it’s already Wednesday AGAIN?!?!?

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Like all the weeks before this one, I’ve had 7 days of ups and downs to be sure..

This little nugget’s face pretty much tells the tale…

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…as in “oh holy balls…this renovating a bathroom in 6 short weeks and actually finishing by Nov. 5th is going to be dicy pants.”

If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m working on transforming my master bathroom in just 6 short weeks as part of this thing we call the One Room Challenge…aka the brainchild of Linda over at Calling it Home.

With my last kick at the ORC can, I completed a client’s piano room, which involved major construction, millwork, tiling, ordering etc. etc.

When I began this round, I honestly thought my bathroom was going to be a walk in the proverbial park but well…such has not exactly been the case.

I think I’m pretty behind and by pretty, I mean really.

Most of the lag has to do with the delay of my wall tiles…they were delivered exactly a week after the expected date.

Thankfully, the magic marble truck arrived this past Friday and things were looking way up in my books but after just 6 tiles going up on the wall, all work stopped because of panic over the adhesive seeping through the porous marble…and to be honest, there hasn’t really been a resolution to this issue, even after discussions with many a tiler.  We’re very much hoping that eventually, the darn things will dry out and all dark/wet spots will magically disappear. Fingers and toes and all appendages are officially crossed.

Anyhoo…we didn’t resume tiling until yesterday so well, the walls aren’t exactly finished.  As he always does though, super Allen has banged out a ton in two days and will hopefully have the walls done tomorrow, so that we can start on the floor by the weekend.

And speaking of floor, my glorious Cement Tile Shop Tulum tiles arrived Saturday, thanks to my husband the cross border courier and well…that delivery was sort of akin to grown up Christmas morning with a large extra bubbly mimosa in hand.

I admittedly did have a small 24 hour freak out after first opening the tiles because they’re not really black and white as I had planned, but in fact more black and taupey/beige. Against subway tiles, they read pretty white but when put beside my very white marble, the cement tiles look pretty beige and my marble looks sort of bluey.  So yup…a momentary panic ensued on that front…thankfully cooler brain waves prevailed after sleeping on it and I’m not embracing the cool/warm mix. You know me…I always like a bit of tension so this extra bit of contrast can’t hurt.

What else?

Oh yes…as with past weeks, I shopped a bit on the weekend because unlike a regular room where I can really do stuff every day, waiting on the tiles has left me with not much to do on the labour front so…to ease ‘my hands are tied and I can’t do anything pain’ I got my retail therapy on. A quick visit to one of my faves, the Drake General Store landed me some pretty little bathroom accessories because heck…if I couldn’t have tile at that point, a pink toothbrush sure as heck was in order.

Along with the new bag of goodies, some delivery trucks swung by my hood.

My bust photograph from Nicole Cohen (speaking of Ms. NC, if you missed my post from yesterday link over and then link over again to buy a copy of her new book #absurdistsummer) arrived and is heaven in print form.

Along with that, my Wayfair prezzies arrived, including: my ferm living pink basket which is maybe the best such thing I’ve ever seen but admittedly a tad (and by tad I mean way) larger than I anticipated so might quite possibly not fit in the bathroom but will likely get forced in against its will because it’s that awesome; the upholstered bench I momentarily thought about recovering because it was actually beige and not white until the instant the cement tile arrived and it very obviously became the Sonny to my tile Cher.

And finally for this week, my furniture transformation guru, Tim Welsby of Beresford Inc. finished painting my vanity and whoa Nelly she looks purdy.

So…again…as with week one, two and three, this one was a cacophony of ups and downs, all of which I’d like to show you in a semi-artistic way that will hopefully, tell the tale of the week that was…the good mixed with the bad…the pretty ‘what the bathroom will eventually be’ mixed with the ‘broken but partially put back together Humpty’ it is now…and PS, putting this little collage together has prompted a DIY art idea that might result in a little gallery wall of sorts…stay tuned.

For now, ORC bathroom week 4 in pictures…

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And there you have it.

To recap…hidden within those photos is the realization that I managed to cross a grand total of three things of last week’s list:

1. Tile walls, shower and built in shelves

2. Drive to NY state to pick up floor tiles

3. Tile floors

4. Order custom piece of mirror to sit behind vanity

5. Frame vanity mirror in black metal and install

6. Frame shower class in black metal and install

7. Purchase caps and cords for pendant lights

8. Move electrical and hang pendants

9. Frame any art that needs framing

10. Hang neon sign and art

12. Clean

13. Style

14. Pick up toilet

15. Install toilet

16. Shop for accessories

But here’s hoping that by next Wednesday, I’ll be making out large with the strikethrough button and crossing off a bunch more (including some I forgot to add to the list, which I’ve edited now and put on there.)

Positive thoughts, positive thoughts.

In the meantime, I’m blocking off baby’s nap time this morning to visit all of my fellow ORC friends to see how they’ve made out this week…

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

Abby M. Interiors

Because It’s Awesome

Chinoiserie Chic

The Decorista

Design Chic

The Design Daredevil

Design Darling

Design Indulgence

Design Manifest

House of Turquoise

Jana Bek Design

Jill Sorensen

Maddie G. Designs

Mimosa Lane

A Piece of Toast

The Pink Pagoda

Stone Textile

Waiting on Martha

The Zhush

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And I think you should do that too:)

See you back here in a week, with that I’m hoping will be a completely tiled bathroom.

xx

One Room Challenge – Week Three

If you’re new to this little One Room Challenge gig, the basic gist revolves around transforming a room of your choosing in just 6 short weeks.

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” Oh my goodness…that’s so easy- I’ve got this in the bag” …. said no one ever.

I for one am having a hard time accepting that we’re already here at week 3.

Oh vey as they say.

As you may know, I decided on my master bathroom.

In week one, I felt pretty excited and confident about the whole thing.

Week two was one of those weeks that just sort of felt like a hurricane…busy and crazy…up and down and all around again.

The foolery of it all resulted in a post that I hope didn’t come off too whiny brother like.

The good news though was that mucho progress got made and at the end of week 2.0, I felt good about where we were.

And then week 3 happened and well, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I’m a little scared I might not actually finish this business in time.

Here’s why….my marble wall tile was supposed to be delivered last Friday but some mix-up meant it’s been delayed until the day after tomorrow.

So, with no tile, we sort of hit a bit of a standstill in terms of what work could get done.

Thankfully, Super Allen did get every ounce of prep finished so that when the marble comes, we’ll be ready and able to slap that goodness up fast styles.

To review this week that was in terms of construction…

1. The drywall was repaired and re-hung in places that it needed to be…

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2. The floor got a layer of scratch coat or whatever that stuff is over the existing penny tile and in the shower….

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3. The foundation for the shelves for behind the tub got constructed and installed…

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And I guess things have to look worse before they can get better because right??!?!

Yikes…pretty sure it’s looking uglier in there now than last week but I’m hoping Humpty will start to get put back together again as of tomorrow, once the tile gets here.

In the meantime, and to help me feel better about progress etc., let’s now switch to less destruction shall we?

Re: that wood box that will become shelves…this is how I see that coming together in the end….

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Imagine what’s there now covered in the marble tiles. We’ll be using the ripped up thresholds that used to sit on the back of the tub and on the shower to make the shelves out of.

And then there’s the stuff I ordered this week.

Because Allen was in full demo mode, and because there wasn’t much for me to oversee in terms of install, I concentrated on nailing down some finishing details because let’s face it…when you have extra time on your hands and aren’t able to really do much else, some good old fashioned online shopping always manages to lift the spirits:)

So…thanks to some amazing ORC sponsors, I signed on the dotted line for…

1. A ying/yang collection of soaps from Biscuit Home Goods.

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2.  A pair of black and white framed photographs from Minted.

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3. Some Jonathan Adler canisters from one of my favourites, 219.

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4. 4. A bench (that I might DIY depending on what that white fabric ends up looking like) and a pink Ferm Living Basket from Wayfair.

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5. The prettiest towel rack and toilet paper holder I ever did see from the extremely fabulous, Lux Holdups.

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6. A stunning piece of custom artwork in shades of pink, grey and white from Kontal – Kontil.

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I also finally decided on a toilet.

Sidenote on that one…I hate toilets. I find them uniformly ugly and think most look like Daffy Duck.  I had originally hoped we could do a wall hung number but because the plumbing wall is an external one, that’s a no go.

So…after MUCH debate and MUCH research, I landed on this Duravit one piece lady, that I picked up from PMF plumbing.

She’s very budget friendly and I like that the bottom part is clean and not all full of gobbly gook…I’m hoping the less fussed shape will make for easier cleaning etc…

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I also don’t hate that she’s modern but still sort of round, which I’m hoping will mean some good vibes alongside the traditional vanity and more clean lined stuff that’s also going to happen in there….like our shower door …

one room challenge metal framed shower door christine dovey bathrom makeover

We’re going to be use some sort of metal off the shelf channel stuff to fit around the piece of glass we ripped out and will be re-using for the shower.

The same metal border will also be used to frame the mirror that will extend beyond the console from floor to about 1′ from the ceiling…sort of like this…

one room challenge christine dovey style bathroom makeover mirror behind vanity inspiration

And finally, to close out this week on a super positive…my Endeavour Neon ‘reverie’ sign arrived and is maybe my favourite thing ever…

one room challenge christine dovey bathroom makeover endeavour neon sign

I can’t WAIT to see it in the bathroom.

Speaking of the later and being able to hang this thing of beauty…

As I mentioned earlier, I’m REALLY hoping that by the time next Wednesday rolls around, tile will be up on the walls so that the floor tile can start to happen. Did I tell you that the later is being delivered to Lewiston, NY? Well it is…saves major on brokerage and shipping to have it shipped within the US…my good husband will be driving down to pick that goodness up when it arrives.

Anyhoo…once tile goes up I know the ensuite will look WAY less like the bathroom waste-land that it does now.

I’m also optimistic that seeing marble will make me feel better about the ginormous to-do list that still needs to be conquered…

1. Tile walls, shower and built in shelves

2. Drive to NY state to pick up floor tiles

3. Tile floors

4. Order custom piece of mirror to sit behind vanity

5. Frame vanity mirror in black metal and install

6. Frame shower class in black metal and install

7. Purchase caps and cords for pendant lights

8. Move electrical and hang pendants

9. Frame any art that needs framing

10. Hang neon sign and art

12. Clean

13. Style

Praying has commenced;)

Please join along and cross your fingers and toes that I get my shizzle together before Nov. 5th…any positive vibe love that you could send my way would beaucoup appreciated.

And while you’re at that, please also make sure that you take some time to visit all my fellow ORC’ers to see what magic they’ve been up to this past week…

one room challenge participant list christine dovey style

Abby M. Interiors

Because It’s Awesome

Chinoiserie Chic

The Decorista

Design Chic

The Design Daredevil

Design Darling

Design Indulgence

Design Manifest

House of Turquoise

Jana Bek Design

Jill Sorensen

Maddie G. Designs

Mimosa Lane

A Piece of Toast

The Pink Pagoda

Stone Textile

Waiting on Martha

The Zhush

Trademarked by Calling it Home

Oh and one more request…don’t forget to check in with the ORC linking party… I’ll be checking in to see the progress those 90+ dudes have been up to bright and early Thursday:)

As always, thanks for following along and being the butter and jam on my toast.

xx

A Nightmare, a Fairytale and a Guest Post

This story starts with a simple and innocent email exhange with a fellow blogger.
I decide it’s a good idea to take the plunge and partake in a little organization challenge she’s put together.
You know how that routine goes…’yah I’ll totally take part- love to- I’m in!”
And then the next day sets in and you say what the fart am I going to organize and how the fart am I going to do it.
That kind.
So the challenge I agreed to was this….
The brain child of the very fabulous Anne-Marie of 10 Rooms, this is essentially a blog crawl organization challenge.
And I think….great idea….I’ll check New Year’s resolution number 4 off the list- fabulous!
But then…..there’s this.
{If you’re the squeamish type, you might want to close your eyes}
And que music…duh, duh, duh…..
Yes ladies and gentleman, that is the pure horror that WAS my foyer closet.
It started off with good intentions…baskets above with the kids’ names scribbled on them, place on the side for bags etc. etc. but then these menaces entered the picture (as they always do- god love ’em)…
and pure havoc ensued.
You can see it in their faces- they just like throwing their coats and crap all over the floor- they think it’s funny when Mommy squirms and gets all red in the face.
But they try- honestly…
And they do try to put things away…see.
So moving on- something clearly has to be done.
Every morning of every day I spend at least 10 minutes wading through this pile of shit (and sorry but I need to say shit in this instance because that’s what it is – shit- and besides that, my dog when I was like 10 was basically named Shit, in the nicest most beloved sense of the word, so for me shit is like saying ice cream – it’s totally not a sweer in my books and even if it was, I would still have to say shit in this instance- just look that freaking mess of a closet for g.d sakes)
Back to the challenge- I clearly have a reason to agree to do it so…I do.
To begin with, I decide to take EVERYTHING and its mother, out of that hell hole of a closet.
{cover your eyes again if you don’t want to see the carnage}
See.
Next, I go to putting everything in bags- one bag per person (well I actually get two but you get the idea.)
And then…it’s painting day.
You’ll note the moss green that was on the walls prior to the great overhaul.
That paint covered every wall of my house when we bought it and I’m not quite sure what kind of crap paint it was but the stuff basically felt like chalk- terrible.
We’ve changed every wall (some of them we’ve actually changed twice) but this little closet, remained the last little hold out of mossy puke green.
Until now that is- take that wall…sucker!
A trip to the local Home Depot and some high gloss violetty pink later….
Capow!!!
{and sorry for the low res pictures- iPhone shots- I was working and had paint on my hands and couldn’t get to the actual camera blah blah}
And PS, much like the hallway chair fiasco, the painting was done by moi and I again inhaled more paint fumes than any human being really ever should.
Our ceilings are 9 feet and that overhang is like two feet, which means that while painting, I was pretty much in a tunnel with zero circulation, so let’s just say it wasn’t all that pleasant.
Anyhow- I did it and it yea for me.
Next step, remove the bar.
I left that one for hubs and he pretty much tore half the wall apart doing it so we had to make a few more trips to HD, just to patch my beautious paint job.
So, bar removed- time to install the ‘system’.
We purchased this little sysie from a store last weekend- 30% off sale meant that we were able to get the whole unit for $500, which in custom closet world is I guess, very reasonable.
PS- closets cost ALOT!
Only problem, the thing was kind of fuggly.
Wire racks, odd fake nickel banana handles, melamine etc.
I knew a little something would have to be done but first, the main issue was getting the whole closet actually installed.
I did a little under the table deal with our sales guy, after hubster made it painfully clear that ‘he no want to  install closet,’ and  a week later and in just about 2 hours, the little beauty was in there.
I spent the next few hours reloading drawers, hanging coats, and proping the crap out of the closet.
A quick change of the hardware, and a few sheepskins, and a little lucite, and some fake flowers, and a little leopard flare and voila….the happy ending I’d been waiting for.

And for real, everything you saw in those earlier pictures (with the exception of 3 really hideous coats that no one has worn for years) has found a place in this new closet.
Yes, I must say it’s a happy, pretty closet that actually works.
Smiles and thank you closet gods!!!
I also have to thank Anne-Marie, for coming up with the idea to do this challenge and for giving me the motivation I needed to get it done.
As you all now, hidden spaces are my dirty little secret so it feels quite delicious to have one that I know can hold it’s own with the rest of the house.
And PS, we’ve ordered new doors and I have to say, they’re pretty yummy- they’ll end up being black with detail moulding and wait for it…lion door knockers for handles.
I’ll be sure to post some updated pictures when they arrive.
For now, make sure you head over to 10 rooms and link over to all of the other lovely bloggers who also took part in this challenge….there will be makeovers a plenty so a fabulous way to start your week.
…..
And while your linking, I just discovered that my guest post has gone up at the very fabulous
Little Bits of Lovely, so make sure you head over and have a look at what I picked as my…
Rachel’s blog is one of my absolute favourites.
It’s filled with oodles of style and is always a source for gorgeous fashion and amazing design inspiration.
Little Bits of Lovely
Here’s a little look at what you’ll find over at Little Bits of Lovely.
I apologize for the lengthy post but it’s a busy day here so lots of fun.
And as always, thank you all so much for taking the time to visit and read all of my ponderings.
So very appreciated!!
xo
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