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 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

xx

One Room Challenge {Basement} – Week Three

Welcome back to my #bijoubasementblitz One Room Challenge.

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If you’re new here, thanks so much for dropping by and to catch up, here is what I got up to during week one and week two.

For this week’s update, I wanted to focus on all the texture…all those pretty bits that are going to layer together to form warmth and coziness in what was before, a very unloved and cold space.

First up, let’s talk about the foundation of any room…paint and wallpaper.

For the basement, I decided early on that I really wanted a bright and airy space but that I wanted it to be warm and not too bright white. And I was of course super thrilled to discover that Farrow and Ball was a sponsor this round. After previewing their colours, I settled on Slipper Satin for the walls that aren’t being wallpapered…

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And the slightly lighter Wimborne White for the ceilings…

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So basically, lots of warm white…with the exception of some furniture and textile pops of colour…starting with a little hit of St Giles Blue in the playroom on my old geometric credenza.

Yup…this…

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…will be getting a little of this action…

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Excited about that.

The whole palate in the playroom is sort of fun I think:)

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…and will repeat in the other rooms, in a more muted way.

Back to the ‘regular colours’…after choosing the two FB taupey whites, I colour matched just about everything else that’s going up on the walls to these colours…which leads me to the wallpaper…oh man the wallpaper.

As I mentioned, last week, I’m so lucky to have partnered with three amazing paper companies on this renovation.

Farrow and Ball sent over this amazing brown and cream stripe, which will go in the playroom…

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I loveeee the brown…

So fun stripes for kids, check.

I also showed off this super fun print ( Animal House by Abnormals Anonymous) from NewWall last week, that will go in the nook behind the stairs…

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The pattern will bring a little bit of brighter white to this space, which I’m good with because it’s the very dark part of the basement…two tinsy little windows brighten the whole 23′ span so any light I can fake is good. I’ll warm it up in this zone with wood and whicker.

Moving on.

Wallpaper. The big story.

Aside from these two areas, I also have wallpaper going on on the walls in the main room and all the walls in the bedroom/office. And all this paper is coming from the incredibly talented, amazing Drop it Modern. I’ve been a huge fan of this company since forever and have partnered with them on great projects like the Elle Canada Closet and Best Buy Smart Home…along with a ton of client projects. What I love about Drop it Mod is that every print is customizable in terms of scale and colour…the patterns are fresh and current, without being trendy…they beat to their own amazing drum and I love that. Plus the owner Bree is just about the nicest most supportive person ever and goes SO out of her way to help with things like time crunches, design ideas, colour palates etc. I honestly can’t imagine being a designer and not having this beautiful shop as a resource.

So with that, when I started this round of the ORC, I knew I wanted something special from DIM…to start, I decided that I wanted something subtle but interesting and dynamic on the main walls…modern but also warm. Their Parisian Mural was a perfect fit…

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…and when we spent a little time on the colour so it blended seamlessly with the FB Slipper Satin, this is where it ended up…

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drop it modern wallpaper christine dovey one room challenge

i.e. chalky old plaster wall heaven.

In L to the love.

Next up, the bedroom and here’s where things get really interesting.

Right off the bat, I decided I wanted granny ugly pretty chic in this space and knew that a chintz of sorts was in order. Playing with my palate of cream, green, yellow and brown, I went through a zillion colours and sent the brief over to Drop it Mod and what then ensued was a whole lot of graphic design. Floral pretty times a whole bunch of editions…

We started here…

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…and then went to these places…

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drop it modern christine dovey floral wallpaper one room challenge

drop it modern christine dovey floral wallpaper one room challenge

drop it modern wallpaper christine dovey one room challenge

And are now very close to finalizing this in either the lighter or the darker option…

drop it modern christine dovey floral wallpaper one room challenge

drop it modern christine dovey floral wallpaper one room challenge
drop it modern wallpaper one room challenge

drop it modern wallpaper one room challenge

Designing wallpaper is hard lol…so many things to consider and so many little things that you can change over and over and over again.

Two things are for sure though…1. I love, love doing it and coming up with something brand new and your own is the most exciting thing in the universe. Stay tuned for more on that front;) 2. Drop it Modern is THE BEST and sooooo incredibly awesome to work with…the talent there is off the charts…feeling lucky to know/work with that place.

Next week, I will show you the official pattern and then the week after that, this prettiness will be up the walls…oh and ps, were printing fabric to match so that will be up re: curtains in the same room…like I said, old lady chic is going to happen up in here.

So thats the paint and wallpaper.

In terms of other textiles, the big story on that front is upholstery.

Thanks to fabulous sponsor Fabricut, I was able to piece together this sum of the prettiest of fabrics…

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And with it, I plan on doing a whole lot of things.

Thankfully, I have the best upholsterer J and J Made, who is taking some older pieces of mine and breathing a lot of new life into them.

For example, these old French chairs…

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…got stripped…

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…and now look like this!

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The Olea fabric by Nate Berkus is all the things.

Next, my wee little mini Louis chair, which I sadly dont have a picture of because the orange was just so not my favourite and I never apparently took a photo of it. The important thing is the after anyways…here she is, all newly covered in Fabricut Box Fur, with About You on the back…

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fabricut christine dovey j and j made

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So much happy.

And finally on the upholstery front, my alky chairs and platner…

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christine dovey platner chairs j and j made

…are in process…the afters of those will be coming next week. For now, the hint is cobalt blue and floral:)

To wrap things up with all the texture goodness for today, I’ll leave you with some of the carpet fabulous that will be coming my way.

First, I selected Karastan’s Savannah Scenes Antelope for the playroom…

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And their plush, delicious Exquisite Affair in warm Starlet to cover the nook behind the stairs…

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My friends at Alexanian will be doing the install of both:)

On the area rug side of things, the most beautiful piece of plush wool fabulous arrived last week from Annie Selke and I had to put it down immediately…it’s waiting in my living room right now to find it’s home in the basement space but I’m honestly, going to have a hard time moving it…the colour is perfection with my living room walls…

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annie selke rug christine dovey one room challenge

Called the Hugo, this is the nicest rug I’ve ever owned…hands down. I’m obsessed with it.

I also have a few smaller area ones coming in…a pair of these Jute runners and a black Zentique hide from Candelabra

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A natural weave smaller rug for the bedroom from Bouclair

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And this pretty larger one (called the Francesca) from Mohawk (which ps, in real life, has the most beautiful texture,) that will go in the mainroom, along with the Selke prettiness above…

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And that my friends is the start of the texture goodness foundation that’s going in the basement reno. I’ll show you the smaller pieces that in more layers in the weeks to come.

In the meantime, make sure you check out all the incredible things my friends are up to this week…

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

One Room Challenge {Basement} – Week Two

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

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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…

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…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…

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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…

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one room challenge christine dovey basement

The secret room, started to reveal itself…

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…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…

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… 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…

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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…

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

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…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…

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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…

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And then the reading nook and playroom…

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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…

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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…

PLAYROOM!!!!!

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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:)
xx

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.

…….

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.

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One Room Challenge…Version 2.0 – The REVEAL!!!

It’s week 6…

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…and I really can’t believe I’m finally at the part where I get to say ‘I’m done and so excited to reveal my space’. The truth is, I really am so so excited. This room has been a long dumb road to get to. One that I’m not sure I’d do again honestly…re: renovating/bulding. I jumped into the 6 week challenge way back last fall when the room didn’t even exist. I mean it did in terms of being a drawing on a floorplan but in real life/actual space form, not so much. I naively thought that I had a change of willing it together in time to reveal but the gods just seemed to hate me…mostly because we just couldn’t get a damn roof on the thing, which meant, nothing could really happen inside. After some big effort from everyone involved at that time (builder, me, husband etc.,) this is where I started…aka the befores…

…and this is a glimpse of where we were come reveal time…

So yah…not #ideal.

If you missed that live action fun, you can catch up on my version one below…

Week One . Week Two . Week Three . Week Four . Week Five . Week Six

Fast forward to this round of the One Room Challenge and 6 weeks ago from today. Picture me sitting in a hotel room, waiting to actually move into the house that this little terror of a room I’m describing belonged to. I woke up on the day link ups were scheduled to start and though I hadn’t planned on taking part (because to be totally and brutally honest, I really didn’t need to add anything to my plate after a year long reno that almost killed me in so many ways,) I dove in at the last minute and posted pictures of the room that wasn’t…or wasn’t yet.  At the end of the day, I think I just needed some sort of closure on my failure last go around. I’m the kind of person that HATES not doing what I’ve signed up to do. Hates. So…in I jumped. In my head, it was going to be a much easier road than any of my other ORC goes. This time, there would be no construction. No relying on trades. No excuses. I had total control over getting this room done on time and the way I wanted. Or so I thought;)

If you missed this go around, see below…

Week One . Week TwoWeek Three . Week Four . Week Five

And to recap, in terms of before for this kick at the can, this is where version 2.0 started…

…or more accurately in terms of 6 weeks ago…here’s where things were…

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I had an empty room with no furniture but happily, walls/wallpaper/millwork/paint were done.

So…all I had to do was what I love most…design, decorate, re-upholster, art/primp the heck out of the place.

It sounded real easy. But as always, it wasn’t a cake-walk.

For one, I just couldn’t nail down the right fabric for the chairs I planned on using. Also, I was feeling sort of blah about the room for a long time. I’m not really sure why in hindsight but I guess I’d just thought about and started at it for way too long. My 6 weeks was more accurately a year and what once felt new, was slowly starting to feel laboured and not like a first kiss.

Fast forward to week four when my hand painted drapery arrived courtesy of my brilliantly talented friend Hollie Cooper. When I showed her what I wanted, I almost instantly thought I might have got it wrong. Maybe the pattern would be too much…or maybe not enough etc. Thankfully, my self-doubt was stupid on this one and what happened after said curtain install was one of those moments us creative types always work for/towards. The minute the drapes went in, my love affair for this room instantly took hold. It became everything I hoped it would be…cozy, comfortable, neutral…but also bold, artistic and slightly ugly…that description might sound weird to some but it’s my favourite type of mix and the moment the curtains happened, the vision for the space became super duper clear. From then on, it was just a matter of taking my brain matter and bringing it really to life.

And in the end, the room did/does do what I wanted it to.

It’s grown up…probably more so than any space I’ve ever designed. It’s maybe a little more ‘decorated’ than I usually do but in a way that doesn’t rely on quirkiness as much as I usually like…instead, it just exists in this sort of comfortable realm of ‘it feels super good to be in’. And for me, I guess that feels like a bit of an evolution in terms of how I see design and well, that’s kind of cool I guess.

And with that giant long monologue, I should probably stop writing and just get to the reveal.

Here’s my little bedroom in professional photographer form, thanks to the incredibly talented/awesome Ashley Capp

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one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

one room challenge christine dovey ashley capp master bedroom

And then some i-phone ‘diy’ specials…because…as you might notice, the first set have a propped in Platner chair from my living room because my Stellar Works chairs got held up in re-upholstery thanks to my indecision on fabric…

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All in all, it’s been a pretty awesome experience seeing this room grow from nothing and I have a whole heck of a lot of people to thank for it getting to where it is now.  As with every round of this crazy challenge, it’s hard not to feel ridiculously grateful for the ORC journey/ Linda for dreaming the whole thing up/ amazing sponsors for making it a little easier and more beautiful/ incredible friends and trades and suppliers for bringing visions to life.

A HUGE thanks to these peeps for getting the bones of the space to where it is now…

RMS– my builders…thanks to them for making my house…truly…having this house turn into what I always dreamed it would be is something I will always be grateful for.

Super Allen/Super Jeremy- I have no words. They are my spirit animals in carpenters form…I love them for always making me feel like what I dream up isn’t out of reach or weird or not doable. They bring to life everything I ever come up with and I’m eternally grateful.

Metrie– my house would be a shell of a house without the interior finishings, millwork and doors from Metrie. This room is no exception. My love for this company and all of their fixings is real.

Para Paints– Loucks Farm for the win…love the warm, dark, taupy grey like no ones business.

Drop it Modern– always a favourite…wallpaper geniuses with the best customer service/customization options in all the land. This company has come through for me in terms of wallpaper dreams over and over again. Love x so so much.

Alexanian– my room is grounded with the white oak floors that run through the whole house and I love them in real and deep ways. So thankful to have worked with them on my whole house.

Fieldstone Windows– double hung windows that I got to paint the colour of my walls and that fulfill all my window dreams ever = happiness.

Trumeau Stones– true craftsmanship is something that’s hard not to admire and seeing my limestone fireplace(s) installed in this new house was something that made me feel so incredibly grateful. Our bedroom surround is truly the focal point of the room and I couldn’t love it more.

Hollie Cooper Interiors– no words here again…Hollie is my dear dear friend and I treasure her to the moon and back. On top of that, she’s an incredible talent who always manages to take my crazy draper/paint/pillow requests and make them real. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the drapery she made for this room (and moss green silk + Hollyhock pillows,) are my favourite.

J and J Made– upholsterer of my unicorn dreams…that’s all I have to say on that front. When you can re-do a settee and pair of chairs on one week, you’re forever A-Ok in my books. Also, the quality of the upholstery is business.

Karastan– all I have to say here is leopard in carpet form. Love.

Crystorama– I’m a vintage lighting lover so new crystal has always scared me a bit…enter Crystorama and I’m a total convert. ADORE the bedroom chandy.

DecoratorsBest– fabric nirvana…that is all. My settee is so much happier in its Pindler and Pindler black vinyl glory.

JF Fabrics– Stellar Works chairs are soooooo much more handsome with their new wool covers/moss green silk pillows.

Black Rooster Decor– I could never ever do a room without a little BR furniture/art/accessory goodness in it…ever. For this reveal, it’s all about the white vase/morrocan table/graphic art/reindeer hide/applique pillow happiness.

Druthers and Hammond– custom makers of so many good things. My nightstands had to be designed to perfectly fit in a really narrow space and they do…and the finish is sublime…and I love love love how they look.

Upper Canada Specialty Hardware– this room has the same black hardware as the rest of my house and I love it so hard. UCSH is an amazing resource with the best, best selection.

Park Blvd– I didn’t love texture in the way I do now until I discovered this pillow company. Their textiles are just beyond and I’m so happy to have some Scottish wool/ lambswool in this room…it just makes it all infinitely more cozy.

Arianna Belle– I don’t think I’ve ever worked on a project and not had one of her pillows…I finally got to use my fave Kubus in this space and lurv it.

Nicole Cohen– the most inspiring creative talent I know and someone I’m lucky to call a friend…her photography is splashed all over this room.

Society 6– art + great prices + a huge variety…so good.

Anewall– I love this store…plain and simple. I think every room of my new house has a little anewall in it. Their love and admiration for history mixed with a little edge is totally my jam.

Minted– art love again…so many beautiful pieces to select from…my fireplace car is an all time favourite.

Fiori Oakville– a room of mine would never be the same without their flowers…ever.

(And some other source goodness…Chairs- Stellar Works; Linen bedding- West Elm; Sheets, marble vase and wood ball- HomeSense; Art (not noted already)- Leigh Viner, IKEA, vintage; Throws- Elte and HomeSense; Console table- Vern and Vera; Vase and Jonathan Adler canister- Shop 219; Brass script- Gleena Ceramics; Cotton- Sheridan nurseries; Mirrors, cone, bust and wood form- vintage; Ceiling medallion- Home Depot; Platner chair- vintage; Settee- Flik and Company; Picture frames- Michaels and IKEA; Canvas wrapping- Art Printing; Book- Indigo; Candle- H&M Home; Sconces- CB2)

And with that, I think this reveal is a wrap:)))

If you haven’t done so already, make sure you venture over to see all of the incredible reveals from the featured designers

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AND…also dive in to see all that my fellow linkers have put together…so many good things to be enjoyed and inspired by.

Until next time!!!

*** edit…for some bizarre reason, my comment box doesn’t seem to be working, which on an ORC reveal day, is a pretty large bummer. If any wordpress geniuses out there know why this might be happening, I’d so appreciate the help!!! In the meantime, you can leave a comment by replying to mine if you feel so inclined:)

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One Room Challenge – Version 2.0 Week Five

Holy bananas…it’s week 5!

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And I might be starting to freak out…just a little.  Even though we have until next Thursday, my amazing photographer is coming Tuesday so it’s T- 5 days and well, I’m still crossing fingers that a lot of things get done before then.

This week was a pretty fantastic one on the progress front though so business is definitely happening and I have to say, I’m starting to really love how things are coming together.

Up until a few days ago, I was worried that the room wasn’t feeling gritty enough and was entirely too serious. But then…the best best best curtains in the entire universe were made by my amazing talented Hollie Cooper and when we installed them in a sort of unconventional no pleat/two hooks on every ring sort of way, I literally started jumping up and down. I mean….I LOVE them…

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christine dovey one room challenge karastan carpet hollie cooper pillows

christine dovey one room challenge karastan carpet hollie cooper pillows

This is one of those weird times when the photos really don’t due these things justice. The drapes have instantly made me lurv my room in a committed/ ‘I want to be your girlfriend’ sort of way;)

Also sidebar…I finally got to put down my Karastan leopard carpet in her new home and meow my friends…she’s one sexy area rug.  Love, love how the warm tones pick up my beautiuous oak floors form Alexanian!

This week was also good on the fabric delivery front. My Pindler vinyl from DecoratorsBest arrived…

And is getting put on my settee as we speak. Have I mentioned how awesome my upholsterer J and J Made is? Well she is…she’s doing my settee and the pair of pink chairs…in a week.

Speaking of pink chairs. I had a little trip to the wonderment that is JF Fabrics this week…

…where every single fabric is IN STOCK and ready THE SAME DAY! Yup…it’s like the IKEA of fabrics and it’s heaven.

I went there with a solid plan to pick up some burgundy velvet but I just couldn’t find the exact elusive rusty oxblood I had in mind.

Happily, I found something I love even more…

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…a deep mossy green silk like thing that when matched up with my new Hollyhock, made me a little giddy.

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Speaking of the Hollyhock…Ms Cooper delivered those this week too and wowza..

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The combo is bam.

Back to fabric…I brought the samples home and was all set to upholster the pinks in the green until I realized that it’s almost too good a match and sort of vanishes against the wall so a quick plan B went into action, which has the chairs being done in the heather grey wool with silk green lumbar pillows layering on top…

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Sidenote…in combo with a rust Maharam mohair I’m planning on using in the den and the burgundy Gretchen Bellinger that will go somewhere in my house, these bunch of colours are my new favourite all time palate…

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It’s just so luxe no!?!?!

Moving on.

So upholstery check.

As for art, I mentioned last week that I had ordered up a bunch of goodies. I got the bad news yesterday that the shipping estimate hadn’t taken into account the international bit of me being in Canada so the new stuff isn’t going to get here in time. So…I’m sort of back to square one on that. I did frame up my Nicole Cohen tear out prints and also whipped up a little DIY painting of my own…

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…so all is not lost. I’m also hoping my anewall lady gets here and have plans for some little nic-nack antique walls things as well so all good I think.

And to finish things off, this is what has to happen in the next 5 days for me to finish:

  1. hang all art (scared of this because of how many pieces there are and how many holes that means for the wallpaper.
  2. make bed with new bedding I bought for the challenge last time (grey linen).
  3. re-hang chandelier…we just installed a ceiling medallion so it had to come down- going back up today.
  4. pick-up settee and chairs from upholsterer and get them in place
  5. style side tables and console table
  6. hang set of floor mirrors on either side of fireplace
  7. pray to the gods it all gets done

Easy peasy:)

Until then, make sure you check in with the featured designer’s progress…

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

and the linkers

Crossing fingers that all of use make it across the finish line:)

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