One Room Challenge {Basement} – The REVEAL!!!!!

Well my friends, we’re here and holy hannah of all crazy things…this one was dare I say, the craziest yet for me.

If you’re just catching up, here’s a look back at week one, week two, week three, week four and week five, with as always, a huge thanks to Linda at Calling it Home for starting this whole wonderous One Room Challenge thing…and of course, for including me in this latest round.

I’m not sure what it is about me in general, but there must be something deep in my inner consciousness that enjoys struggle. When I signed up for this round of the ORC, I immediately knew I wanted to do my basement because well, it was the last bastion of this house to get touched and it was BAAAAD. Like really, really bad. Because we did an addition on a very old house, the various spaces in the basement were insanely disjointed and made no logical sense in terms of layout. We had channels cut in concrete so walking was possible in the hallway…giant HVAC bulkheads running everywhere…trim sort of hacked together and way too much for a bunch of tiny windows…no real storage other than a room under the old house that lacked electricity or any real functionality…dirt…construction debris…piles of unwanted and unused furniture…and just well…overall grossness. It was a space that reminded constantly of the errors I made along the way while renovating this house…it made me sad and anxious and then anxious on top of that…

A small reminder…

And honestly…it was worse then what’s shown here…these shots were taken after we cleared most of the crap out of the spaces…the now playroom/then storage room was literally packed to the rafters with boxes covered in original construction debris.

Anyhoo…you get the idea…BAAADDDDD!!!

So…again, when the opportunity came by to take part in this round of the ORC, I knew this had to be the space…I also knew it would be hard…like really, really hard. And well, it was I promise you, harder then any work I’ve ever done in my life…ever. Like ever. I’ve never in poured myself into anything like I did with this.

Maybe I felt like I needed to redeem myself a bit from this whole house or something…move it past it’s historical flaws…it’s renovation mistakes. Not sure. But what I can say is that whatever was motivating me on this one, was intense. I DIY’d my brains out, built maybe 20 pieces of IKEA furniture, slept so so little it hurt, painted, glued, screwed, nailed, agonized, planned, ordered, shopped, wrote, photographed, analyzed, negotiated, designed, styled, worked and then worked some more…and at this moment as I sit writing this post at 3am after another night of maybe 2 hours sleep, I feel freaking proud of myself…like really. I also, and more importantly, feel SO INSANELY GRATEFUL to everyone who helped me along the way.

I’m going to call out people and sponsors as they come up throughout the deluge of pictures but to begin, it makes sense to start at the beginning so a giant thanks to my architectural designer Katherine who set forth a plan on paper that I knew had the potential to completely change the function and look of the whole space. I’ve long learned that proper plans are essential to this sort of renovation and having someone on my team that has so much architectural talent is well, quite simply, invaluable.

Once again, here is what the original plans outlined…

Next, up on the thanks list, my contractor Andrew Burke and his team. I really don’t know where to start on this one but quite simply, they were incredible. I’m endlessly grateful for their commitment to my project and to the ridiculous effort they put into to getting it across the finish line. These guys pulled so many late nights and long hours to get my basement finished, including a 26 hour shift prior to the photo shoot yesterday…and at no point, was any work not put forth without an extreme attention to detail and wonderful care for the final product. I honestly can’t express my gratitude enough. My basement looks the way it does because they worked with all of it’s little weird nuances and so carefully worked with every one to customize literally every piece of everything…beyond, beyond impressive and I can’t recommend or thank them enough.

We also had a fabulous electrician who went the extra mile so a large high five and thanks to Dave at Greybrook Electric…also Peter my painter and RMS for pitching in on my concrete floors and stairs.

ho took plans and built them.

PS…the first photo was taken during said 26 hour shift…a much deserved break at maybe midnight…the second, at 5 am on the day of my shoot…note how much was still going on.

These guys = superstars.

And then of course, there’s the ORC sponsors that I used to complete my space…

All Modern | Annie Selke | Arianna Belle | The Mine | Bellacor | Canadian Tire | Citizen Atelier | Bouclair | Crystorama | CandelabraDrop 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 | On the Wall FramingParima Studio | Rove Concepts |

…more on all the wonderful goodness I received later in the post but for now, sufficed to say, I’m so so so grateful!!!!

Ok so after all of that, it’s picture time.

First up, a series of pictures taken by the amazingly talented Ashley Capp that really show you the rooms and how they look as a whole…

From these, you can see we completed my hallway/staircase, secret playroom, hall nook, main living area, and bedroom (or the lady lounge as I like to now call it:)

I snapped some additional shots on my own to show a little more of what’s in the spaces, and of course, want to share where everything came from so…

Here’s that on a room by room basis, as you travel down…

Stairs, hallway and nook…

…my contractor made the floor boards ( yes MADE them…amazing) out of Metrie 1″ x 6’oak flat stock…the stairs were also clad in it and that was generously done by RMS.

…the beautiful agate pouf is by Hapi Art.

…family photos by Kieran Darcy, framed by Framebridge.

…the framed artwork is from Minted, and all the oak sheeting and supplies to make the cabinetry that runs the length of the hallway, was supplied by Home Depot Canada.

…jute bleached runner from Candelabra.

…Animal House Men in Black wallpaper is NewWall, carpet Karastan, wood side table and Justina Blakely pillow Candelabra, artwork Minted, sofa, large ‘Jassa’ reed bowl and plant IKEA Canada, trundle basket and magazine rack EQ3.

…oak veneer Home Depot Canada, oak shelving Metrie, black and white vase is Jill Rosenwald, black vase by Candelabra.

Playroom…

I thought I’d do the details of all these shots at the end because there’s a lot in this room lol…so here she goes:

Beautiful photograph above the sofa, Mimosa Lane
Yellow Fringe on DIY lamp, Fringe Market
Sconces, All Modern (painted in Canadian Tire Premier Paint, in Cloud Cover)
Sofa, Restoration Hardware Teen
Ottoman and Gnome, the Mine
Sideboard, my own…painted in Farrow and Ball St Giles Blue, Full Gloss
Artwork above sideboard, Anewall
Wallpaper, Closet Stripe by Farrow and Ball
Vintage army wall hanging and cloche, Morba
Paper Garlands, Atelier Sukha
Trio of framed photographs on top of wood console, Nicole Cohen
Art Frames, LED display box, IVAR wood cabinets, side tables (Lisabo and Rekarne), Stockholm 2017 armchair (teddy bear chair,) paper roll, pencil crayons, crayon cups, IKEA Canada
Carpet (Savanna Scenes Antelope,) Karastan – install of this one and nook carpet by Alexanian
Blue floral and green velvet pillow, Arianna Belle
Fabric on little Louis chair (Box Fur and About You,) Fabricut
Fabric on floral Alky chair, Fabricut
Upholstery by J & J Made
Basket under side table, Canadian Tire
Cactus sculpture, Black Rooster Decor

Living room…

…side table by Candelabra and bench from The Mine.

Incredible florals for entire reveal by the insanely talented Coyote Flowers!!!

…left pillow, All Modern and right by Candelabra.

…my new stunning IgniteXL 74″ electric fireplace is by Dimplex…wood boxes below are made from Home Depot Canada oak plywood. The mirror is HomeSense.

…dream Flag Halyard chair, walnut dining table and tulip dining chairs are Rove Concepts, grey carpet is Annie Selke and the beige carpet is Mohawk Home.

sheepskin is the Mine.

…brown velvet pillow (fabricut and sewing by Hollie Cooper Interiors).

…side table, Black Rooster Decor, floor lamp by Lamps Plus and sheers throughout living room are by Hollie Cooper (who is PS, the bestest friend a girl could hope for and helped me so much come reveal time!!!!)

…stump tables, Bouclair.

…fabric on Louis chair, Olea by Fabricut…again rug, Annie Selke, side tables Bouclair and amazing fireplace, Dimplex.

The living room paint is a combo of Farrow and Ball All Black, Wimborne White and Slipper Satin.

Wallpaper…a custom colourway of Drop it Modern’s Parisian Mural…and a quick note on the wallpaper…as I’ve spoken about in earlier posts, I worked with Bree from Drop it Modern on this paper and the one in the bedroom…what a dream to be able to create custom papers for this project. Drop it Modern is just my favourite:)

The track lights on the ceiling are by Bellacor…and the beautiful coffee table is by Altea!

Oh and the cabinetry…all the hinge hardware was supplied by my friends at GRASS.

Doors to the bedroom below…Metrie Fashion Forward solid core beauties as per the rest of my house.

Bedroom…

And for this space…

Custom floral wallpaper and curtains, Drop it Modern
Floor lamp, Canadian Tire
Platner chair fabric, Adesso by Fabricut…upholstery by J&J Made.
Daybed, tape and fringe, Fringe Market
Side tables on either side of the bed, IKEA Stockholm coffee table
Bolster pillows and velvet pillow (fabric by Fabricut,) Hollie Cooper Interiors
Dining table, Pansy Table by Candelabra
Artwork ‘The Creation of Antilia’, Citizen Atelier
Framing, On the Wall Framing
Artwork beside and above bed (Pyramid and Architecture Noir,) Minted
Side table, All Modern
Hide, Candelabra
Recyled leather rug, Bouclair
Pillow on chair, All Modern
Ceiling fixture, Crystorama
Coyuchi Blanket, The Mine

And that my friends, is this round of my One Room Challenge Bijou Basement Blitz revealed!!!!

I so hope you like it…I/we really do.

After a long few days of finishing and shooting, I finally got to reveal all to my kids last night and it was super fun to see their reaction to the whole thing, and most especially the secret playroom…I’ll leave you with a video of that business…

…along with a final ORC shout-out from them…

…and a HUGE thank you again to Linda from Calling it Home for organzing and dreaming up this whole thing…it’s definitely not ‘for the faint of heart’ sort of challenge but wowzers is it ever gratifying and at the same time, so so much fun!!!!!

Until next time friends…and enjoy today’s other sure to be incredible reveals!!! 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

I for one can’t wait to pour through every one of them…after a giant nap…and a giant hug fest with my kids since I feel like I haven’t seen them in a week…same goes for the husband…the good egg made no less then five or so trips to Lewiston, NY to pick up deliveries for me…and single parented for the last few weeks so yes…grateful and happy and tired lol.

Oh and one more quick note…I think I’ll do a construction post/behind the scenes look at the stuff that went into actually building this whole thing. Stay tuned for that in the next week or so:)

xx

One Room Challenge {Basement} – Week Five

Holy man…it’s week five of this…

…which means today is the last update before the giant reveal…which means…

CUE PANIC!!!!!

I still have a lot…a lot to get done between now and Sunday.

It makes me tired just thinking about it lol.

In any event…let’s focus on the now, by starting first, at a quick look back at week one, two, three and four. We’ve made a giant ton of progress this week so excited to share.

To begin, most of my wallpaper went up and I love every single pattern so so much.

First, my two Drop it Modern wallpaper patterns happened…the Parisian Mural in the main room…

And our custom floral in the bedroom…

In the playroom, Farrow and Ball stripes made the room come to life…

And then late last night, my NewWall animals went up in the nook…

I love how much character and life all of these bring into what was once, a very gloomy bunch of spaces.

In addition to the wallpaper, we had a bunch of construction progress.

For one, most of my walls got painted with three shades from Farrow and Ball…the main walls are all done in Slipper Satin, ceiling in Wimborne White and the stair hall in All White.

As well, my amazing contractor Andrew Burke ( a huge thank you to my friend Vanessa Francis for the referral!) spent a lot of time at Home Depot Canada buying up all the lumbar, oak sheeting, oak veneer, plywood, mdf and concrete needed to that he could work triple time to:

1. construct my open box bookcase that will go in the hall…

2. make me a ply box to use for my DIY daybed…more on that later in the post…

3. pour the fireplace ledge…

4. router out some letters for another little DIY project I have in the works (a separate post on this one will be introduced in a post tomorrow:)…

5. paint the entire basement

6. remediate a little 911 flood emergency we had Tuesday morning when our sump pump was accidentally disconnected the night before, which resulted in me waking up to an inch of water sitting on the entire main room floor…holy god…terrifying. Thankfully, contractor managed to shop vac up all the water and used dyers the rest of the day to soak up any wall dampness. We were so lucky that our floors were concrete, the wallpaper still wet as it had just been installed and that no furniture was yet in place…things could have been a whole whole lot worse.

And that’s the construction nitty girtty for this week…all good but still a ways to go as it were.

In other news, I put my ‘put things together’ belt on and did a whole lot of IKEA building and DIYing. I gave some sneak peeks of a few projects on my Insta page and a bunch of people asked for full tutorials so here we go on that front.

To start, I spent the weekend building some IKEA goodies:

Norraker chairs, Stockholm 2017 table (I’ll be using as a bench,) Lisabo side table and IVAR cabinets

…pretty impressed with myself on the ‘follow directions and actually build things’ front lol.

In addition to these items, I also spent pretty much ALL day yesterday on probably my favourite IKEA piece of all time…that also PS,took me most of the afternoon to put together…the PS 2017 loveseat, that I refer to as both ‘a most magical unicorn cloud of a sofa’ and ‘that which murdered all of my fingers and made me never want to see a bungee cord of any type again as long as I live’…re: the later title…this thing was not a cake walk to put together…the bungees are small and my hands must be a little weak because, man, it was HARD. I’ve only done one of the two armchairs and have a whole other one to finish to make a loveseat. Seriously and very honestly having to psych myself up to do it.

In any event, it’s pretty special now that it’s put together. The sofa is made to work with the accompanying PS 2017 cushions. Part of made mine so hard to put together probably, is that I decided to add something to the intended configuration by putting Vigdis linen covers on each pillow…all 38 of them;)

The linen adds a hit of texture and luxe to the whole thing that I really wanted…unfortunately, it also probably adds fabric/dimension to each pillow, which of course, makes the bungees even tighter…anyhoo…at the end of the day it came together and looks freaking PRETTY…effort definitely worth it!

So that was my IKEA for the week…I built some things and pseudo hacked another…super excited to see all of these goodies installed in the basement this week.

And as far as the other DIYs on my list, I’m super excited about all of them. In last week’s post, I introduced the four I’m doing and I’ve knocked three of them off the list…the IKEA cloud (well I guess I’m only half done that but still,) my teddy bear chair and the fringe daybed.

1. Teddy Bear Chair

I’m so so happy with this little chair. I got the idea from my fabulously creative friend Nicole Cohen…

And the DIY could not be easier.

To start you will need:

a. a bunch of old teddy bears
b. plastic zip ties…I used the longest ones available in black
c. an armchair that is nice and open so that you have something to attach the teddys too…I used IKEAs Stockholm 2017 rattan chair

And to do:

Theres just one instruction…place each teddy where you want it and zip tie it to the chair…

And then bang…teddy bear chair

I decided to stick to mostly brown, white/cream and black but you could do in any range of colours…Super easy and super fun!!!!

2. Fringe Daybed

When I saw this inspiration photo from Domino, I knew immediately that I wanted to try and make my own version…

To make this you will need:

a. a ply box cut to the dimension of the mattress you are using…in my case, 39″W x 80″ long
b. paint…I used Farrow and Ball Slipper Satin
c. hot glue/gun
d. fabric tape…I used Fringe Markets 3″ Santorini tape
e. bullion fringe…I used 12″ cotton natural bullion from Fringe Market
f. a mattress…I used an old french mattress I had from the daybed I had in Jaspers nursery, purchased at Black Rooster Decor

To do:

a. construct your ply base…my contractor did this part using ply sheeting from Home Depot Canada

b. paint box in a colour that mimics your tape/fringe…

…make sure you also paint the top in by about 4/5″ so that any gaps between base and the mattress won’t expsose raw ply.

c. glue the tape to the top edge of the daybed base on the three sides so that it overlaps onto the top…

I used the D300 glue for the tape but really, you could stick with the hot glue for everything.

d. once the tape is dry, use a hot glue gun to attach the fringe on to the tape, at a level that allows it to just skim the ground…

e. place mattress on top and voila!

So thats the DIY stuff:)

To finish off for this week, here’s a quick peek at some pretty furniture, accessories and art that arrived this week and that I’m so excited to be able to really showcase soon!

1. pillows from All Modern, and Candelabra

2. an incredible pouf from Krist Kohut

…side tables from the Mine and Candelabra

3. blanket from the Mine, that works so well with my colour scheme…

4. insanely perfect table from Altea…that was PS, hand delivered to me…from Montreal (that’s a 6 hour drive,) by the owner…I LOVE THIS COMPANY!!!

5. super fun cactus and cool concrete bowl from Black Rooster Decor

6. framed family portraits…shots by Kieran Darcy and frames, Framebridge

7. gorgeous prints from Mimosa Lane and Anewall

8. beautiful art from Minted

9…with the last shot above showcasing my floor lamp pair from Lamps Plus.

10…and on the lighting front, this super rad ceiling mount from Crystorama

11. And finally, this amazing collection of garlands I ordered from a store in the Netherlands called Sukha…I mean the packaging alone!!!

And pwef…I think that’s all I have for this week. Apologies for the pseudo novel…there’s just always so much to get through with each update!

By next week, I very much hope to show you professional shots of a very finished 5 spaces.

In the meantime, here’s the weekly vid update…

…along with a direct link to my Insta vids so you can follow along with my last week of progress…my Karastan carpet and Metrie oak stairs are all going in today so lots happening:)

Oh and make sure you also link over to everyone’s week five update…I for one am super psyched to see what all have in store!

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 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.

christine dovey one room challenge

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…

one room challenge farrow and ball slipper satin

And the slightly lighter Wimborne White for the ceilings…

farrow and ball wimborn white christine dovey one room challenge

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…

one room challenge basement christine dovey

…will be getting a little of this action…

drop it modern wallpaper christine dovey one room challenge

farrow and ball st giles blue christine dovey one room challenge

Excited about that.

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

one room challenge christine dovey farrow and ball

…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…

farrow and ball wallpaper stripe christine dovey one room challenge

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…

one room challenge christine dovey basement newall

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 wallpaper one room challenge

drop it modern wallpaper one room challenge

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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…

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drop it modern christine dovey floral wallpaper one room challenge
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 architectural designer (who I’ll tell you all about in posts to come and who is PS, sooooo awesome,) come by and create a 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

xx