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…

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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 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…

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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…

orc inspiration http-::www.archilovers.com:projects:187456:gallery?1673077

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!

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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

One Room Challenge – Week One / Version 2

At the very last minute, I’ve decided to take part as a linking participant in this round of the One Room Challenge…

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…because apparently, I’m must be a total masochist who has some sort of twisted need to pile on more  stress right smack in the middle of the most giant pressure loaded situation there is…renovating a house/living in a hotel since said house isn’t done/having lots of kids lol.

I guess I should back up a bit and fill you in on the situation in case you’re new here:)

During the last round of the ORC, I took part as one of the featured designers, and to put it nicely, I failed miserably. For my space, I had chosen the master bedroom in the new/old house we were renovating. My plan for the space that didn’t even exist at that point (an addition on a very old house) was this…

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…and I had high hopes I could pull a rabbit out of a hat and actually get it done in the 6 short weeks but because of many construction delays, when the time was up,  this is where things were…

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…and I was clearly no where near the finish line. You can read my sad letter of defeat here.

And if you really want to go back, you can catch up on the whole thing/other weeks below…

week one . week two . week three . week four . week five

After that, I continued weekly posting and updates of the room until about February…at that point, things in the room looked like this…

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christine dovey one room challeng master bedroom doors

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…which brings us to today, April 7th and the starting point for my One Room Challenge master bedroom 2.0.

At the starting point of this new round of the fun, I’m beginning with this as my foundation…

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christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom para paint metrie moudling super allen drop it modern wallpaper

christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom para paint metrie moudling super allen drop it modern wallpaper

christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom para paint metrie moudling super allen drop it modern wallpaper

christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom para paint metrie moudling super allen drop it modern wallpaper

christine dovey one room challenge master bedroom para paint metrie moudling super allen drop it modern wallpaper

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As you can see, I made a pretty large change in the original plan…instead of doing the navy on the walls, I opted for a warm grey from Para Paints called Loucks Farm. In the end, the dark navy just felt too similar to my existing master with the black walls and I wanted something quite different.  Really happy with the colour and love how it plays with the Drop it Modern wallpaper/Metrie moulding/Trumeau Stones fireplace/Alexanian white oak floors.

And that my friends, is where things stand as of now, with one small exception…our stuff.  We moved everything we own over to this house last week so this room is now crammed from wall to wall with boxes so I definitely have my work cut out for me. Thankfully, for the first time in my One Room Challenge career, there will be NO CONSTRUCTION involved in completing this room, which means that I’m in complete control of getting it done and will only have myself to blame if it doesn’t lol.

Stay tuned and make sure you check out the amazing group of 20 featured designers if you haven’t already…

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…and read up on the giant list of linking participants like me joining in on the fun.

xx

Project Flip – T- 8 days to Move In!

I haven’t updated progress on project flip…

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…because well, it’s been a HARD month. We’re scheduled to move in on the 29th of March, which is PS, in 8 days and honestly, I’m pretty sure the house won’t be ready. We’re hoping it will be livable with some things to finish but as it stands now, we’re without a kitchen or plumbing so it’s definitely dicey.

Here’s what’s been happening.

For one, the siding went up and after many meetings and deliberations on the subject, it’s become quite clear that it wasn’t installed properly.

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http://www.belathee.com/

As such, most of it is going to come down and be re-done. Watching all of that happen has been insanely stressful and I just want it done at this point.  Same goes for the roof. As you might remember, we put a deposit down on a standing seam roof back in September…after months and months of waiting, my builder was forced to get the money back and we were back to square one. After gathering new quotes, it looked like we were going to be out of pocket by $20,000 as the new pricing was substantially higher then originally quoted. Total balls. Thankfully, after a lot of research, I landed on a local company that will be installing my pretty new roof in three weeks, and will be making sure it’s done properly.  I selected a pale grey and though I got a lot of resistance from the company owner, worried that it wouldn’t provide the contrast people would normally want with white siding, I’m pretty confident it will be perfect.  Fingers crossed that when it’s done, it looks something like my original inspo…

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via Belathee Photography

As for the inside of the house, lots has happened since my last update, but there is still a ton to get finished.

The past month has been mostly about the millwork. Thanks to an amazing partnership with Metrie and my #superallen/his teammate #superjeremy sooooooo much has happened on that front…

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http://www.belathee.com/

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chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

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PS…ask me how excited I am that all the floor coverings are coming off THIS WEEK?!?!? I can’t wait for my beautiful  light oak floors from Alexanian to be revealed!

 

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chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

The paint deliberations were serious…I tried out many before I landed on the final plan.

Thankfully, PARA paints has been amazing and supplied some of the prettiest colours ever.

The grey shown below (Mennonite Grey Tint 1) will line all baseboards, casings and stairs (other then the treads) in the foyer and upstairs hall…

 

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I had considered doing the walls in the TV room in it as well but settled on white…

 

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The master bedroom was the hardest for me to decide because I needed it to work with the Drop it Mod paper, which is a very warm grey…

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As you can see, I tried out A LOT of paint before settling on a warm dark grey called Loucks Farm…

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It’s the darker of the two shown above.

In the kids’ bathroom, I’m doing a bright green…

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The family room and kitchen will be white and the living room is getting my favourite colour ever, Heavenly Aromas, which is a super pretty grey violet…

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Also, just a quick sidenote here…my fireplaces!!!!! Trumeau Stones finished them off this past week and I’m obsessed!

Back to paint…

The boys’ is a periwinkle like blue called Crusin and Scarlett’s room will have some colour blocking in black, white and the pink shown below….here are all the chips together…

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And in addition to all of that, there will of course be wallpaper a plenty. I’m using Wall and Deco Stucco in the powder room…

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A mural from Anewall will be going on a long wall that runs between the kitchen/dining and the mudroom…

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The boys will be getting some Drop it Modern fun on their ceiling…

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And of course, this will be going on all the white wall sections in the master…wherever there isn’t grey paint, there will be this…

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As for tile etc., the long wall up the stairwell will be bricked and painted white…I’m using this cool veneer product called Century Brick…

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The kitchen will be totally subway tiled, including the wall into the mudroom.

And for the bathrooms, the kids have porcelain from Ornamenta in a diagonal stripe and a 4×6 subway tile on the bath walls…

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And in the master, I used a porcelain marble for walls and the floor…

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We’re making it a total wet room so there will be a single piece of glass on the floor where that fancy drain is for the shower area but other then that, it’s all open.

What else?

My Door Store gates are in place and will be painted white before getting hung on a track to divide the kitchen/dining from the rest of the house…

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And speaking of my favourite vintage store…our old door was fixed up by #superallen and got some new beaded glass…

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chrisitne dovey project flip door store upper canada specialty hardware

I’m leaving it natural on the inside but going to paint the exterior…thinking either bright yellow or grey.

And in terms of the door hardware, the Emtek brass and black goodness from Upper Canada Specialty Hardware is making me soooo happy…

http://www.belathee.com/

http://www.belathee.com/

http://www.belathee.com/

http://www.belathee.com/

Every door in the house will have a backplate like above…in the black.

In terms of design decisions still to be made…I have a few.

Originally, this little space between the living and kitchen was going to be the dining room…

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

And the area beside the kitchen was going to be the family…

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

chrisitne dovey project flip metrie

But…we had to extend the peninsula and it’s just super tight in there in terms of trying to get sofa in etc. So…I’m thinking of flipping them and doing a huge harvest table in front of the patio doors (which btw, came WAY smaller then we had hoped so they’re being switched out asap for taller doors).  In front of that peninsula, I’m doing a glass wall for a portion of it…sort of like this…

eenig woman

via Enig Wonen

And I like the idea of having a large table for us all to gather at. Our table is where we live together and I’d rather have more space for it, then a couch to be honest.

So, the little room will be a TV lounge I’m thinking…one sofa built into the space, with a credenza and TV across…I’m thinking of a velvet channeled like thing in pale blue.

The only problem with this little plan is it means no chandelier over the dining table since there are already pot lights in there. This of course KILLS me but I think the trade-off is worth it.

In terms of the domino effect this has on other things…I had originally planned a long harvest like island to run perpendicular to the stove…now that the table will be doing that, I’m going to flip the island and make a smaller parallel one. I’d like to do something special here…I’m thinking unlaquered brass with a black soapstone top…this stunning space by Nate Berkus is the insp there…

nate berkus kitchen

I bought two globe pendants months ago for here so I’m happy with that whole bag.

The soapstone will be this loveliness from Greensville Soapstone..

soapstone greensville soapstone

…in a leather finish. Obsessed with it.

The rest of my counters are being done in Silestone from Cosentino…we’re waiting on the integrated sink to arrive and then voila…this business will be installed in a suede finish…

silestone-lagoon-suede

Cabinets are flat panel black and being made by my builder RMS.

After that, it’s all about furniture choices…I’m dreaming up a few ideas on that front so stay tuned.

Oh and landscaping, the attic, basement and porches…that’s phase two lol.

So to recap…in the next 9 days, we need:

– kitchen installed

* just wait to you see my Kitchenaid Black Stainless appliances!!!! So excited to see these go in…

kitchenaid-black-stainless-steel-appliances

– all painting done

– plumbing installed

– garage door put on

– siding re-done

– tiling completed

* including kitchen wall/hood…which will look like this I hope…

style me pretty kitchen

via Style Me Pretty

– a lot of cleaning

And then…just maybe, we’ll be able to move in:))))

It’s going to be tight my friends but I’m trying to dwell on positive thoughts all day everyday.

I’ll try to update as much as possible the next few weeks…with so much happening, I can avoid giant posts like this one if I keep on it a bit more lol.

More to come.

xx

One Room Challenge – Week Four

Hi and welcome to week 4 of my kick at the…

one room challenge christine dovey maude arsenault photograph

…can.

PS…so far said can has not been hit.  I’ve been swinging a lot but no direct contact has been made lol.

If you’ve been following my ORC game through weeks one, two and three, you know I probably bit off a little more than I can chew by deciding to make over a room in my #projectflip renovation that didn’t even really exist at the start of the 6 week challenge.

You’ve probably also come to the conclusion that making this decision renders me a tad nuts but to be fair, when I signed up for this challenge round a few months back, I really did believe construction would be farther along.  If things like permit delays and asbestos hadn’t gotten in the way, I’d sooooo be in a better spot.

As it stands though, I’ve been dealt a bit of a shizzly hand and started a few Wednesdays back with nothing more than some framed walls and a sheeted floor.

And after 3 tumultuous roller coaster weeks, here is where I now stand.

My incredible contractor (my favourite person on earth right now) installed a fake roof so that we could move forward on getting the room’s electrical and HVAC done…it also meant that drywall could go up this week…

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

Now because it’s October in Canada, a tarp was laid on top of the temporary roof so that we could keep the bedroom looking like this….

christine dovey one room challenge construction

…rather than like this…

christine dovey one room challenge construction

…on the ensuite side of things. Oy.

The drywall/rain/temporary roof situation was pretty aces in terms of letting us move things along but of course, not a permanent solution so when the most beautiful trusses of all time finally showed up this past Friday…

christine dovey one room challenge construction

…there was much rejoicing.

And then, as if the heavens actually opened up as if to reveal a giant warm hug, a real roof magically started to appear…

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

Which after two days of massive effort from the construction crew, brought us to last night at around 8pm and a completely trussed and sheeted roof.

All good news.

Except a giant monsoon like storm is scheduled for today (Wednesday if you’re reading later in the week) and plywood planks won’t keep that business out of dodge so once again, tarps are going up and nailed down.

So…hopefully as you read this, the tarps are holding strong and water is being kept out of my nicely drywalled room because you know…floors, moulding, wallpaper and the like is all supposed to start happening like yesterday…no biggie.

Deep breaths.

Of course, aside from construction adrenaline party, this week had other perks.

To start, Nuart Framing did a killer job on my Maude Aresenualt piece from the Print Atelier and alongside my Maja Cunningham car photo from Minted , it’s a nice little his and hers moment…

christine dovey one room challenge maude arsenault and minted photographs

Also, Hollie Cooper (my dear friend and the bestest pillow maker around) dropped off my Kelly Weartler Mineral Velvet/Robert Allen black leather pillows…

christine dovey one room challenge decoratorsbest pillows kelly wearstler velvet leather trim hollie cooper interiors

christine dovey one room challenge decoratorsbest pillows kelly wearstler velvet leather trim hollie cooper interiors

…and I’m obsessed with them…a huge thank you to DecoratorsBest on the fabric/trim front.

And while still on the topic of textiles, my Arianna Belle Pierre Frey Kubus lumbar pillow also arrived…and well, it’s delicious…

one room challenge christine dovey pierre frey kubus pillow arianna belle

Next up on the good textile news front…I made a little visit to Tonic Living headquarters to pick up my pink linen drapes.

1. The curtains are all kinds of awesome…

christine dovey one room challenge tonic living drapery

christine dovey one room challenge tonic living drapery

2. So is the store…

christine dovey one room challenge tonic living

And finally, on the gianormous plus side of ORC life, Trumeau Stones installed my hearth…

christine dovey one room challenge trumeau stones hearth

…and sent me these progress pics of my fireplace nirvana…

christine dovey one room challenge trumeau stones fireplace

christine dovey one room challenge trumeau stones fireplace

christine dovey one room challenge trumeau stones

And that alone, easily makes up for the stress of everything else.

So. In. Love.

PSA…if you’re in the market for a custom fireplace surround and live anywhere remotely close to Toronto, Trumeau Stones my friends…Trumeau Stones.

So…to summerize this week:

1. Construction continued to be a roller coaster ride of joy/terror.

2. My contractor continued to shock and amaze by pulling out every possible stop to try and make this happen for me…as of Tuesday at 8pm, he was texting me from a window store trying to find something temporary to put up so that we could seal the room and really push forward on interior stuff.  I call that DEDICATION.

3. More pretty arrived from fabulous ORC sponsors and I feel super duper grateful.

4. I still have a crapload to get done…and it’s more than just a little overwhelming…once again, the ORC has made me exceedingly happy wine exists.

Here’s the schedule of what still has to happen before reveal…if the construction photos weren’t clue enough lol…

Wednesday- inspections and install of a temporary window until the real one is delivered early December

Thursday- more inspections and installation of temperature control measures so that we can lay our wood floor; ceiling drywall

Friday- wood floor goes in…as does the fireplace; more inspections and hopefully the all clear to soldier on

Saturday- Monday- wall moulding install a la #superallen

Tuesday- painting

Wednesday-Thursday- wallpaper install

Friday- lighting and drapery install and the furniture moving from my house 3 doors down to this one

Saturday- more furniture install and styling

Sunday- photo shoot

Are you laughing yet? I am…it’s all I can do so as to not completely loose my mind. 10 days my friends…10 days. Glug, Glug, Glug.

Oh and my husband just left on a 9 day business trip…cue whatever song screams woe is me please.

Here’s hoping this talented lot is fairing slightly better…

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

…with all kinds of pretty non-construction photos to share with you this week:)
Oh…speaking of pictures..check back later if you feel up to it…because work finished after dark last night, I wasn’t able to take some snaps of the sheeted roof in place…I’ll do that after I drop the kidlets off at school and upload them to this post…I might even get super fancy and do a little Periscope action…we shall see.
x

Blog Scheduling, Project Flip (Elevation Work, Sourcing and the Floor Winner) and House and Home

Three things for today:

First, In an effort to get back to regular blogging, I’ve decided on a schedule of sorts to keep things on track.

So…to keep me accountable, here’s the line up:

Mondays- Project Flip

Tuesdays- The Business of Design (i.e.project updates)

Wednesdays- Wednesday Wallpaper

Thursdays- A lifestyle trend report…more details on this one to come

Fridays- Art Fair Fridays

That’s 5 posts/week people…god help me;)

Thankfully, I have some amazing helpers on this front so stay tuned for lots of goodness.

For today, as it is Monday and all, I figured I should update you all on the progress of #projectflip i.e. my attempt to renovate and sell the house we originally purchased for demo re: the dream house.

project flip christine dovey style

You can read the history of the decision flip HERE if you haven’t already.  And to see the befores, go HERE.

If you recall, my architect WJB Designs and I put together a plan that involved a total gut reno of the existing 2 story cement block of a house.  We also decided early on to extend the main floor to include a garage, mudroom and combo kitchen/family. The addition proposed added much needed space to the first floor but left he upstairs with a simple tweaking of spaces to make room for a master ensuite.  After looking at the plans and really analyzing a few things, we quickly came to the conclusion that the upstairs would need a little more space as well. We also decided that the elevation, though pretty, really needed some help in terms of window sizing. So…round two of design work began and brought us to here…

project flip facade chrsitine dovey wjb designs

project flip christine dovey second floor wjb designs

project flip christine dovey second floor wjb designs

We have a few hurdles to get through in terms of the site plan in that the existing structure is placed to the far left of the lot and much closer to the road than current setbacks so we’re crossing fingers the addition can go in accordance to the plans…a meeting with the town today will hopefully give us the go ahead.

There is also likely to be a little more tinkering with the layouts.  For one, I’ve changed the shower in the master bathroom to run the length of that space, with the toilet on the outside. I’m really hoping to get a freestanding tub in the shower area with the showerhead coming from the ceiling. I’m also playing with the kitchen/dining room to make them more open to one another so I can extend built-ins into the dining room…the kitchen is quite small so I’m hoping this will add some much needed storage.  The dining room is dinky too so again, hoping this helps open both spaces

As far as what the house itself is going to look like, I’ve been running around like a crazy person lately trying to source and spec everything.

On the facade, the existing structure will be re-stuccoed in white. The additions will be covered in wood siding, again in white. The windows will be black on the outside and on the first floor interior…white upstairs inside.

The bathrooms are coming together but probably warrant their own post so I’ll run through the first floor for now.

To start, the kitchen is going to have lowers only and I’m leaning towards using IKEA’s Tingsryd cabinets in all black…I adore this kitchen from the Princess Margaret Showhouse kitchen and want this look for the main cabinetry area.

princess margaret showhome kitchen inspiration for project flip

I plan to do all the walls in subway tile but with white grout…same goes for the hood…want it to be a simple box shape like the one I have but covered in tile…

subway tile hood inspiration project flip

The counter will be carrera marble in a honed finish and for the island, I want an antique drapery table…thinking this one from Black Rooster

drapery table for island christine dovey project flip

For the combo dining room business, I want to use a more panelled cabinet door and line the walls in black cabinetry a la this kitchen designed by Jessica Helgerson, which is PS, in my top 5 of all time faves…

jessica Helgerson inspiration for flip house kitchen

For the floors, I’m going to be using Cement Tile Shop goodies in a pattern that makes me think old bistro…

cement tile shop bouquet III project flip

And really love this look (designed by Ste. Marie design) overall…

homer stree cafe inspiration project flip kitchen

I’d also love a tufted leather banquette in there but we’ll see how the budget fairs.

And I guess that’s the kitchen/dining.

What else can I tell you?

The office area, along with the rest of the first floor will be panelled to within an inch of it’s life thanks to the amazingess that is Metrie.

fashion-forward-fireplace metrie project flip christine dovey

Overall, I’m going for this sort of business…

inspiration for project flip christine dovey

project flip inspiration bookshelves

…which is as you all know by now, my favourite look. Parisian apartment meets bronx loft.

I’m going to try and do metal doors on both entrances to the office, that slide on a track like in my current laundry room.

Lambert et Fils will be lighting up the entire house I hope, so that will also be pretty swell…

lambert et fils project flip

As for the floors, those who follow me on Instagram know of the debate I posted between my final two selections…

project flip floors from antique hardwood flooring oakville

To be honest, I had already decided in my own head but was curious to see what the general population thought…since this house is for re-sale, I wanted to see if my choice was also the one the people loved the most:) Thankfully, it was…but not by much. I think by final count, my choice edged out the other by just 20 or so votes.

So…drumroll…the floors will be done in the….

….BOTTOM one!!!!!

I freaking love it…it’s warm, old looking and I adore the small seems that make the floor look like it’s finished on site.  Though the grey is super pretty, it’s just not the look I want for this place…need people to come in and feel like they’ve been given a warm hug so they want to throw down their greens on the place and I think the washed oak is perfect for that.

And I think that’s all I have for today on the #projectflip front.

Which leads me to my last but VERY not least news…I’m beyonnnnnndddd excited to share the video I did for House and Home, which is basically an interview tour of the foyer and piano room I did for Project Barringham…

house and home video link

christine dovey piano room video

You can watch that HERE!

To say that maybe made my life is well, an understatement of the large kind.

And with all of that, I think I’m out for today.

Check back tomorrow for mucho updates on the work front.

xx