Basement Redemption

Basement Redemption

I thought I’d let you in on a little project I’ve been working on.
My parents have a cottage…in PEI…you already know this because I talk about it all the time…a few years back, they completely renovated the two bedroom log home….which by the way was completely made with tongue and groove joints…no nails…I’m impressed by this…anyhow…they encased the old structure and built around it to make the cottage about twice the size…at the time they did this, there were 0 grandchildren…that was about 6 years ago…now there’s 5 kidlets and two extra grown men- the husbands…so after all of that, my parents want to shoot themselves in the face because again, there’s not enough space. 
And PS, mom and pop aren’t the chaos types…they don’t seem to really love hoards of people up in their face and screaming children running underfoot…go figure.
Anyhoo…they looked at options and bought another piece of land across the dirt road and had their former cellar dug out a bit and renovated into a bedroom and bathroom….perfect for a kids dungeon of sorts…and when I say dungeon, I mean a fabulously airy gianormous room that the little ones will adore.
Turns out that the parent units wouldn’t hate it if I helped decorate the space.
High fives…colour me excited.
There’s a hitch though…you can’t get shit in PEI…well I take that back…there are some great little shops and the design scene seems to be picking up but the shopping is limited and it costs like 8000 dollars to have anything shipped there.
So, the plan is to buy the major furniture pieces in PEI and to source everything else here this year and drive it up for next summer.
Now….on to the design.
At first I presented them with this one…
Well truth be told…I actually gave them a design using Scalamandre green zerbas as the wallpaper and they LOVED it but my parents aren’t really the search, source, buy abroad, kind of people so after sleeping on it, my mom insisted on going to look locally and we found/bought that amazeballs leopard print…it’s going in the bathroom.
I also originally sourced out that West Elm daybed and Bungalow 5 grasscloth console but again, the shipping thing was way too aggravating so locally bought furniture is definitely going to be the name of the game…oh and PS, thank you to IKEA and Etsy for allowing me to shop for at least some things online…the rest of you companies suck for not having better shipping policies. And PSS, not being able to shop for pretty thing on my computer blows big farts.
The basic tenant of this scheme is royal blue and emerald/kelly green…with little hit of whimsy, since it’s a space meant for kids.
The room will include a dresser (there are no closets,) two twin beds, a console or desk for the TV to go over, end tables and a rug.
Now on to a few other colour ideas…
God knows I love blusy pink with leopard so out popped this board…
I love that Anthro rug for a cottage…especially one in PEI…so apropos…PS, I love saying that word…makes my lips move in fun ways…moving on.
And finally, I remembered a certain bangle (which whispers…mom and dad you can buy me here as payment for my services;) I’ve been eyeing and yellow came flying into the idea onslaught…
So what say you all?
Do you think they chose blue/green, blushy pink or bright yellow?
What would you pick?
I think my mom’s already gone rogue and bought the beds and bathroom mirror…they’ll be home in a few weeks so hopefully I can commence the rest of the shopping then.
Oh and just for a reference point, Ms. Budget/my dad are saying I can spend $5,000.
Let the games commence.


  • Morgan
    Posted at 08:45h, 15 September Reply

    Oh heavens… I love it all but the yellow and leopard print board is amazing.

  • Things That Sparkle
    Posted at 08:53h, 15 September Reply

    I am so predictable but the leopard and blush and gold just sings to me. So gorgeous!! What a fun project! Can’t wait to see the beauty you put together

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    Posted at 09:05h, 15 September Reply

    I’m gonna say they went with yellow! Its a fun colour both the adults and kidlets can appreciate.

  • Brandi
    Posted at 09:11h, 15 September Reply

    Thats a really great budget to work with. I would go with the navy and green scheme. I think it’s more kid-like but thats just me. It will be a challenge to source everything locally but maybe it will be more authentic and unique that way?

    Posted at 09:12h, 15 September Reply

    Oh what a fun project! For some reason the first two say cottage to me more than the yellow but I love them all so I don’t think you can go wrong. I’ve wanted to visit PEI – it must be lovely to have a cottage there!

  • The enchanted home
    Posted at 09:23h, 15 September Reply

    Stunning! That second board is downright heavenly..what a fun project, cannot wait to see it all come together!

  • Chassity (Look Linger Love)
    Posted at 09:25h, 15 September Reply

    Of course I like the blush and leopard board best πŸ™‚ Lucky you (and certainly lucky parents )getting to design this!

  • Anna of IHOD
    Posted at 09:31h, 15 September Reply

    ooo how fun! You are so talented. I am guessing they chose one. I would go for #2 though because its just too fun. Wish you could come over and decorate my home! πŸ™‚

  • jillian :: cornflake dreams.
    Posted at 09:48h, 15 September Reply

    what a fun project! i love the patterns you have chosen so far…and im hoping they go with pops of yellow! so fun and bright for the kiddos. xo

  • Haley @ Cardigan Junkie
    Posted at 10:01h, 15 September Reply

    I love the option with the green! I think you’ll have no trouble sourcing furniture if you’re willing to lacquer secondhand items or drive some Ikea pieces up and apply o’verlays or something similar.

  • Amelia
    Posted at 10:03h, 15 September Reply

    I’m in Halifax, so I completely understand the whole limited shopping/million dollar shipping thing. Love the blue and green colour scheme – can’t wait to see what you go with!

  • Danielle Oakey Interiors
    Posted at 10:04h, 15 September Reply

    Since I am obsessed with blue, that is my obvious choice!

  • Eye See Pretty
    Posted at 10:13h, 15 September Reply

    Christine, I would go with the yellow colour scheme as there can be a lot of grey days out east (trust me) and the yellow just adds a nice brightness to the space.

    I know how challenging it can be to get things delivered out there. You’re basically limited to online shipping or whatever is in stock at the big box stores.

    Not sure about local stores in Moncton or Halifax they may have more choices. Can you say shopping trip? lol


  • Evie
    Posted at 10:36h, 15 September Reply

    what a fun project! This confirms to me that I need to go get something leopard print…stat.

  • Emily | Recently
    Posted at 10:40h, 15 September Reply

    The blue/green is awesome, and perfect for the kiddos, but of course I love them all! PS- Your ‘Daughter of the Year’ award should hang somewhere on the wall of the basement, don’t you think??

  • Hollis
    Posted at 10:53h, 15 September Reply

    They are beautiful, but I really like the blue / green, there is a very slight nod to beach look!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 11:15h, 15 September Reply

    a fun project! When I think of your parents home, I think on the one in N Van with fluffy leather furniture and perfect vaccuum lines on the carpet =)

  • Kori Donahue
    Posted at 11:24h, 15 September Reply

    Lovely images honey! Hope you can head over and check out my new linkup today! Have a fabulous Thursday. Kori xoxo

  • Simple Dwellings
    Posted at 11:26h, 15 September Reply

    What a great design! How exciting. πŸ™‚ I love the swing idea and that gorgeous sea inspired rug. I LOVE that rug and have used it in one design before! It’s fun. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see the outcome.

  • Holly
    Posted at 11:31h, 15 September Reply

    I personally love the second pink option but I think they’ll go for the first option. This is a fun project.

  • Alexa
    Posted at 11:31h, 15 September Reply

    Leopard print! Ah I love everything in that board, no joke!

  • Erika [small shop]
    Posted at 12:52h, 15 September Reply

    Can they choose all 3? I love them all, so tough to choose! I like the blush and leopard though, probably because I’m going thru a neutral phase at the mo.

    Posted at 13:38h, 15 September Reply

    Oh what a fun/challenging project!!! Love all 3 options but am surprised to say that if I had to pick one I’d go with the blue/green. Which one did they go with??? πŸ™‚ xoox

  • SmalltownOntario
    Posted at 18:02h, 15 September Reply

    Three great choices… but I would pick the blus/green. Fresh and crisp!

  • Gaby [The Vault Files]
    Posted at 18:26h, 15 September Reply

    Oh how lucky to get money to design a room! I love when my friends ask me to do that with clothes, it’s so fun! I would go with the blush or the navy πŸ˜‰

  • Rachel {Little Bits of Lovely}
    Posted at 18:42h, 15 September Reply

    Oh these are both great choices, but I am partial to the yellow / animal print – so vibrant and fun! Can’t wait to see what you come up with! xx

  • Amanda Hill
    Posted at 18:44h, 15 September Reply

    I am voting Leopard blush and gold…mostly because that is what I am finishing my office in :O Coming soon!

  • Siddy Says
    Posted at 19:25h, 15 September Reply

    Hiya Christine!!

    I see you have a managed to generate a serious debate here :)) lol.

    I’m going for bluesy pink and leopard… I can see its not the fav around here just as yet BUT, I’m picturing it with whites and bright light lol (imagination) and it just makes sense to go soft…


  • Amanda
    Posted at 21:37h, 15 September Reply

    I just love the yellow and leopard! Something fun and bright for a basement space that will be filled with kids!

  • Melissa:: Strong Sense of Style
    Posted at 22:10h, 15 September Reply

    You are hysterical! I love to see that the Bungalow 5 dresser made it through all 3 inspiration boards. We have that in our bedroom. I worried it would be too light but I love it. It’s not bulky but has plenty of room. Great looks Christine!

  • Gabrielle
    Posted at 22:47h, 15 September Reply

    Christine, thanks to your beautiful design skills, I am now not only jealous of your place in PEI but I am now INSANELY jealous to know how beautiful it will look once finished!

    I vote bright yellow, only because PEI always reminds me of summer and sunshine. That being said, I think it would look wonderful mixed with some of that royal blue!

    You have to invite me one day. X

  • Priscilla Francine Makeup
    Posted at 00:16h, 16 September Reply

    animal print is my favorite…I really want a zebra skin one day!!

  • barbara@hodge:podge
    Posted at 12:04h, 18 September Reply

    I like the yellow scheme best, it really suits the whole kids + cottage idea. How fun!

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