One Room Challenge { Basement } – Week One

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.


One Room Challenge.



Before and After.



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…


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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christine dovey one room challenge basement
christine dovey one room challenge basement

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…


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 DesignersCentsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated  | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky | Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators | Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson  | Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

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

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


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