If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I am jumping in once again to do the One Room Challenge. It’s almost a given now as I have participated in six to date – four as a guest participant and two as a featured designer/blogger. Wild horses couldn’t keep me away. 🙂
I’m one of those designers who takes forever, and I mean forever, to make decisions on their own home. The ORC is five weeks of hustling, documented in six weekly blog posts, to complete a space but it’s so worth it for someone as indecisive as me. And I have six beautiful spaces to show for it which I will link to at the end of this post. And the online support and camaraderie which in a world where no one reads blogs, let alone leave comments, as much as they used to, is the best.
I moved into a smaller home a year ago, and in the process, renovated my kitchen and home office for past One Room Challenges. I also decorated the bedrooms and was left with three spaces still in need of some love. The basement was an obvious choice to tackle for this round as it would give us another area to entertain and relax in. But would also provide a dedicated space for my daughter to practice dance and for me to practice yoga and exercise.
Up until two short weeks ago, the basement looked like this. Yes, very embarrassing! Please tell me your unfinished basement looks like this too. It was a lot of work, and I have to thank a friend for helping me, to sort through it all. And this is after I had spent a lot of time clearing out my basement in my former home. What is all this stuff?? I’m not a hoarder, I assure you. I took a lot of furniture and accessories to Habitat for Humanity and stored the rest in a storage container until the basement is finished.
It felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders when everything was sorted, donated, shredded, recycled, taken to the dump or kept. A blank canvas!
I have big plans for this space – a living room/tv viewing area, a kitchenette/dining area, a gym/yoga space and storage. Phew! I’m tired just thinking about what all has to be done. My contractor has assured me everything will be done in the next few weeks. I’m a little worried but I’m sure it will come together – it always does!
Because the space only has two small windows, it will be light and bright with small doses of colour and pattern. And if possible, the space would be a mashup of these spaces below and the one above:
A comfortable and well made sectional is a must:Fanulife Furniture
Some floral wallpaper perhaps?
Black cabinetry in the small kitchenette?
Quite an interesting collection of inspiration photos, right? I’m just drawn to the first photo for some reason. Come back next Thursday when I will share the floor plan and design concept so that you will see how all of the seemingly disparate inspiration photos relate. I think out of all the ORC spaces I have tackled over the past three years, I am most looking forward to having this one completed and enjoyed.
Prettying Up a Builder Kitchen (former home) – Fall 2014
Teen Daughter’s Bathroom (former home) – Spring 2015
My Parisian Bedroom (former home) – Fall 2015
Teen Daughter’s Bedroom (former home) – Spring 2016
My Charming Kitchen – Fall 2016
My Functional and Pretty Office – Spring 2017
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