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One of the the most popular home renovation projects is finishing a basement The idea of gaining extra living space is certainly appealing and the the wealth of ideas when it comes to basements is never ending. It can also be one of the most expensive areas of your home to renovate and also the most complicated if you’re adding plumbing, electrical or waterproofing. For many the end result is well worth the effort. Here are a few basement makeovers that are truly inspirational. No gloomy dungeons or spiders here.
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Using Space Creatively
As you’ll see, a re-finished basement doesn’t need to function as a typical rec room. This cozy bedroom retreat uses the space under the stairs beautifully. It’s warm, romantic and space efficient. What’s not to love?
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The number one issue most basements have is limited natural light. Putting in larger windows or installing new windows is expensive and complicated, but there are ways to maximize the light you do have without resorting to drastic measures. This beachy basement uses light colours and smartly placed recessed lighting to keep the room bright and airy feeling.
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I would have no problem spending all day doing laundry with a relaxing laundry room like this. The white cabinets and stainless steel make excellent use of the existing light creating an open and welcoming space.
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I highly recommend checking out the before and after pics on this one, completely unrecognizable. These Brooklyn homeowners transformed their unfinished basement into gorgeous office space. Love the exposed brick and the light coloured plank flooring.
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I’ve seen my fair share of basement bathrooms that are downright terrifying. This basement bathroom is small in stature but quite glamorous. Adding a little bit of sparkle is a great way to brighten up a basement room, whether it’s by adding chrome, stainless steel or a mini-chandelier.
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A basement kitchen can be handy to have if you plan on using your basement as a guest room or if you plan on doing lots of entertaining. The shiny surface of these cabinets and the white walls reflect light, and the layout allows for a functional island.
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The basement is also a great place to unleash your creativity and make it anything you want it to be. A basement slide for the kids into a colourful playroom is a surefire way to make the subterranean fun. In fact, I think every house could use a slide.
Happy Friday Everyone!
black slate via plastolux
Today on the blog we’re looking at some unique flooring options that really make a statement.
What’s beneath your feet can be just as important as what’s on your walls when it comes to making an impression. Miles above standard hardwood or laminate, these floors are show stoppers. Maybe these examples will even spark some ideas the next time you’re in renovation mode.
glass floors via the fancy
Walking on Glass
Kind of like being at the top of a really tall building and looking down, or in a glass bottomed boat, the glass floors in this townhome are slightly unnerving but also exhilarating. They also complement this homes gorgeous architecture, don’t you think?
lime green floors via apartment therapy
Shock of Colour
There’s something about this look of bright floors with stark white walls that I really like. If you have hardwood that’s in less than perfect shape this is a great way to cover it up while making a real statement. Hot pink floor anyone?
kitchen tile via lark & linen
This kitchen tile is beautiful but I think what really makes it stand out is the more traditional pattern alongside a thoroughly modern kitchen. It goes to show that often the unexpected option can create the biggest impact.
herringbone floors via the beautiful soup
Seeing a Pattern
These herringbone floors washed in natural light are just lovely. Laying regular hardwood floors can be a real pain, so I can only imagine how much effort went into this impeccable design. There is something about this room that is so peaceful.
painted floors via design inspiration
An Artistic Touch
I’ve seen so many inspiring examples of painted floors lately but I’m always curious just how long you can keep them looking nice. It sure is a great way to add some visual interest to a room though; the oversized pattern on this painted floor is just stunning.
wood grained porcelain floors via housing zone
Materials such as slate, wood and stone are great when you’re trying to achieve a zen bathroom. I love these porcelain tiles that are wood grained to mimic the look of hardwood while being practical in a bathroom.
Where would you rather make a statement in your home, on the floors, on the walls or through your furnishing choices?
Happy Friday Everyone!
The mercury dipped drastically last week, forcing me into a full-on retreat indoors.
I used to love skiing, skating, and other winter sports but as I get older and my bones get a little creakier, I find myself hibernating in the colder months.
But I am intrigued by the recent trend of creating outdoor rooms to be used in the coldest of months. The Drake Hotel in Toronto has transformed their rooftop bar into a camp, complete with a fire pit, tented seating areas, and very necessary heat lamps.
The Hudson Hotel in New York City has gone a slightly cozier route by adding an indoor/outdoor ski lodge-themed bar. While it has a glass roof to keep guests warmer, fake snow falls periodically each night to keep guests in a wintery vibe. I’m headed to the Big Apple in February and if it’s still freezing, this place is definitely on my to-do list.
Image: Mountain Living
But until then, there are lots of little touches to give a home a wintery mix. I love this birch bark bed frame and think it would look awesome any time of the year.
Several designers have been inspired by winter activities. This bench, designed by Damien Bihr for Helium Concept, was part of a children’s line but would also work well in a foyer.
Swiss-born designer Adrian Rovero takes this concept one step further, repurposing actual ski gondolas into incredible rocking chairs as part of a project by Mountain Climbers, a group dedicated to benefiting charities through the sale of sustainably-designed items.
As much as I like the idea of bringing the outdoors in this time of year, I also enjoy the idea of warming up my décor. What could be better than a cable-knit cover for a chair or couch? I could see myself curled up for hours in this.
Image: The Cavender Diary
And what warm-blooded Canadian doesn’t associate the iconic Hudson Bay blanket in these frosty months? The striped motif goes especially well with the Mid-Century Modern furniture displayed above but many variations, including cushions for the commitment-phobe, are possible.
No matter how much you love (or hate) this winter weather, there are lots of options for embracing the season in home furnishings!
Prudence by Rachel J Powell
Are you thinking ahead to spring home renovations? Has the winter weather made you sick of staring at the same boring walls? Slapping on a coat of paint can be a quick fix but there are so many amazing wallpapers and paint techniques out there that it is by no means the only option. Lets take a look at a few inspiring examples that are varied in both style and expense.
Mod Wall via curbly
An interesting architectural detail in a small space like a bathroom can make a room more interesting. I’m sure you’ve seen similar wall treatments but this wall was created for a measly six dollars by Jason Hammond. For more details on his process you can find them here.
Morning in Manhattan from familles summer belles
I could use a stroll in central park this morning, if only it wasn’t a country away. This charming wallpaper captures New York City beautifully. The print also comes in yellow if blue isn’t your cup of tea.
Triangles Wall Decals by Simply Grove from urbanwalls
Wall decals are a go-to solution for people who rent, or who otherwise want to jazz up their walls without committing to paint or wallpaper. The only trouble is that many of the decals available look like big stickers, which isn’t particularly sophisticated. That’s why I like these simple triangle decals designed by simply grove. They’re graphic and modern and easy to apply.
Patterned Wall by patternedpaintroller
Paint or paper? The age old dilemma for home renovators everywhere. This is a great option for someone who wants the look of wallpaper but the affordability of a can of paint. You can get a paint roller with a repeating pattern carved into it.
ConcreteWall by Tom Haga
Looking to add some industrial cool to your home, but your ordinary dry-walled walls aren’t giving you much to work with? ConcreteWall by designer Tom Haga gives you that loft-like feel with incredibly detailed wallpaper. You can even get it tagged with graffiti.
Otomi by Emily Isabella from Hygge and West
Hygge and West is my favourite place to find unique wallpapers. They partner with a number of artists and designers like Lisa Congdon, Terrence Payne, Oh Joy! and Emily Isabella who designed the folksy woodcut inspired pattern pictured above.
letter by Jocelyn Warner
When it comes to wallpaper it’s all about matching the pattern with the right space. This typographic pattern would be too busy to cover a whole room, but in a small space or on an accent wall it would be very striking.
Hopefully you’ve been inspired to bring some life to your walls. Happy decorating, and happy Friday everyone!
Happy New Year!
To get an early start on my resolutions, I spent the last few days of 2012 tidying my apartment before school starts. As a reward for my hard work, I tuned into a marathon of House Hunters International. Having lived abroad, it always makes me laugh to watch North Americans bemoan the lack of storage in the typically smaller homes found in Asia other parts of the world.
But we can learn from these tiny spaces, especially as condo prices rise and square footage shrinks in cities like Toronto. I love to tour model units for design inspiration but I always wonder if I could find room for all my stuff. After all, I have the luxury of splitting it between my permanent home and my apartment at school!
But I am trying to pare down in both locations. When we downsized from a spacious three-bedroom house to a cozy two-bedroom condo almost 10 years ago, I packed up several boxes that went straight to storage and were forgotten. When I opened them several years later, I couldn’t imagine why I had kept any of the items inside. One of my resolutions is to edit every few months. For each Christmas present that I received, I am looking for something that I no longer use to donate, sell, or throw out depending on its condition. I apply the same system for clothes that I don’t wear for an entire season.
We have slowly replaced our hand-me-down furniture with new purchases and always try to pick pieces that have built-in storage, like our bed frame with large drawers or the chest that holds our board games and serves as our coffee table.
Multi-functional furniture has been our godsend, allowing us to keep our open-plan first floor a lot less cluttered. I am coveting the wheeled bench in Greentea Design’s soon-to-be-released collection. I can see it in the front hall with a bin on each end for hats and gloves, or wheeled into the living room for extra seating at parties, or even an impromptu sideboard at holiday feasts.
Perhaps the most important thing I have been doing over the last few months is spending a few minutes at the end of each day putting everything back in its place. Of course, that means that everything we own needs a place. Sometimes this takes a little creativity but the vast array of organizational products out there really helps to maximize nooks and crannies. I have a few seasonal knickknacks that I swap out from time to time but I try to keep this to a box or two.
Image: Dear College Student
There are still a few wayward items that I need to deal with but at least I feel like this might be one resolution that gets accomplished, at least until I have to consolidate my two homes!