One Room Challenge | Basement REVEAL!

Rock me, Amadeus, it’s here!  Let me take you on a tour of our newly-designed One Room Challenge basement level.  This part of our house serves mainly as my husband’s hangout area, with space for movie watching, video games, exercise, and practicing guitar.  He lives for music and we took inspiration from his passion for the design.

A collection of concert posters, concert photos we’ve taken, and art hang on the red wall as you enter the basement from the stairs.
I opted to cluster the art in one place and then paint a mural on the length of the hall…painting the baseboards, also, to encapsulate the hallway with color.  The trumpet lights from Hayneedle replace boring can lights and give a moody glow to the long space.

From the hallway you enter a large room that contains the kitchenette, music space, and extra empty floor space to do our exercise videos.  This is also the only area that has natural light from windows and glass doors.  I am in love with these comfortable yellow chairs from The Mine!  The chairs are available in more colors, too.

Rug and plant stand from Home Goods

Using a portion of the existing cabinets that were in the house when we bought it, we added a refrigerator and new countertop upon move-in.  It sat like that for the last four years until this ORC.  Chris who is a carpenter and all-around Do It All kind of person, built the new oak cabinet and oak shelving over the last 6 weeks.  I painted the wall Benjamin Moore Summer Nights to match the cabinets and create a seamless effect between the two.  Rather than two separate floating shelves, I decided to do a box version instead…I love it!

Here is the before:The table with the Platner-esque base was the first purchase for the ORC.  My designer friend Jennifer found it at the Lakewood 400 antique market in Cumming, Georgia, and posted it on her Instagram stories.  I saw it and knew it would be perfect for this kitchen area.The kitchen backsplash and countertop is Alabama White marble–a remnant I found at an Atlanta stone yard for a great price.  The backsplash is 12″ tall.

White vases from West Elm, vintage glasses, snack bowls from Target, pedestal bowl and lemon bowl from Home Goods

Since this is the lightly-used basement kitchen, I do not need the top shelf for extra dishes so I use it for displaying art.  Here is a favorite Martin Sumers watercolor from art dealer Gillian Bryce with a painting by my son and a maze painting by Virginia artist Suzy Lindow.When we decided to add the shelf directly on the backsplash, we had to replace the faucet due to it’s height above the marble.  I’m so happy that ORC sponsor Hansgrohe had a low-profile faucet, the Talis S, that would fit here.It is such a pretty and well-made fixture with stream options and pull-out function.The Custom Frame Shop in Tucker, Georgia, did a beautiful job framing the trio of my knot prints.  The prints are 16×20″, but I chose to frame them square.In the corner of the kitchen area is a spot for my husband to play his guitars and rock star it.  To temper some of the strong colors in the basement, I went with as much tone-on-tone as possible, using variations of the blue from the walls for furniture and accessories.  The Jane chair from West Elm is comfy and a chic shape.  The marble-based Pendular globe light from Article helps illuminate his sheet music at night.  And, I love that dash-patterned ceramic stool from The Mine.Opposite the dining area is the TV lounge.   Let’s take a moment to admire that amazing console table that my brother Ron in Texas made for us–I absolutely LOVE it!  The whole comic-dot-Roy-Litchenstein look has me deep.  Ron perforated sheets of aluminum and welded the panels together.  He then DROVE it from Texas to Georgia where I had it powder coated in ivory.

photo by TPHRound blue box from Home Goods, racetrack tray from CB2, all else vintage

The wood art on the wall is by me and 12 feet long.  In a way I feel like I’m going to paint it all blue to recede into the wall, but this is how I originally envisioned it in white, gray, beige, and wood stain.  Or, I really wish the sofa were blue like the walls, but we worked with what we have in the way of a deeply-discounted Restoration Hardware Outlet sectional.  It’s super comfy with its down cushions, but not necessarily the form or color I want now.  But pretty pillows make all better…and a sleek new Timpani round ottoman from Article in Oxford Brown leather.

photo by TPHvintage pottery from Gillian Bryce | photo by TPH

Arianna Belle provided the yellow velvet pillows (she has velvets in all colors).  Designs by Sudi used the luxe white Orapa dot fabric from Stroheim to make fluffy square and round pillows.

photo by TPH

By the fireplace is a sculptural chair from The Mine, inspired by Hans J. Wegner’s classic shell chair.  The bowl and mixed media painting are from Gillian Bryce.  Ceramic table is from Home Goods.  Cushy floor pillow is from ORC sponsor Pom Pom at Home.The fireplace used to be covered in cultured stone…the before:

We replaced it with 6×12″ Alabama White marble tiles and added the trim molding around the marble.

Basket from Article | photo by TPH

In between the lounge and kitchen area is an open space for us to exercise, sweating to the oldies.

photo by TPH

This open space is adjacent to the hallway alcove.  I originally wanted an upright piano to put here for the kids–but with piano lesson days not stretching far into the future, I decided to pass on the expense and effort to move such a beast. Instead we acquired this gorgeous painting from vintage dealer Susie Quillin.  The hall table can double as a game table when the kids’ friends are over.
The alcove gets cozy thanks to blue grasscloth on the walls and painted stripes on the floor.  The chandelier is vintage, from City Issue in Atlanta.

photo by TPH

I found the base of the table at Tobacco Barn Antiques in Asheville, North Carolina.  It was in bad shape so I had it powder coated.  When the countertop fabricators were out for our bathroom, they also cut a piece of granite for the tabletop.

Candlesticks from Crate & Barrel (no longer available), red-footed bowl from Gillian Bryce, yellow bowl from Queen of Hearts Antique Mall | photo by TPH

On the right side of the alcove is a doorway to the guest suite.  Basements often have awkward layouts and ours in no exception.  The entrance to the guest room is a long hallway that also contains the guest closet.  I love, love how the new Crystorama drum lighting creates drama in what was a boring space.  The Alston chandelier is part of Brian Patrick Flynn’s line with Crystorama.

Vintage chairs from Antiques & Beyond, lamp from Restoration Hardware Outlet, tray from Home Goods, mirror from Savvy Snoot, rug from ESaleRugs.

The talented folks at New Again Upholstery nailed it with this custom upholstered console table.  I love the softness of the curves and fabric and how the whole piece adds a color block to the space.  The fabric is from Stroheim, Hampton Texture in Strawberry.

Pillow in Schumacher V-Step fabric

To the left of the alcove is the powder room bathroom.  I’m in love with how it turned out!  Deep red Incarnadine from Farrow & Ball makes the ultimate statement.  Chris was impressed with the paint application, saying it nearly paints itself.  Chris also applied the molding on the walls and made the sink cabinet. The massive mirror/backsplash granite piece turned out just like I wanted!   One slab of Black Absolute granite dramatically stretches from sink to ceiling.  And, take a look at that ceiling–Origami from Milton & King covers the fifth wall for a fun detail. My husband’s album cover art collection hangs in here and has room to expand.  The Hansgrohe Talis S faucet simply turns on with the push of the top button–so easy!I couldn’t have done this whole project without expert help from Chris.  He made furniture (like this awesome pantry cabinet), painted, installed lights and plumbing, and a million other things–thank you, thank you, Chris!Thank you also to Christina Wedge for tackling the challenges of dark basement photography.  Most of the images here are hers–all the good ones!

Thank you so much to Linda of Calling It Home for inviting me to participate this fall–such a fun and rewarding experience!  I needed the kick in the pants to get this space finished.

The sponsors, wow, so much generosity–thank you!  Here is the complete list of ORC sponsors:

ANNIE SELKE | ARIANNA BELLE | ARTICLE | BASSETT MIRROR | BELLACOR | CORRE MARIE  CRAFTMADE | CRYSTORAMA | EMTEK | FABRICUT | FARROW & BALL | HAIKU FANS  HANSGROHE | HOMEPOP | HAYNEEDLE | JILL ROSENWALD | KARASTAN | LAMPS PLUS    METRIE | MILTON & KING | THE MINE  | STORI MODERN | PARIMA STUDIO | POM POM AT HOME

Treat yourself to lots of beautiful room reveals today with my fellow ORC champs:

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha   

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Tomorrow brings even more reveals with the ORC Guest Participants!

 

One Room Challenge | Shop The Mine & More

It’s the bonus week of the One Room Challenge!  Our host Linda has rescheduled the official reveal until next week, November 15.  I just can’t wait to see my fellow ORCers’ rooms!

This has been a fun experience for me!  All the hard work has now resulted in a colorful finished basement for my family and me.  Definitely a major perk of the project has been working with all the generous One Room Sponsors. I want to take this bonus week to show you some of my favorite items from a few sponsors.

Have you poked around The Mine?  You literally could furnish a whole house from their website.  Furniture, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and even appliances–it’s all there.  I had so much fun selecting items for the basement from their inventory.  Here are some of my favorites I noted while looking around:

I love color.  I love yellow.  When you want some sunshine in your living room, this sofa:

Or, this tufted sofa with buttons:

Alongside the sofa I would put this little  table:

I love channeled upholstery, so this channeled bench is perfect!

This sideboard with Carrera marble on top can swing modern and traditional.  And if you want, you can customize with your own knobs:This waffle tufted chair looks like a marshmallow cloud:The Arch lounge chair features my favorite look of the moment on chairs, when the frame and upholstery are the same color.  This is a different color way of the same chair we ordered for the basement:This chair is again that tone-on-tone look I’m after.  It is especially arresting and intentional-looking in red:Where can’t you put this milking stool?  It goes everywhere or use it as a plant stand:Another piece that can be a table or stool, this stainless steel bench:
More tone-on-tone on this dining chair, it just wouldn’t be the same with chrome legs:
This chair is a textural take on a modern shape:I like the warmth of the wood and the grid lines of this dining chair:
Yellow legs, yellow body, I love this dining chair:I’ve been loving oval tables lately, so a classic oval tulip table is perfect:

Round is good, too, in this walnut table, reminds me of our dining room table:

Just like TV, the more channels, the better, this bed:Tight space, this daybed:I love a modern canopy bed, a step up from my canopy bed from the Sears catalog circa 1983:Another fab sponsor is Article.  I ordered a few pieces for our basement and I’m so impressed with their quality and swiftness of delivery.  Their website lets you know what is in stock so you don’t even have to be patient.  Here are some of my other favorites:

If you like colored sofas, why not chili-pepper hotness in the Sven sofa:While I do love a bold sofa, white is such a classic…I’ve purchased five white sofas in my day!  The Sitka sofa looks comfy:Sexy black leather in the Alcott sofa:Another black silhouette Embrace chair:The playful Gira floor lamp:
Arianna Belle is another ORC sponsor with lovely designer pillow covers.  My custom order arrived promptly and beautifully packaged.  Don’t you love opening a box with layers of tissue and tied in a ribbon?  Here are some of my favorite pillow patterns:

The Baudard pillow satisfies my floral addiction:I ordered and love two of these Golden Yellow velvet pillows:A classic geometric in the Hexagon pillow:Kubus Argent pillow:Flame velvet pillow:Painted Check pillow:

I can’t wait to show you next week how three pendants from Crystorama changed the mood of a boring hallway.  They are another generous ORC sponsor, and here are my favorites:

A classic black and white stripe in the Grayson pendant:

I like the lines and 3-D box effect of the Capri chandelier:Finally, the Zodiac chandelier is pretty in ivory:

Thank you so much to the sponsors for playing along the One Room Challenge.  Here is the complete list of companies:

ANNIE SELKE | ARIANNA BELLE | ARTICLE | BASSETT MIRROR | BELLACOR | CORRE MARIE  CRAFTMADE | CRYSTORAMA | EMTEK | FABRICUT | FARROW & BALL | HAIKU FANS  HANSGROHE | HOMEPOP | HAYNEEDLE | JILL ROSENWALD | KARASTAN | LAMPS PLUS    METRIE | MILTON & KING | THE MINE  | STORI MODERN | PARIMA STUDIO | POM POM AT HOME

Check out the ORC all-stars as they head toward the finish line:

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha   

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Even more design magic is happening with the ORC Guest Participants on Thursdays–check them out!

I’ll see you next week with THE REVEAL!

The Painted House One Room Challenge

Week One

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Week Five

One Room Challenge | Week Five

The deadline is looming in the One Room Challenge, and most responsible people would spend their fifth week taking care of last-minute business.  I, on the other hand, said, “Hasta luego, Incomplete Space,” and boarded a plane to Tulum, Mexico.  With my head literally in the powdery white sand, I escaped in hopes that I would have time to finish my ORC upon my return.  Photos are happening this Friday so I’m officially off beach mode and frantically pulling all the details together like a mad woman.   

Thankfully while we were gone, Chris trucked along and finished up the kitchen cabinet, installed the remaining lights, and oversaw the countertop installation.  It was fun (or stressful, both) to receive updates via spotty WIFI on how things were progressing.  The countertop fabricators sent me this photo of the bathroom backsplash:I was so excited to see it is just how I imagined it!  And then coming home and seeing it up was a dream!

Photos also came in from the framer of art for the space.  I love how the large 16×20″ knots turned out!

I’ll be spending today and tomorrow hanging art and moving things around obsessively.  Overall, I’m totally loving the space–especially the bathroom!  But, as with most projects, there are a couple of things I’d do differently now that I’m on the flip side.  Every experience is a learning one, that is for sure.

Next week I’ll share some teasers with you of the finished space.  Remember the final reveal is now on November 15!  Thank you, Linda, for leading the charge and helping us to the finish line!  Thank you also to our ORC sponsors who have provided so many options for our projects.

Don’t miss my other ORC amigos:

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha   

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The Painted House One Room Challenge

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Week Two

Week Three

Week Four

One Room Challenge | Week Four

It is Week Four of the ORC, as in FOUR THE LOVE of all that is pure and holy, will I finish this on time???  Photos happen in just over a week–that isn’t much time to finish.  But guess what?  For the first time in the ORC history, our host Linda is extended the challenge by a week!  Many featured designers are experiencing shipment and work delays due to the effects of the many natural disasters in the last several weeks.  Mark your calendars!  The new reveal date is November 15.  Guest participants will reveal on November 16.

So the best part of this One Room Challenge?  A surprise visit from my brother Ron!  Do you remember that he was working on a table for the ORC space?  When it came time to ship, he decided to drive it from Texas to Georgia!  We had a such great weekend with him.  And, the table, the table!  It is sooooooooooooo perfect.  I LOVE it.  Thank you, Ron!It is expertly crafted of aluminum, and it is already back from the powder coater in a beautiful shade of ivory.  It looks amazing painted!

The powder room bath is coming along.  Did you see on my Instagram that it is now RED?  The room completely changed with the paint and molding Chris put up, of course.  Many thanks to ORC sponsor Farrow & Ball for the paint in the vivid Incarnadine color.  It is Chris’ first time to use Farrow & Ball, and he was so impressed with the application.  “It practically paints itself,” he said.The floor of this space is the only section I did not do when I painted the basement floors 3 years ago.  But the small room was easy to complete Monday, another check on the list!

The process is so simple.  This is what you need for faux concrete stain:

  • Knee pads, oh you’ll want knee pads
  • latex gloves
  • paint roller
  • brush
  • paint pan
  • plastic grocery bags, inside out
  • H&C Concrete Sealer, Wet Look, tinted to desired shade

You can do two shades of sealer and mottle together–I did this at our mountain house with aqua and brown.  For the basement here I went with a charcoal-tinted sealer.

First, first, make sure the floors are as clean as possible.  In our experience it was best to sweep and vacuum repetitively rather than mop.  The mopping only seemed to make a paste with the dust.

For our basement, we had to do an opaque 4″ black border to cover the white paint we were not able to remove close to the baseboards.  It’s a necessary detail I love.  Chris applied the stripe in a Benjamin Moore floor paint.

I also used it to paint a stripe pattern in the alcove hallway.  Tape, tape, lots of tape.Once I was done with the opaque paint details, I started in with the tinted sealer.

  • First, take a day to roll on a coat of untinted sealer to create a slick surface on which to apply the tinted sealer.  If you skip this step, the tinted sealer will absorb quickly into the concrete and will be unworkable.
  • After the first coat dries a day, start in a corner and roll tinted sealer in about a 2×2′ or 3×3′ area, use a brush to apply sealer in corners and along baseboard.
  • Immediately blot the rolled sealer with a crumpled plastic grocery bag.  Make sure the bag is inside out so that the printing on the outside of the bag does not bleed onto your floors.  The bag makes a non-descript pattern on the floor that hides the brushstrokes/roller marks.
  • Feather out the wet edges so that there isn’t a hard line that dries while you work on other areas.
  • Work fast and blend as you go.

That’s it!  It is super easy!  You can go over the finished floor with an untinted sealer to add extra gloss if that is the look you’re after.  We did not since I was content with the sheen level we have.  It is an affordable DIY solution for bare concrete floors.  It has held up great!

Guess what I did on Monday when I did the bathroom floors??  I totally forgot about step 1 with the untinted sealer.  So, yes, the raw concrete floors completely sucked up the color and I had no time to work it out, AND it is now darker than the rest of the basement floors because of that.  Rookie mistake!  But I don’t mind it too much since it is contained in that room.

So, new things have arrived this last week, including this Petunia pendant from ORC sponsor Hayneedle:

Two of these will hang in the main hallway to the basement.  Three other large drum fixtures will hang in the guest room hallway, the Alston from Crystorama, another generous ORC sponsor:

 

These are large and in charge, mama!  Can’t wait to see them up.

I also picked up pillows from Designs by Sudi, who crafted the covers from this luxurious Orapa Dot fabric from Stroheim fabrics:

The beautiful yellow velvet pillow in the back is part of a pair from Arianna Belle, custom pillowery.  Check out her selection of pillows that can be customized–lovely fabrics!

I picked up the tulip table base from the powder coater–new granite top comes next week.  The upholstered console table is here and so cool, I love it!  Chris has the kitchen shelf up.  Some of the framing is done.  Wallpaper went in the bathroom yesterday.  And bathroom countertops go in next week.  Everything is moving right along!

Next week you’ll find me deep in cleaning, picture hanging, and overall styling bonanza (freaking out, I’m sure).  Thank you to our host, Linda of Calling It Home, for getting us motivated to make pretty rooms!

Check out the other ORC buckaroos knocking it out:

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha   

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The Painted House One Room Challenge

Week One

Week Two

Week Three