The End is Near – Basement Update

I apologize this post is long overdue and already out of date considering I took these pictures before we left for a holiday vacation to Hawaii. However, in case you missed my Facebook Live video from before we left town, I wanted to share some progress pictures of the basement, and to explain some of our decisions. Plus, I’m sharing what you can expect in the final reveal. We will start in the dark entertainment room.  The coffered ceiling was installed a few weeks ago using pre-primed boards, meaning it’s beautiful crisp white details popped against the dark paint. You can see a picture of it here. I was absolutely terrified to paint the ceiling dark, even though that is what… Read More

Design Options For Our Basement Stairs

Everything architectural has been selected for our basement, aside from one thing that we’ve been putting off for months… What could this major design decision be you ask? Turns out it’s not so major at all. It’s simply our stairs. Here’s what we are working with: When we started the project, we had Carpenter Homes open up part of the stairwell to create a more airy space and to allow us to have a statement railing. While it was worth it, this project wasn’t easy for our contractors and cost a bit more than we imagined. We also had them tear up the carpet, which our builder installed using carpet leftover from the upstairs’ bedrooms. It got pretty beat up during construction. They… Read More

How To DIY A High End Mantel For Under $200

Custom fireplace mantels don’t come cheap, and DIYing a modern, but grand surround even intimidated us. Lucky for you, we love a challenge, so we did all the dirty work for you. Here’s how you can create a custom and modern mantel for a fraction of the price in your own home. First off, when we were deciding how we wanted our fireplace to look, I did what any good home blogger would do, and I hit Pinterest for inspiration. I particularly liked this pin. We are going for an art deco lounge meets family play area look in this room, so we wanted something that looked super glam, but was also cost effective. After scrolling through our inspiration pictures, we… Read More

Freestyle Friday (Check Out Our New Project List Page!)

Well guys, are basement is nearing completion. I’ll be Facebook live-ing a tour this weekend and I plan to post a longer progress report soon, as well as, a few DIY tutorials in the next month and a design update on the stairs. I may post one more sneak peak after that, but big picture wise, it will be *mostly under wraps until we are ready to reveal the rooms around January. Then you can expect a flurry of posts with all the final details. *I often can’t help but share real time progress in my Instagram stories. So what am I going to write about when our basements done? Well, because I have problem with being over inspired, our to-do… Read More