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I apologize this post is long overdue and already out of date considering I took these pictures before we left for a holiday vacation to Hawaii.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

Overcoming Indecision and Second Guessing

A big misconception about Daren and me is that we are naturally decisive. Because we run a blog about home design, and manage to complete house projects without ruining our marriage, people assume that when we come up with a plan, we stick to it and that the decisions along the way are easy. While we do have a knack for design, and Daren is incredibly handy, that is not always the case. There is a reason this blog is called pretty domesticated and it’s not just because I think our house is pretty. It’s because for every day we have it pulled together, there is a day, or two, where our house and projects are a hot mess. At the end of a project, are… Read More

Quartz Countertops + Some Extra Stone Details

If you’re here for the basement tour, you’ve come to the right place. While progress in the basement has slowed down over the past month, Northern Stone and Clearwater Custom Cabinets recently hooked us up with some impact pieces — quartz counters and one-of-a-kind cabinets. Now that the cabinets and countertops are in we expect things to start progressing quickly. Our contractor, Carpenter Homes, says we should be able to indulge in a family movie night by Christmas! That is, as long as we don’t make any last minute changes and pull our weight on the DIY stuff! Uffda, here’s to hoping! Let’s start with the bar. If you need a refresher on the look we are shooting for click here. At this… Read More

Why I Changed My Mind About Vinyl Flooring

I gave you sneak peaks at the basement progress last week, specifically the floors, but I didn’t provide much information on our selections. I received some questions about the materials, so I am going to share all the details about why we picked each finish. Today I’m talking about our herringbone, faux wood floors. Daren and I know very little about flooring, so we decided it was in our best interest to hire a professional. Our contractor, Carpenter Homes, directed us to Imperial Flooring for this project. Before meeting with Aaron from Imperial Flooring, I had already completed the vision boards for the bar and the entertainment room, so we had a very specific idea of what we wanted. If you are… Read More