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I apologize this post is long overdue and already out of date considering I took these pictures before we left for a holiday vacation to Hawaii.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

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

The Power of a Bigger Window

Making a basement cozy, but not cave-like can be a challenge. Windows are usually sparse and unless you are lucky enough to have a walk out basement, natural light is limited in the few windows you do have. We painted our entertainment room dark. (I may have mentioned it a few times). During the planning stage, we were left scratching our heads on how to make it work without it seeming cold. Then our contractor stepped in and helped solve our woes. We are working with Carpenter Homes, to finish the basement and they suggested we increase the size of the window on the playroom wall a foot to bring in more light. It set us back about $2K, but was well worth it.… Read More

Planning Our Playroom + The Final Design

Before we were even considering finishing our basement, heck before E could really even walk, I was dreaming of and pinning playrooms and play tables. Maybe it’s the kid in me that doesn’t want to grow up, but anytime I enter a home with a dedicated playroom, that is not a guest bedroom moonlighting as a playroom, I feel a ping of jealousy. Oh hi there, playroom of my dreams! I love you. We currently have a playroom upstairs that’s bright and cheery and that will not be dissembled anytime soon, but since we hope to have more children we can’t bank on always having it to store toys. Plus it’s a little tight for run around play. You can see pictures… Read More