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Basement update – ikea

16 Feb

Our basement Reno is well on it’s way!!! All the main parts are DONE!!! The paint turned out great, I am loving Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl. The ceiling, pot lights, flooring and trim are also done and turned out amazing. My poor husband has been working so hard, but it is totally paying off!!!!

Here are some updates:






Now we still need to do ALOT of cleaning. The floors will need to be mopped a few more times to get all the drywall dust and everything up. We also need to finish the second coat paint in the stairwell, install a light at the top of the stairs and paint the wooden cold cellar door.

Now there is lots still to do and get, so here is our IKEA shopping list for today!! ๐Ÿ™‚

1. We need a gray slipcover for our old plaid couch downstairs $200

3(8)2. We need a new white slipcover for our big comfy chair $79


3. My parents gave us money for Christmas to get a ikea futon for the basement for when we have guests over!

<<My parents bought this futon for the trailer, and it is UNBELIEVABLY comfortable!!!!>>


And then of course a few accessories! picture frames, area rug etc….

  1. EIVOR Throw, black/white $29
  2. BJร–RNLOKA Duvet cover and pillowcase(s), black $44
  3. Ribba Frame X3 – $19 each
  4. FICUS LYRATA Potted plant, fiddle-leaf fig $14

Can’t wait to share the finish product with you guys!!!

Hopefully soon ๐Ÿ™‚



Making the Most of a Small Space

19 Feb

Most people dream of bigger & better when it comes to their home. I have to admit at times I am also guilty of this. However, if you can use a small space properly it can make a world of difference. It’s amazing by just changing colours & furniture how you can completely transform your tiny home into a visually bigger space.

Let’s get started…

  1. First off, brightening up a small space with a light colour palette on the walls always make the room feel bigger.
  2. Next – De-clutter the entry way, make sure when people walk into your home they are visually pleased and have lots of room to come in…

3. Kitchen – Choose a colour pallete that best represents your style. Making a kitchen lighter & brighter always makes the space feel bigger. Having lots of storage is also beneficial so your counter space isn’t all cluttered, as a kitchen should look sterile. Below you can see that even though it is a tiny kitchen, it is nice and cheery…and gives off an inviting feeling.

Better Homes & Garden recommends using a low contrast colour scheme….

“When there’s little difference between the colors of the walls, the countertops, the cabinetry, and the woodwork, your eye glides over the surfaces looking for a place to rest, and that movement tricks you into thinking the space is larger than it really is. Here, the cabinets, backsplash, and flooring are close in color value — a soft gray-green — so the eye doesn’t trip over sudden shifts from dark to light.” (click on the above picture, to read the rest of the article)

4. Mirrors – these are a great source to reflect the light in the room and give the illusion of a bigger space.

I love this picture below of “Life in the Fun Lane” dining room… I love her whole house, but here you can see the extra large mirror she used. I love it.

5. Light, Light & more LIGHT – an easy & inexpensive way to brighten the space! Just open those windows and let the sun shine through!!

6. Surround yourself with your favorite things & make sure the space is comfortable. Comfort is key in your home, especially when it is tiny. You want to make sure that every piece of furniture can be used and your family & guests will find comfort no matter where they are seated.

Here are some Before & Afters (I always love these :))

Check out this dingy old basement reno. I LOVE that they painted the brick, and made the most of this tiny space.

Check out some tiny bathroom reno’s here… amazing B&A pictures!!!!


Happy Sunday!!


Basement Makeover

18 Jan

I think everyone knows what it’s like to be “20 something” and just starting out. You are moving out on your own (not a dorm but a REAL apartment or REAL house) and you are starting out in your career. Which means (especially now a days) you are running on very little cash – this is because you are paying all your bills AND you are trying to fix up your new digs ๐Ÿ™‚ I got a request from someone just like myself that is “starting out” in their new home. They just moved in and are trying to re-do an older home all at once. This makes things especially hard because you are having to fix up an entire house all at the same time. So they have asked for a couple suggestions for their basement…… I think they have a great starting point (no walls to rip down, they can manage with the floor and it’s a reasonable size).

I think this basement needs two things – to be Lighter & Brighter!!

Here are my thoughts for paint….

Here is the bright white wainscoting & gray walls….

Let’s start with the basics. They have laminate flooring which they want to remove and replace with carpet. However, from the pictures it doesn’t look all that bad so I would save some money and not replace the floor and just put down a really nice & natural area rug.

Something along the lines of this from pottery barn…

And here is the staircase, I suggest to paint all the trim & railing white – kind of like below…..

And the door to the laundry room REALLY needs some TLC. I have two ideas for this – One being let’s paint it ๐Ÿ™‚ and the second being let’s replace it with either a really fun fabric as a curtain OR a new door!

Home Depot has a nice Bi-fold Saddle Door for $57

And here is a little inspiration for the room…

Here’s a few things that will brighten up the space….

  1. ย Strip Throw http://www.westelm.com
  2. Porcelain Hurricane Lights http://www.westelm.com
  3. Free Trade Pouf http://www.urbanoutfitters.com
  4. Bookcase http://www.ikea.com
  5. Glass Jar Pendants http://www.westelm.com

They have some things to start with such as Couch, Tv stand & coffee table – but to fill the rest of the room IKEA is a great place to get furniture & Accessories that are nice AND cheap!!!

Side Table $10

Comfy Chair that multiple pieces turn into a couch! $250

Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚ Excited to see the finished product!!!