Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Our Basement Renovation

Basement...just that word itself is depressing! For many of us having basements, they are often times treated as low priorities on the decorating list. It ends up being relegated as a someday project. Well, that someday came for Tom and me.

Since moving into our 1918 house back in 2007, we've taken on numerous projects inside and out. We spent over a year on the main renovation with included gutting the old house and building an addition with kitchen, dining, family and mud rooms. After the big renovation, we tackled sections of the garden each season. With each project, our budget became, shall we say, tighter :(

When it came time to renovate our basement, Tom gave me a crazy budget and a crazier deadline: finish it by next month! Not quite but something close. Oh, one more thing: Tom wanted it to be his man cave for watching sports (gross!). But I have my mini conservatory to grow topiaries, so that's cool. You should know that our basement has low ceilings with tricky ductwork everywhere and, unfortunately, only one window. So no natural light, which is perfect for watching TV.

Here's what I (with help from contractors, of course) did:

-Gutted the entire space.
-Had the ductwork, pipes and wiring consolidated.
-Designed one open sitting room with big TV and kitchenette.
-Created a guestroom with ample closets.
-Enlarged the half bath to full bath.
-Finished the furnace room, walk-in closet, and workshop with washer and dryer for doggie towels. (We have our own washer and dryer upstairs.)
And here is our sitting / TV room all finished. It needed to be casual and comfy. Due to the lack of sunlight, a palette of whites and grays would've been dreary. Instead I went with warm taupes, browns, beiges, tans and blues. I designed a custom built-in for the TV - it also conceals HVAC ductwork. I did splurge on the TV and built-in, but it's money went spent. Walls, trim and built-in are all painted the same color for a seamless effect. Walls are Benjamin Moore 75% Edgecomb Gray (HC-173) flat finish. Trim and built-in are in Satin Impervo low lustre paint.
 My awesome friend Meredith gave me this beautiful clubchair from Edward Ferrell. Many thanks, Meredith!!! Someday I'll share her drop dead GORGEOUS home on the blog. Bird pillow is from Pottery Barn and teal one is from Crate and Barrel.
 I took the stiffness out of the boxy sectional by having it slipcovered in a (brown) linen fabric. I wanted tailored lines but with wrinkles and crinkles. The linen paisley fabric on these pillows is Chamba from Peter Fasano.
 Antique baluster lamp is from Tone on Tone. Guess where I found the side table and painting? Go ahead!
 Side table came from World Market. Painting from HomeGoods :) Throw in a few antiques and custom pieces and those big box store finds look rather special.
Anchoring one wall is this Art Deco zinc garden panel from our shop. With our low ceilings and lack of windows, it adds height, texture and impact.
Behind the sectional is the kitchen. I found the vintage steel bakery pan for mini bundt cakes at an antiques shop, and thought how cool for our little kitchen! Plus I love how it speaks to the Art Deco panel - both are metal with graphic patterns.
 Why have a kitchen in the basement? Well, for snacks during TV shows, and for our guests staying in the bedroom. Cabinet doors are overlay (as opposed to inset) because they are budget friendly.
 I had so much fun designing this 72" kitchen as well as hunting down the apartment sized appliances - mostly European due to compact size requirements. See sources at the end of this post. Many thanks to Appliance Builders Wholesalers (ABW) in Silver Spring, MD. Steve Scarborough at ABW was terrific - very friendly and knowledgeable.
 Counter top is Absolute Black granite. I designed the backsplash to look like a raised gallery found on furniture. Notice the freestanding endpiece and the bracket detail.
 Since this is an old house, storage space is limited. Therefore I carved out little niches in walls and even utilized the space under the staircase for the microwave, fridge, etc.
 Currently my oversized ironstone pieces are stored here - soon going to our shop.
Now here are before photos. These two show the basement when we found the house. Lovely, right?
Above is during renovation. This is the corner where the clubchair sits. The HVAC duct is concealed inside the built-in.

I hope you have enjoyed our basement renovation. I'll share the bedroom, bathroom and workshop in a future post.

If you have a question, please feel free to ask in the comments section.
Cheers,
Loi
S O U R C E S
Fridge: Summit
Sink: Franke
Faucet: Kohler
Convection oven: Fagor
Induction cook top: Fagor
Microwave: Whirlpool
All appliances above from: ABW
Kitchen cabinets: Fieldstone
Ceramic floor tiles: Home Depot

121 comments:

  1. I am rendered speechless each time I visit.
    I wish I could live in your brain for one day. Just one day! LOL!
    I have never gutted anything and started over. I would have attempted to work with what was there, out of sheer intimidation.
    To a small degree, regret not buying the home across the street, with the walkout basement. I love our home,however...but window wells are downright depressing!
    Hoping you are well!

    xo

    Andie

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    1. Thanks so much, Andie. Gutting a space is a lot of work, but sometimes it is necessary and more practical.

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  2. Your kitchen is adorable! I love how you styled the shelving under the stairs....its a perfect place for your collection...

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  3. Beautiful! And even more so when I landed on the "before" photos! It was nice in its day, but your version is so thoughtful and lovely for today.

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    1. Thank you, Anonymous. My parents also have orange knotty pine paneling in their basement....so it was definitely in vogue at one point :)

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  4. Wow, what a change! Looks so comfy and inviting.

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  5. Holy Cow! What a miraculous transformation! I love your kitchenette and backsplash design. You made ordinary Absolute Black look extraordinary. Love the drain. Your ironstone pieces look sculptural in those genius niches. Beautiful detail on the steps. That zinc garden panel is tdf. Beautiful!

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  6. Good Morning Loi, Well deserved congratulations on a fabulous renovation. It is the perfect pied-et-terre. I would not leave!!
    Your sense of style, elegance and yet comfortable has shone through. I am sure Tom is very pleased and it is all ready in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    Thanks for sharing. I love seeing real homes on blogs.

    Helen xx

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  7. Beautiful, Loi! Such a miraculous transformation--I didn't want your post to end. The room is absolutely smashing. Love the details on the staircase and in the kitchenette. So well done, as usual!

    xo,
    Deborah

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  8. P.S. Would love to transform our basement into a guest bedroom, much needed second bathroom and spiffy laundry room, but I am always finding creepy crawlies in the basement, so it's hard to imagine it as a finished space!

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    1. Thanks Deborah. We had our share of creepy crawlies prior to the renovation. I didn't want to go down before.

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  9. Hello Loi, Most people think of a finished basement, however nice, in stereotypical terms, as witness the before photos. You succeeded by treating it like other spaces, considering the various needs and combining them with the space's features and limitations, and with an overall design plan. Also, your light color palette works especially well here, as below-grade rooms are dim to begin with, and need brightening and cheering up. By the way, I love that bakery pan!
    --Jim

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    1. Thanks, Jim. That bakery pan is made of steel. It's really well made......quite heavy.

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  10. Loi, if you hadn't mentioned that it was a basement, no one would have guessed! This space has undergone such a spectacular renovation, there is, literally, no sign of the 'before', but only the sleek and lovely 'after'! I love the scroll work on the staircase and it would take me days before I went up those steps again, feeling too comfy where I was. Thanks for sharing all your brilliance!

    Poppy

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    1. Thanks, Poppy. The scrollwork is original to the staircase.

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  11. You did such a beautiful job! It looks sophisticated and inviting. Let me guess: this deadline has something to do with the holidays? Expecting guests? :) I've been working on my basement lately. I tried blue cabinetry for the first time and have been so thrilled with it. I even made an orange lacquer bar tray...the opposite of tone on tone!
    I especially love your backsplash on the kitchenette piece. I so wish I would have thought to do the guard piece by my sink. I routinely have apples, potatoes, and onions roll off.

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    1. How did you know? :) I hope you'll share your basement. Miss you and your posts!!

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  12. Loi, as usual I'm blown away by your room design! Your guests are never going to want to leave! And what a perfect space to relax and watch TV. I can't believe that you got all of this done so quickly!

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  13. Loi, gorgeous as always. Bright with pops of color. That painting from HomeGoods is fabulous!

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  14. Hi Loi,
    Very impressive!
    I love all your thoughtful touches.
    My brother is transforming his guest house to rent out on airbnb and I was thinking how lovely yours would be for your guests! Bravo!!

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  15. So crisp and beautiful; particularly, for a basement location! Sir, you never disappoint!

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  16. Oh my goodness Loi, your not a designer but a magician! Perfect, just perfect! My favorite is under the stairs for the fridge and micro; but it's the shelves that had me at hello with all of your gorgeous whites... and of course the niches... Looking forward to the next reveal!

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  17. I love the space. And I really like how you maximized the lack of natural light by making the space feel so cozy!

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  18. Wow! Loi, I am soooo impressed. Want to visit Seattle and take on our basement? (Oh wait, that would mean we would have to clean it out first.) You did such a fantastic job with yours - I can't believe it's the same space as the before pictures. And your comment about the man-cave for watching gross sports made me laugh (sounds like my husband!) so that's a good way to start the day.

    Hope you get many years of enjoyment from your cozy space! XO

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    1. I would love to visit Seattle and hang out! One day.......
      xoxo

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  19. Beautiful... so warm and cozy!! Love your home.

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    1. Please bring Connor :) He can play with Panda and Mocha!!!

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  21. Your vision was amazing for this space. Just beautiful and functional!!!

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    1. Thank you, Tina. It is very functional.....especially the kitchenette which is handy as a bar / for the caterers.

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  22. Loi I love the beautiful lower level with the light, comfort and your collections included. That amazing iron element on the wall is wonderful!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  23. Oh lol I am on my phone and will be back properly but this is quite the mskeover!!!!!

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  24. Just BRILLIANT! Perfect timing as I am beginning to pull together some ideas for a client's guest house. Amazing appliances and thanks for the source info.

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your visit and comments, Jane.

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  25. LOI! It looks so good! I remember being in that space not so long ago and it felt perfect then, even for a basement. GRANDE job. I love how that granite looks like soapstone and I am crazy about your zinc panel. i love the slipcover on the sofa too! YAY, i lovee

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  26. That is some "before" all right! Yes, basements are so tricky and you have done a gorgeous job. Love the colors and textures, and oh, that petite kitchen is so perfect!

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  27. I think that you are a miracle worker!! Gorgeous.
    Mary

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  28. oh loi, it's adorable before AND after. seriously. i love the mini kitchen and the sleek details you incorporated that keep it from feeling anything but dreary and cellar-ish. those bundts and the beautiful geometry just kill me! saying 'bundt' kills me too. one of my interior designer friends still delivers a bundt cake to new neighbors, cracks me up! peace to you right where you are.

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  29. Who would have guessed - Homegoods or Home Depot alongside those beautiful finishes - love the tiles - so well done- so Loi!

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    1. Hi Maggie - Thank YOU! I am now addicted to Home Depot.

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  30. Loi you have made my day with your lovely man cave! We have yet to tackle our basement but it will be our winter project this year...sort of like you said..last on the list due to budget and priority. We plan a wine cellar but due to our severe spring and summer weather it really does need to be what we refer to as a "fraidy hole". You have given me some really great inspiration to even believe it can be done! Hope you are staying warm down there!

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  31. Loi, that is an absolutely incredible transformation. I love every single detail. Even the stairs are beautiful. xoxo

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  32. Loi,
    This basement is wonderful. What a great job you did. I love how you maximized space with the wall niches. I've always liked the character they add to a room. That painting was something I zeroed it as soon as the first image of it...hard to believe it was from Home Goods. It really adds to the overall living space. Great job, I'd enjoy watching TV here as well!
    xo,
    Karen

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  33. Wow! It looks incredible Loi! Your sitting area looks super comfy and I love the clean lines in the mini bar/kitchen area. The Bundt cake pan on the wall is a great idea as is the little storage area you built under the stairs. The Ben M Edgecomb gray is one of my favorites and I've used it a lot:) Wonderful work here Loi and I hope you both get to use it for some of the football games coming up:) xxL

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    1. Stunning job!!! I thought I was watching HGTV with Scott McGillivray as I scrolled the post. you have to be in heaven with this job!! I adore all the decor and HATS off to the hard work you and contractors put into the design.

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    2. Wow - You made my day, Monica :) Thank YOU! Hope you'll visit again.

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  34. What can I say!!??? WHAT A MAN CAVE!!!!! This is more than AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! All the features you treated are awesome!!! Love the back splash, the clever ways you used the spaces and the overall styling of the space!! YOU SIMPLY ARE THE BEST!!!.

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  35. This basement is amazing!!!....Your attention to detail is just perfection...I love how you placed that fridge underneath the stairs...genius! But then again you are "genius" in all you do...Never would have guessed that painting is from HomeGoods!...love the color scheme of the room...well, just every bit of the room!....Truly a room where spending time there is such a pleasure.

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  36. Beautiful basement renovation! I'm inspired to tackle our basement now. How does the return air vent function in the TV built-in? How did you do it? I have exactly the same problem. Would love to know the answer. Thank you so much for sharing. Patricia

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    1. Patricia: We do not have a return air vent in the built-in cabinet. That is located on a side wall (near the clubchair). Thanks for asking.

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  37. So lovely. I bet Tom will be in heaven watching his sports in there! And your guests won't want to leave! Can you share the source for the coffee table? Best, Beth C.

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    1. Thank you. Coffee table is from Restoration Hardware. It's got a great texture which is very forgiving.

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  38. Wow, this is a man cave I could love! I adore that tiny kitchen, so perfect for this cozy spot. I would love to come over and watch sports with Tom. You also have good light for knitting and reading, so important even for a man cave! xo

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  39. Loi,
    What an oasis of calm and I love everything you have done.
    I know it will be enjoyed for many years to come!
    pve

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  40. What a fantastic project Loi! Done beautifully as always! We are in the process of drawing up plans to create a guest cottage in our garage at the moment, and I intend to create a small but stylish kitchen in there…..your design is very inspiring, and I love the scaled down appliances such as the hob. I am sure Tom is delighted with his 'Man Cave'….an exceptionally stylish one!

    Sophia x

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  41. From the result I can say that it was completely worth it Loi and Tom! I love that your aesthetic view is kept the same throughout the renovation. You must have done a pretty hard job to get it all perfect.It looks really awesome and welcoming.Well done!

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  42. Loi, I have to admit. This must be the most beautiful basement/man cave I've ever seen. I can't tell it's done on a budget! You make HomeGoods art look like an original artwork. I will have to share this with Steve (my husband) and show him that a man cave can be this pretty when it's done right! Thanks for the inspiration xx

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  43. loi the details of the basement are great + they are stunning + the finds from big box stores are magic xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

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  44. For Pete's Sake...is there NO END...what an incredible transformation! First, I think I like the counter top best...no...it's the....anyway, you seem to be in the "right place at the right time!" It's a gift!! franki

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  45. Pete, what an AMAZING transformation! Your basement looks wonderful -- I LOVE the blue and white paisley pillows, what a wonderful accessory for the couch! I am so fascinated with your creativity using the muffin pans as a unique piece of art! Thanks for sharing

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  46. Loi, when you say 75% Edgecomb Gray, what are using for the other 25%? Love, this blog. You have such great info to share, thank you!

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    1. Janet: The paint store only adds 75% of the original formula to the base paint. The color ends up being lighter.

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  47. Hi, Loi,

    I looked at the before photos, my thought was that the previous occupants were going for circa 1930's "nautica." I'm amazed by how fast you got this handsome project finished, and I especially like your bracketed back splashes.

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  48. Loi,
    Wonderful man cave, Tom must be thrilled, you're so right with the decision of more putty and taupes because without a natural abundance of light whites and greys are a cool fright!!! Now the Art Deco garden gate has me lusting and the honed absolute black granite has splendid detail.
    Gotta get myself to Homegoods!!!
    xx,
    Vera

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  49. Wow, Loi, you transformed it so beautifully! The little kitchen is stunning. LOVE the art deco piece and baking tin, they make the space so special as well as the granite detail. Love the built in too. I used the same end table in a condo I recently staged for a family member, thank goodness for World Market and Homegoods. Also used a painting similar to yours that helped us with a color palette. Your new basement is perfect, Tom will enjoy a cozy winter down there, we have sports tv issues in our house too!

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  50. I don't know how you could have changed that amazing basement, Loi! :) Just kidding you ... I feel like I can picture the look on your face the first time you saw that basement. I've had basement renovations on the brain myself lately so this is very well timed and incredibly inspirational. Did you talk about the floors at all? If you did, I must have missed it. What did you do there? Such a problem ... budget flooring in a basement.

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    1. Thanks for asking about the flooring. After removing the carpet, we found concrete (uneven, busted, etc). So we patched and tiled over it with Home Depot Travertine-ish ceramic tiles.

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  51. such glorious and well deserved comments!
    loi, i have a request......please write a book. i never want your posts to end. P E R F E C T!
    xo
    debra

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  52. What an amazing transformation!! It looks completely different - so light and airy!
    xo. Leslie
    Segrto Finishes

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  53. Fabulous room Loi and love all your finishing touches! I am wild about that zinc panel and all the mix of materials in the space. Love those apipliances! It's going to be a great space for holiday guests!! Xo Nancy

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  54. Loi, I LOVE it !!! Was it Astronomical to have the duct work moved ??? Also HOW were you able to get the contractors all to show up in your time frame ????

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    1. Yes, moving the ductwork, pipes and wiring took a bit. That's why I had to furnish the room wisely. Thanks.

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  55. Well done Loi. Love the colours and design. The absolute black granite is my favourite. You also designed the storage cleverly. Love it!

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  56. Hi Loi- You have been busy! Love seeing the before and after photos. Great job on designing the TV built in. The kitchenette is very cool, I could be completely comfy in that space. Beautiful!
    XO

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  57. I am CONVINCED! Everything you touch turns into STUNNING!!! Amazing Loi, truly a beautiful design, warm and welcomiing! Love it all!!! Great details in the built in and the kitchenette, and love what you did with the stair case.
    xo Kathysue

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  58. Brilliant. Why should I be surprised? A perfect place to escape when you need your own space.

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  59. Hi Loi, So many fabulous ideas and tips here! Love the little kitchen and the stuff from Homegoods. Oh, and the stair storage. That was inspired! Well, all the storage. Everything you've done, you'll get back in resale [if you ever decide to] and then some because I think that most folks would love to have a lovely basement like this. I've used absolute black granite honed many times for projects. This is such a lovely serene space. The before made me really laugh out loud! I can almost smell that room. xo, Laurel

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  60. Loi..I am blown away!!! Most people would be over the moon if that was their living room much less their basement aka mancave. I laughed imagining Tom shouting in the basement over a bad call in a football game food flying everywhere and then you cut to you where its peaceful, calm and serene with you tending to your topiaries! Sounds like this household though I don't have a greenhouse YET :)
    Absolutely love everything you have done, to perfection I might add. The styling is just fabulous, the colors are perfect and the art from Homegoods is gorgeous!
    I am sure if Tom is missing you know where to find him:)

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    1. You nailed it, Tina! He does love his games down there :) Thanks!!

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  61. Here I am, properly. I was on my phone yesterday when I saw this and was unable to comment the way I wanted!

    OK LOI, you are genius. Your before photos are reminiscent of my own basement, with the honey colored wood paneling. Our basement is just a utilitarian spot for laundry and working out, so we'll never renovate it, but to see what you did here is really indicative of your genius. The lighter walls are such a great solution to what could be a gloomy feel, and the addition of the pops of color really warm up the place. You Home Goods finds are the perfect items with a little support from finer pieces. It all comes together so beautifully, and I'm sure Tom appreciates his MAN CAVE!!!!!

    Gorgeous as always dearest Loi. Anita

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    1. Anita - Thanks for coming back :) Hope you all are keeping warm. I think we're getting your cold temps. Talk soon.

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  62. WOW the before and after are mind blowing! We have a below ground basement with few windows so I appreciate your advice on color scheme. to keep it light and bright. The garden panel and the skinny fridge are my favorite elements!

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  63. Congratulations! What an amazing transformation. Love the selves and fridge under the steps too!

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  64. I am smitten with the kitchenette you created. I love small spaces like that-and the tiny niche you have built is perfect scale with the space. I'm with you, sports--yuck. However I do LOVE the me time it provides while my husband is otherwise occupied ;-)
    Wonderful job and I can't wait to see the rest of the space.
    Fondly,
    -Lisa

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  65. Love it! We also gutted and refinished the basement recently in our old home. We also only have windows on one wall of our living room/men watching sports space. Like you, I used a brown sectional sofa and taupe walls, but I could have cried when I read that you found your landscape art at Home Goods; I way overpaid for mine at a local art gallery, and it looks very similar! Have pinned your kitchenette pics for future use when we tackle our carriage house -- we need to redo the nasty kitchenette out there and yours looks perfect!

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    1. Good luck with your project, Holly! I love carriage houses, btw. Would love to see a photo of your C.H. Cheers

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  66. Divine Theatre expressed my thoughts exactly--Loi, you are absolutely amazing!! I live in SW VA (Virginia Tech) and I have been planning a trip to your shop and by gosh--that will happen. Love, love, love your blog! Too many exclamation marks, but that's how I feel every time I read your blog. Thanks for adding to the enjoyment of my life.

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    1. Oh gosh, thank YOU for reading my little blog. I really appreciate it. And please do visit - I love meeting my readers :) Thanks, again!

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  67. Wow, only you could take that pub like basement and turn it from eek to chic! I love how you mixed high end pieces with more affordable items to give it such a calm and elegant look! I am sure you, Tom, and your lucky guests will spend many wonderful hours there.

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  68. Impressive! I love the frig and microwave under the stairs. Great idea, too, on hiding HVAC in those cabinets. We may be in to get the name of your contractor, if you share. We can't believe he did it in one month! Btw, how tall are your ceilings? What a transformation. The comfy sofa, beautiful lamps and ironstone make it seem "Loi-like".

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  69. Hi Loi! Everything you design is so elegant, classy and this room, also sleek! Love, love, love! The built-in was worth the splurge and I love how you did that mini kitchen - way to go on your use of space! I'm in love with that art deco zinc garden panel and those bundt cake trays are solo perfect! Hope Tom is enjoying his TV watching!

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  70. Your basement is fabulous, Loi!! What a great place to relax and chill. I love the way you used the space under the stairs for shelves and refrigerator. Gorgeous in every way!!
    Mary Alice

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  71. You are so talented. It's always so nice to find one of your posts in my inbox.

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  72. Your basement looks very stylish Loi. So different! Love the light colours and peacefulness of the room.

    Madelief

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  73. Wow!!! You have such exquisite taste - only you could make a basement so gorgeous!! I love what you did under the stairs!

    Have a fabulous weekend, Loi!!

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  74. Beautifully and creatively done, Loi.

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  75. Absolutely CLASSY!! No sports posters? HA HA!

    Love the design, the color scheme...and the practical couch and chairs. I can really see sitting in these sofas for a great movie, or for several hours of football... Amazing transformation! So well done! I cannot believe that it was done in a month! WOW! Great job! I am sure you both will enjoy this space daily!

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  76. Wow, wow, wow! I'm blown away by that transformation! I love the color palette and it definitely makes the space look bright and airy. Tom must LOVE it! Such a serene space. xx

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  77. Oh yes, what a place to hibernate in it warmth and beauty during the winter months when less entertaining takes place outside. Movie nights are a perfect place to entertain, and the hidden appliances under the stair well is was a smart design move saving space and using wasted space for the better.
    Love the kitchenette, an important move to popping popcorn, snacks as you say, and light cooking, and heating up left overs. Cold drinks a must and warm drinks if desired.
    Your finds show you to be a bigger designer in a world of creativity, where using pieces that don't have to cost a fortune making change down the line quilt free.
    Love the mix of woods, iron, and textiles, you my friend are fearless in designing, taking on a budget design move and creating a high-end showroom that compares to none other in its realm.

    Your so enjoying this space without a doubt.

    Xx
    Dore

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  78. Oh my goodness Loi you are a genius! I love that Tom gave you a timeline. Are you like me and take FOREVER to do your own stuff! Love the world market table, utilizing the european size appliances...and I always love any of PF's fabrics! Wonderful job of course!!!

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  79. Hello Loi,
    Your basement turned out great! I have to admit I giggled when you revealed your painting came from Home Goods. As soon as I saw it in the photo I was thinking..."oh..where did he find that?"... It looks fantastic. I was expecting some exotic answer like...I found it in Paris at a small shop...Just goes to show you that good design can be found anywhere if you have a great eye (like you do my friend). I love this post! As always, your work is inspirational. You are so talented.
    Susan

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  80. It is gorgeous! It is wonderfully organized and heartwarming!

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  81. Oh my gosh! I don't know why I am surprised. Everything you touch is gorgeous, Loi!
    Enjoy it!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  82. OMG Loi. I am serious when I say you are the only person on earth capable of making a basement look this good. I am ashamed of my entire house and life after seeing this. Haha. The effort you put into every project is only exceeded by your innate talent and style.
    LOVE IT!!! That little baby kitchen - swoon. Perfection Loi...
    xo Terri

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  83. Loi this is amazing! If I had any budget at all I would fly you here for a weekend of HELP!! I love the tones you chose, it is remarkable how warm, cozy and inviting this space is.

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  84. Loi,
    I love your transformation of your basement. It is so beautiful and it feels so light despite it being a basement, bravo! Great choice of artwork, I'm always looking at Homegoods, but so far I haven't found anything! Our walls are bare to say the least. You did well with your painting! Your basement is wonderful and now it is an awesome space!

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  85. What an amazing job you did! Wow! Love it all. Happy Saturday Loi!

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  86. You truly have a gift for transforming a space into something wonderful! Fabulous job, Loi!!
    XO
    Mimi

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  87. This reno of the basement is amazing Loi - you truly have such a fabulous creative eye and follow through with so many awesome details.
    Congratulations on this space, your entire home is so very beautiful.

    Mary -

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  88. wow! this is beyond fabulous!!! love the colors too. HAVE a happy THANKSGIVING!!!!!

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  89. Love the downstairs kitchen! Could totally cook there! Lucky guests! Have a wonderful holiday season!
    Monica

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  91. I have a question. The edging on the countertop; do you find it stable? We are doing a small bathroom re-do and I have talked to two installers who never heard of that type edging. So them they proceed to say it wouldn't be very stable. I have seen this style of side edging foe a countertop before and find it charming and it would so add an unexpected element of design to a rather featureless bathroom. So... What is your advice.

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  92. Hi,
    I love your work. I saw in one of your posts that you did the trim and doors in White Dove at 75%. Can you tell me how that changes the look of the color? I know it's lightened by 25% but how does the color change specifically? For example, does it bring out the grey a bit more or just soften a bit more in general? Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  93. This is awesome! I've been trying to do some bathroom renovation , and this gave me some great insight for things to try. Thanks for sharing!

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  94. The tiny kitchen is the cutest thing! Very well done & thanks for sharing with us!

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