Basement Makeover: Inspiration

Oh, basements.  The place where things go to die and collect dust.  To be honest, I rarely spend time in my basement because 1) the lack of natural sunlight 2) it's cluttered as hell and 3) it's just not cozy.  My basement is filled with extra furniture, baskets of dirty laundry and too many mislabeled boxes filled with anything from next season's footwear to old halloween costumes. 

A few weeks ago, I decided to de-clutter and figure out a plan to transform my boring basement into a cozy and welcoming retreat.  I've always wanted to do dark walls and although pretty daring for someone who loves white, I decided to go with one colour for the entire basement.  I knew it had to be something DARK.  Here were some of my inspiration photos:


I wanted something pretty close to black (!).  My husband thought I was crazy (?).  But a mixture of dark walls with white, natural wood and vintage elements was calling my name.  Have you painted your basement?  And would you ever go dark?

Sources: / Domino / Style By Emily Henderson / Newburgh Row House by Door Sixteen /




Office Update

Happy Thursday All!

Do you have that one room in your home that you can't seem to de-clutter? The room where you store all your unused gym equipment, hang the laundry or throw all your mail in? For some people it's the basement but for me it's the second bedroom. Our condo is pretty small and we have zero storage space in our suite so that means we need to be super creative with our use of space. No matter how often I clean that room, it always seems to get messy again and it drives me nuts! Our second bedroom has 2 functions, it serves as my office as well as a guest bedroom. We have a small desk and a futon in there right now but lately I've been dreaming about what that room could look like:


Richard Nixon Throw | Vintage Vogue Poster | Saarinen Marble Sidetable | Saddle Office Chair | Manchester Desk | Minka Ambience Table Lamp | Sand Spotted Silk Throw Pillow | Racine Lumbar Throw Pillow | Crassula Potted Plant | Allegra Hicks, Eye For Design Book | Crash Pad Exposed Chesterfield Sofabed | Knots Wallpaper | Finland Peltola Sky Blue Rug | Cargo Artheneum File Box

The office won't look anything like this once I'm done but what can I say, I love to dream. First step is to de-clutter. What do you guys think? Do you have any rooms you would love to update or makeover?