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Basement Details

Morning! Summer is in full swing around these parts. The weather is warm. Sundresses are a staple in my wardrobe. And I become a sun worshipper. Simply put, this season is a magical time in Portland. And I never want it to end!

Anyway, back to the basement chronicles. We are in the home stretch and it feels so good! The carpet was installed last week (which you’ll see in a few photos), and unfortunately, we hit a few snaffus. Either we have defective carpet or poor installers….that is yet to be determined. It’s one or the other, but the good news is that it’s on them, and not us. I guess that’s the beauty of hiring folks and not doing it yourself. When things go south, it’s not your fault. Again, more on that next week.

Because we are almost done with the basement build-out, I can start thinking about decor. Not that I ever really wasn’t thinkg about it…but it feels like I can actually make some headway in that arena. I inherited a sweet bed from my late Grandma, and although the polished brass isn’t my taste, I still love the frame and the story behind it. Since there’s very little a can of paint can’t fix, I was hoping Rustoleum’s oil rubbed bronze spray paint could help…and it did just that! The bed went from a polished brass finish, to an oil rubbed bronze finish in a matter of minutes. That stuff works magic. Pure magic.

Since the bed frame received a little makeover, I thought it was only fair that the linens got a little love as well. The downstairs bedroom will be our main guest bedroom, so I wanted to spend some time creating a room that felt approachable and cozy. I splurged on a few bedding statement pieces (linen throw pillows + John Robshaw euros – they were both on sale!) but then I saved money on the basics (white sheets from Target + tan coverlet from JCPenny). Even though the color pallette is fairly safe, I love the mix of patterns and textures. I’m anxious to dress the bed, but it will have to wait until we fix our carpet situation. Soon!

basement bed sheets basement bed sheets close up

Other basement happenings include measuring for our wood mantle, and hanging our first piece of art downstairs.

basement living room basement living room details

Now it’s just final details….and then we’ll be in business!

Cheers to a happy week, friends.

More Basement Updates

Hi friends! I’m back from a much needed vacation in Sun Valley and I have a few basement photos to share. It’s hard to believe we began dreaming about this project in January….and it’s now July. To tell you the truth, I don’t even remember where we last left off in the basement diaries, but here’s the latest and greatest…

Oddly enough, the bathroom – the room I thought would take the longest time to come together – is nearly complete. In fact, I even used the toilet for the first time today (TMI?). Below are a few snaps of the current state of the bathroom, and I also have a few photos of items that will be installed in the room soon.  The faucet for the space arrived last week, and for only $100, I’m pretty pumped with it.

basement bathroom photo 1-8

photo 3-6 basement bathroom

The wallpaper that I’ve mentioned to you guys is shown above. Although I’m really liking the walls above the wainscoting without the wallpaper, I do have an itch to wallpaper something. I guess time will tell if it makes it on the walls in the bathroom. Your vote?

The laundry closet is also close to being completed. I’m dragging my feet on purchasing a sink for the space, but as you’ll see below, I have the wall mount faucet – halfway there! We’ll add shelves above the appliances, and maaaaaybe a built-in around the washer/dryer.

laundry closet

laundry closet

laundry faucet

What’s next? The carpet arrives on Wednesday…and then it will just be details. I say just details, but we all know those take the longest to come together:).

June Pinterest Favorites

Sweet friends! I am here. Alive and well. And busy. And so very ready for summer! You? We are hoping to have our basement project wrapped up soon so we can escape down there when the temps begin to rise. More to come on the basement front soon!

Since June is winding down, it’s time for Pinterest favorites….

For sources, follow me on Pinterest here. Cheers to July and all the summer goodies next month brings:).

Basement Details

Morning, friends! It’s feeling like summer around these parts and all of this sunshine is such a welcomed sight. The city is alive. Folks are out and about and there’s just a cheerful feeling in the air. Not much beats Portland in the summer.

I last left off with a basement update, so let’s pick it up there. Here are a few new happenings…

Our 2 inch hex GLOSSY tile arrived. I’m placing an emphasis on glossy, because it was hard to find. For whatever reason, I had my heart set on glossy, and when that happens, it’s trouble. Nothing else will do. We’re doing 2 inch glossy hex on the bathroom floor, glossy penny tile on the shower floor, and the staple white glossy subway tile for the shower surround.

white hex glossy tile

Oh yes! The built-in came this week. It’s not totally painted here, but you can still get a good feeling  for how it’s going to look. The area to the right of the fireplace was suuuuper tricky. We had soffits to deal with and a funky fireplace layout, but I think we made it work. And yes, we painted the stucco fireplace white…it was a tough call, but I can always go back to gray if I regret my white paint decision later:). I’m still trying to figure out a mantel….

fireplace built-in

And the bedroom is looking like a bedroom! It gets really amazing light and it feels bright and airy with a fresh coat of white paint.

basement bedroom

I can’t finish this post without telling you how nervous I am to install the wallpaper in the basement bathroom. Am I nutty to try this? On my own? Please tell me if I’ve lost my mind. I can’t help but think I’m going to hang this gorgeous wallpaper all wrong and crooked and then I’m inevitably going to find myself in tears. Yiiiiiiikes.