Basement Storage

Did you know that storage needs air flow? It’s really great to have abundant storage space, but if there’s no air flow the things you store will start to smell musty and stale.

The basement of the house we are moving to is huge, and maximizing its space is what we’re all about!

This is exactly what the basement looked like before we started to move things in.

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Right away I knew those cans of paint, the cardboard and the carpet pieces had to go!

And my mind kicked into shelving mode.

So once again Dad, my project partner and I teamed up to create function out of excess space. This is what we did for the shelving backing board while also considering air flow.

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We installed garden lattice made out of pvc material. The white is bright and finished looking, the pvc is plenty strong enough for the backing, and the open lattice will allow the air to flow easily.

Did you notice under the stairs? The paint cans are gone!

Next we put up adjustable shelving.

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Since we were reusing our existing shelving, these boards were only 6′ long, so we had to add another 2′ section to each shelf.

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If you look closely under the top shelf on the right you’ll see a small piece of wood joining the two shelves together. Each run of shelves on this side were secured together with the butterfly bandaid approach! The shelving on the left is all new, so it’s in 8′ lengths. These shelves are 16″ deep and the right are 12″ deep. If we weren’t reusing existing shelving, I would have had all the shelves at least 16″ deep.

Did you notice the frames on the floor under the right-hand shelving? Dad built these for our boxes to sit on that go on the floor. You should always lift cardboard boxes off the floor just a little because otherwise the cardboard may draw moisture out of the concrete. This will leave the box slightly damp, even in the driest of basements (this basement is bone dry), and the cardboard will also take on a bit of an odour. Guess what happens next? The smell penetrates what’s actually in the box. Who wants that?

Here’s my project partner! Do you remember him from some of my other projects?

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Every time I work with Dad I learn something new. He’s a great mentor, and this time I learned that I need to keep my drill bits with my drill, not in my tool box back at the other house! Luckily Dad brought along his own drill (he knows me so well!), and was able to keep the project moving forward!

So that’s a little glimpse into the beginnings of our move-in organizing. And yes, I have stuff on the shelves already! 🙂

Do you have a basement? What have you done to maximize its space for extra storage?

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Wood Glammed Up!

As a lover of reclaimed wood pieces, live edge pieces, and just about anything that pays tribute to the wood itself, I was surprised to be completely smitten with these glammed up blocks! I have to tell you, it was instant attraction, love at first sight! And what I really liked is I could totally envision a DIY project around the corner…

I think these wood pieces are awesome.

 

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I love the way the grain is enhanced with the metallic treatment.

Every crack, split, and ring comes to life with the shiny surface.

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What a great way to glam up a block of wood. Can you see the potential for a DIY project here?

In contrast, I don’t care for the metallic surface on the live edge table. It feels like it’s trying too hard, and I think something gets lost when the raw edge is covered up…

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What do you think? Would you silver these pieces, would you leave them in their natural state, or would you apply a different colour/finish?

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A Labour of Love in Colour

Every Spring my Dad and I put together silk flower arrangements to place with my Mom. With the heat of the summer, fresh flowers just don’t last. We tried the first summer to keep up both cut flowers and potted plants, but it was just way too hard. The sun, as much as we love to see it, is just not that forgiving! And silk never occurred to us initially because Mom loved gardening, and to have anything but fresh flowers just felt like we were cheating… But since the choice is to have no flowers, wilted flowers, or silk, we’re all over the silk ones.

So today was our date. Dad picked out the flowers and together we created our labour of love in colour.

We make two arrangements because we are fortunate to be able to place two, and what’s really great is the pots sit into holders in the ground so you don’t actually see them. The wind has a tougher time of blowing them over as well.

Dad was the cutter. He snipped the flowers apart, and cut the stems down to size. Together we decided where each one went, I put them into the oasis, and the colourful arrangements began to take shape.

Oops, one is a little off centre, but they get placed beside each other, so we’ll turn that one in a bit and it won’t be so noticeable.

I think Dad did a great job of picking out the flowers!

And here’s one more look…

My Mom loved hydrangeas, and purple was her colour! She wasn’t a lover of yellow flowers, so the closest we got to crossing that line was with the orange and yellow lilies 😉

This took us about an hour from start to finish, but the arrangements will last for the summer months. And we’re happy to know that there will be fresh colour with Mom every day. If she was here she would be putting that fresh colour into her yard, and puttering every weekend to keep it looking good. My Mom really did love “playing in the dirt” as she would say!

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Volunteering With Colour!

My Dad is active in the local golf club, and recently helped oversee some maintenance and upgrades to the clubhouse. Like a new roof, re-routing some electrical, replacing the main door and mesh over the windows, ordering replacement signs… AND new colours were selected for the exterior. This is where I was asked to come in.

Green was the colour they wanted to start with – makes sense to me, after all this is the clubhouse at a golf course we’re repainting!

This is the clubhouse before any of the work began; the main entrance is actually around the other side.

Did I mention the course is a Par 3, and in the small seaside community of Ladysmith? Doesn’t the round shape of the building have an element of ‘fun’ about it? I think it’s charming, perfect for this setting, but… yes, in need of a little TLC and repainting.

So I met with members, and the Benjamin Moore colours we started with were:

Main Colour:  Silken Pine 2144-50

Trim Colour:  Georgian Green HC-115

Keep in mind that the colours on the screen aren’t true, but still… a definite ‘no’ for this combination. As I said, this was just a place to start based on their random colour choices. From here we talked about how much green would be too much green, what kind of green would create the feeling and image wanted for the building, and how the colours would work with the surroundings.

We decided to try this combination:

Main Colour:  Silken Pine 2144-50

Trim Colour:  Southfield Green HC-129

This combination was too close to the original colours, and we decided the Silken Pine just wasn’t doing it – it’s pretty, especially in the sunlight, but not the vision they had in mind. Something brighter, more green, and more cheerful was the desired direction. So Silken Pine got tossed out.

Then we tried:

Main Colour:  Hollingsworth Green HC-114

Trim Colour:  Southfield Green HC-129

This combination was a hit, but I suggested trying a darker trim colour, just to make sure something with more contrast was presented as an option.

And so we looked at this combination:

Main Colour:  Hollingsworth Green HC-114

Trim Colour:  Jack Pine CC-660

Jack Pine was really, really nice with Hollingsworth Green, but ultimately they thought was it was too dark and serious for the cheerful, inviting feeling wanted for the clubhouse. In the end the decision was to go with Hollingsworth Green and Southfield Green. In context, this worked with the surroundings as there are also a few homes in colour similar to Hollingsworth Green.

Here are a few ‘in progress’ photos…

Did you notice that the roof has already been replaced in this photo?

The Hollingsworth Green looks minty here, but it’s not really; it actually has a warm undertone to it.

Here we still haven’t touched the trim or the shallow fascia…

But it has been painted here. The skirting was taken off site and painted in my Dad’s garage by a small work bee of club members.

Capturing the moment… did I mention that painting isn’t my forté? I’m seriously determined to become more patient with it, and am so glad there was a bunch of us doing the painting!

Here is the finished product! I haven’t shown the other side where the main entrance is because new signs are on their way… the old signs have been put up temporarily and they kind of take away from the fresh paint!

So what do you think? Does the clubhouse look a little more loved? Do the new colours feel cheerful, fresh and inviting to you?

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An Explosive Beachcombing Project

A while back I was out having some fun beachcombing and came across this rusty piece of cable.

Since the office I share with my hubby has a bit of a beach theme to it, I wondered what I could do with this cable to incorporate it into the office?

So the cable came home with me, and was set on the windowsill to dry. As it dried I could see the rust flaking off, so knew I had to do ‘something’ to display it. My fear was if I left it loose on the shelf, or integrated it into a vignette of sorts, the rust would just continue to flake off with every bump or movement, and stain whatever it touched.

I decided a shadow box might be a great way to feature it, but I just had to find one that was deep enough. And after some looking, here is what Home Sense had to offer – it was the only one this deep, and the last one left. The top was showing some wear and tear, but nothing a little touch-up wouldn’t fix.

 

 

Now to figure out ‘how’ I was going to display the cable in the shadow box. I had lots of ideas. One thought was to re-cover the white fabric in plain burlap, just to give it a more authentic look, then mount the cable on an angle somehow. I also thought the burlap might help disguise the inevitable rubbing off of the rust colour from the cable.

As the cable sat on the windowsill and I continued to brainstorm ideas, a month passed by. There were lots of things happening in the last month, and this project was one that I was looking forward to getting back to.

Until this…

 

Can you see the original cable in there somewhere?

Imagine my surprise when my hubby asked me what happened, and this is what greeted me! I had no idea my beachcombed treasure had exploded into this pile of debris. It looks kind of cool, a bit like a bird’s nest… but only if you aren’t the one cleaning up the rusty mess, or the one who had their heart set on a project with the cable intact 🙁

We have no idea how this happened, but suspect the heat from the sun shining through the window, and onto the cable had something to do with it. Any scientific hypothesis out there?

So now I’m left with this…

An empty shadow box devoid of its intended show piece! I’m not sure what I’m going to put in it now. I have some ideas, like maybe the before and after pictures of the rusty cable… or not. What do you think? What would you do? Any ideas to replace this one?

I have learned that projects shouldn’t be put on hold for too long, but maybe in this case it’s better the cable exploded on the windowsill rather than in the shadow box!

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A Young Perspective on Ottomans

Ottomans.

They can multi-purpose as storage and end tables, coffee tables, and extra seating. Cover them in a great colour, texture, or pattern, and they can bring sudden visual interest to any room. And with pattern, if you want to see it in a new context, how about ottomans boasting their own nailhead patterns?

I decided to ask my 16-year old daughter Kaleigh for her input. I wanted feedback with younger people in mind, because as furniture, ottomans are generally small-space friendly, and are often a key piece in a first home… when one leaves home kind of first home. She chose her top 10, and I’m glad I asked! Did I mention keeping it real? She was very clear on what she liked and didn’t like… and some of her feedback came as a surprise.

So in order, here are Kaleigh’s picks starting with her favorite:

#1 – Raj Ottoman – 100% rayon velvet. The colour was referenced as pumpkin, but Kaleigh disagreed. She felt it was more peach than pumpkin. What do you think?

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I was definitely surprised at this choice. She said she liked it because of the ‘spade’ shape of the nailhead pattern. It reminded her of ‘casino luxury’ and a deck of cards, and she likes the patterns used on playing cards… I think she’s just got caviar taste 😉

#2 – White Leather 6-sided Ottomans

 

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Both ottomans were a hit, but the one on the left was Kaleigh’s favorite of the two. She said she really liked the pattern of that one because it reminded her of Abu Dhabi (she’s never been…do you know what movie she got that from?).

#3 – Greek Key all the way ‘Round!

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Kaleigh loved the colour of this round tufted beauty, and she really liked the Greek Key pattern. Are we starting to see a pattern in the location of the nailhead patterns?

#4 -White Crocodile Leather Ottoman

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With this one, Kaleigh liked the square shape and its base, and again she liked the Greek Key pattern. She just thought this one was nice in its simplicity and would look good in most spaces.

#5 -Round Burlap Ottoman with Aged Brass Nailheads

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Kaleigh said she liked this one because it reminded her of Tiger Lily from Peter Pan, and just because it was natural.

#6 – Rafia Paris Side Table in Chartreuse

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Okay, this one isn’t really an ottoman, but it is a side table that could multi-purpose as one. Kaleigh said she loves the colour of this piece, and the detailed pattern. I wasn’t sure she would like this colour, so again, learned something about the great taste of our youth.

#7 – Pink Leather Ottoman

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I wasn’t sure how Kaleigh’s would feel about this one… I thought it was fun, but maybe heading in the younger girl direction. She said she loves the shape and colour, a lot. She did find the nailhead pattern a bit too busy, kind of cutsie, but overall it wasn’t over-the-top according to her, and she could see it in a down-town apartment!

#8 – Button-tufted Gold Velvet Ottoman

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Straight up, Kaleigh didn’t like the colour at all! What she loved was the ‘old’ style and detail, and said she didn’t mind the design of the nailhead pattern. This one shocked me. I honestly thought it would be a goner!

#9 – Pico Lime Cube by Lee Industries

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Kaleigh thought this cube was ‘alright’, a little nondescript, but she didn’t ‘mind it’. Did you notice the contrasting welt detail in light blue?

#10 -Purple Punch Ottoman with Nickel Nailhead

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I’m surprised this one was at the end of the picks. If I had to guess, I would’ve had this one much closer to the top! It also comes in pink leather, and though Kaleigh likes pink, she really didn’t like this ottoman in pink. She said it reminded her of a pink pleather outfit she used to wear when she was about 5… loved it at the time! Just so you get the idea, here’s the pink one too!

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And for fun, here’s the ottoman she really didn’t like. She had a strong reaction to the pattern on top… like, it reminded her of the ‘tacky spray tatoos you get at carnivals’ (her words)! Let’s just say, this one wasn’t for her.

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Is it really that bad? I didn’t think it was, but apparently… it is!

And that’s why I weighed in with Kaleigh for this post. I can really see the practicality of ottomans, especially multi-purpose in design, in the homes of young people fresh on their own. So I was just curious about where the likes and dislikes fell for both the ottoman styles and the nailhead pattern trend. It’s such a great DIY opportunity to be creative and stylish at the same time.

I think it would be so much fun to work with a young person on their first space. The sky could quite possibly be the limit, even if the budget isn’t!

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Working With What You Have

I follow the blog ‘Young House Love‘ written by John and Sherry Petersik. Do you follow them too?

I find this dynamic duo to be incredibly creative, honest, and real. Their fearlessness to tackle DIY projects is refreshing and infectious. And they share their step-by-step process with us so we can tackle a DIY too!

In these photos my daughter Kaleigh is tackling the DIY project of painting her room. She’s a great painter!

Without further ado, here’s a very short video of John and Sherry describing their approach to design and decor, to living modestly and responsibly.

Wouldn’t you agree, John & Sherry’s approach is truly inspirational? Their creativity and willingness to tackle DIY projects adds a whole new dimension to working with what you have… which is you!

So here’s the thing from me to you. My approach to creating a remarkable space for you begins with you and your existing pieces. What, if anything, have you tried on your own? Where have you gotten stalled? Where do you want your space to go? What pieces tell your story, and which ones don’t? After this I will have a better understanding of your vision. And then… it’s time to let the magical transformation begin.

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Video: Stodgy is Sexy

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