One Room Challenge {Basement} – The REVEAL!!!!!

Well my friends, we’re here and holy hannah of all crazy things…this one was dare I say, the craziest yet for me.

If you’re just catching up, here’s a look back at week one, week two, week three, week four and week five, with as always, a huge thanks to Linda at Calling it Home for starting this whole wonderous One Room Challenge thing…and of course, for including me in this latest round.

I’m not sure what it is about me in general, but there must be something deep in my inner consciousness that enjoys struggle. When I signed up for this round of the ORC, I immediately knew I wanted to do my basement because well, it was the last bastion of this house to get touched and it was BAAAAD. Like really, really bad. Because we did an addition on a very old house, the various spaces in the basement were insanely disjointed and made no logical sense in terms of layout. We had channels cut in concrete so walking was possible in the hallway…giant HVAC bulkheads running everywhere…trim sort of hacked together and way too much for a bunch of tiny windows…no real storage other than a room under the old house that lacked electricity or any real functionality…dirt…construction debris…piles of unwanted and unused furniture…and just well…overall grossness. It was a space that reminded constantly of the errors I made along the way while renovating this house…it made me sad and anxious and then anxious on top of that…

A small reminder…

And honestly…it was worse then what’s shown here…these shots were taken after we cleared most of the crap out of the spaces…the now playroom/then storage room was literally packed to the rafters with boxes covered in original construction debris.

Anyhoo…you get the idea…BAAADDDDD!!!

So…again, when the opportunity came by to take part in this round of the ORC, I knew this had to be the space…I also knew it would be hard…like really, really hard. And well, it was I promise you, harder then any work I’ve ever done in my life…ever. Like ever. I’ve never in poured myself into anything like I did with this.

Maybe I felt like I needed to redeem myself a bit from this whole house or something…move it past it’s historical flaws…it’s renovation mistakes. Not sure. But what I can say is that whatever was motivating me on this one, was intense. I DIY’d my brains out, built maybe 20 pieces of IKEA furniture, slept so so little it hurt, painted, glued, screwed, nailed, agonized, planned, ordered, shopped, wrote, photographed, analyzed, negotiated, designed, styled, worked and then worked some more…and at this moment as I sit writing this post at 3am after another night of maybe 2 hours sleep, I feel freaking proud of myself…like really. I also, and more importantly, feel SO INSANELY GRATEFUL to everyone who helped me along the way.

I’m going to call out people and sponsors as they come up throughout the deluge of pictures but to begin, it makes sense to start at the beginning so a giant thanks to my architectural designer Katherine who set forth a plan on paper that I knew had the potential to completely change the function and look of the whole space. I’ve long learned that proper plans are essential to this sort of renovation and having someone on my team that has so much architectural talent is well, quite simply, invaluable.

Once again, here is what the original plans outlined…

Next, up on the thanks list, my contractor Andrew Burke and his team. I really don’t know where to start on this one but quite simply, they were incredible. I’m endlessly grateful for their commitment to my project and to the ridiculous effort they put into to getting it across the finish line. These guys pulled so many late nights and long hours to get my basement finished, including a 26 hour shift prior to the photo shoot yesterday…and at no point, was any work not put forth without an extreme attention to detail and wonderful care for the final product. I honestly can’t express my gratitude enough. My basement looks the way it does because they worked with all of it’s little weird nuances and so carefully worked with every one to customize literally every piece of everything…beyond, beyond impressive and I can’t recommend or thank them enough.

We also had a fabulous electrician who went the extra mile so a large high five and thanks to Dave at Greybrook Electric…also Peter my painter and RMS for pitching in on my concrete floors and stairs.

ho took plans and built them.

PS…the first photo was taken during said 26 hour shift…a much deserved break at maybe midnight…the second, at 5 am on the day of my shoot…note how much was still going on.

These guys = superstars.

And then of course, there’s the ORC sponsors that I used to complete my space…

All Modern | Annie Selke | Arianna Belle | The Mine | Bellacor | Canadian Tire | Citizen Atelier | Bouclair | Crystorama | CandelabraDrop it Modern | Dimplex | Emtek | Fabricut | Farrow & Ball | Framebridge | Fringe Market | GRASS | Haiku Fans | Hapi Art | Home Depot Canada | J & J Made | Jill Rosenwald | Karastan | Lamps Plus | Lazzaro Leather | Metrie | Mimosa Lane | Minted | Mohawk Home | NewWall | On the Wall FramingParima Studio | Rove Concepts |

…more on all the wonderful goodness I received later in the post but for now, sufficed to say, I’m so so so grateful!!!!

Ok so after all of that, it’s picture time.

First up, a series of pictures taken by the amazingly talented Ashley Capp that really show you the rooms and how they look as a whole…

From these, you can see we completed my hallway/staircase, secret playroom, hall nook, main living area, and bedroom (or the lady lounge as I like to now call it:)

I snapped some additional shots on my own to show a little more of what’s in the spaces, and of course, want to share where everything came from so…

Here’s that on a room by room basis, as you travel down…

Stairs, hallway and nook…

…my contractor made the floor boards ( yes MADE them…amazing) out of Metrie 1″ x 6’oak flat stock…the stairs were also clad in it and that was generously done by RMS.

…the beautiful agate pouf is by Hapi Art.

…family photos by Kieran Darcy, framed by Framebridge.

…the framed artwork is from Minted, and all the oak sheeting and supplies to make the cabinetry that runs the length of the hallway, was supplied by Home Depot Canada.

…jute bleached runner from Candelabra.

…Animal House Men in Black wallpaper is NewWall, carpet Karastan, wood side table and Justina Blakely pillow Candelabra, artwork Minted, sofa, large ‘Jassa’ reed bowl and plant IKEA Canada, trundle basket and magazine rack EQ3.

…oak veneer Home Depot Canada, oak shelving Metrie, black and white vase is Jill Rosenwald, black vase by Candelabra.


I thought I’d do the details of all these shots at the end because there’s a lot in this room lol…so here she goes:

Beautiful photograph above the sofa, Mimosa Lane
Yellow Fringe on DIY lamp, Fringe Market
Sconces, All Modern (painted in Canadian Tire Premier Paint, in Cloud Cover)
Sofa, Restoration Hardware Teen
Ottoman and Gnome, the Mine
Sideboard, my own…painted in Farrow and Ball St Giles Blue, Full Gloss
Artwork above sideboard, Anewall
Wallpaper, Closet Stripe by Farrow and Ball
Vintage army wall hanging and cloche, Morba
Paper Garlands, Atelier Sukha
Trio of framed photographs on top of wood console, Nicole Cohen
Art Frames, LED display box, IVAR wood cabinets, side tables (Lisabo and Rekarne), Stockholm 2017 armchair (teddy bear chair,) paper roll, pencil crayons, crayon cups, IKEA Canada
Carpet (Savanna Scenes Antelope,) Karastan – install of this one and nook carpet by Alexanian
Blue floral and green velvet pillow, Arianna Belle
Fabric on little Louis chair (Box Fur and About You,) Fabricut
Fabric on floral Alky chair, Fabricut
Upholstery by J & J Made
Basket under side table, Canadian Tire
Cactus sculpture, Black Rooster Decor

Living room…

…side table by Candelabra and bench from The Mine.

Incredible florals for entire reveal by the insanely talented Coyote Flowers!!!

…left pillow, All Modern and right by Candelabra.

…my new stunning IgniteXL 74″ electric fireplace is by Dimplex…wood boxes below are made from Home Depot Canada oak plywood. The mirror is HomeSense.

…dream Flag Halyard chair, walnut dining table and tulip dining chairs are Rove Concepts, grey carpet is Annie Selke and the beige carpet is Mohawk Home.

sheepskin is the Mine.

…brown velvet pillow (fabricut and sewing by Hollie Cooper Interiors).

…side table, Black Rooster Decor, floor lamp by Lamps Plus and sheers throughout living room are by Hollie Cooper (who is PS, the bestest friend a girl could hope for and helped me so much come reveal time!!!!)

…stump tables, Bouclair.

…fabric on Louis chair, Olea by Fabricut…again rug, Annie Selke, side tables Bouclair and amazing fireplace, Dimplex.

The living room paint is a combo of Farrow and Ball All Black, Wimborne White and Slipper Satin.

Wallpaper…a custom colourway of Drop it Modern’s Parisian Mural…and a quick note on the wallpaper…as I’ve spoken about in earlier posts, I worked with Bree from Drop it Modern on this paper and the one in the bedroom…what a dream to be able to create custom papers for this project. Drop it Modern is just my favourite:)

The track lights on the ceiling are by Bellacor…and the beautiful coffee table is by Altea!

Oh and the cabinetry…all the hinge hardware was supplied by my friends at GRASS.

Doors to the bedroom below…Metrie Fashion Forward solid core beauties as per the rest of my house.


And for this space…

Custom floral wallpaper and curtains, Drop it Modern
Floor lamp, Canadian Tire
Platner chair fabric, Adesso by Fabricut…upholstery by J&J Made.
Daybed, tape and fringe, Fringe Market
Side tables on either side of the bed, IKEA Stockholm coffee table
Bolster pillows and velvet pillow (fabric by Fabricut,) Hollie Cooper Interiors
Dining table, Pansy Table by Candelabra
Artwork ‘The Creation of Antilia’, Citizen Atelier
Framing, On the Wall Framing
Artwork beside and above bed (Pyramid and Architecture Noir,) Minted
Side table, All Modern
Hide, Candelabra
Recyled leather rug, Bouclair
Pillow on chair, All Modern
Ceiling fixture, Crystorama
Coyuchi Blanket, The Mine

And that my friends, is this round of my One Room Challenge Bijou Basement Blitz revealed!!!!

I so hope you like it…I/we really do.

After a long few days of finishing and shooting, I finally got to reveal all to my kids last night and it was super fun to see their reaction to the whole thing, and most especially the secret playroom…I’ll leave you with a video of that business…

…along with a final ORC shout-out from them…

…and a HUGE thank you again to Linda from Calling it Home for organzing and dreaming up this whole thing…it’s definitely not ‘for the faint of heart’ sort of challenge but wowzers is it ever gratifying and at the same time, so so much fun!!!!!

Until next time friends…and enjoy today’s other sure to be incredible reveals!!! Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity | The English Room | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated  | J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky | Nesting Place | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda | Rambling Renovators | Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s | Erin Williamson  | Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

I for one can’t wait to pour through every one of them…after a giant nap…and a giant hug fest with my kids since I feel like I haven’t seen them in a week…same goes for the husband…the good egg made no less then five or so trips to Lewiston, NY to pick up deliveries for me…and single parented for the last few weeks so yes…grateful and happy and tired lol.

Oh and one more quick note…I think I’ll do a construction post/behind the scenes look at the stuff that went into actually building this whole thing. Stay tuned for that in the next week or so:)


  1. DYING! This is hands down the chicest basement ever. I wanna come play. Bravo on surviving the One Room Challenge and a stunning reveal!

  2. Gorgeous Christine. What beautiful and playful and chic spaces. Enjoy it! Xoxo

  3. Awww the kid’s reveal is the cutest!! Way to go, it looks awesome!

  4. Daiva

    Wow, this is your best work yet Christine. Absolutely love everything!

  5. Christine, it is beyond, beyond gorgeous. Love that cobalt with the yellow and neutrals. Love everything. Go take a well-deserved nap!!! 🙂

  6. Julia@Cuckoo4Design

    Blown away! Completely and utterly in love with this

  7. I am soooo impressed! I can’t believe you did an entire basement reno in 6 weeks! All your hard work paid off because every detail is AMAZING!!! Way to go girl!

  8. Absolutely amazing! To quote Scarlett, “Oh my Lord” and “How did you do this?” on seeing their secret playroom. My sentiments exactly regarding all the vignettes and moments. I love the fireplace with the concrete ledge and the floral wallpaper you designed is so, so beautiful.

    You must be incredibly proud of these spaces – so much to take in. Congrats on not only finishing this giant task in a short time frame but turning this space into beautiful rooms that your family will enjoy for years to come. xo

  9. paula

    Christine!!!! There were days I felt stressed for you! This is by far the most brilliant space I have ever seen. The reveal video was just the best. I kind of want my own secret lounge now. BRAVO!!!

  10. What a transformation! Love the shelving wall, and the fringe daybed is just genius. Looks like you have some happy campers down there too 🙂

  11. Erin B

    OMG! This is so whimsical and bada$$….I love it! I mean, there’s a yard gnome down there. Need I say more? The yellow floral wallpapered space is my favorite. So good, so so good.

  12. Monica

    You have such a unique style. Never in a million years could I have pulled this off – it looks AMAZING!

  13. Ines | Kelly Hopter Interiors

    Christine, you’re such a huge inspiration!! What you’ve done with the space is nothing short of extraordinary. I am always so blown away with where you take things – there’s never anything cliche or contrived about your designs and this project takes in to yet another level. I am so obsessed with all of it but the secret playroom in particular and so, so loved watching the kids’ reaction to it all!

  14. WOW! what a dramatic and fun space! i love all of the papers you used, and FRINGE!!!! that animal paper is my favorite part!

  15. It is truly beyond fabulous, Christine!!! Major kudos on a massive project and huge success!!! I love all the layers and textures and thoughtfully quirky details. Congrats my friend!!!!

  16. Holy Bananas good!!! Congratulations on living to tell another ORC tale. Love every single thing – my fave being the floral room – obvy.

  17. Barbara

    You are so insanely talented! I could never in a million years create such a spectacular space. Only you can make 70’s chic wallpaper look so on trend. And that mirror in the living space – LOVE! Simply stunning!

  18. Neva

    That’s it, I am utterly obsessed with you. You are INSANELY talented and this rooms are so chic and incredible. I am reminded of the great Diana Vreeland “The eye has to travel”- these rooms are an around the world journey.

    Love every bit. You are an inspiration xx

  19. I love every detail! You somehow managed to make a basement look incredibly stylish and fun. No small task! I especially loved seeing the kids reaction. Get some rest! You’ll be enjoying this space for years to come. xo

  20. Christine!!!! AMAZING!!! this is such a huge undertaking! I can’t believe the scale of the project and well the results are STUNNING!!!! Nothing short of amazing. I love all the contrasts and details. Your fabric choices are perfection. I love the beautiful and home you created for my photo!! It is an honor to be there!! and now lots and lots of REST!!! you are a superstar!!!

  21. Sarah Sofia Knepp

    WOW Christine you nailed it! Another beautiful ORC on the books my friend! I am so impressed with your team to get all these spaces completed in 6 weeks! Love every detail from the art to the secret playroom with some fun décor (event planner here who loves to see some party décor incorporated in home décor). Plus for a basement you have so much natural light! Cheers on a job well done! XOXO, Sarah

  22. This space looks a-mazing! So much light for a basement. Now come on over and help me with mine =)

  23. There are SO many different spaces and elements that you managed to pull together in 6 weeks – and everything looks great 🙂 Hopefully you’re resting!

  24. Erin

    How is this a basement?? Seriously, it’s better than 99% of our main living areas and this is in your basement?!?! You always deliver and this time you really outdid yourself. The details you put in every single room leave the eye constantly surprised and intrigued. Such a beautiful job!

  25. Julie

    This is just an unbelievable transformation, and in no way does this look like a basement! You should really receive a design award for this project! You have set the bar incredibly high for future ORC participants. Great space!

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  27. Jana bek

    Holy smokes Christine, this is most most beautiful basement I’ve ever seen! You never cease to amaze, and what could be better than a stunning secret playroom ?! Bravo lady!!

  28. This is absolutely fabulous Christine! I love how whimsical and creative your design solutions were, and the great mix of textures, patterns, and materials you brought to the space. It’s wonderful!

  29. Nina

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE these spaces you created. Huge congratulations, and applause, Christine! XOXOX

  30. Naomi Stein

    Whoa most amazing basement ever. So much to take in and enjoy!
    Congrats on a beautiful, cohesive, brilliant mix. I think you’ve achieved the perfect ugly-pretty.

  31. There you go again – wowing the heck out of me! Jeez. This looks so crazy cool! I think I need to get the drama of full-length sheers into my basement too. And that daybed. Yeah – that would look awesome in my home, too. Amazing reveal, Christine! Kudos to you and all of your team!!!

  32. Dabito

    Jaw drop! You basically built a house in 6 weeks!I love all the details, patterns, and textures. Too much chicness! You deserve a month long nap!

  33. I don’t know how you did all of this! I can’t believe this is the same space. Every inch was thought out and executed. A stunner through and through. I would have loved to have a hidden playroom when I was their age. So thoughtful and great job! Now go take a nap.

  34. Absolutely awesome!! I love all your treatments, that floral fabric/wallpaper makes me swoon. Congratulations on a job so incredibly well done! I am hoping you are having a nice long nap … or glass of wine … or both … !!

  35. Kelsey

    I thought I was going to hate the floral room, but you edged it up just enough. The whole place is stunning, really really amazing job. You inspire me to take risks.

  36. Ariel

    This space is perfection! I have pinned essentially everything. Well done!

  37. Sueli

    Big congrats! Your basement looks amazing! I love all the colours, materials, textures. Truly delightful. And your kids are adorable! xx

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  39. wow Christine!! you did the entire basement and all the rooms are done, done, and DONE to the finest element. all the attention to details, the mix of patterns / colors / materials … i am still amazed by how you come up with all that. the oak panels from HD, what a transformation and those guys of yours are total troopers!!

    congrats for another beyond this world transformation and i can’t wait to check this space out in person!! FINALLY!

  40. Offrs

    My favorite makeover from the One aroom Challenge!!! You ROCKED it!!! I LOVE THIS ROOM!

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  42. AH!! Christine.. No words to explain your job here..

    Excellent, amazing, fabulous,

    Aasif Interior Designer & Decorator

  43. The video you shot with the kids really showed off your gorgeous new space and how it flows! The secret playroom is magical! The various wall coverings and art pieces are so bold and unique. I love that! Beautiful transformation

  44. Ola

    Hi there visiting from as a guest participant. I love the eclectic feel of this room. And the blue sideboard…Omgoodness! Lovely.

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