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A Basement Office Renovation

5 Aug

In my latest feature for the Kitsap Sun, I tackled the largest DIY project I have ever done. I turned my husband’s basement office, formerly and lovingly referred to as the “hovel”, into a cheery and efficient space. It was a huge challenge, but also a total labor of love.

Chris has needed a better place to work for years, since he works from home much of the time. After assessing all of his specific needs and considered how we wanted the space to function for guests from time to time, I created a plan and set to work. Included in the long list of changes are these highlights: a new diy desk and filing situation, shiplap style planked walls, painted floors, a new rug, task lighting, new bedding, and diy book shelves for an ever growing library.  Here are a few photos of before, during and after the two-week renovation.

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AFTER: The futon now sits in the nook where the desk was, and with a new blanket, throw pillows, rug and planked walls, the space is cozy and inviting.

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BEFORE: Using this room as a guest space was a total afterthought, and having the futon did not make the best use of this area.

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BEFORE: The built in desk was not sufficient for the way Chris worked. So we ripped it out and flipped the furniture plan for the room.

Reclaiming the Basement: A Kid’s Art Studio

8 Feb

It turns out that our small house can actually live a lot larger than it’s marketable square footage suggests. In an effort to find some more space for the kids to play, I transformed an area of our basement that was previously cluttered with junk and depressingly dark and ugly. Read my latest feature in the Kitsap Sun for more details on how I organized the space. We now have a bright art studio and small play area as well, giving us room to breathe and grow, for a few more years, anyway. You can make the most of the space you have too, with a little creative thinking and DIY ingenuity.

Here are some photos of the new area, before and after the changes.

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BEFORE: This area was a cluttered dumping ground.

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AFTER: Now it is a cheerful art area for the kids.

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BEFORE: Unloved, cluttered space.

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AFTER: A little extra play space for the growing kids.

DIY Snow Globe and a Pretty Holiday Tablescape

13 Dec

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This month for the Kitsap Sun, I wrote about the importance of taking time to be crafty with your kids and of slowing down to appreciate time with family and friends. Making a mason jar snow globe with your munchkins is so simple and creates lasting fun. Decorating the table for a holiday meal can be both easy and elegant, while enhancing your enjoyment of spending time with loved ones! Have a lovely, cozy holiday.

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Creating a Central Work Station

11 Aug

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Last Sunday, my monthly column for the Kitsap Sun was about how I created an office workstation in my dining room. After months of dealing with piles and clutter and facing the fact that my basement office nook was not useful to me, I finally took stock of my needs and made a spot to work right in the middle of the action! Subscribers can read how here, but for those of you don’t- some photos of what I did to make it happen!

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Front Porch Living Room

12 Jul

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My July feature for the Kitsap Sun details the process Kim and I used to transform her non-descript front porch into a beautiful outdoor living space. First we created a floor plan and color palette after discussing her needs and wants. Then we found inspiration on Pinterest and came up with four DIY projects that would add personality on a budget. After Kim went shopping and completed her projects, we pulled it all together in a most satisfactory way!

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