My Home: Hello Lovely BASEMENT MAKEOVER (3)

bedroom #1 – it’s huge & that 9′ sideboard may have found a home

Have you come for your “lovely fix?”

Uh oh…

The basement makeover saga continues,

and we’re glad you’re along for the adventure.

Things are looking a bit less gnarly!

Framing is almost done.

If you’re just joining us,

the husband and I are tackling 1/2

of our basement–making over 800 square feet

of raw cold nasty into a lovelier space for

our sons (19 and 16) to spend time.

This bathroom will serve the two bedrooms.

Why pocket doors?

We have learned they’re a wise way to

capture maximum natural light and conserve space.

Since the bath has no window, the pocket

door serving bedroom #1 will frequently

remain open, allowing in light

from the bedroom’s window.

The property is 1.5 acres on the edge of a preserve.

When they’re not drawn like magnets to my SUV,

deer, woodland creatures (even foxes!),

and turkey peek into our windows.

Tis a lovely view out there even now when

all is bare and wheat-colored.


Remember the raw basement?

Skeletons of the rooms are emerging!

I’m already charmed by this smaller bedroom #2.

It’s an interior room with no window,

but my guys actually prefer living as vampires

and TV watching without the glare so it’s all good.

Bella Luna will be covered with sawdust

a few more weekends.

A couple inspiring images with details which may become

incorporated into the project:

That door!

Did you read my post about how

we decided to do tongue and groove

on the walls?

Brocade Home

This gothic pattern in one of the bedrooms???

Next step in the project:

E L E C T R I C A L.

so now i must mark where i want outlets

and light fixtures to go…if you have any

great ideas or warnings, i’m all ears.

Thanks for listening.

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  1. March 9, 2011 / 4:06 pm

    I am ADDICTED to this daily lovely fix, Michele! It's great to see the basement coming together, it's no longer gnarly!

    Pictures of Bella Luna make me smile every time, I can't wait to have a pooch of my own one day.

    Now, Ms Puff Chatty, your literary wit literally had me in giggles! Riding QWERTY and all that about teenchatdecoder… I learned so much! You are SICK. :-p

    My darling 16-year old emo brother makes much more sense now! (there's a large age gap, he's almost like my kid)

    Oh and I have the same guilty pleasure. INTERNEST! 😀

  2. March 9, 2011 / 5:22 pm


    Wow!!!! You're working a lot, huh? And here I'm complaining that I have to paint all the crown moldings/trims around the house. 🙂 You rock, girl! 🙂

    Last nigh I was up until 1 am working around the house, and I felt like talking to you… crazy, huh? I think I was missing coming here! 🙂

    Anyways, I'm going back to work. I still need to paint the trims around the windows and the basement.

    Your home and all the work you guys are doing there are inspiring me here!


    Luciane at

  3. March 9, 2011 / 6:13 pm

    I've never tackled anything like that – so daunting, yet you seem to have great vision. Love seeing the process

  4. March 10, 2011 / 12:33 am

    Michele- Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    I am VERY curious about this basement reno. We have a basement, which is extremely rare for south Louisiana. Us two Cajuns walk down there and are completely baffled over what to do to make the space more agreeable. As it stands it is a giant storage/ghetto media room/craft/office//den of weirdness, that I'd like to make into 2 bedrooms and one large bath. (1200 sq ft)

    I may email you with questions if that's okay 🙂


  5. March 10, 2011 / 8:04 am

    Beautifuln Michele,

    I have a very good feel about this project. I think it is going to turn out fabulous! And yes to that door!

    Thank you for your sweet comment about my humble bedroom. You are one of the friendliest people in blog land. I adore you & your style!


  6. March 10, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    Yup, I can confirm that my juggling skills and charisma have risen at least 77% since following your gorgeous blog. Some days it's closer to 80%.



  7. March 10, 2011 / 6:26 pm


    Thank you so much for dropping by! We need to chat more one of these days. Really!

    Have a great day, sweetie.


    Luciane at

  8. April 11, 2011 / 9:52 pm

    Wow, what a big job. I'm super impressed. It sounds like it's going to be awesome. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at Thanks so much.

  9. April 12, 2011 / 4:01 pm

    Wow that basement is getting a super remodel! I am sure you can't wait till it is complette. I will follow along!

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