My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely BASEMENT MAKEOVER (2)

Exciting news!! We are 90% sure we’re going with white painted horizontal 8″ tongue and groove pine panels for our basement makeover.

Not only will this save my husband

a TON of mudding and taping, it will cost

only $600 extra (for the 800 square feet).

We think this will give the space

more architectural interest and charm
as well as make it more teenager friendly.

Enjoy these images of London’s Anabel House which

never fail to get my heart racing…

all images – 1st Option

Hope you’ll follow our makeover–makes it

that much more rewarding and fun for us!

I’ll be taking photos at the work day’s end today (still the framing stage), so stay tuned.

Peace to you right where you are.




  1. March 5, 2011 / 5:19 pm

    You have the BEST taste EVER!!! I love that paneling! It will make your basement walls feel taller and your room larger… you're genius! I could gush about Anabel's house for hours, thanks for the eye candy! You're my cup of tea!


  2. March 6, 2011 / 5:58 am

    What a lovely lovely home! This is how to do white!

    White panelling will be gorgeous for your basement. You have fabulous style, I can't wait to see it all come together!

    Thank you for your company as always, my lovely, I so appreciate it. Your ideas for 'the assignment' are fab! Vogue and Marie Antoinette, oh yes!

    Meera xx

  3. March 7, 2011 / 5:40 pm


    Thank you soooo much for your comment today! I had so much fun with my kids yesterday and I wanted to share it w/ you guys.

    What a fabulous decision! I can't wait to see the whole process of your basement. 🙂 It will look so good!

    I hope you're doing great, my friend!

    Many kisses and hugs to you, pretty lady! 😉


    Luciane at

  4. March 7, 2011 / 6:09 pm

    Wow, what beautiful photos for inspiration. Good luck on your remodel – I'm sure it will be lovely.

  5. March 7, 2011 / 9:22 pm

    Michele – what lovely images you picked! And I think you made the right (no, read perfect!) decision!

    I will send your post to my friend Bianca. The kitchen in her new house looks like a ski cabin. I need to give her some hope!

    Warm hugs to you. You are the best!


  6. March 9, 2011 / 2:14 am

    your blog is filled with awesome goodness! these images are such lovely inspiration. thanks for following my blog, i am following yours now too!
    looking forward to seeing your makeover unfold…
    so happy to "know" another fellow Illinois gal in Blog Land!
    have a wonderful trip to AZ, be sure to visit those shops i mentioned, you will LOVE them!!

  7. March 13, 2011 / 6:10 pm

    oooooh, Red i love new words!!! phwoar!

    thanks for the encouragement guys!

    ditto Stacey.


  8. September 14, 2011 / 5:12 am

    loved seeing what is inspiring you! can't wait to see what you do! xoxo

  9. September 14, 2011 / 5:30 am

    My heart is racing in tandem with yours! Love the inspiration home and can't wait to see your paneling!

  10. September 14, 2011 / 5:48 am

    Yummy – full of inspiration!
    -Thanks for posting.

  11. September 14, 2011 / 1:55 pm

    I want to add similar paneling to my guest bedroom. I want it to be an all white oasis (with a touch of pink)


    If you haven't heard (or read) my kitchen is featured in the September 2011 Romantic Homes magazine!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  12. September 19, 2011 / 7:55 am

    can't wait to see it…love your blog…so pretty…pls come on over for a visit…Happy Monday…Mariaelena

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