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Basement Makeover for HGTV’s Room Crashers

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I can finally post about the last Room Crashers episode I designed! We did this room over a year ago, so it’s been a little bit of a wait.

Basically, what we were working with was a family of four with another baby on the way, they had a great house with a huge basement that was just being used as storage. My plan was to split the room and create a guest room for Grandma to stay and a sort of “rumpus” room that would be a super kid friendly space for the twins to hang out and have slumber parties or playtime, BUT also be cool enough to function as adult space in the evenings for drinks and foosball, and have enough storage for their exercise equipment.


Additionally the ceiling was low and the floor joists were already exposed, so that would have to be dealt with. Covering the joists with a ceiling would mean and even lower ceiling so I want to lighten it up and use the joists as beams.

The clients are also the owners of a business called Novica which sells the work of artisans from all over the world so they had a great collection of textiles and objects in their bright, light-filled home.  The basement, on the other hand, had almost no natural light and the ceiling was just the bottom of the floor above. Because they had such an eclectic collection of pieces from all over Asia and Latin America,  I started looking for  Moroccan inspiration that didn’t rely to heavily on windows or natural light. I was also having an indigo moment.


The plan:

A painting test I made to show the faux painters what we were hoping to achieve. 

Living room Board


Guest room board


Built in seating that opens to become storage, The cushions are twin bed size, perfect for kids slumber parties and TONS of throw pillows. The coffee table is West Elm and the darling little stools I found at the rose bowl flea market.
The sconces were made from decorative sheet metal, electrical pieces and wood you can find at home depot, and the clients foosball table was modified so that it can be stored against the wall and brought down when needed.
Foosball table in the upright position, and one of the homeowner DIY projects – make a door design with sisal rope and hot glue.

a little “behind the scenes” of the shoot

We also made screens or jalis for the windows using some old lead grilles painted copper.

It was a fun project and I think the homeowners were pretty happy. What room in your house are you not using to it’s fullest potential?


get the look: transitional blue and white…

get the look: modern blues

GET THE LOOK: Dylan’s Nursery

What caught my eye when I first entered Dylan’s nursery was the Thomas Paul Elephant Pillow design.  Not only was the tangerine the perfect pop against the neutral ivory, grey and walnut color pallet but, it was a BurkeDecor find.  Laura is a big fan of ours and thought our Thomas Paul decorative Elephant Pillow was a perfect accent to her son’s room.  I admire her composition of Dylan’s space.  The nursery has beautiful modern pieces, organic wood & leather textures accented with pop’s of tangerine and teal.  Would be hard to believe that this same space was originally designed for a girl.  The only items that remain from that project are the dragonfly wallpaper and the orange and white ditsy print window coverings.  The doctors told Laura she was having a girl and changed their mind around week 30.  O p p s ! ! !

Now to GET THE LOOK at BurkeDecor here are some ideas that you may want to explore.  The calming neutral tones are perfect for a sleepy babies nursery.  Don’t forget to add a whimsical element, or two, for all the playtime that will be enjoyed while the baby is awake.

1. Mr. Snake design by Ferm Living, 2. Wall Sconce design by Echo, 3. Elephant Pillow design by Thomas Paul, 4. Cheveron Area Rug, 5. Display Box in Dusty Blue, 6. Round Metal Ivory Chair design by Skalny, 7. Todd Collection Adjustable Floor Lamp design by Robert Abbey, 8. Pouf 78 design by Surya, 9. Butterfly Floral Leaves Wall Coverings

Get The Look: A Fresh, Romantic Bed in Aqua, Lime and Orchid


GET THE LOOK: Relaxing Bedroom (Elle Decor, 2008)

This cool and relaxing bedroom was photographed for a 2008 issue of Elle Decor. John Robshaw’s Pipal Indigo Duvet serves as a perfect texture on top of the Corbels Silver Tarnished Bed

Pipal Indigo Duvet – John Robshaw, Mystique Rug Collection – Surya Rugs,  Document Damask Wallpaper – York WallcoveringsElsie Stool – Currey & Co.,   Garbo Chair – Currey & Co.,  Reflection 18″ Pillow -  Villa Home Collection, Corbels Silver Tarnished Bed, Pinstripe Bone Box – Lazy Susan.

GetTheLook: Black & White ANIMALIZED Bedroom (Elle Decor 2007)

Ferm Living

I am just in love with this line. Ferm Living offers a great mix of sophisticated and fun design for every part of your home.


A Bedroom Completed

Well, it’s done! I posted before about the bedroom I’ve been working on and we finished it a couple months ago.  I’m really pleased and so is my client. We had a big disagreement about wall color about halfway through, with him say NO to my dark walls, but eventually I won and once it was finished he called and said “I think every bedroom should be this color. every bedroom for the rest of my life.” So that was good.  The gallery wall is  satellite images of some of the best golf courses in the world.  I found and printed all the images myself and that was  really fun project. Anyway, hope you like what you see!

here are some details:

Chair and Ottoman from Midcentury LA, Dresser, vintage find, Mirror from Bergdorf Goodman, Lamps – Clients own, Rug, Bowron


Side table – Lawson Fenning  (amazing. i LOVE THAT TABLE)


Deco Blanket Chest- Antique find, Bedding and Sconces -Restoration Hardware, Pillows – John Robshaw, Bubble Chandelier – Pelle

the pinboard