K WILSON DESIGN 6-Week Challenge

So, I've seen this concept on various blogs on the Internet and thought -- why not do a 6-week one room challenge?  It's not enough with a full time corporate job, busy summer activities with the kids, getting asked to do design plans, etc.  I like to LOAD IT ON. The benefit though is that I am participating myself -- which hopefully will lead to at least one room that passes the 90% finished mark.

I think I may be the only challenger... which helps keep expectations low.  I've decided to work on my home exercise room, which is part of the Project Down Under - for more info, check out these posts here, here, or here.

The other rooms in the basement really have too many high tickets items that require a build-up of funds or a big fat commission check -- so I am making do with the least complex (read: cheapest) of them all. (update: we are getting CLOSE!)

I took some really poor photos of the “before”.  It's a windowless room so I plan on trying to incorporate as many mirrors and reflective surfaces as possible.

workout room doorway

There is a little nook in the back corner that needs some light and inspiration. It’s a sad lonely space now.

workout nook

The back wall is bare for now but will eventually have cabinets built-in that back into the crawl space.  I really shouldn’t hang anything heavy on this wall since it’s just dry wall.

workout back wall

The other wall has 2 access panels for pipes and water shut-off.  I’d like to hang something over the top panel but still ensure it lines up the best way on the wall.

workout room panel wall

So, my list for this room:

  1. light(s) for back corner
  2. Bulletin board for inspiration and work-out reminders (i.e. glute activation exercises!)
  3. Art & decor tidbits
  4. Mirror(s) (to check FORM and bounce light...NOT to see the large amount of rolls or how horrible my curly hairs looks during a sweat sessh.
  5. Organization

I think I only have 3 weeks to go which means I am behind the ball.  Want to join NOW and see what you can do in 3 weeks?!

Wait until you see my husband’s TV contribution… that’s next.



Project Down Under: The Beginning.

I am going completely out of order on the basement blog posts, but OH WELL.    That’s what happens when you remember you have a blog about décor/design/DIY midway through a décor/design/DIY project. When we started planning the basement, my husband and I both agreed we wanted to employ an architect.  We wanted to make the space functional while eking out as much useable space as possible.  And since I walk around various houses thinking, “god, didn’t this builder use an architect?!”  (sometimes I just think there is the goofiest mis-use of space or a randomly placed window/door, etc.)   I thought I would practice what I preach.

Our architect took our vision and just sort of tweaked it and made a few recommendations. (by the way, if you are local, I highly recommend our architect!  You can find her here.)

Here is the original plan:


However, when we moved a bunch of giant piles of crap, our contractor noticed a few pipes and made a recommendation to flip the kitchenette and TV zone to save us money on plumbing.  I think it all worked out for the best.

On one side, we have the “entertainment zone” that will someday house my husband’s 10000000” flat screen TV.    There will be cabinets on either side with shelving on top

basement cabs

The plan is to remove the front panels on the cabinet doors and install screening such as this so that the electronics can “breath.”

The cabinet on the right hand side will actually be modified a bit to house our sump pump.  Speaking of that, we also installed a back-up system after a near disaster after the great thaw of 2014.  We will still add the screen to the front, but NOT remove the panel so that it will muffle the noise.

On the other side we have the kitchenette .


We opted out of the typical stand-behind bar set-up as we didn’t want anything so permanent and wanted some flexibility with the space.    This is where I feel very self-indulgent when I start describing our plan.  First, I need a double oven.  That “need” may only happen 3-4 times a year, but I still “need” it.  We could have modified our kitchen to include the second oven, but thought it would be easier to add it to the basement as we were starting from scratch.  Above the oven will go a microwave that we already own.   The original plan was to add a dishwasher drawer instead of a full sized dishwasher.  But, this would increase the cost of the cabinets since they would need to be custom.

Fortunately, we have a very nice stainless steel fridge in the garage that we can move downstairs…otherwise, I’m almost penniless with the construction and other appliances!

That's it for now.  More to come!

Project Down Under: Paint

The perils of picking paint!! I always (strongly) suggest my clients get a few paint samples and do large (e.g., 3' x 4') swatches either on the wall or a piece of poster board.  You really need the size to judge the color.  The teensy paint chip won't cut it.   Plus, you always need to try it IN THE space with all the variability of lighting that takes place.  It's amazing how the actual space and lighting can impact the color.  Otherwise, you will be out $40/gallon and your time... that is, unless you have a professional paint it.  Then, take that amount and multiply it by a million.  #commoncore

Did you know Home Depot sells this nifty little post-it type thing (called the "Sure Swatch") to paint on and THEN you stick up on the wall!  For only $.98 apiece you can more successfully choose your paint color.

My first issue with the basement paint color is I was limited by my husband's need to save money and go with Behr paint.  I was already aware of two popular gray colors I could choose, Dolphin Fin and Silver Drop.   I dutifully used the post-it method and we chose Silver Drop.  However, as you can see in the photo below, it looked REALLY beige - not the direction I wanted to go in (the largest swatch on the left).   So, at 10:00 pm, 8 hours before the painters came, I threw up as many gray samples as I had on hand and went crazy.  DECISIONS!


We ended up going with Dolphin Fin after all.  On the swatch, it looked like it had a lot of green undertones, but it looks fine on the wall!  It might be the second or third one on the left... I can't even remember.  Photo coming soon!

For the bathroom and the workout room, I had Benjamin Moore's Gray Owl matched in Behr paint.  It went on swimmingly.  Much darker than normal, but those rooms don't have any natural light.  Photos coming soon!


I'm Back and a Moodboard!

It's been EONS since I've been here.  I don't even know if ANYONE reads this.   Anyone? ( I refuse to do the "Bueller" bit.  Shit, I just did it...).

Anyway, in April I took a new job (same company) and my creative mojo has significantly dwindled.  That's a post (and some psychotherapy) for another day.  There have been a few things I have worked on here and there, but I typically post on my Facebook page.

I did get one thing done -- and that is a living room mood board and shopping list for our friends' parents.  I am really excited to see this room completely done!  The client already had the dark color on the walls and the white leather sectional so I just pulled some other key pieces and some art.   I know she has already purchased many of the items and is hoping to have it done for a few holiday parties.  (Minus, of course, that last 15% of layering that has to be done over time!).

My jumping off point was the little watercolor found here.  I sorta want it for me-self.

Lorenz Living Room_version 2.0

These clients live over an hour away so I hope to stop by around Christmas time to take an after picture!

Seriously, someone leave me a comment to let me know if anyone is still around or if I should shut this puppy down! :-)