Barbara Purdy's Basement
Repurpose old furniture instead of buying new.
Designer and homeowner Barbara Purdy converted a wood-burning fireplace to gas to create a cosy focal point. "I couldn't see myself hauling logs down the stairs," she says. Radiant heating installed under the wood-look porcelain-tile floor heats the basement as well. The sofa, a hand-me-down from her parents, was recovered and layered with pillows.
"You might have just clean white walls because you need that airiness and lightness in a basement, but you can add warm textures and dark colours in the furniture and accessories to give you that cosy look," advises H&H style editor Sarah Hartill.