April 29, 2009

Basement Demolition Day

My trusty contractors, Paul and Carlo Tiralongo (from now on affectionately referred to as The Sicilians), arrived this week to start the demo. I forgot how messy the mess would be.

Messy at home means a thorough clean of my office — can’t have both work and home being disasters. I unearthed an old file brimming with ideas for the basement reno which I collected probably 5 years ago. I guess I wasn’t as firmly set against this redo as I believed. Also went through my computer folders and looked more closely at designer websites and photographers’ images I had saved just for inspiration. I decided to take the advice we give to readers all the time: collect shots of what you like and you will see a pattern.

What I like: seagrass floors coverings, white walls, some natural wood, an oversized light fixture (can I fit something big like that into a room with only 7-foot ceilings?), white slipcovered tuxedo-style sofa, a fireplace full of logs.

This shot best sums up my likes, and now Kay Douglass is a new favourite designer of mine.

Photo credits:
1. Meg Crossley
Simon Upton from Habitually Chic