Find out how Paula Milligan transformed her Ontario basement space into a colorful sanctuary for her family.
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Before: Colors Inspired by "Living"
"Inspiration often comes from the most unlikely of places. The December 2013 cover of your aspirational Martha Stewart Living (pictured here) provided the color scheme for our recent basement renovation," says Paula Milligan of her Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, home. "The color swatches from the paint store were actually matched against the magazine cover!"
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Before: The Budget
"The entire project took approximately three months from start to finish at a cost of approximately $40,000, including some new furniture pieces to complete the industrial farmhouse motif."
"Inspired by Martha's organizing credo, 'a place for everything, and everything in its place,' two very distinctive space-saving storage units were created to house magazines and a CD and memorabilia collection."
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"Behind the barn doors created by our contractor and owner of Ridgeline Renovations, more than 30 years of magazines -- including every issue of Martha Stewart Living -- are neatly organized in chronological order."
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"A unit of multiple shelves flanking the stairway is an ideal spot for a collection of Martha Stewart's Everyday Food magazines. Other shelves house a CD collection and our son's large collection of video games. It is an effective use of otherwise dead space."
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"Wicker furniture from our early days of marriage was repurposed and repainted to create an eating area near another storage space."
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"The laminate flooring, the spray-foam insulation, and an electric fireplace have made the basement a very pleasant place to read, watch television and movies, and play video games."
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"A custom-made wet bar/counter unit completes the living space and avoids the necessity to go upstairs to wash dishes or serve a beverage."
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"Like many North Americans, our basement was a dumping ground for many unused items, but as a result of this renovation, it has been transformed into a usable, organized living space. It has become another cozy sanctuary for our family."