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Welcome, friends! This here slice of the Internet revolves around lattes, bookshelves, Pinterest, Emily Henderson, white wine spritzers, China, brass anything, passports and my sweet family. Grammar and important worldly events? Not so much. Consider yourself warned.

All 'bout that base(ment), 'bout that base(ment)....

All 'bout that base(ment), 'bout that base(ment)....

You will be excited to learn (and if you know me, not shocked) that there has been approximately no work done on our basement since last week’s declaration that I would rescue it from it’s dire straights.

Zilch….Zero. ..Nada.

My goals for the past week were to: a.) scour Pinterest for inspiration,  b.) make a detailed plan for the space complete with some fun mood boards and c.) take the dreaded jaunt into to city to visit Ikea and stock up on a plethora of Swedish goods that would make the dungeon basement feel hospitable.

Alas, I simply could not muster the energy required to go to Ikea. I was not mentally prepared; not up for the task, if you will. Mostly because I decided my sanity was more valuable than decorating my basement. See ma? I’m growing up. I’m making healthy choices.

Side note: If you have never been to Ikea in China…truly, you have never lived. And by that I mean that you are one lucky son-of-a-bitch. But the ‘Ikea-in-China-Experience’ deserves it’s own post and I don’t have time to tackle that one today. Just know that it is crowded and horrifying in ways that you never knew a store could be.

In my defense, I did (sort of) accomplish the other two goals. For starters, I did attempt to Pinterest it up. I diligently typed my key words into the search tool – things like: ‘basement ideas’, ‘basement playroom’, ‘playroom ideas’. And… Voila! Those searches did generate a lot of amazing, beautiful and totally awe-inspiring spaces.

Like this…

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And this…

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modern-basement

And this…

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And, of course, this…

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Seriously…

Who are these people?

My basement doesn’t even have a window…let alone room for a freaking full-sized kitchen, an underground pool grotto or more than one electrical outlet.

For realz…are the people on Pinterest trying to make other people depressed? Is that their life’s mission? And if so, why make that your cause? People are starving in Africa for crying out loud. Why would they torture us with their palatial basement layout and their adorable, elegant bar with built-in wine fridge?

Pinterest, let’s make a new rule: You are not allowed to post pictures of basements that are 10,000 x nicer than my family room or bigger than my entire house. You are allowed to have these rooms, you just can’t post pictures of them. It’s just mean. And disrespectful. Emmm….kay?

Needless to say, while my Pinterest searches were successful at making me question my life choices, they were not particularly helpful in giving me useful inspiration.

So naturally I cheered myself up by making a mood board. Wanna see?

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The great thing about a mood boards is that you can totally see what your dingy little basement might look like if you actually had access to any of the things that you put in the mood board. Which, of course, I don’t because I live in China where apparently they have something against cool shit (whomp. whomp.). Actually, that is not true. The rugs are from Ikea. I could totally risk my life and go buy them.

But not today, people. Not today.

Today, I choose life.

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