Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ORC - The Illusion!

Week TWO ... The Illusion Begins! Thanks for stopping by to see how We are All progressing with our ORC ... If you are new, Click HERE to see my Inspiration Office, My Mood Board ... and where this all began!

I like pretty things ... as most of us do.  These are the most UN-Pretty photos I have ever posted.  Forgive me ... but the Reality is Harsh and Ugly!

This Wall ... started cluttered. I have now cleaned it ... Pretty, huh?

Okay, I really just piled everything up in the workout area.  Who has time for working out???

If I was as good/motivated/had the tools/as cute/ as Linda ... I would have built this room myself.  However, I am none of those ... so let me introduce you to my Heroes Paul and Joe!

Here is where the Illusion is going to come in.   

This is the UNFINISHED basement.  I have no intention of Finishing it in the Standard Sense.  I ONLY have SIX weeks, okay????

Kind of blurry but the BOYS were moving like the speed of Light for me!

I am Creating a SPACE.  Kind of like a Movie Set.
This is where my Illusion begins!  

The boys are giving me my BackDrop

BackDrop Framing almost complete.

Wall Panels Going IN!

The Most Beautiful Site all Day!!  12 Feet of Raw Plywood!
Waiting to be dressed!

Okay ... Ready for the Pretty?

I toyed with WallPaper ... but again, this is my Illusion.  I don't want to put that kind of money into this Wall.

So I went on a Bargain Fabric Hunt.  

Metallic Zebra Print ...

A Good Giraffe, a little more subtle ... 

AHHH ... Cheetah in UltraSuede ...

Un-Uh, No Way Hosea.  This price was NOT an illusion. Moving On!

Here's what I have ended up with.  Nice Cotten with a little textural weave giving it a GrassCloth Look!  I do love the Animal Print ... but I really do know when to STOP the Madness!!

Purchased for $7.99/yard and a little Trim @$1.99/yard. 
Yes, Wainscoting for my BackDrop!

Thank you for Living through the Ugliness with me and Keeping me focused to DO something with MY space!!

Don't forget to CLICK below to Check out what all the Girls Are Doing this week ... 




  1. Thanks for the thought, but I have a "Joe" working at my house too. I think everyone has workout equipment they are rethinking. I know we do. I love your backdrop wall, and have always loved fabric for a treatment.

  2. So exciting Kim! How wonderful to carve out a beautiful office in your basement. That will motivate you to do the rest of the basement later on I bet. Gotta love our contractors and how they rescue us in a project. Love your fabric choice-it will look awesome. And you had the snow to contend with, too! Glad your guys made it to work!
    Hope your next week goes well.
    xo Nancy

  3. Wow big progress! Love the backdrop wall!! And your fabric!

  4. Oh Kim, that fabric looks exactly like the feel of your inspiration office (Brooke's). I would have never guessed a backdrop wall - clever girl!

  5. I'm super excited for you Kim! Great choice on the fabric!!

  6. Great progress - very clever idea as well.

  7. What a fabulous idea! Love the fabric and trim and can't wait to see how this "backdrop" will work!

  8. You are a smarty pants! Love this idea, it's going to look great!!

  9. ahhh Kim - this sounds SUPER fun!!!!! Im so excited to see how it turns out..

  10. Kim you are so clever.........An ILLUSION, I LOVE IT!
    I discovered, the hard way, most of the world we live an Illusion!

  11. You are brilliant to do it this way! The fabric is gorgeous and will be perfect. I can't wait to see what else you do!

  12. That wall is going to be amazing! What a fab plan- and the fabric makes it even prettier!! Cant wait to see more, this is torture :)

  13. Kim, this is brilliant! This gives me hope for my sad little basement office.

  14. can't wait to see that fabric up on that Illusion wall! I think from an "illusion" this space can become magical with your touch! Good luck!

  15. What a super idea for "finishing" a room in an unfinished basement!! I can't wait to see what you do in here! I love the fabric you chose for the new wall!

  16. It would be a little hard to renovate the whole basement for the ORC...:) I like where your going's going to wow even you I bet!

  17. Love the idea of putting fabric on wall. Can't wait to see your progress.

  18. so smart!! and really, fake walls are the best way to finish a basement. It's always good to leave a little unfinished portion for access and work. Otherwise you'll end up breaking your new finished ceiling when something goes wrong down the road in your kitchen or bathroom.

  19. What a great idea! And that fabric is a fabulous find. I am dying to see this space finished now!

  20. Great solution for the basement & great find on the fabric! Cant wait to seem more!

  21. How clever! Love this illusion, can't wait to see where it leads to!



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