no, he didnt

Finally..As promised…pics of our basement apartment/ future paul’s mancave-media room budget-friendly makeover.



oh yes, he did. True Story.

My husband Paul did 95% of this!!

No way can I tell that this was the first time he has done ANY home improvement projects as major as this! Knocking down walls, kitchen pantry, bookcases, etc, yes but this was huge!

Hello, the guy has skills, friends. Thanks to him we now have better soundproofing, media room wire-ready, personality-filled living space in our walk-out basement apartment. As a matter of fact we had offers from prospective tenants even BEFORE he was finished. It is a really nice space. So so proud of you paul.

We knocked down the wall separating the kitchen/dining area and a bedroom and created one large open floor-plan living space. The wood ceiling I LOVE LOVE!! doesnt it look absolutely amazing? Hubby and his powernailgun “nailed” it.

so what do you think? much better, no?

images: manvi drona-hidalgo

ps: so sorry for the poor quality of images. new tenants had already moved in and I didnt want to invade their space for too long.





  1. Thanks Miya. Would love to peek at your remodels. Do send me pics!

  2. Goodness me, it was like someone breathed life into this space! A job well done. It looks so functional, light and fun — an inviting space now 🙂

  3. 5 stars Paul! And you married the right guy, Manvi! Very, very nice friends. (Updated, professional and chic. And the ceiling! Cam we contract you?)

    I am looking forward to the day when we get to meet with both of you in person.

    Happy weekend

  4. Darling and Paul (!) it looks amazing! I am blown away by the handy work and can only imagine the happiness of your new tenants. Congratulations on a great job and thank you for sharing the pictures.

    xx Charlotta

    P.S. Luv, did you get my response to your guest post email? I haven’t heard back and just want to make sure I know the timings in light of our imminent travel adventures.. Please drop me a line when you have a moe. xx

  5. thanks sundeep, sarj and lily. open invite to come visit. sundeep i got the kettle in buenos aires but i know they are available at tea stores in malls.

  6. Oh I want to come and live in your basement!

    Please kick your new tenants out so I can move in. Thank you 🙂

  7. Looks great ! A huge transformation and really cool he did it himself!


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