Progress With The Basement – Sundays Life Among The Blooms Vol. 19

Good morning, sweet friends! We have progress with the basement – Sundays Life Among The Blooms Vol. 19.

Hope you have your cup of coffee or tea for some inspiration. Here on Sundays, I talk about random things going on over at White Lilac Farmhouse and things that stop me in my tracks.

Saturday, I came across this quote. It was perfect for how I was feeling.

Do you ever feel like you are in the rat race of life?

I have for the last two weeks. Lots of balls up in the air juggling multiple items at the same time. Will it ever end?

Road with Clock and quote about finish line

What matters the most isn’t when you cross the finish line? It is how strong you became from the process of getting there.

You can look at it as being extremely stressful. Or, take a more positive approach such as the journey to get to the end. The journey may have made you stronger along the way. You may be stronger both mentally and physically.

The journey to cross that finish line could be you learned something from the process or the progress.

Did it make you think outside the box to challenge through it? How about learning something you did not know about yourself? During work challenges, you are stronger than you think. You found out that the balls being juggled never fell.

YOU took one step at a time to solve problems, handle situations, create, manage, delegate, etc. And, YOU crossed that finish line. At the end, YOU became stronger… then keeping it real.

YOU collapsed on the sofa and slept for two hours!


YOU earned it, my friend!


Speaking of finish lines…

We are approaching the finish line to the basement theater room. It’s not quite finished but huge progress made this week. I have a few photos to share with you.

Wet Bar being finished with cabinetry and mini refrigerator for Home Theater.

We are waiting for the granite counter top to arrive and the replacement drawer. The top drawer was received damaged. A replacement is being sent to us by the manufacture. The shelves and shiplap got a fresh coat of bright white paint.

The room has been entirely painted in McCormick Paint called Metro. It is a gray white. The color appears more gray in the basement.

My husband did not want an all white room. Beige is not our thing either. You hear that gray is going out and beige is coming in. I believe you go with a color that fits your family. It is a good neutral for me. We love it!

The finish on the wall is an eggshell. The doors, trim and baseboards are semi-gloss in a bright white. We will bring in pops of colors with fun accessories.

New light fixture in black in the progress photo of the basement renovation.

The light fixture is matte black. It is iron and open. The light fixture has a masculine feel for a man cave.

All the electrical, painting and HVAC work has been done.

This week, the floors are being measured for the carpeting. The television should be installed. Hopefully, the debris and dust will be removed as well.

Stay tune for more progress photos.


This week on the blog, I shared one of my favorite recipes for Curry Chicken Salad. As spring rolls around, I enjoy making this recipe. It is wonderful for family brunches, showers and other gatherings.

The recipe is easy to follow and has lots of flavor! I made it for no special occasion. You know when you’re in the mood for something good that is healthy too!

The Best Curry Chicken Salad With Grapes And Walnuts

Homemade Curry Chicken Salad with grapes and walnuts served on a bed of romaine lettuce.

This project was super easy! I had the supplies on hand to do a beautiful makeover with paint. Check out the before and after photos in this post.

Beautiful Transformation With Paint

Styling the painted plant container on white shelf.


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Here are some of my favorite inspirations from others this week.

Easter Basket made from wood bunnies and chalk boards.
Photo Courtesy of Wendy at WM Design House

How sweet is this darling Easter Basket made by Wendy at WM Design House. What until you see how she made it. Read about the Easter Basket Idea here.

Photo Courtesy of My 100 Year Old Home

With spring approaching, there will be showers and Easter dinners. Look at these gorgeous cupcakes by Leslie at My 100 Year Old Home. She has a step by step tutorial on How to Make Flower Cupcakes. I am going to give them a try.

Chili with side bowls of toppings for chili Stacy Ling.
Photo Courtesy of Stacy Ling at Stacy Ling Bricks ‘N Blooms

How about a Mexican Chili Cook-Off for a Mexican Themed Party? That’s what my friend, Stacy at Bricks ‘n Blooms did. Look at those toppings! How delicious does this chili look?

Blessings to you, sweet friend!

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  1. Your basement project is looking great, Tammy. It’s fun to see the progress. I bet you are so ready for it to be done. I can’t wait to see the finished room!

    1. Jen, I am so ready for it to be done. The dust from it has been hard to keep up with. However, it has been a good project with a great contractor. He communicates just about daily via calls or texts. We coordinate things back and forth.

  2. Wow, Tammy … it’s come a long way! I envy you East Coasters your big, beautiful basements. A rarity out West. Can’t wait to see the big reveal! xo

    1. Thank you, Juliet. Funny, I did not want a basement with this house but it was standard. We decided to go with the taller wall option in the basement. My husband keep telling me it was going to be his man cave. LOL

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