- I am an interior decorator/designer and I normally do pretty & glamorous design projects. Yes, that means I do kitchen & bath renovations and I decorate homes with beautiful furniture & accessories. My clients are usually married women with busy lives & kids that need to revamp their home after years of having a beige & blah home. This is what I do.....I infuse colour, pattern and style into their home.....and they are ecstatic afterwards!
- This is my first time participating in the One Room Challenge created by Linda from Calling It Home. I hope to participate again in Spring 2016 where I can show you a room that really reflects what Decor by Christine is all about.
- I have never done a garage or mancave before. In this case, my husband became my client and Garage Living carried out the renovation....but my husband & I created the vision of what we or should I say HE wanted to have. Mancaves aren't really "pretty" so this One Room Challenge is not the usual project you will see on the Calling It Home website full of pretty bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms etc that all the wonderful participants all finished in a mere 6 weeks. But damn......I am really proud of how this mancave garage turned out! Oh, and my husband is currently on cloud 9.
- You can catch up on Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 here.
- Ok....enough rambling on......now let's get going on the reveal! But first.....a quick recap:
The Garage - Before
Do you remember what it looked like? Here's a view of the left side of the garage. And this was the plan that Garage Living created for us after a meeting with them discussing my husband's needs.
The Garage - After
A Full View of the ManCave Garage
As you can see, we got a full artwall happening here, cabinetry, an area to enjoy a coffee and lots of storage!
In this picture the Porsche is sitting on the car lift at ground level.
The Art Wall
The art gallery on the left wall of the garage is the focal point of the mancave garage. Here my husband has created a story of pictures from his motorcycles rides - specifically his trip to Sturgis this past summer. He also pays homage to the founders of Harley-Davidson with pictures of vintage bikes from the Harley-Davidson Museum. And of course, his new baby is his Porsche Carrera he got this past spring. So lots of pictures of Porsche and other beauties. Miniature little bikes on a shelf: A gas tank he purchased from E-Bay that echos the large picture of gas tanks from every year that Harley Davidson has been in existence - 112 years old.
Below is a vintage Porsche steering wheel from a 1993 911 we hung as art. And right below it is a stunning metal art photo of his bike that I got made as a surprise from Posterjack.
And we can't forget about Sports -- specifically baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays. The large photo is made out of posterboard art also from Posterjack.
Who remembers when the Blue Jays won the world series for the first time.....That's a classic picture.
The Garage Cafe
To enjoy a lovely cup of freshly ground coffee, we have a lovely bistro table with truly unique bar stools made from replicated motorcycle seats.
We got lots of storage from Garage Living. We love the butcher block countertop and stainless steel backsplash. I had a lot of fun styling the counter top with some of my hubby's fun accessories.
The bar fridge was a little bit too small for the opening so we chose to put it at the side and replace that area with another bar stool (as we purchased 4 of them).
These old Harley-Davidson beer cans were purchased at Aberfoyle Antique Market. Believe it or not, they are dated 1993 & 1998 and still have the beer inside the can. Imagine cracking open that can right now - Ewwwwwwwwwwwww!
The full length cabinets allows us to hide our garbage & recycling bins so the mancave stays neat and clean smelling.
And there is alot of overhead storage for seasonal items.
The Car Lift
Adding in a car lift allowed us to store an extra vehicle in the garage.....and to watch the car rise is really quite awesome. It's like a fun elevator with no walls. So I had to pose beside it of course. And last but now least.....we can't forget whose garage this belongs to - Dad. At least I'll know where he's at when I can't find him. :-) Also I'm loving my newly painted black door and new stair railing. It's been a crazy 6 weeks trying to get the mancave garage completed.....and wow, are we ever happy with it. We don't consider it a garage anymore.....it really is another room of the house. And we are looking forward to having some friends over for a fresh cup of coffee at The Garage Cafe. Hope you enjoyed my One Room Challenge, and don't forget to head over to Calling It Home to see all the other beautifully designed rooms by all participants. I want to thank Garage Living for the installation of our fabulous new mancave garage & Posterjack for creating some stunning artwork out of our photos for the gallery wall!
xoxo Glamorously yours xoxo