Industial Chic Before & After: The Basement

Well, we really changed things up in our basement last night & I wanted to share with you. First are the before photos, which I was actually pretty happy with. This first one (below) was taken at Christmas time:

And here is my office before. (below) I was really in the mood for something a little more "industrial chic" since it's just everywhere right now, so I think you'll be really surprised at the changes!!

And below is what it looks like now, "after." With the exposed pipes & electrical in the ceiling it really gives the cool vintage-warehouse feel we were going for. Much less cottage, much more modern. ;) ;)

The wood laminate floors were torn up to expose ORIGINAL CEMENT FLOORING!!!

So really what happened, was my parent's washing machine kirked out in the middle of the night. (We are living in my parents' basement for 2 more weeks until we close on our house) The washing machine is a stackable on the floor above us. Well, sometime in the mioddle of the night it decided to just start pumping us with water. And I mean water.
My husband & I slept through it until we heard my mom running down the stairs yelling at us to wake up at 4 AM. I got out of bed & went into the main area & it was literally like a RAIN STORM. The ceiling was falling down on us & thank God Christian (our toddler) was okay in his bedroom (Some ceiling fell down in there but not over the crib.)

I'm usually really amazing in crisis situations but this time, once Christian was upstairs & I went back down stairs to try to save stuff, I was just so overwhelmed. I didn't know what to save!! laptops, printer, phones, all electronics were DONE... I immediately grabbed a sentimental photo & ran it to our room where it was dry. and oh hahaha the next thing I saved were my Style Files. ( But how sad is it that all of the pages I'd clipped out to go into the files for like the past 8 months (I'm so behind) got soaked.?! ) Then it was my chairs. Then I sort of wandered a bit just shaking my head (My SOAKING wet head.) in ANKLE DEEP water.

SO... a lot of our furniture is ruined and so much work was lost, but we're all safe & sound. It's been a crazy day but I just have to thank God that my little guy is safe & sound. As much as I love my pretty things (and you know I do!!!) it really is just stuff and can be replaced. (Maybe I'm overtired & delusional right now & will cry or be angry later?!!) But I don't think so. We'll be sleeping in the kitchen for two more weeks & then we're moving to our new house so we got a jump strart on our decluttering & packing.

My laptop's dead (this is my mom's computer) so I'm not sure how much I'll be blogging/ reading but it's tough to stay away for you all for long!!

xoxo, (from a slap happy & silly)


Anonymous said...

Wow, Lauren - what an incredible story! I'm glad you are all safe & sound (and dry), but I feel terrible about about the damage!

You are great that you can make a little light of it with the "industrial chic" title! You had me going! ;-)

from the right bank said...

Oh my God, I am so sorry this happened to you! And thank goodness you are all safe. Your attitude is just amazing. I guess the new house has come along at just the right time, huh? In the meantime, I'm sending good vibes your way.

Marge said...

Oh Lauren! I am so sorry to hear that happened (both for you and your parents!). Thank God that your baby boy is alright and no one was hurt. I will be thinking of you guys.

kay* said...

oh gosh. i'm happy to hear everyone is well but know it must suck to have lost so much stuff, even if they are material possessions. the timing on the new house couldn't be more perfect and it will truly be like a fresh new start!

bluehydrangea said...

Just when I was thinking you had changed your had me fooled! SO sorry about your water disaster..thank goodness everyone is O.K. Can't wait to see more on the new house. Good luck and stay dry!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Oh no sweetie! I can't believe that happened! As I started reading the beginning I kept thinking why is she changing things now when they are about to move. I had no clue it could be water damage.

I'm glad to hear that you and the fam are ok. At least closing is really soon.

I'll give you a ring tomorrow.



Amber B. said...

Oh, goodness! So glad that you guys and the little man were okay. Hang in there!

janet said...

oh lauren, this is horrible. I know how you feel, we have been down that road. I hope everything gets fixed up soon.

Kara said...

holy cow, lauren!! I am SO glad you all are safe. What a scary seem to be going through the same stuff is just stuff thing I'm going through. God bless you guys. You will be in your new digs SO soon! Can't wait for you!!


Romana said...

Lordy Lauren!!! Luckily you are all safe and it is not long till you get to move into your new place. I hope not too much more was damaged and the mop-up doesn't take too long.

Cote de Texas said...

Lauren - at first i thought you were serious and i was like - aren't they moving soon? omg!!! I feel so bad for you!!! thank God the little one is safe - that's the only important thing. laptops are cheap today, you can get a decent one for $500 and printers cost the amount of a nice dinner. You'll get it all back, the most important thing is you are safe aand have a kitchen to sleep in!!! AWWW, I feel SO bad for you!!!!! take care!!!

Kelee Katillac said...

Hi Lauren:

Hope this works out great! I know it is a pain..but, another opportunity to re-think and recreate! No Pollyannna here....I have been through it too.

I wanted to thank-you for stopping by The Katillac Shack! You are obviously VERY talented and kind.
Your service to others will be welcome. I hope you stop by often!

Sarah's Fab Day said...

Oh Lauren, I'm sorry. You're right baby is safe and you guys are too. Instead of being bummed try to be excited about your new home!! Thinking of you - S

DesignTies said...

Oh, that sucks :-( But on the bright side, you'll be in your new dry home soon!! And I bet your blog friends will be sending you lots of inspiration pics to replace the ones that you lost :-)

Hang in there, everything will be OK :-)

Kelly @ DesignTies

Tracy said...

Oh no! I was revisiting your blog specifically to take another look at your office - I'm in the middle of revamping mine - and am so sad to see what's happened! I hope you were able to recover more than you had to toss and that all is going well with your move. Can't wait to see your new office (and everything else) once you get settled.

Haven and Home said...

Oh Lauren I am so sorry to hear that but I am so glad you are all alright. Please let me know if I can help in any way!

LindsB said...

Oh my gosh!! I'm so happy to hear that you and your family are ok, but all your stuff! That totally sucks, I'm so sorry you have to deal with this, it does not sound like fun at all. Just think though, you will be in your own place soon and wont have to deal with basements anymore! Yeah for closing in two weeks!!!!

Terri said...

Oh dear Lauren, that totally sucks. I am glad you are all okay, and your wee baby boy, but what a giant pain. Your decor was so beautiful. I wish you luck and patience with the repairs.

Terri xo

Lauren's best friend said...

hahahahahahahah lauren! i love the illustration of the washing machine and the water- did you draw that by hand?

love you xoxox