Vicky Sanderson

Vicky Sanderson’s Basement Beauty

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Interior design expert Vicky Sanderson is a popular home décor and DIY writer for the Toronto Star and Reno & Decor magazine and the Décor Editor for Abode Toronto magazine. Vicky appears regularly at home shows and on television, sharing her expertise on all things design and décor.

Inspired by both woven fabric and poured concrete, Sindon is one of three Da Vinci tiles that combine subtle design with soft color hues, showcasing a warm charcoal tone with flecks of black, grey and white. Sindon was the perfect choice for Vicky, whose basement was long-overdue for an upgrade and redesign. A new floor, ceiling and lighting were the top ticket items on this room redo, and all delivered great design value.  

Vicky Sandersons Basement Renovation

Before: an unloved, uninspiring space used mainly for storage.

“With two young-adult children set to fly the nest in the coming years, it was now or never for transforming our junk-strewn basement, which had not been used except for storage for at least seven years, into a sixties-inspired “rec room” for them to enjoy,” says Vicky.

Vicky Sandersons Basement Renovation

Our Da Vinci tiles offered Vicky a practical flooring option that would stand up to all the uses planned for her multi-purpose basement “rec room”, which was designed to be used regularly as a place to relax with family, entertain friends and even work. Quiet, soft and warm underfoot, our luxury vinyl flooring range, available in wood planks and stone tile designs, is a practical choice for this high-traffic space thanks to its superior durability, comfort and low maintenance. Simply clean with a damp mop and go! Furthermore, not only is it a stunning floor covering visually, but the large 12” x 18” Da Vinci Sindon tiles are easier and less time consuming than porcelain or ceramic tiles to install.

The wide bevels of Da Vinci emphasize the rectangular shape of the tiles as the light falls across them. Design strips in a variety of colours can be added to introduce a more traditional, grouted tile look.

Vicky Sandersons Basement Renovation

Collaborating with designers Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander of Peloso Alexander Interiors on the overall design of the space, Vicky followed their expert design and budget-savvy  advice, opting to paint the dated dark wood-paneled walls and red brick fireplace in Dulux Fine Silver, rather than covering them up with drywall. This saving allowed Vicky to direct the budget to dry walling the ceiling and painting it in Dulux Tulle White for a clean finish. In order to set the mood, dimmable LED spotlights were installed to provide controlled lighting throughout the space and the handsome sectional from Urban Barn easily fits four sitting guests, but is long enough for two people to stretch out on movie night! A matching ottoman provides extra seating and a surface for trays and books. And finally, instead of an expensive chimney fix, Vicky opted for an electric log-fire insert from Dimplex that efficiently warms the 400 square foot space year round.

“Hiring a professional designer for large projects is always a good way to save money in the long run and avoid costly mistakes. They can also save you time searching for contractors and suppliers and recommend qualified tradespeople who they work with regularly,” says Vicky.

Vicky Sandersons Basement Renovation

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Photographs courtesy of Dann Tardif.

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