They say time flies when you’re having fun—and that’s exactly why the transformation of HGTV Canada’s Home To Win has felt so short!

Perhaps because I’m lucky enough to be involved, or perhaps because this thing we call time moves faster than we can even fathom, but this season has whizzed by.

This past Sunday, HGTV Canada Celebrity Designers Jo Alcorn and Mia Parres joined forces with HGTV Canada Celebrity Builders Brian McCourt and Mike Holmes Jr. to bring the renovations underground—which officially means the beginning of the end. After the basement is finished (watch for that next Sunday at 10pm), we’ll be gathering for just one more bitter-sweet episode: the finale where we’ll hand over the keys to one lucky Canadian. I literally get butterflies thinking about it! While I can’t divulge anything about the challenges or the families in the running, I will say one thing: you’ll really want to tune in.

Anyhow, before I trek too far along on my nostalgia-train, back to this episode! Mike and Jo became the king and queen of the home theatre while Brian and Mia tackled the serene guest suite—with help from Celebrity House Flippers Kortney and Dave Wilson. Along with a cameo from Mike Holmes who judged the “Mike Holmes ice-sculpture” competition (yes, you heard that right), this episode added another layer of function and pizazz to the home. Missed the episode? Tune in here.

I’m usually a nut for natural light—and admittedly avoid my own basement for that very reason—but I can get truly behind the home theatre. What sets it apart and makes it feel enjoyable to be in has everything to do with smart choices when it came to lighting, furniture and special features. With multiple sources of lighting (pots, practical lighting, and pendants) all installed on dimmers, you’re given control of the ambiance and mood. And wherever plushness and texture could be added, Jo did: from chaises, arm chairs and benches, to loveseats, padded barstools and cozy carpeting.

And last but not least, everything you could possibly want or need is at arms reach—and better yet, it’s multi-functional to suit any family. Enjoying a movie and a drink with your better half? The handy wet bar is right at your fingertips and there’s a cushy chaise waiting for each of you. Prefer a night of board games with a handful of friends? The banquette zone along the back of the room is ideal for game night with popcorn.

Separating the impressive home theatre from the guest bedroom is a massive bathroom which Mia and Brian tackled as part of their guest suite. It not only contributes to the home’s coastal flair—I love me those pebble tiles—it adds function for both spaces and helps buffer any noise if a guest packs it in earlier than the rest.

With more closet space than I have in my own master bedroom, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t super-jealous of whomever gets to enjoy a stay in the suite. Finished with a rich, deep wall colour, a desk/entertainment area perfect for doing makeup or working, and two twin beds with upholstered headboards ideal for reading or watching TV, it’s a lovely little self-contained escape, tucked-away from the rest of the house. And how smart was the closet design which disguised and integrated the bulkhead beautifully? Not too shabby!

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