I showed pictures of our empty basement last week when I shared plans for the boys’ playroom. I finally got down there with my camera and took some pictures of how the spaces look now.
We’ll start in the main room of the basement – the family room. (Not to be confused with the living room upstairs. We decided to keep that room, the one off the kitchen, TV-free and just for human interaction!)
The basement family room/TV room is for hanging out, TV watching, games, playing, etc. At first, it felt odd not having a TV in the room right off the kitchen. I think we’ve always had that scenario in our homes & apartments. But, I love it this way. It’s more peaceful upstairs. The noise of the TV can be contained and conversations can take place in one area while movies can be playing in the other.
So, obviously, there is a staircase going down to the basement . There is a wet bar straight at the bottom, and a bathroom, utility room, and linen closet in the small hallway to the right.
The fridge that was in the wet bar was broken when we moved in, so we replaced it. Other than that, we haven’t done anything. You can see that the cabinets are pretty bare. I’ll deal with it at some point, but right now we have the Keurig set up there for guests and a fridge with some waters, juice, and sodas. None of us are big soda drinkers, but it’s nice to have them for special occasions, when we have guests, etc.
I don’t really know what I want to do with this, yet. It’s perfectly nice as is, but it’s definitely not my style. This space just might not be, though. It might be a departure from my signature style, because it’s more about making a great family-friendly hangout than making it look like “me”. I do think I can successfully find some common ground, though.
To the left of the steps, the room opens up to an amazing family space. Even though it’s in a basement, it’s filled with light from large south-facing windows and a glass door. There are beautiful built-ins and a corner fireplace.
We selected the sectional specifically for this room, but everything else is random stuff from our last house. The sectional is the Collins from La-Z-Boy. If you remember, I did the La-Z-Boy Design Dash in the spring. In fact, I clicked over there to link to the sectional and my room was featured at the top of their page…
I did not win the contest, but each blogger was given a piece of furniture for participating. That’s one heck of a consolation prize! I let them know I might be moving and requested waiting to order my piece until I moved. It worked out perfectly, because I needed a comfy sectional for this basement!
The fabric we picked is a large-scale corduroy in Steel (SKU C990656). My oldest son actually helped me pick it out. I wanted something that would be forgiving with spills and sticky fingers and black dog hair and Marshall wanted something that was soft and comfy. I originally wanted the navy velvet fabric I selected for my sofa in the Design Dash, but Marshall talked me into this one and he was right. This fabric is very soft and checked the boxes on my wish list.
As a warning, like all velvety fabrics with a nap, it does have a “right way” and a “wrong way” and you can see when the nap is going against the grain. That might drive some people nuts, but it doesn’t bother me and it’s a quality that’s exaggerated in photos.
It is so, so comfortable, though, and I love that we can all lounge on it together.
Jeff isn’t usually vocal about what I paint or how I arrange the furniture or what I hang on the walls, but he has requested that these built-ins remain unpainted. Now, if it were all up to me, I would probably paint them, but this is his house, too, and it will remain unpainted as long as he’s insistent about it.
(I hope you get my brand of humor by now…)
So, I’m going to work with the great things we have going on in here and make this a more masculine space. Right now the rug, pillows, and cow painting (all holdovers from my last house) aren’t putting off that vibe, so they will be relocated as I find things to replace them. I’m imagining this space looking like a lounge with a vintage vibe. Dark brown, navy, gray, plaids, trophies, black & white photos, books, etc. Maybe even antlers. I’m not sure how it’s all going to come together, but for now, I’m just keeping my eyes open and I think the perfect things will find me.
I do have a large antique school map of PA (rolled up in the corner) that will be hung and will work with that theme. The wall color is actually very nice, although I’ll be repainting to freshen it up and I don’t have touch-up paint (or know the color to match it.)
And there is the eggplant wall that I can’t believe is still in my house! We all thought that would be the first thing painted, but it didn’t seem as urgent once we moved in. It’s about time I picked a color, though, and at least get that one wall repainted.
I’d eventually like to get plantation shutters for the windows and replace the vertical blinds with black-out drapes, but those are very low on the priority list.
The guest room is through the door on the eggplant wall and I’ll share that in another post, since this one is getting long.
To the left of the built-ins is the playroom. And those doors are closed for a reason. I love that I can close those doors.
See what I mean?
The boys cleaned up the room today and Jeff and I are going to rearrange the furniture and set up some new shelves tomorrow. I’m looking forward to getting this room organized and more functional, so it’s a special place for the boys. Right now, they really like it, but it’s hard to find things, it’s disorganized, and not very conducive to creative play. It’s just a room with bins of toys in it.
Before moving in, we were looking forward to this basement and we knew we’d enjoy it, but we didn’t know exactly how much. We love having this space, a family space…for puzzles and games, for playing Rock Band together on the X-Box, for watching movies and football, for sleepovers and cushion forts, for Lego-building, epic “battle set-ups”, wrestling, and snuggling.