Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My New Home: Basement Family Room


Hello Friends! It's been a while! I hope everyone has been doing well and enjoying the summer. My summer has been extremely busy and lots of fun. I loved spending time with my 3 kids swimming, eating ice cream and just having fun. I'm not going to lie though! It feels good to have them back in school and to have our family back on a schedule! 

Having the summer off from lessons and homework also allowed me to undertake a few projects in my own home. One of these was to give our basement family room area a little update/makeover. (If you follow me on Instagram, you've gotten to see little snippets of the space here and there). I've mentioned before that the basement layout was one of the primary selling features of our home. You may remember me saying that my husband and I let out an audible "GASP" the first time we walked down the stairs and saw it. We knew right away that it would be an area in our home that we would all really "live" in. And we do...all the time...especially the kids. All 3 of the kids' bedroom are in the basement and the basement family room is where they spend their time, playing, watching TV, doing homework and more. The most unique feature about our basement is that it has 12 foot ceilings and that it is 100% day lit. These 2 things make it feel like a whole other house, not a basement at all. My hubby and I know it is a space that our family will enjoying spending time in for many years.

All of that being said, since we moved into our house almost a year and a half ago, I had largely left the basement "undecorated." Most of the furniture in it is stuff we've had for years or was formerly used in other areas of our previous home. After I got done designing our main floor great room area, I was itching to do something with the basement. I had to consider 2 major things before getting started on it:

1. Whatever I did had to be kid friendly and appeal to the kids...because they "live" in the space.
2. I had to do it on a VERY small budget. The great room design was fairly pricey and my decorating budget had become pretty much nonexistent.

With those things in mind, I set out to decorate the basement using mostly furniture and accessories that I already owned. I also knew I wanted to add pops of vibrant color in the space. I tend to shy away from bright colors in other areas of my home, but I felt that the basement family room was a great place to do it. I wanted it to look pulled together, but still appeal to my kids. I spent a couple months pulling it all together. I even put my DIY cap on found my inner artist just long enough to paint a large piece of art that hangs over the fireplace. I'm still not sure about it, but my sweet hubby likes it and told me to leave it up. :) There's still a little work to do in this space, but for now, I'm happy with the changes I've made. Take a look... :)
















As I mentioned, I used mainly furniture and accessories I already had on hand. I did purchase a few new items, but overall, very little money was spent on the basement. In my next post, I'll highlight some of my reused items and show you were they previously lived in this home or my last. Which reused items can you spy? :)

14 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I LOVE this! And 12 foot ceilings in a basement? What?!? I love, love, love it all. Where did you find all those glass bottles above your art? I think your art looks perfect here.

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    1. Thanks Sarah! The glass bottles are actually from Target. They are in their floral section. I love them. I've used them in a couple of client projects too!

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  2. As usual everything looks perfect! You did a wonderful job! I love the art work, definitely keep it. Please share the DIY for it.

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    1. Thanks Heather! I would love to share the DIY, but I honestly just took different colors of paint and started brushing them across the canvas. I then tool a little white to some of the colored areas to add a little dimension. Lastly, where the colors meet, I used a spray bottle to spray a little water at the meeting point. I then took a dry brush to the damp canvas. That helped the colors blend a little. Hope that helps!

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  3. I am in love!!! I have never seen a basement with that much light! You are right in that it just looks like another floor of the home! That is wonderful!!! Okay... here go my stalker abilities! The sectional and two brown chairs were in your last basement. The blue cabinet was underneath the t.v. in your family room and is that the table from your kitchen in your last house? :-) I stalk... I admit it! I love your style!!!

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    1. Ha Ha! I love that you were able to pick out so many of the items! You were right about all of them! Thanks for always being a faithful reader and commenter. I truly appreciate you!

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  4. Looks lovely, so open and airy. Is your basement grade level? I see so many trees out the windows. You are right, it doesn't seem like a basement!

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    1. Hello Dianne! Our basement is not grade level. It is actually below grade. In fact, the whole house, except for the main floor is below grade. The house is built on a steep slope. The whole back of the house is exposed, but the only floor you see from the street in front of the house is the main floor. The "basement" in our home is still 15 feet off the ground. We have a "sub-basement" level under the basement that has 15 foot ceiling and walks out into the backyard. Our home backs up to protected wetlands, so those are the trees you see. We will never have backyard neighbors...another selling feature for the hubs. It really is a unique home.

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  5. Lovely! Just found your blog via a pinterest photo - can you tell me where you got your couch from? Looking for one similar :) PS Your home is beautiful!

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  6. huh? That's a basement? Oh wow that is beautiful! I would live in that room!!

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  7. That is an amazing basement. I can see why you fell in love with that house! Wonderful colors and decor.

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  8. Such a beautiful room! Could you tell me where you found the green dining room tables. I absolutely love them! Thanks

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  9. Changes made within a small budget. Really impressed!!
    I own a RTM Home and i am also tight over budget.
    Your idea will help me bring my innovation into work.
    Thank you for a great share.
    Please do share more if you are going to make any more changes.

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  10. Lovely what you did on a small budget. This floor definitely needs to be called the "lower level" or "downstairs" or something..."basement" does NOT do it justice (even here in Utah where basements are much better than your typical crawl space or creepy cinder block basement)!

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