The basement "face-lift" as I like to call it, is complete. The layout, wall treatments, carpet, & built-ins were all here when we moved into the house. Rather than start anew, we decided to rework this 1990's basement and give it a masculine, aquatic feel (read more about the room inspiration here). I am delighted with the way the room came together. I would say it is a fresh, bright, playful spin on traditional decor.
When choosing wall decor, I racked my brain to come up with items that were not only esthetically pleasing, but also reflective of our family. I created a silhouette canvas of each kiddie, while the large chalkboard on the opposite wall features a whale, our elementary school's mascot. Above the love seat hangs a tortoise shell to remind us of the countless turtles we observe during our summers at the lake. And flanking the shell are plates I decoupaged in a fun number print to represent Peanut's love of all things numerical.
Despite my hesitation, the decision to add floor to ceiling drapes reigns supreme. We were completely amazed by how much larger (both in height and length) they made the basement feel. The drapes also unified the mismatch basement windows. And since we would like to have the option of using the basement as space for both kiddie and adult festivities, the full length drapes add a level of sophistication to the room.
Belle's Cedar Closet Clubhouse (more photos here)
Hubby wanted this space to be all & only about the games (read: no frill or fuss). The built-ins function great as a buffet for parties and neatly house my crafting & sewing supplies. The only real decorative elements in the room are the two wall hangings I created to help bring some color and personalization to the room. Since I adorn every other room of the house with my design whims & wishes, it is easy to look the other way when it comes to this room and Hubby's design request or lack-there-of. Plus he is a saint to share his "man cave" with the kiddies.
So there you have it folks, our newly redecorated basement. I would be remiss if I did not send a whole hearted "Thank You" to YiaYia who helped me sew the drapes and pillow covers. So very blessed to have such a loving Mom. Now we can check basement off the list; just in time for Birthday Party season.
Linking Up To:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
February before-and-after at Thrifty Decor Chick
Wow us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here