Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Before & After: Basement Family Room

This post is a long-time coming... but, now that I have a tripod, I was finally able to get some decent photos of the basement that we renovated over a year ago. 

Although the basement was technically "finished" when we bought the house, it was in pretty sad shape - linoleum tile floors, zero insulation, surface-mounted electrical outlets and switches, water stained walls, etc. 

This was our basement, before:

Here it was, during:

And, here it is after:

Chair and ottoman are vintage Oberman (Craigslist); floor lamp is from Target; green chest is vintage Broyhill (estate sale); AINA curtains, shades and curtain rods are IKEA; silver tray is West Elm; vase is Kate Spade (with silver spray-painted branches); elephant is another estate sale find (blogged about here).

Orson sectional sleeper sofa is Room & Board; zebra print from IKEA (blogged about here); buddha head from Home Goods; side tables are vintage estate sale purchases; ming benches (Craigslist) were painted white and recovered in chevron fabric (blogged about here); elephant plate from World Market (blogged about here); white lamp is from Old Lucketts Store; yellow AINA pillow covers from IKEA; other pillows made by me (Waverly cross section and small talk); throw blanket by Marlo Lorenz via One Kings Lane.

Paint color is BM shoreline.

White media console is from CB2's go-cart collection.

Light fixtures are Mulberry flushmount by 2Thousand Degrees. 

The drumset in the back is the newest addition to the room - also a Craigslist purchase!

And, just to keep it real... this is what the room looks like right now:

This was a big investment for us, but we are really happy to have the extra space - especially because it allows our family and friends to stay with us (comfortably) when they visit.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!


  1. The basement looks great! I love the funky 70's vibe and all the vintage finds. I know you'll love having a space like that for your kids to hang out in with friends as they get a little older.
    Well done!

  2. You have a great eye for vintage finds and a knack for styling those items in a fresh way.

    I love the accessories, especially the elephant statue (I also collect ele's since childhood), the buddha head (zen and a drumset, who knew?), and the zebra print over the sofa. Great zebra ... the angle of the photo at first primarily shows the pattern, but when you look at it for a moment, there's the eye ... clever photograph.

  3. Looks terrific, great job!

  4. Thank you! I had fun going in a more mod direction from the rest of the house!

  5. We were lucky enough to spend the night a few weeks ago and test it out - we had a fabulous visit and were very comfortable and cozy - even out baby slept well! It looks GREAT - Alicia did a great job. It's the perfect combination of vintage and modern and feels like a cool grown-up hangout.

  6. WOW! I love the basement. Love, love it. The gold curtains really bring it together -- and the light fixtures are neutral, warm and timeless. . I think I might own the same couch?


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