Monday, February 4, 2013

Basement Reveal


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.

The Playroom




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)


Game Room

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

38 comments:

  1. Love how the playroom came together. Really light and beautiful. Especially the beadboard and wallpaper (is it wallpaper?) above the beadboard. Looks great!

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    1. Yes it is a wallpaper and luckily it was here when we moved in.

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  2. It came together perfectly! I love the silhouettes! Have a blessed week!

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  3. Just beautiful! I couldn't agree more the window treatments really do make the space more cohesive and sophisticated. Just love it!

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    1. Hubby & I were blown away at how much of a difference they made. As soon as they were hung the room felt twice as large.

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  4. Looks much better Amelia! You did a great Job :)
    Dina

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  5. It hardly looks like a basement now! Love the new layout, and I never would have thought full length curtains could make it feel so much different! Can you tackle my basement next?? :)

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    1. Hmmm maybe a fun summer project:) What about the sunroom though?

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  7. You did a beautiful job. Very nice. Karie

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  8. Looks like a basement that they redo on "List It or Love It". Great job!

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  9. What a beautiful basement! So serene! LOVE those silhouettes! Life to the full, Melissa

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  10. Wow. I wish my basement looked this good. Looks great. I am hosting a link party and would love it if you would link up. Thanks.

    http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com

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  11. I love this room. The earth tone beachy colors are very pretty. I am your newest follower.

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    1. Welcome Susan! So glad to have you as a follower.

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  12. How wonderful! This space is a dream for entertaining! You saw to every detail- Great job!
    xo
    Robin

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  13. Great space! Love your colors.

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  14. This is fantastic! I'm so glad I came across your blog!! {through DIY by Design}. I love your home. I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

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    1. Welcome! So glad to have you as a follower

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  15. What a great space for you and your family! I love the drapes, pillows and wonderful chalkboard. Thank you for sharing your pretty room at the Open House party. xx, Sherry

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  16. Absolutely beautiful. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

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  17. This is such a great basement redo. I love the pillows and curtains. The silhouette pictures are also adorable!

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  18. Love your basement! I've been working on ours too and was able get some great ideas from you.

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    1. Suzy,

      When you're done with your basement send me the link. I'd love to see it.
      Best of luck-
      Amelia

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  19. Gorgeous!!! Makes me wish I'd gone with the blue colorway in my basement :-) xo

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  20. I love the colors you chose! It makes it feel much warmer and cozier than your typical basement. Hopped over from Dixie Delights and now I'm off to check out the rest of your blog!

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    1. Hi Sara-
      So glad you stopped over. Hope to see back again!

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  21. I am beginning redecorating my house and love the ideas! I really want to make my basement a fun place to hang out. I want to look adorable but also have functional benefits and maybe even a mini refrigerator!

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  22. Great job! What a fun area - love the silhouettes. Thanks for linking up!

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Thanks so much for taking a minute to share your thoughts with me! I love reading each of them. Have a great one.