Aside from the guest room, the whole basement is my husband’s domain. It’s spacious with room for exercise equipment, a TV lounge, and music makers like amps and guitars and drums.
When we first bought the house, my husband did not fell like much needed to be done to the space to make it his own. He wanted to replace the built-ins with a new one but leave the fireplace. It took a little convincing, but I told him I thought we could do better than the faux stone.
We added a soffit, wood-clad ceiling, new built-ins, grasscloth, and a new fireplace surround from the leftover marble tiles from our kitchen remodel in the last house.
While the basement is still quite spare, until recently it only had a table and a leftover sofa. Our dream sofa was a sectional and leather and mucho dinero…therefore, low on the priority list. But I kept my eye on the local Restoration Hardware Outlet store, hoping for a good deal. Then, one lucky day earlier this spring, while my husband was away on a business trip, the outlet store had a prospect for me. It wasn’t leather, but it was a slipcovered gray linen sectional, and it was 75% off. A very good prospect! And, with my husband out of town…this seems like a perfect time to do a little surprise design.
I bought the sectional and threw in a leather ottoman from the outlet, too…happy to get some leather in the mix. I rush ordered a rug to be bound at Myer’s Carpet and bought a pile of ready-made pillows from Designs by Sudi. A few accent tables I had floating around the house fit perfectly, and, bam, it wasn’t completed but was changed enough for a big surprise when he returned from his trip. (I did this before with a huge makeover to his office while he was on a trip…it’s a wonder that he still trusts me.)
He loves it, whew! And, we’ll have fun creating the artwork for the walls. He has some favorite album covers picked out, and we’ll do something with the photos we take at all the concerts he takes me to throughout the year. Since I don’t encourage him to quit his day job to be a rocker, he can at least live the fantasy in the lounge.
Opposite the TV lounge is a kitchen area that I haven’t done much to. We painted the existing cabinets, added a fridge, and replaced the countertops with a remnant piece of Alabama White marble.
In between the kitchen and the TV lounge is a gulf of space that we hope to put a large rug and black pingpong table. It is a basement, after all.
I’m still hoping for a pretty piano in the alcove to the left–to replace the ugly electric keyboard the kids use for their piano lessons. Still lots to be done, but I’m so happy to have the TV area cozy now.
I’ll be back soon with an update on the kitchen…the island sculpture light is almost finished. Can’t wait! See you all on Instagram in the meantime!