One Room Challenge | Basement REVEAL!

Rock me, Amadeus, it’s here!  Let me take you on a tour of our newly-designed One Room Challenge basement level.  This part of our house serves mainly as my husband’s hangout area, with space for movie watching, video games, exercise, and practicing guitar.  He lives for music and we took inspiration from his passion for the design.

A collection of concert posters, concert photos we’ve taken, and art hang on the red wall as you enter the basement from the stairs.
I opted to cluster the art in one place and then paint a mural on the length of the hall…painting the baseboards, also, to encapsulate the hallway with color.  The trumpet lights from Hayneedle replace boring can lights and give a moody glow to the long space.

From the hallway you enter a large room that contains the kitchenette, music space, and extra empty floor space to do our exercise videos.  This is also the only area that has natural light from windows and glass doors.  I am in love with these comfortable yellow chairs from The Mine!  The chairs are available in more colors, too.

Rug and plant stand from Home Goods

Using a portion of the existing cabinets that were in the house when we bought it, we added a refrigerator and new countertop upon move-in.  It sat like that for the last four years until this ORC.  Chris who is a carpenter and all-around Do It All kind of person, built the new oak cabinet and oak shelving over the last 6 weeks.  I painted the wall Benjamin Moore Summer Nights to match the cabinets and create a seamless effect between the two.  Rather than two separate floating shelves, I decided to do a box version instead…I love it!

Here is the before:The table with the Platner-esque base was the first purchase for the ORC.  My designer friend Jennifer found it at the Lakewood 400 antique market in Cumming, Georgia, and posted it on her Instagram stories.  I saw it and knew it would be perfect for this kitchen area.The kitchen backsplash and countertop is Alabama White marble–a remnant I found at an Atlanta stone yard for a great price.  The backsplash is 12″ tall.

White vases from West Elm, vintage glasses, snack bowls from Target, pedestal bowl and lemon bowl from Home Goods

Since this is the lightly-used basement kitchen, I do not need the top shelf for extra dishes so I use it for displaying art.  Here is a favorite Martin Sumers watercolor from art dealer Gillian Bryce with a painting by my son and a maze painting by Virginia artist Suzy Lindow.When we decided to add the shelf directly on the backsplash, we had to replace the faucet due to it’s height above the marble.  I’m so happy that ORC sponsor Hansgrohe had a low-profile faucet, the Talis S, that would fit here.It is such a pretty and well-made fixture with stream options and pull-out function.The Custom Frame Shop in Tucker, Georgia, did a beautiful job framing the trio of my knot prints.  The prints are 16×20″, but I chose to frame them square.In the corner of the kitchen area is a spot for my husband to play his guitars and rock star it.  To temper some of the strong colors in the basement, I went with as much tone-on-tone as possible, using variations of the blue from the walls for furniture and accessories.  The Jane chair from West Elm is comfy and a chic shape.  The marble-based Pendular globe light from Article helps illuminate his sheet music at night.  And, I love that dash-patterned ceramic stool from The Mine.Opposite the dining area is the TV lounge.   Let’s take a moment to admire that amazing console table that my brother Ron in Texas made for us–I absolutely LOVE it!  The whole comic-dot-Roy-Litchenstein look has me deep.  Ron perforated sheets of aluminum and welded the panels together.  He then DROVE it from Texas to Georgia where I had it powder coated in ivory.

photo by TPHRound blue box from Home Goods, racetrack tray from CB2, all else vintage

The wood art on the wall is by me and 12 feet long.  In a way I feel like I’m going to paint it all blue to recede into the wall, but this is how I originally envisioned it in white, gray, beige, and wood stain.  Or, I really wish the sofa were blue like the walls, but we worked with what we have in the way of a deeply-discounted Restoration Hardware Outlet sectional.  It’s super comfy with its down cushions, but not necessarily the form or color I want now.  But pretty pillows make all better…and a sleek new Timpani round ottoman from Article in Oxford Brown leather.

photo by TPHvintage pottery from Gillian Bryce | photo by TPH

Arianna Belle provided the yellow velvet pillows (she has velvets in all colors).  Designs by Sudi used the luxe white Orapa dot fabric from Stroheim to make fluffy square and round pillows.

photo by TPH

By the fireplace is a sculptural chair from The Mine, inspired by Hans J. Wegner’s classic shell chair.  The bowl and mixed media painting are from Gillian Bryce.  Ceramic table is from Home Goods.  Cushy floor pillow is from ORC sponsor Pom Pom at Home.The fireplace used to be covered in cultured stone…the before:

We replaced it with 6×12″ Alabama White marble tiles and added the trim molding around the marble.

Basket from Article | photo by TPH

In between the lounge and kitchen area is an open space for us to exercise, sweating to the oldies.

photo by TPH

This open space is adjacent to the hallway alcove.  I originally wanted an upright piano to put here for the kids–but with piano lesson days not stretching far into the future, I decided to pass on the expense and effort to move such a beast. Instead we acquired this gorgeous painting from vintage dealer Susie Quillin.  The hall table can double as a game table when the kids’ friends are over.
The alcove gets cozy thanks to blue grasscloth on the walls and painted stripes on the floor.  The chandelier is vintage, from City Issue in Atlanta.

photo by TPH

I found the base of the table at Tobacco Barn Antiques in Asheville, North Carolina.  It was in bad shape so I had it powder coated.  When the countertop fabricators were out for our bathroom, they also cut a piece of granite for the tabletop.

Candlesticks from Crate & Barrel (no longer available), red-footed bowl from Gillian Bryce, yellow bowl from Queen of Hearts Antique Mall | photo by TPH

On the right side of the alcove is a doorway to the guest suite.  Basements often have awkward layouts and ours in no exception.  The entrance to the guest room is a long hallway that also contains the guest closet.  I love, love how the new Crystorama drum lighting creates drama in what was a boring space.  The Alston chandelier is part of Brian Patrick Flynn’s line with Crystorama.

Vintage chairs from Antiques & Beyond, lamp from Restoration Hardware Outlet, tray from Home Goods, mirror from Savvy Snoot, rug from ESaleRugs.

The talented folks at New Again Upholstery nailed it with this custom upholstered console table.  I love the softness of the curves and fabric and how the whole piece adds a color block to the space.  The fabric is from Stroheim, Hampton Texture in Strawberry.

Pillow in Schumacher V-Step fabric

To the left of the alcove is the powder room bathroom.  I’m in love with how it turned out!  Deep red Incarnadine from Farrow & Ball makes the ultimate statement.  Chris was impressed with the paint application, saying it nearly paints itself.  Chris also applied the molding on the walls and made the sink cabinet. The massive mirror/backsplash granite piece turned out just like I wanted!   One slab of Black Absolute granite dramatically stretches from sink to ceiling.  And, take a look at that ceiling–Origami from Milton & King covers the fifth wall for a fun detail. My husband’s album cover art collection hangs in here and has room to expand.  The Hansgrohe Talis S faucet simply turns on with the push of the top button–so easy!I couldn’t have done this whole project without expert help from Chris.  He made furniture (like this awesome pantry cabinet), painted, installed lights and plumbing, and a million other things–thank you, thank you, Chris!Thank you also to Christina Wedge for tackling the challenges of dark basement photography.  Most of the images here are hers–all the good ones!

Thank you so much to Linda of Calling It Home for inviting me to participate this fall–such a fun and rewarding experience!  I needed the kick in the pants to get this space finished.

The sponsors, wow, so much generosity–thank you!  Here is the complete list of ORC sponsors:


Treat yourself to lots of beautiful room reveals today with my fellow ORC champs:

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha   

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC 

Tomorrow brings even more reveals with the ORC Guest Participants!



  1. Sherry Blehm says:

    This is unbelievably beautiful. Love the vibrant colors. Attention to detail is awesome!

  2. Wow!! Angela! Absolutely amazing. Where to start? The red powder room, the yellow chairs against the blue cabinetry, your art collection, your brother’s console, the entry way with the game table for the kids, each hallway. Truly spectacular!! So original, awesome and rockstar!! Happy your husband has such a cool space!

  3. Kimberly says:

    OH MY GOODNESS, ANGELA!! SPECTACULAR!!!! I love every single thing you do and this is no different. You have (somehow) topped yourself with this basement update!!! What a gorgeous, original, energizing, and simply beautiful space. It’s so exuberant and still so well balanced, deliberate, and sophisticated. I really love the new pantry cabinet and how it mimics your outdoor cabinets. What great continuity. The round mirrors, black counter tops that extend up the walls are also awesome touches tying the two bathrooms together…is the blue bathroom through the other door in the alcove or off the family room space? I wish we could see a floor plan to fit all these spaces together 🙂 Also I assume the red bed and the painted floral guestroom is near the red bathroom and consul table? Love, love, love that suite!!!!

  4. Swati says:

    The space looks beautiful. My favorite is the oversized art in the alcove. It fits in there like it was custom made for that space. And your contractor did a fantastic job. Are you able to share his contact details for other locals that may want to use his services?

  5. Angela!!! This is so beautiful, so chic and so you!!! You have such great style and it all comes so beautifully together here. I love all the details and the whole overall design. I especially love the long wood piece you did on top of the sofa…and that kitchen!!! COngrats!! You can tell you worked so hard, but what a fabulous result!!!

  6. Ah!!! Every picture had me excited for something new! The box shelf over the sink, genius, the red bathroom, yes please, the console tables…girl, you are amazing! You know I love what you do and it’s always fun to see you work your magic on an entire space.

  7. OMG Angela, this basement, space is the coolest space I’ve ever seen (apart from your fab living/family room of course)! Anyone can tell, an artist lives here. Love all the details and art everywhere, your use of bold colors is just fantastic! Truly amazed and in awe of your talent!

  8. Love love love love the color!!! Great work!

  9. Latonia Grant says:

    I love the red powder room. Do you mind sharing where the album cover frames are from?

  10. OBSESSED with your style. Oh my goodness, I think I pinned every single photo. LOVE!

  11. Shazam. No. Really. Spectacular. Favorites…the alcove and the black granite bathroom situation. Amazing.

  12. This is filled with such creativity and originality. Does not look like anything else out there. FANTASTIC!!!!

  13. Amazing! Stupendous!!! Love. It.

  14. Errrrmerrrrgerrrrrd! Wow, it’s so good. I really can’t get over this space. It belongs in Elle Decor, or the like.

    My mother is from the town (Sylacauga) where the Alabama marble is quarried. It’s a beautiful stone, and love how you brought it up as a backsplash.

  15. Amazing work….Loved it. The points you are listed above, really appreciable and will can come really handy in the future.

  16. Love, love, love the colors! Love the style, too. The space is decorated to perfection. Congrats and enjoy! ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

  17. Amazing! I don’t have much color in my house, but I love every bit in yours. Everything is perfection. Great inspiration for more people to use color without fear; it’s so easy to default to the neutral and avoid saturated colors.

  18. What an amazing transformation! I love how original this feels. You did a spectacular job and all of your choices work with your space. Great job. Hope you are relaxing and watching a move.

  19. Insane! I really don’t know how you dream this up, it’s so good! I’d love to see a video tour to see the layout a little better. Anyway…well done!

  20. Gurl……you are all that! I love how cool and hip this space is….so “Angela”…hahaha Such a good job and this coming from a “neutral gal”! There is like a surprise at every corner! Perfection.

  21. Viva la blue…what a fun basement…happy music making!

  22. This is an amazing design! It’s hard to believe that this is a basement. I love your bold use of color!

  23. Very creative! I love the pattern you painted in the first photo of the hallway. You introduced the colours as people would walk in and then incorporated them into the rest of the house. Great idea. It makes each room connect!

  24. good post

  25. Designer knows the color palette so well. Very intelligent use of space <3

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