04 January 2010

down under

you might think from the title of this post that it would be about australia. oh how i wish! because i would bet that it is warmer in australia today than the 1 degree we have in kansas city currently. yes, one. they say the high today will be 10. but enough of the weather, let's get on with my photos shall we? i am finally posting photos of our basement remodel.

with the cold temps we have been hunkering down in the basement a lot. we love it down there. there are areas for all of us to enjoy, but mostly we end up at the game table playing a family game.

we do not have many windows in our basement, so natural light is at a minimum. because of that i kept the color (yes, white is a color!) light and it made a huge difference. the basement also resembles the same decor as the upstairs, making the transition feel like you are not in a basement at all. i plan to add some large b&w photos of the boys on that wall shelf. and for those that have been asking: my sectional is from ikea, and yes! i love it. ;)

big huge clock = big huge statement. i debated to put this clock up...it is huge and the ceilings are all of 7 feet and a few inches. but i am so glad that i did. it is a bit unexpected and i like that it is round because everything else seems so square or rectangle.

the boys (and me too!) love the art area. we create here all the time with paper, drawing, legos, playdough, etc. i love the small table that i found years ago at a garage sale.

this view shows the messy kid area in the background. home to a million thomas the train pieces. it also has a closet that holds other toys out of sight. and the game table that we use for family game night.

the bar in its final resting place. we had this made when we lived overseas and shipped it back with us. it had been pushed to the side of the unfinished basement and topped with all kind of things. my husband is thrilled to have it usable again and just in time...for football season.

i found three of these wood signs at a garage sale. they are actually ends from a whisky crate. i bought them with the intention of hanging them on a wall in the bar area. but i really wanted to not fill every wall and one day i thought of this. three bar stools + three wood signs = three pretty cool bar stools. i still need to recover the bar stool seats....i really should finish up that 2009 project list.

the WC. love how this area turned out. an old heavy pedestal sink i found on craigs list makes a big statement in the room. even the plumber said "you didn't get this at home depot". old, heavy and re glazed it was exactly what i wanted for this room.

and still another project ... getting the shower curtain made. we also have an office space downstairs and threw a murphy bed up on the wall. this bathroom will be a guest bathroom when we have guests.
thanks for visiting today, i hope you enjoyed the tour of our last big project for awhile. that money tree in the backyard needs to grow some more! ;)


Anonymous said...

I love your new space. My basement is finished and on my to do list. It's all hodge podge furniture and TOYS. Lot's of toys. We have a art area too. Where did you get the sectional? Love it! Thanks for inspiring! Oh, the bar stools are great. My brothers name is Haig. After, Haig and Haig scotch. I bought him an old crate a few years back. Enjoy your new space. lol, Gretchen

kathi hardin ~ traybella said...

thanks for your comment gretchen!
the sectional is from IKEA.

Kasey said...

i thought for sure you were going to tell me that you had moved to the warm country of Austalia and were here just to rub it in;-)
need any slipcovers for that sectional??

Adla said...

Stunning new space down under. Love the neutral colour choice :)

Oliver's said...

This basement would make Candace Olsen jealous...it actually looks like one of her makeovers. My all time favorite is the bar stools made from the whiskey crates...you should send that one in to Southern Living! Thanks for sharing, Paula

heather said...

looks great! love the bar area and that big sectional!

heather said...

oh yeah-love the bathrrom floor and sink, too!

It'll Be Fine said...

I've been contemplating a trip to IKEA for a white slipcovered sofa. Just wondering... do you do the trip or the delivery service?

Fabulously french said...

I adore your new space, it looks gorgeous. Those bar stools are so unusual, I may just have to give this a try with some wine boxes.

A bientot,


Room to Inspire said...

Your basement looks fabulous. I am so glad I found your lovely blog. I will be following it right away!


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