Oh my goodness, we are loving our basement. Finishing the basement was our best idea ever, sometimes we don’t have the best ideas! Come take a little tour of the living area, I’m sharing how you can personalize your space.
We’ve never had a basement and never even thought about one. We moved last year and during our home search we saw a couple houses with basements, we were hooked. We wanted one! I’m sure Mr. Refresh was thinking about all the unfinished storage space and I was thinking about how we would finish it, furnish it and have family fun time in it!
Once we decided to hire a contractor, it didn’t take me long to pick out all the finishes. All neutrals, grays and wood tones. I knew that with a beautiful neutral start, we could take the decor in any direction we wanted. He on the other hand said something like; gray this, gray that, I guess it’s all going to be gray. Oh man of little faith.
After adding the main seating, a family and pet friendly sectional with recliners and a lounger – you guessed it that one’s mine! I got busy shopping the house for all things related to Mr. Refresh or his hobbies. Sadly a lot of the pictures and childhood sports trophies have been sitting in a dark corner in the garage for almost a year or more. I pulled them out, dusted them off and placed them around the room. It really started to look like home! I wanted a space that represented us well. If you walk in and look around, you know a little about us just by what you see. He loves flying, I don’t. He loves golfing, I don’t. I use the time when he’s flying and golfing to craft and DIY, it’s a win-win!
Tips for making a new space feel personal:
- Decorate with things that represent your hobbies, get creative with a wall gallery.
- Add personal photos.
- Shop your house, move your personality around, it doesn’t have to stay in one spot.
- Build furniture yourself, you will always have a conversation piece when your friends come over!
- Choose colors that you love, add a statement wall with paint or wood.
- Decorate according to how you will use the space. I really wanted an off-white linen sectional, how long do you think that would stay clean in this space? I knew a leather sofa would cause less drama when the room is filled with chip & dip, kids, dogs and rowdy football watching friends.
This gallery wall represents his love for golf, flying and family. When I saw this Better Homes and Gardens Clock on Walmart.com, I knew it would fit perfectly. This room is rustic, rugged and a little refined. A clock hanging by a rope fits in great.
To add a little color, I used these orange BHG Chenille pillows, that I already had. Being an Auburn graduate a little orange here and there is a must! A cozy heather grey throw is a must for movie night.
Keeping with what I love, horizontal stripes, these BHG Striped curtains are perfect. By ordering them online, I got the 95″ inch length and created a perfect puddle 😉 at $14.44 for a pair it was very affordable to cover all three windows. If you’re looking for longer panels and lots of option check Walmart.com for a large selection of all things Better Homes and Gardens.
This pillow reminds me of Murphy, so soft and curly, they call it the Rosette Plush Pillow. Maybe I should change her name to Rosie 😉
I’m not really calling it a man cave, it is a little more manly than the rest of the house. All the decor choices are things that I love too!
More fun in the basement, you can see the barn wood treatment in the kitchen:
check our tv media cabinet build,