This winter we worked on a Redesign of a basement for a family with two teenage boys. The two rooms have concrete block walls, no windows, and tile floors. The goal of this project was to turn this cold, unfriendly basement of leftover furniture into a space that teenage boys would want to hang out in, and the parents might even enjoy hanging out in as well; all on a pretty strict budget.
The furniture was old and tired and there wasn’t enough seating to accommodate the two boys and lots of their friends.
This room had lots of wasted space!
The owner was ready to take everything to Good Will, but we talked her into recycling several pieces of furniture! With fresh coats of paint and new fabric, they look like new.
This was such a fun project and we hope the boys (and parents) are enjoying their new room!
So often we go into someone’s home and realize that the largest room in the house is not being used at all. It is set up as a “formal living room” and yet there is nothing “formal” about the way most families are living today. So many people have a hard time giving up on having this space designated in their home, and it usually occupies the very largest room. This was the case for a recent client. Their “formal” living room was nothing but a giant hallway. They walked through it every day to get to their master bedroom. Other than that, and piano practice for their middle daughter, I don’t think the room saw any use. It is a beautiful room with great windows and a fireplace. Such a waste not to be used on a daily basis. Here it is before:
So, how do you convince a family of five to start hanging out in their formal living room? For starters, you take down the formal drapes and let the light into the room!
Then, you take down the formal portrait over the fireplace and add… a 60″ flat screen TV!
And THAT gets the husband excited about the room.
We painted the room with a very light neutral. We also went through tons of choices for recovering the couch. It needed to be less formal, more comfortable, and withstand daily use and dogs. Lots of dogs!
The couch was never very comfortable before because the cushions were like cement, not conducive to hanging out and relaxing.
So we had new down cushions made and now they are super comfy!
We only purchased a few new items for the room – two little ottomans on rollers so they can move around, a new leather ottoman which serves as a coffee table that you can put your feet on, and new lamps. Other than that, we reupholstered pieces that our client already had. We moved furniture and artwork around, and edited out several pieces of furniture to create a cleaner, more open feeling.
Here are the before and afters – going from “formal” living room, to “family” room!
We still have finishing touches to go – artwork, accessories, plants, new lamp on piano, etc. but the family has enjoyed their “new room”. And if I wait to post about this room until those are done – I may never post!
We had a blast yesterday doing a last minute staging of a boys’ room. This adorable house in town is going on the market next week but an agent asked to bring her clients to see the property today. In a panic, the owner called us and asked if we could tackle her boys’ room right away. They must have 10,000 Lego pieces and many amazing Lego creations! We had so much fun and hope it helps sell the house!
The most fun part about this staging was the boys’ reaction when they came home from school! We thought they were going to be furious that their prized possessions had been moved or put away. Instead, they were thrilled! For two pre-teen boys to walk around their room noticing all of their things as if for the first time – it was priceless. They kept thanking us and saying how much they loved it. What a fun day!