Hosting a giveaway this spring was a fun way for me to say thanks for supporting the start of my business and to share some design love! I couldn't have been happier with how things turned out, especially because it gave me the chance to meet and work with Nicole. She was amazing to work with and really made my job feel easy!
Nicole's house looked pretty put together already, but she decided she wanted to use the room refresh for her basement family room. Basements... we love the extra space, but sometimes they can just feel like an afterthought, usually with all the furniture and decorations that didn't have a place anywhere else in the house! This basement was a generous size, with a good neutral base of paint, carpet, and furniture. Nicole was looking to add a little warmth and color to the space, along with some solutions for toy storage.
These before pictures really don't convey the size of the room, but they do show what we started with. When working with brown or tan walls and furniture, I like to stay away from reds or yellows -- because those are all "warm" colors, using those accents colors can feel heavy and dated. If you have a lot of brown, shades of blues and greens will freshen up your space because they are "cool" colors.
Here's the design board we started with:
Along with the design boards, I always send a detailed list of ideas and recommendations for how to implement the design. I'm also available to advise on hanging pictures and accesorizing. But like I said, Nicole made my job easy: we talked about where to hang things, and she did all the styling!
Basements are hard to photograph, but you can't have a design post without "after" pictures!
Because there was so much floor space in the seating area when the couch was against the wall, I suggested pulling the couch forward just enough to put a console table behind it, but there was so much extra space that there was enough room for a walkway between the couch and table. The result is a much more cozy seating space. Furniture doesn't always have to be pushed up against a wall!
One option for storage was a tall armoire, but Nicole liked the idea of something smaller, so we found this inexpensive option (it was a buffet, I think!) that works perfectly for storing games. The glass doors weren't ideal for hiding clutter, so I suggested covering the glass with fabric or paper. Instantly customized!
The design board included options for an area rug, ottoman coffee table, and barstools, but Nicole decided to wait on those items. That's the great thing about having a design plan -- you can start small and add more pieces later because when you do you already know what to look for and what will look good together. And sometimes the small things are enough to make a big difference! Especially if your furniture feels a little worn or dated, never underestimate the power of a few throw pillows!
The paisley pillows from the design board came from Etsy, a great resource, and the others I found at my favorite home stores. All the other small touches were a combination of a few new items and things Nicole already had. She had such a great assortment of things to work with!
The most important thing: Nicole and her family are so happy with their space! I was thrilled to get a chance to show how important furniture arrangement can be and how some small touches (pillows, pictures, and COLOR!) can bring warmth and personality to a room!