Home Inspirations

Basement Makeover

I think everyone knows what it’s like to be “20 something” and just starting out. You are moving out on your own (not a dorm but a REAL apartment or REAL house) and you are starting out in your career. Which means (especially now a days) you are running on very little cash – this is because you are paying all your bills AND you are trying to fix up your new digs ๐Ÿ™‚ I got a request from someone just like myself that is “starting out” in their new home. They just moved in and are trying to re-do an older home all at once. This makes things especially hard because you are having to fix up an entire house all at the same time. So they have asked for a couple suggestions for their basement…… I think they have a great starting point (no walls to rip down, they can manage with the floor and it’s a reasonable size).

I think this basement needs two things – to be Lighter & Brighter!!

Here are my thoughts for paint….

Here is the bright white wainscoting & gray walls….

http://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?photoId=5815&relatedPhotoId=30443&index=2

Let’s start with the basics. They have laminate flooring which they want to remove and replace with carpet. However, from the pictures it doesn’t look all that bad so I would save some money and not replace the floor and just put down a really nice & natural area rug.

Something along the lines of this from pottery barn…

http://www.potterybarn.com/products/solid-sisal-rug-linen/?pkey=ceight-by-ten-rug-affordable

And here is the staircase, I suggest to paint all the trim & railing white – kind of like below…..

And the door to the laundry room REALLY needs some TLC. I have two ideas for this – One being let’s paint it ๐Ÿ™‚ and the second being let’s replace it with either a really fun fabric as a curtain OR a new door!

Home Depot has a nice Bi-fold Saddle Door for $57

And here is a little inspiration for the room…

Here’s a few things that will brighten up the space….

  1. ย Strip Throw http://www.westelm.com
  2. Porcelain Hurricane Lights http://www.westelm.com
  3. Free Trade Pouf http://www.urbanoutfitters.com
  4. Bookcase http://www.ikea.com
  5. Glass Jar Pendants http://www.westelm.com

They have some things to start with such as Couch, Tv stand & coffee table – but to fill the rest of the room IKEA is a great place to get furniture & Accessories that are nice AND cheap!!!

Side Table $10

Comfy Chair that multiple pieces turn into a couch! $250

Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚ Excited to see the finished product!!!

KT, XOX

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