Our basement family room has stood the test of time. Hard kid use for 15 years. Cream colored carpet that is not longer cream. Couches that have hosted numerous slumber parties and that have become lumpy. A glow stick opened on the carpet that left a permanent stain (grrr Brady) ...you get the picture...this room needed a little attention (visualize this space as I can't find the photos I took of the basement at its worst).
With both kids growing up and away most of the year it was time to reclaim this room and spiffy it up. I wanted carpet as it is a basement and carpet makes it feel a bit cosier. I chose a couple of boring beige carpet samples from the carpet store and then on a whim I grabbed a sample called Peach Sorbet. Peach Sorbet won....Tom even okay-ed it!
You can see a snippet of the carpet here.
I so, so love this carpet color. In addition to new carpet, I ordered a new area rug and a couple of new couches. I also fluffed the room with tons of my vintage finds. I think the family room deserves a tour!
Can you tell I like color? I repainted the bookshelf above in a coral color. It was previously navy blue and had lived in Kate's room, then Ben's room and finally migrated to the basement. My vintage linoleum poster (found at the Alameda Flea Market) fits perfectly in the corner.
Tom wanted an area rug in front of the couch (it protects the rug a bit from wear and we had one there before). I got this polka dot one at Overstock.com. The coffee table was an estate sale find years ago.
Corner table. It does double duty as it has a file cabinet with a round table top under the tablecloth.
I love the new couches. I wish this one was a bit longer, but I made it work. The color is a greeny/blue.
Amy made the Oregon pillow for me as a birthday gift.
My father in law is cactus crazy and gave Tom this cactus. I had to add a vintage twist to it of course.
The self portraits are a favorite. The kids did their own in first grade. My mom had saved one that I did in first grade. The one of Tom, Kate drew. I used to teach a ton of parent art lead classes in elementary school and I led the class on self portraits for Ben's class. Kate being a younger sibling, sat in on the class and drew Tom. (from left to right; me, Ben, Kate and Tom) There is storage in the white cabinets above.
Chalkware floral collection.
And you know how one project leads to another? Next is putting new treads on the stairs and then adding a runner. The stairs look really bad now as Tom has already started that project with some sanding. Post coming when he gets them finished.
Love how colorful and cheerful this room turned out!
Happy, happy, happy day!