Two and a half years ago we had our basement finished for our growing kiddos. You may recall hearing about it because no less than 3 times I have talked about how it's going to be my next big project. Somehow I always get sidetracked, and so it remains……
Enter Linda of Calling It Home, and her One Room Challenge. The ORC is an event in which twenty design bloggers transfrom a room and show their progress over the course of 6 weeks. In addition, Linda has invited the rest of the universe to link up rooms that are in dire need of a makeover in the ORC Linking Party.
Linda has been a great motivator for me this year. In January she started a Pinterest board for project that you've been procrastinating on, and I pinned 8 or 9 pieces of furniture that I wanted to get done. Thanks to that motivation I've managed to cross a bunch of them off the endless to-do list. Now I really need to work on this room, where my kids and their friends hang out all the time.
It is seriously like an insane asylum down there!!!
This space DOES NOT represent my crazy, loud, fun, kooky family AT ALL.
Despite it's lack of any style or decor, this basement space might be my favorite room in the house because 1) it's new!! After redoing every other room in the house, it's so nice to have one space that doesn't need any major cosmetic surgery, 2) the kids can make a huge mess down there and I.DON'T.CARE, and 3) the kids can be wild and crazy and loud, and I don't feel like I need to open a bottle of wine :)
It's definitely the kids' favorite space in the house because 1) I don't yell at them for making a mess or being loud when they're down there, and 2) half of the basement has turned into the greatest KNEE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT SPACE of all time. (Seriously, the fact that my 15 year old son and his friends still want to play knee hockey makes me joyful!!!) That open space is also great for dancing, playing games, or sleep overs.
SO - their request is that I leave that side alone, and don't hang anything breakable on the walls, lest a ball or a knee hockey puck go flying through the air.
There is currently one lonely little 2-seater couch down there, plus the TV console and the TV. THAT'S IT! More furniture is headed that way, but not until we buy new furniture for our living room, so more furnishings are not part of the ORC plan.
What IS the plan??
Brown leather with grey. There's something about this combination I find so warm and cozy.
Charcoal and beige….yum.
And….a BIG DOSE OF PERSONALITY…..
While I typically avoid themed rooms, I love the idea of this recreation room being a filled with photos of places we've traveled to, or hope to travel to - a place to remember our family adventures and to inspire the kids to get out and see the world in the future.
This little plan is completely inspired by our trip to Hawaii last February. We love to travel and talk about where else we'd love to visit someday, and I want the kids to remember all the incredible experiences they've had.
I am so glad to have something to commit to, since I've been thinking on this room for a long, long time and it's time to do something about it! Next week I'll show you my progress.
How about you - do you have a space you need to tackle???