We are nearing the final design stages of my latest client project: a rustic farmhouse-inspired basement that is elegantly wearing three hats: family room/ playroom/ and office.
The space was divided by arranging the sofa and television-watching area so that the office and playroom are still integrated, but are each separate spaces. Now it's time for the fun part: shopping and decorating!
My client, Michelle, loves to recycle and repurpose things, and she is planning to build some of her own pieces for this room (LOVE it!). I'll share examples of what will complete the space here, in case you're not quite as handy.
For your reference, here is the original Design Scheme for the room. A vintage Coca-Cola sign, and an existing red wall in the stairwell served as the inspiration for the design. Tan and navy are the core colors in the room, and red accents will pull it all together.
Behind the leather sectional sofa in the room, we are installing a tall, narrow, pub table with barstools. This will tie the space together, keeping the social flow of the large room, while allowing the sectional to create defined spaces for different purposes. Michelle's father will likely build her this table, but here is my favorite example and different barstools that would go in the space:
Linen pillow covers and cozy blankets will soften the dark leather couch and keep the color scheme consistent through the spaces. A crate or basket filled with blankets next to the couch is a great way to make the space inviting and cozy! Michelle has a blanket ladder that will also be a great home for everyone's favorite movie blanket.
The office space will be anchored by a large industrial desk. A supportive (and handsome!) tufted office chair is stylish but very functional. A tall coordinating bookcase brings visual height to the office area. Coordinating pieces are a great investment because they will move easily with you and work together in other homes.
The play area connects the office and living spaces. I like that aspect of this design because Mom, Dad, and kids can all be enjoying the space together, but doing different things without competing for attention or space. The vintage Coca-Cola sign that has inspired this design will also help tie in toy storage pieces that often come in primary colors. By adding some more sophisticated accessories to the play area, the kid space will flow seamlessly with the rest of the basement!
I'm so excited for this basement installation. Stay tuned for final pictures of the completed space.
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