So, I’ve decided I missed my calling as a contestant on Super Market Sweep. Last week, my daughter had an ortho appointment and I was 10 minutes early by some miracle. Target just happens to be right next door to the orthodontist, so I decided to “just browse’ for 10 minutes. Cue my crazy fast walk through the throw pillow aisle frantically grabbing all the cute blue pillows. 7 minutes later, I was all checked out (self checkout no less), five perfect throw pillows in hand, and bonus, all on sale! 7 minutes, 5 throw pillows, and under $100. I pretty much felt like the other moms should have high fived me as I triumphantly fist pumped my way out of Target (or I would have if I wasn’t carrying massive bags of pillows).
Maybe I should back up and say I’m finally sharing our lake house basement family room today!
I’ve had so many questions about how our house looks so clean with kids and it’s because they have their own kid zone downstairs. This room is located right below our upstairs living room, so it has the same pretty lake view just on the lower level. I’ll have to reshoot this room in the summer so you can see how pretty the water is when it’s not frozen.
I apologize for the photo overload, but this is a large space with a lot going on and I couldn’t figure out a good way to break this down into two posts.
Kind of like the last house, this more kid friendly space is my Everest. If you remember the many, many forms of the playroom at our old house, you will know what I’m talking about. For some reason I struggle to decorate spaces that are supposed to be more kid friendly, mainly because kid friendly tends to mean practical and that’s just not my strong suit…
I don’t have this room 100 percent done, but I thought I would show you where we are at today at least.
This is our main TV watching hang out spot (it even survived bbq meatballs this weekend from the Super Bowl!) hence the massive TV on the wall. Which is kind of made less obnoxious with the little set in skinny lap detail we added.
You may think white furniture in a kids space, really? While it may not seem practical, it is all from Ikea. So, (a) it’s slipcovered and I can throw it in the wash all the time, and (b) it was inexpensive, so when they are eventually trashed beyond repair in a several years, I won’t feel so bad trading them in.
My one nod to practicality that I’m not sure worked out for me is this dark blueish grey (and to be honest it’s a lot more on the blue side than I anticipated) carpet down here. We did the inset carpet thing like we did in our last house, because we didn’t want carpet right up to the slider doors off the lake to get soggy with wet feet and we also didn’t want carpet by the wet bar.
My kiddos still hang out on the floor and play legos, so I wanted some soft carpet down here and the inset seemed to make the most sense. I thought the blue would hide all spills and be kind of a fun punch of color in a kids space…and it has hidden juice spills and marker scribbles, BUT it also shows every stinking crumb and fuzzy! Which is easy to vacuum up, but I guess what I’m saying is there is no winning! :)
I layered in this jute/denim rug, which hides some of the crumb situation. Plus it just kind of anchors the furniture in the sitting area portion of the room.
This ottoman was a great find from Wayfair (I’ll link it below) it’s perfect for us all to put our feet up on and it opens up for extra toy storage.
This table back here was a $40 thrift store find that I painted white. This is the craft table that is constantly covered in hot glue, melted crayons, and perler beads so when it get’s really bad I just sand it down a bit and add another coat of paint.
You can see the wetbar back there behind the couch, which I’ll talk more about that in an upcoming post.
We added these bookshelves last minute when our cabinet maker was building all the other cabinets, and I’m so glad we did. They fill up this massive wall and I absolutely love books and am constantly adding to the collection. I still want to add a library ladder like we had in our last house.
Ok, last you may be saying, kid zone?! Where is the kid stuff? Just like in our last house I put in some massive closets to hide all the clutter and toys –
Oh and truth be told 99% of the time our kiddos are hanging out in the Harry Potter closet/discarded pillow land/blanket storage under the stairs – I had grand ideas of making a fun book nook down here but they love to use their imaginations and change it around all the time. It has been a candy store, a library, a restaurant – you name it.
So, there you go! I would still like to hang a few more things on the walls and style the bookshelves a bit more, but we love hanging out down here and it doesn’t feel like a basement at all.
SOURCE LIST – You can click on the bold words below to take you to the exact links or scroll through the images and click on the image too. (contains affiliate links)
Wall Color – Agreeable Grey by Sherwin Williams
Trim Color – Extra White by Sherwin Williams
Couch and Chair – Ikea
Ottoman – Wayfair
Ottoman Tray – Wayfair
Dragonfly accessory – Target
Sofa table – Wayfair
Sofa Table baskets – HomeGoods
Sofa table metal tray – Target
Wood beads – Target
Candle – Target (can’t find them online but they are so cute and come in different patterns)
Fiddle Fig basket – Target
Table and chairs – Thrift store
Navy Pillow – Target
White Navy sprinkle pillow – Target (can’t find a link so I think it’s sold out online)
Textured Geo Blue pillow –Target
Striped Pillow – Target
Patterned Navy Pillow – Target
Rug – Wayfair
Throw blanket – H&M
Wood Floors – Build Direct Vanier Engineered White Oak in the color Robin
Stair carpet – Shaw Tuftex Herringbone carpet