Lake House Basement Family Room
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
So gorgeous! Absolutely love it!! We have a similar basement family room but it’s not half so bright because the builder didn’t put in enough windows. Boo! We tried to have more added last summer but it was too complicated with plumbing/electrical etc. through the walls. It’s so exciting that you got to create your home from scratch, Kelly. You guys must just absolutely love very bit!
HI – I myself have Ektrop sectional and 2 sofas love them, slip covers are the best way to go. With that being said cannot find online or at the ikea store the slip cover option your showing … Are they from Ikea ? Love the linen look of them would be a nice refresh for my family room . Any help would be so appreciated – Thank you ,Donna
Beautiful! The blues and the fresh clean bright white are so uplifting! Sweet deal with the throw pillows too. I love the look. LOL at the Harry Potter closet :)
Absolutely gorgeous and the view is wonderful
I have a large lake house basement that I have been finishing and decorating. I thought I liked it until I saw yours. WOW. I’m ready to redo mine and it isn’t even finished !
Ha I’m sure yours will be beautiful when you are done!
Wow! You have this view upstairs AND downstairs! I love it! A library ladder will be awesome down there! Please show us a photo when you have the ladder. It is all so pretty! I love the pillows too!
I will definitely share the ladder when I get to it! Thanks :)
I loved the sneak peak on the insta. but to see it all…GORGEOUS!
I love how bright the whole space is. Super stylish yet real..
I just love your whole house!!!
Thanks for coming over to visit from Insta :)
Love your blog, love your taste. your basement looks very much like my sunporch addition we put on last year. i have been looking for a white, slipcovered sofa and keep going back to the ectorp sofa from Ikea. it actually has really good reviews so i think a road trip is in order, as soon as weather permits– we got a foot of snow today. thanks so much for helping me make this decision! Wishing you much happiness in your beautiful home.
It is hard to find a good slipcovered white sofa but we have been really happy with this one from Ikea especially for the price point. Happy road tripping!
Gorgeous!!!! Just ordered your beads from Target!!!
Yay, they are so cute!
I actually love the blue carpet. I would invest in a carpet sweeper (the cheap manual kind) and make it a daily kid chore like sweeping the kitchen floor. I used to work at a clothing store where the high school kids would argue over who got to “Hoky” that day.lol!
That’s a good idea, they do love to vacuum and one of their jobs is to vacuum down here on Saturday mornings.
When I saw your IG post, I was looking forward to this blog post. The room looks amazing with the beautiful colors and amazing light! Our basement playroom has NO natural light so I am so envious of your gorgeous view! Your kids must be loving that space!
Thanks Shelley, I do feel so grateful for all the south facing windows in this house. Especially in winter!
This looks amazing. Love the idea of inset carpeting. What brand/style did you use for the inset carpeting?
Eek, I can’t find the carpet sample anymore so I’m not sure of the brand I apologize!
Please Kelly, I need that rug, please help even if it’s just the brand – Thank you so much!
Here’s the link! https://rstyle.me/n/dk5ed2b6kv7
If I had had a ‘basement’ like this when I was a kid in our little brick bungalow in Chicago, I would have thought I’d died and gone to heaven, lol! What a glorious, well-designed space! Nowadays, everybody expects to see a big, black TV screen in a room like this but if it doesn’t stick out too far from the wall, you could install cute, sliding barn doors to conceal it when it’s not being viewed. :-)
Unfortunately it sticks out too far but I think my kids would probably ruin the sliding doors anyway ha :)
I would also like to know where you got your slipcover for your ektorp sectional?? It looks like a linen cover. It all looks beautiful!! i want to see so much more from you but I
know you need to put God, husband and family ahead of us:)
It’s just from Ikea, it’s their more expensive slipcover option. I bought it a few years ago but I think it’s still available?
Such a wonderful space! I would love to know the blue color on the wet bar.
It’s Newburyport Blue :)
Love the blue cabinet hardware. Where did you find those pieces?
That’s from a local hardware store I don’t know the brand sorry!
Love your bright room and the blue and white color scheme. Where did you find the runner for your stairs?
It’s Shaw carpeting
I love this room! So bright and fresh. I like the ikea chair and have been looking at that new line. Are your slip covers from ikea as well? They look so different from mine, and your cushions look more fluffy. If they are ikea, can you share what style or name the slip covers are? Thank you! And love your insta feed too!!
The slipcovers are from Ikea they are the more expensive option. I think they still have them? They are a few years old now.
You can get custom slipcovers that fit the ikea sofas. Bemz is the company name.
What a great space. I love a basement that has natural light coming in. I’ve been thinking of an IKEA sofa for my basement as well. You can’t beat the price. Do you remember what style your sectional is?The Swedish names or difficult! Also in an effort to declutter and simplify my life, I’ve donated many books that have no meaning to me. Sort of wishing I had more around now! I have a large bookcase like this that now seems sort of empty.
I thinks it’s the Ektorp? It’s a few years old now. Books are the one thing I always hang on to, because I love to lend them out.
Hi! What a beautiful room! Is the cabinet the same color as your bathroom vanity? I love it!
No this is Newburyport blue
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