Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Other Side of My Personality

This is the side of my decorating personality I have shown you till now…

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When it boils down to it, I am a pretty traditional girl, with some vintage and rustic elements thrown in.  Subtle colors, except for the Reds of Christmas.

Two summers ago we were able to finish our basement.  The best part of it was that it was found space for us.  In the past, we have had flooding in our basement on several occasions.  We never thought it would be an option.  With some advice from my Dad and some expertise of a good friend of ours, we were able to fix the water issue.

This area also gave us a haven when the rest of our house was being renovated.  I promise, after the Holidays are over, I will show all the before and afters of our home.

So, back to the basement.  I have a love of barn wood, rough hewn lumber and rustic elements mixed with modern accents.  That is the approach I took in our basement.  However, I also kept in mind that this needed to be a fun space that my kids would really enjoy.  In the shifting of the uses of rooms in our house, this became their play and craft space.

So here is our basement all decked out for Christmas…

When you first go down the stairs, we have an art gallery of our girl’s artwork.

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This is on the shelf on the bottom of the stairs.  I gave more information on this maple bucket here.

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At the bottom of the stairs is the Ballard Inspired ornament tree I told about here.

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And then we have our fun white and colorful tree that I posted about here.

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This is a bigger view of the room.  The TV cabinet and white shelves are from Ikea.  All of the throw pillows are from Etsy.  The orange chair is vintage and the bench is from a yard sale.

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The railing going down the stairs is made from rough hewn lumber and LOTS of coats of wax.  I absolutely love how the wax brings out the saw marks on the wood.

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This is the view looking into the room, towards the more adult side, the bar.

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Along the side wall are some beautiful photographs also purchased through this shop on Etsy. 

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Another maple bucket and all of the canning jars are vintage Lighting jars with the Putnam stamp on the bottom.

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Speaking of the bar, I LOVE our bar.  The wood is so beautiful!  It is the same rough hewn lumber that was used on the railing.  Our contractor did build the bar, but based on our design.  The top finish, we did, and it was a TON of work.  If we had decided before the boards were put on that we were going to do a pour on resin finish, we would have had the boards glued down.  Instead, the resin kept running through the cracks making it a million times more challenging.  The finish is not perfect, there are a few cracks, but we love it, especially because you can still see the texture of the wood through it.  Can you tell that I LOVE this wood!

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I found these fun stockings at the Christmas Tree Shop and they were exactly what I was looking for, I was so happy when I found them.

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We used reclaimed barn wood to cover the beams.  We also have a pink chalkboard area on the way here.  Inside that closet are their toys.

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This is the “kid” area.  The white cabinet on the right is their craft stuff, the white cabinet on the left is my crafts.  My crafts, however, have outgrown that cabinet and now are in my workroom.  The door on the right is to the workroom.

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This is over their desk and is two crates from a local orchard.  For the record, I did this before Pottery Barn came out with their version.

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This cabinet use to be in our dining room.  When we redid it, there really wasn’t a place for it and I was trying to figure out where to put it.  While we were doing renovations, we put it down here.  Now, I really like it there and think it is just quirky enough to fit in. 

The orange and green painting of Bailey was done by our friend’s very talented daughter.

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The group of three prints are from this Etsy shop.

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Here are a few more shots of the rest of the room..

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The NH Maple Syrup sign my dear friend Kathy found at Brimfield for me.  My husband grew up on a New Hampshire dairy farm.  Growing up and still today, his family made maple syrup so she knew it would be perfect for us.

Please ignore the wire coming out of the window, long story.

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These beautiful photographs are from my talented cousin, Greg Amend.  You can find his paintings and photographs here.

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Normally when I “stage” a room, as we all do, we move the kid stuff out of the picture.  You may have noticed that Rudolph was hanging out in some of the pictures.  This has been around forever and I have banished him to the basement, because honestly, I am not a fan.  My daughter E set him up at the table.  When I came down the next day, she had provided all the essentials a reindeer needs.  How can you not love that?

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I hope you all have a fa la la la fabulous night.

I will be sharing at some of the parties in my sidebar.  Go and check out what everyone else is doing, or share your own project!

12 comments:

Denise @ Simply Weekends said...

What a gorgeous space! We just finished our basement not too long ago....you have given me some great ideas! Thanks :)

Denise

Pam said...

Rudolph is adorable. I love your whole basement. The wood you used is gorgeous. We've had one flood in our basement and if it ever happens again, I'm just boarding the thing up and forgetting about it. But wait, that's where the furnace is? Oh well, hope your are flood free.

Anonymous said...

this is SOOO lovely!! what a gorgeous place to call home! xoxo

Robin said...

Your basement is beautiful and cozy looking. I love all the rustic touches. With all the bright cheerful holiday decorations the rooms just shine. Love it. Wonderful job.

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Stunning space.

A toy closet? Brilliant.

My basement is the size of your tv area. We renovated a few years back, and lost half the area due to issues with electrical/plumbing placement.

If only!

michelle said...

I love love love your basement! What a great mixture of children and adult things, a wonderful place for the whole family! Our basement was destroyed by flooding as well and it just sits in all its ugly torn apart glory, but, it is a blank canvas that one day I hope to make a gorgeous space like yours! Oh and I LOVE the old wood, one of my favorites!! :)

{ L } said...

I'm just loving your blog and house! I looked at all of your Christmas links. Everything is just gorgeous. I'm a happy new follower.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Your home is lovely and I enjoyed the Christmas tour. I really like the rough hewn wood accents in your basement - great character.

shopannies said...

you have a beautiful home and love the playful mixed in with what seems to be country or vintage love the look

Michelle (www.thereallifemom.blogspot.com) said...

I totally the all the colors you used! And I am totally jealous of the gorgeous space you have in your basement! Happy Holidays!

Lori said...

Totally comfortable and cute! Love the bar!

Meg said...

Wow...I want to come hang out at your house! I love the re-claimed wood as well! Great job!