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a basement hangout gets a hefty makeover

By 4/15/2015 ,

i worked with a fun client on a dumpy basement that was in desperate need of a dose of freshness.  you'll find i was able to sneakily use a lot of the original things from the room by giving them a fresh coat of paint, moving them around, or just giving them some friends to hang with.  you get extra style points if you can spot the items that made it through the makeover.

the room only has one window, but that didn't stop me from painting it dark brown.  i'm sure you've heard you shouldn't paint a small or poorly-lit room a dark color, but guess what.  paint doesn't change size or the number of windows.  if the room is cozy, go with cozy.  make it a den.  make it a nook.  dark brown did that here, and by adding a beautiful icey-blue sectional, we brought the contrast up and kept the room lively.

the striped jute rug from dash & albert is a workhorse, and the cowhide ottoman from room & board is a staple i use with sectionals.  pillows are from furbish - john robshaw and a few one-of-a-kind vintage textiles.  the moroccan blanket is anthropologie and the desk lamp is west elm.

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photography by anna routh

32 comments

  1. Love it! Glad to know about that cowhide sectional.

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  2. Cowhide ottoman * (going for a cup of coffee now ... )

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  3. I have to know where that delicious sectional is from! Amazing makeover. Love it!

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  5. The room is so awesome - love the blue sectional and your furniture placement. It just makes so much more sense and fills up the space in a way that every last inch is utilized. I think for us non-designers scale is hard to master sometimes. Gorgeous! Also loving that cowhide ottoman and of course, the lovely Furbish pillows!

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  6. Love the changes! Is the sectional available to order through Furbish?

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  7. God bless them for letting you post those before pictures. Wow.

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  8. Wow, what a beautiful and peaceful room in the end!

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  9. This is a result of true vision! When you got it, ya got it. You do!

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  10. I especially like the art you picked over the desk! It brings in the brown and white with your cowhide ottoman nicely

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  11. love this. i want to live in that basement.

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  12. nice. i love it !!
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  13. love it http://belezaepitadarosa.blogspot.pt/

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  14. solid mahogany furnitureApril 19, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    loved your result, i think you have high imajination. you can makeover and combain any think in the room become to beautiful room. please visit my site to www.indo-furni.com you can look my beautiful collection.

    thanks

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  15. Bao bong da mới nhất cập nhật liên tục hôm nay.
    Keo bong da chính xác từng giây.
    Link sopcast xem bóng đá hôm nay.




    phim hay mới nhất cập nhật liên tục hôm nay.

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  16. Bao bong da mới nhất cập nhật liên tục hôm nay.
    Keo bong da chính xác từng giây.
    Link sopcast xem bóng đá hôm nay.




    phim hay mới nhất cập nhật liên tục hôm nay.

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  17. Oh goodness!!! So fun! Love the wall color and really everything else about it!!

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  18. these are so inspirational!! i needed ideas thank you =)

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  19. The computer the 2 chairs and the computer desks are the only things I see is the same lol. But I love the way it was painted over. What brand of paint/primer do you use?

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  20. great wall color! not a color you see often, but it looks so great in a basement as a backdrop for that brighter color.

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  21. I love this! can you redo my entire life lol

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