Monday, December 31, 2012

We're done, we're done!

The basement is complete! And right on time. We said that we wanted to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve from downstairs and it looks like we've made it! With about an hour to spare. So, here it is....

Remember what it looked like when we first started?

Here it is now from the exact same angle....

The photographs above the sofa are from our camping trip this summer, the pillows are Ralph Lauren and the sofa is a surprisingly very comfortable piece from Ikea with a white slipcover (it was the only sofa that we could fit down the stairs!).

This is a Pottery Barn unit that holds our beast of a TV which will be so fun to have downstairs for movie watching now. It fits perfectly under the vents which we ended up just painting white.

One of Grandma's wooden Noah's Ark toys in the wall unit.

And of course, the reason we finished the basement in the first place is David's new office. So much more space! He can finally move around and the bookcase in the back really made such a difference. It holds all of his vintage Whitman books plus all the rest of his books. I grumbled that we were taking an entire half a day to make the bookcase, but it was worth it! He'll get a bigger desk in the future and we're on the hunt for additional prints to hang in here.

As you round the corner from the office you come to the little cozy nook that greets you as you come down the stairs.

This turned out to be one of my favorite areas but it is such a mish-mash of things. An old chair we had re-upholstered in black watch tartan, a Pottery Barn console and a bunch of really fun prints by Sydney Roark passed down from my Mom, Aunt and Grandma. I need something above the lamps but we haven't found that perfect thing yet...

Here's a close-up of one of my favorite Sydney Roark's..."View of the Great Pencil Mountains". These are tiny little drawings that you have to get really close to see.

One last shot looking out from David's office. As you can see, we decided to keep the ceilings open for now. We don't even notice it anymore. Maybe someday we'll finish it off, but for now it's fine as it is. We also didn't quite finish the staircase, but I have a new idea for this and we'll get to it sometime this year.

Cheers to a happy New Year and thanks for following us through yet another renovation!


  1. The room looks amazing. Now it's time to enjoy it!

  2. Looks like someone worked really hard !!!

  3. What a cozy warm space,bet you end up living in the basement! Sydneys look really good there.