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It is so strange to me that I “invite” you into my home so often – and yet, we rarely visit our basement.  It is one of our favorite spaces and actually was a big game changer when we planned our renovations three years ago.

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You see, this space flooded.  A lot.  It especially liked to flood when Dana was in China.

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When we first began planning our renovations, we worked with an architect who created grand plans of an expanded space of our first floor.  And we were thinking that was our best option.  But then, one morning right around Christmas, Dana had been up several hours before me (he is a 4:00 am kind of guy).  When I came down for coffee he started sharing that he really felt we didn’t need more space, we just needed to use what we had better.

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So, we set out to fix the water issues.  And knock on wood everyone in unison please – we have.

This allowed us to keep the same footprint of what we had and plan from there.  I will be sharing more on our renovation decisions later this week.

The basement space has been about comfort, fun and three (actually four) zones.

The first zone is the everybody zone with a big comfy couch, fun vintage chair and the TV.  This also the area where my girls’ friends all pile up for sleep overs.  I think that is the part I love the best – how much this is a space for them to be with their friends.

The box with the Springfield and NY was found in the back of a garage sale in MA.  It is constructed of highway mileage signs and I absolutely love it.  We just added casters.  On the inside, there is a sign that reads how many miles it is to Putnam!

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The style I used down here was more about contrasts.  Modern shelves with vintage treasures. Crisp white and silver light fixtures contrasting with rustic barn wood beams.

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One of my favorite items down here is the old “N.H. Maple Syrup” sign my girlfriend found at Brimfield for me.  And of course, she knew to get the story behind it for me.  It used to hang at an old hotel in N.H. that also sold syrup.

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The second zone is the kid and crafting zone.  The cabinets have material and crafting supplies in them (these were purchased at Lowe’s a few years ago).  The table is from Ikea and cleans up really easily from paint accidents and such.

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There is a fun gallery wall including a painting of Bailey from when she was a puppy done in bright colors by a dear sweet friend.

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Third zone is the “adult zone” with a bar and fridge.

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The wood is rough hewn lumber found locally and built by our carpenter and then we poured the resin top.  We decided to the resin after it was finished so it was challenging.  If we had planned it from the beginning it would have gone easier I think.  The white stools are from Ikea.

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All in all, this is a space that has served us well.  Especially when we have a party.  Because, history has shown that if the Putnams throw a party – it will rain.  When it rains, all the kids go down here and the adults hang in the kitchen.

The door to the left of the mileage box is the under stair closets and cubby and that is where all the toys live.

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Thanks so much for reading and wishing you a great day!

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About Finding Home

My name is Laura and I have been running a small interior decorating business since 2004. I have always had a love for decorating but I never fully realized it until about 10 years ago. I live in New York with my husband and two daughters. They support me and encourage me at every turn. I have always loved the “hunt” for the next treasure, especially when you have to get down and dirty to discover it. I feel like it is time to start taking my business in a new direction. I am not sure exactly what that will be, but this blog is about that journey. About finding a sense of home, a place where we belong and can most be ourselves. Thank you for being part of my journey.

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  1. I would have loved a space like that when my kids were younger. I have a friend in Upstate New York…when our kids were younger and we’d visit them, the kids would disappear and have a blast in the basement. You made wonderful choices in that area. Love the contrast of the rough woods with the Ikea finds.

  2. Can you please tell me where you bought the white cabinet / armoire type pieces. I am in desperate need for something like that.
    Thanks in advance,
    Anita
    anitarn13811@gmail.com

  3. I love what you’ve done with your basement space! It’s so fun and family-friendly! We finished our basement 1.5 years ago and there is absolutely no decor down there…….literally just a couch and tv. The kids want this basement (our 4th house) to contain nothing breakable so they won’t get in trouble for breaking, say, picture frame glass during a spirited knee hockey tournament. It’s on my to-do list this summer to show some love to the space – thanks for the inspirations!!

  4. I have loved your basement for several years. If I remember it correctly, I have loved it pre-Pinterest (gasp!!!). Your highway sign box was what drew me in and I loved everything about the very family friendly room. Excellent work. Lori Lucas

  5. Love the feel of your basement and the use of all the wonderful signs. I miss having a basement-grew up with one in NY; not prevalent here in the south. Can you share the wonderful artist who did that gorgeous bright painting of the pup? I would love to have her do one of my two!
    Thanks! Kris

  6. Jeni Cuccovia says:

    Laura, you are SUCH an inspiration! LOVE the basement!!!

  7. My favorite thing is the Granny Square afghan. It gives it a very comfy down home feel.

  8. I look at a lot of basements because ours is on the to-do list ! Yours is about my favorite ever! The colors, the lighting…everything is fantastic. My very favorite thing is that canvas of the pup!!!!
    Thank you for all the inspiration!
    Gotta pin and gotta FB share :)
    xo

  9. I’ve long been a fan of your wonderful basement Laura and used it as my inspiration for my own basement – including my Amy’s “Clubhouse” area. Thanks for the story behind it. I love hearing the history!
    xoxo,
    Kim

  10. so many great ideas! I especially love all the old signs!! Great job Laura!!

  11. Love your basement! If there is one thing I miss about living in the north it is basements! I grew up in a fairly small home in Minnesota but the basement was a life-saver! My dad finished it off with a bar and a big family room and an extra bathroom. It was definitely party zone! Now I’m in Texas and now we have what’s called a “Texas basement.” It’s a family room upstairs. It’s just not the same. When the kids are up there you hear all kinds of banging and noise in the kitchen directly below. But, I’m grateful for the space just the same…just get nostalgic and wistful over basements once in awhile! And, yours is beautiful! :) Have a great day, Laura!
    Julie

  12. Gorgeous!!! I would LOVE to hang out in this room! We had a flood in our house a few years back so I know it’s horrible to go through but in the end it ends up being worth it. :)

    Anna

  13. Great use of space. My girls would love this as would the adults. Nice job. A new follower for sure :)

  14. LOVE this room, it feels so eclectic and fun :) All the vintage pieces are just too cool.

  15. looooooooooooooooove! seriously, if you’re ever back in Gilbert…i just need a few hours of your time ;) xo

  16. Love your basement! I wish I could finish my home’s basement! I am thinking of having drywall put up, but keeping the cement floor (and maybe put down carpet tiles) and staining the rafters to keep costs down. I am always looking for new basement ideas!

  17. LOVE this basement! We live in Florida and don’t have basements–I would kill for the extra space!

  18. love, Love, LOVE! We have a huge unfinished basement that we are hoping to re-do by next year. Love the way you covered the beams with the wood. Gives it a finished, yet natural feeling. I know everyone has a blast down there!
    Great job … thanks for sharing :)

    Hugs & Blessings …
    Lani
    SImply Fresh Vintage

  19. Katie says:

    Throw one of these on the table! This would brighten up any space! I love mine.

  20. Love it girl! It is so you… playful, organized, and beautiful! Can’t wait to see you in few weeks!

    Take care,

    Trish

  21. Every time I see this room I find some new detail I love!! Thank you Laura for the inspiration!

  22. Nice tips and images itself shows the ideas how to decorate basement….!!

    Thanks for sharing and nice collection….!!!!

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