Peacock blue, coral, gold and floral... OH MY!
We've got a bunch of our basement furniture all settled in and we're jumping for joy!
Before I show you anything more, I have to stop at "the sketch". If you've been reading along on our blog for a while now, then you know that before we start ANYTHING... we always start with a sketch. Cason drafted this one up, when we finally realized that we had saved enough money to start getting serious about making furniture purchases for this space.
While most of this concept stayed in tact, we still wanted a professional designer to draft up an exact idea of what we could feasibly fit into our space. Our goal was to get the MOST seating possible, without crowding the space or making it look too heavy. Even though we have small children now, we're making plans for preteens, that we know will want to invade our space later on.
Like I mentioned in our last post, we used The Black Goose Design to help us with this. When Brooke and Emily came out the first time, to measure for our kitchen nook makeover, they also popped downstairs to gather a few numbers for our basement space as well. Since they already had the measurements on hand, they did a quick sketch of their own, including our ideas, of what they thought would be great for our basement space.
For those who asked before, designers from The Black Goose Design CAN help anyone in their retail store free of charge. You can bring photos of your space and they can help offer some general design tips and ideas, just for YOU! Then, if it turns out you need more help and live here locally in Utah, they're happy to come out to your home for a small fee. They will measure, give you more furniture position suggestions and even show you how to work with what you already have.
(pricing can vary by where you live and what you need help with)
Once we had all our measurements nailed down, it was time to pick out the fun fabrics, colors and decor I wanted to add. You can read about our design process in the last post, but here's how it all turned out with everything gathered together!!!
Who knew that those faux animal print ottomans Cason wanted so badly, would really work totally awesome in here? They're that perfect mix of eclectic and funky all at once! These ran about $300 each, because we opted for a larger, sturdier cube design, so that children and adults alike could sit on them. Plus, I loved the option to be able to choose form over 100 different fabric... yes, faux animal print being one of them. LOL
And the rug?... ***swoon*** It's perfect!
I was initially going to go with a coral color, but Brooke suggested this deep peacock blue, and I'm so happy with it! It definitely anchors the space and adds lots of movement. I know a bunch of you have expressed the concern with putting rugs on top of carpet; WHY?
I guess I could see how some would think it's unnecessary, seeing that you already have a soft surface below your feet, but it's not so much about the comfort level at this point, as it is about creating a cozy, welcoming, cohesively designed room. Yeah... rugs can do ALL that! I've bought a LOT of rugs in my time (that's a whole other post), but just know a rug this size (8 x 11) can cost anywhere from $500 - $2,000 (and even more!). It depends on the fabric, size, shape, color; the list goes on. But also know this, if you have the PERFECT rug, it can completely pull together the ENTIRE space. So my advice is, be patient and save for the rug you REALLY want if it's going in a space that means a lot to you. Don't settle on "okay" or "good enough", because if you're anything like me, you'll think about that "perfect rug" every time you walk into the room. Trust me, I know from experience. Ack!
The last piece of furniture we decided to custom order from The Black Goose, was our sectional.
I've decided that buying a new couch is inevitably something that every person/couple should have to endure in their lifetime. Maybe it's just us, but short of dancing, singing and being stuffed with $100 bills, we want our couch to have it all. Since we knew we were about to spend the majority of our saved budget (anywhere between $2,500 - $5,000) on this one, very important item, we compiled a list of things we wanted our perfect couch to have.
Is that too much to ask? Apparently not, because we found it...
and we love it! Pretty pillows, comfort level, fabric durability and all.
Don't jump into a big home decor purchase just because it looks great right then. Do your research and take your time. Buy something you LOVE, and that will last (durability AND style wise) in your home for a LONG time. Lamps, vases, small tables and even pillows can be switched out, but once you've decided on that perfect couch, make sure you invest your money into something that will be able to endure style changes and color swaps seamlessly over the years.
I know you can see a peek-a-boo of some of our other decor in these pics as well, and I'm super excited to share all of those with you too, so check in later to get all the details on those soon. Also, I'll be back to introduce you to a new favorite person in my life; wallpaper installin' Rick! He's worked his magic with that gorgeous golden wallpaper we bought for our basement accent wall. I can't wait to show you what it looks like finished. Eeek!
And one last thing, that I can't leave without mentioning. If you're in the position where you CAN get to The Black Goose Design, or any of the Gardner Mill Company stores this weekend, then make sure you DO! They're having another Friends & Family sale with tons of great discounts and markdowns on beautiful bedding, decor and furniture.
If you're gonna buy... buy on SALE, right!?