6.11.2013

Project Basement Makeover - Design Plan + Furniture Reveal & Advice

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!?

Happy Decorating!

51 comments:

  1. love all these colors together! love the gold lamp too

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  2. Stunning!
    I think it blends well with your look upstairs too.

    Best purchase I ever made was our white slip covered couch. Even with 2 kids, and their friends and 3 black dogs. Just pop in washer or wipe when needed. Although I did get 2 covers "just in case"

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  3. BEAUTIFUL!!! Love everything you do but this just rocks. Love that rug and those pillows are fab. Love the turq and coral combo! Enjoy your new basement!! We are finishing ours right now and will be done in about a week! Cannot wait.

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  4. Can you give more info about the fabric of the couch -- not the color, but the material? I'm on a similar search and it seems like you've found the holy grail of couch fabric!

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  5. Love your rug and sofa choice! The colors of both are perfect! Random question: what brand is that yellow scrapbook on your bookshelf? I've been looking for a yellow one that's not too warm/honey forEVER, and yours looks perfect!!!

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  6. I love your taste! Being the wife and mother to two guys that love to get greasy and dirty, I'm afraid to have anything white or even light colors! You and Cason have created a beautiful home!

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  7. Looks great and the color combination is amazing! where is your industrial shelve from?

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  8. Where is the couch from? I love it!

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  9. nevermind haha just saw your custom order comment!

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  10. So in love! What type of fabric did you go with on the couch? Is it an indoor/outdoor type fabric that cleans up really easy? I'm trying to sell my husband on a light couch, again, but hate microfiber (we already made that mistake).

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  11. I love this post! Can't wait to see the big reveal! I am currently on the "perfect couch" hunt myself. Wish me luck, haha!

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  12. How do you keep your rugs from 'walking' on the carpet? I have always been told to avoid putting rugs on carpet for that very reason. However, I think they add so much to the design of the room that I am dying to do it. Do you have any tricks or has it not been a problem for you?

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  13. I know there are a lot of girls in your house... and I don't want this to sound mean. It is not my intention at all, don't get me wrong.... but.... I thought the basement was going to be Cason's man's cave? The couch, pillows, lamp... are simply beautiful...but I thought for some reason it was going to be a little bit more masculine?

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  14. Love, love, love how this is coming along and can't wait to see the rest. I've recently decided to tweak our rooms towards a more modern country feel but haven't made any changes yet. Still searching for an "inspiration piece." Our house currently looks like a PB store threw up in it. Not a bad thing but needing some variety. I may need to take my queues from you and visit a design center. Thanks for sharing your process.

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  15. Gorgeous!!! I love all the patterns!

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  16. Beautiful! Such a fun and happy family room with a little bit of something for everyone. Love the peacock blue!

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  17. I am in love with all your choices. I don't think I would have known to pick any of those items on their own, but all together they look fantastic. I love, love, love your couch. We have been on the hunt for one for our space for awhile and are having a hard time trying to find the perfect one that is also durable but not leather (already have one of those and it's just too dark for me). I totally agree about the rug. We have a carpet area as well that I am looking for that perfect rug, and I wondered if people would think I am crazy since it is already on a soft surface. I just love all the color and layers that a rug can bring. Thanks for sharing your space-it's always so fun to see how you are sprucing up your rooms.=)

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  18. Absolutely stunning, Shelley! I love all of your choices and the colors just work so well together. What a cozy and inviting space! Can't wait to see how the rest of the basement turns out!

    ~Abby =)

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  19. Where did you find the GREAT floral fabric on the pillows! They are fabulous

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  20. Oh your basement space is just dreamy already! What a gorgeous combination of pieces. Looks like you and Black Goose make a great team. What I love about the pieces you chose is that they are beautiful and elegant without being overly feminine. Does that make sense?
    I am so looking forward to seeing your reveal of the entire space!

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  21. I love your thought process on buying a sofa. They're so expensive, though, so when I was looking for one, I went to an estate sale and found an awesome Ergan Allen for $100! :) I'm not that keen on the fabric, but it's solid, sturdy, and with a new slipcover, will be fabulous.

    Your basement is coming along beautifully! Love the color of the sofa and the accent pillows!

    Serena
    Thrift Diving

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  22. Beautiful! I just purchased a sofa and 2 chairs from the PB outlet store. They came just as the bones (no slip cover or upholestry, and I'm having them done in fabric I choose. I agree that it's a HUGE decision. I keep changing my mind. We live in the country and have a more country/rustic decor style with a touch of cottage, so I keep going back and forth. I'm leaning now to denim, grain sack cloth, and cow hide. I just can't 100% commit yet. We had a denim couch that is similar to these PB Grand sofas, and it has been my FAVORITE couch so far. I'm thinking about doing a patch work type upholestry with denim cushions on couch, and grain sack cushions on chairs. Any ideas?

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  23. Looks great and I love the colors! I'm doing my guest room in coral and I love that floral fabric!
    I always put a rug over carpet, always! It's called layering!! :-)

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  24. So many great patterns!! I would love it if you would link up at my {Work It Wednesday} linky party!!

    xo
    amy
    http://theblissfulbee.com/work-it-wednesday-linky-party/

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  25. Your basement is beautiful! When I saw the previous post I thought the colors and designs where a little on the bold side, but I love how it all came together. I'm a huge fan! I can't wait to see how your basement progresses!!!

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  26. Love your space so far, cant wait to see how the rest comes along! I am on the hunt for the perfect couch as well and would really like to know where you got it from. Thanks!

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  27. Love it! May I ask where you got the sofa?

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  28. I LOVE the colours that you have chosen for your space! Can you please tell me the names/designers of the fabrics you used????

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  29. Really beautiful room!
    The color combination of rug,cushion cover is really amazing.

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  30. Love it! Great choices. I must say that I thought we were part of the oddball slice of life that put that much thought into a sofa, and am glad to see that it's a larger slice than I thought! We also had very specific thoughts on what we wanted, only instead of tweens we were considering four (yes, FOUR) inside dogs that love to lounge with us. I firmly believe that your bed and sofa are two places that you shouldn't skimp. Make sure they're the best you can afford because over the 15-20 years you have them you won't regret it! As always, thanks for sharing with us! Keep up the good work, we'll be 'watching'....

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  31. I absolutely LOVE all those colors!!! Looks fantastic can't wait to see more!

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  32. I love that couch! Are you going to do a source list or is everything from Black Goose Design? I am interested in the gold lamp and the side table.. I love the room!

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  33. Love this! We have a similar color pallet in our living room and I have been searching all over for the perfect rug and this is exactly what I have been looking for! Where is it from?

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  34. I'm always scared to put a run on top of carpet, but I think you have inspired me! Especially since we are hoping to replace the carpet with wood eventually.

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  35. Love! Mixing and matching is so difficult, but you guys really nailed it! As always :)

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  36. Love it! Where did you get the pillows?

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  37. Oh goodness the colors and fabrics and textures.... gorgeous! (: xoxo

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  38. I love love love love love it! This looks amazingly comfortable and I love the colors!

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  39. Love the colors you are using, they are the same ones I am starting to incorporate in our master bedroom. Can't wait to see more of the space and intrigued with the gold wallpaper!

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  40. I LOVE all of the different colors and patterns that you incorporated into this room!

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  41. Looks amazing!Love your choice of color. That rug is to die for.

    Emily @ elizabethjoandesigns.com

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  42. This is beautiful!! I love all the colors!

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  43. I am fairly new to your blog but I am loving this! I wondered if you might share where you found that great sectional sofa? I've been on the hunt for a gray that isn't too dark.. unsuccessfully. Thank you so much!

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  44. Beautiful job! I love the floral pillow, where did you get it? Or where can I find the fabric? Thanks!

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  45. I too would really really really love to know where you found your sofa. I am on the hunt for the perfect sectional that meets all the criteria that was important to you too. Please share or at least the type of fabric it is. Thanks!

    you could email me if you would prefer that.
    amberkimber@gmail.com

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  46. Where did you get the chevron binder on the shelf behind the couch?

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