Like most people, we are trying to get the most usable space out of our home. We love our second story with 4 good-sized bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a laundry room.
However, the space on our main floor is much harder to make full use of.
On this floor we have an eat-in kitchen, a casual TV room and a medium-sized room that I have divided in two areas - a living room seating area and a small dining room area.
Where do the kids play, you ask?
Well - they used to have a stack of toys hidden behind the couch in the TV room. But of course, the toys never stayed hidden - they got played with, as they should in a house with three small children!!
But honestly, it all became too much when we moved the piano in and added a ton more homework gear for our older kids.
Space in our family TV room was at a premium.
So we, like many other parents, built a playroom in the basement.
And let me tell you - it was the best thing we EVER did!
And I've shown you a few projects that I have completed down there, too.
Our Red Doors
Our Red Doors
And now the basement is mostly done -- except for the complete lack of ceiling! (But we'll get to that soon!)
The sofa in the kid's playroom is a pull-out bed, perfect for when Nana or Aunt Stephanie come for a visit.
Both say that the bed and room are very comfortable.
But here it is now, after much measuring, leveling, nailing and re-nailing this past weekend!!
I had been collecting items to put in this space for many months. Actually, I probably could have put this gallery wall together back during the winter, but I never go around to it!
I kept with a red, black and neutral palette to go with the rest of the room.
Plates, architecture salvage, a patriotic flag and some antiques all meld together for an interesting mix of items.
This trumpet is an important family artefact. In fact, it was played by my husband's grandfather during the second World War.
Grandpa Jagos past away nearly 5 years ago, but this horn reminds us of him daily!
Hubby and I are both trained musicians so I figured some aged sheet music was the perfect filler for this old basket.
Pictures of the kids round out the gallery, adding even more familial importance to the wall.
This blank wall in the basement looks warm and welcoming now. I wish I had one this sooner!
Have a wonderful week!
Only 8 more days til summer vacation. (Yep - this teacher is counting down just as excitedly as the students!)