Basement Makeover!


Sometimes, you just need a change.

For me, this usually happens after things have escalated to the point of “Okay I absolutely cannot do this anymore, I NEED A CHANGE RIGHT NOW.” Anyone else? Just me? Okay.

This past week has been nothing but change, change, change:

  • Colson left for basic training
  • my daughter transitioned from two naps to one (*shudder*)


  • I moved out of my daughter’s bedroom.

That’s right, you heard me… I finally FINALLY have my own bedroom again!

No more waking up every 2 hours to the sounds of a distraught baby, clawing at her crib to get to me!

No more nursing on demand all throughout the night to help her fall back asleep!

No more bleary-eyed snatching her from her crib and tossing her in our bed so we can all finally get some “sleep!” (Because let’s be honest – co-sleeping does not really count as sleep. Not for me, anyway!).

For those of you who don’t know, we live in my parents’ basement (I know, the quintessential 20-something story, right?). They’ve got an awesome finished basement with a main living room, a bedroom, a bathroom, and a kitchenette (and like 7,000 closets, but we’ll get to that later).

This past weekend, after five consecutive nights of waking every hour or two and finally co-sleeping with Jolie, I had HAD IT. I was DONE. I was tired, grumpy, and not a good momma. This simply will not do.

So, I created change.

I moved my bed out into the main living room and created what now looks like a studio-esque apartment (er, rather, my parents moved the bed while I stroked my chin thoughtfully and pointed out where to go… you know the drill).

I. Am. Loving. It.

And guess what? On night one of being all alone in her very own bedroom…

Jolie slept 11 hours straight.

Mhmm. Probably shoulda done this months ago…


Here are some pictures of the finished product!

Naturally, I didn’t take any “before” pictures because I have a bad habit of jumping into projects with both feet and being like LET’S DO THIS RIGHT NOW before even thinking it through, so… use your imagination, if you will.

Our first view as we walk down the basement stairs: the gallery wall! If you’re digging it, click the picture to check out that blog post.
As we turn to the right, we enter the “living room/craft corner.” I really wanted this large room to feel separated, so I used these gorgeous chairs (given to me by the family I used to nanny for: shout-out, Theresa!) to close the space off.
Another view of the living room – including our makeshift TV! It’s actually just a computer monitor that we’ve got hooked up to our XBOX. Next project: figuring out how to organize/baby-proof all those cords! If you have ideas for this, please comment!
One of my favorite pieces – a gorgeous trunk my mom painted. I love the pops of aqua/turquoise in this room! It’s relaxing but also fun. 🙂
I love this little motif on top of my 6-square organizer! (by the way, those 11x11x11 boxes were from Amazon for like $15. Highly recommend). I wanted to display Jolie’s newborn photo book, as well as the DIY wine glass I drank from at our wedding. 🙂 AND OF COURSE, video games and movies too!
And here’s a close-up of my craft corner! You can’t see it, but there’s another set of plastic drawers hiding underneath the desk. Fun story: I won this chair in 8th grade while performing as Pocahontas at Christian Youth Theater – it was for selling the most tickets! I can’t get rid of this thing… too many memories! Also featuring: a quick sketch my brother did of Jolie in the car.
Here’s one of the coolest things about the basement (we had this in our last house, too) – the under-the-stairs-nook! This is Jolie’s play room. Does anyone have ideas on jazzing this up a little? I’m toying with the idea of putting curtains over the door, or something along those lines.
From there, in the center of the room, we’ve got our “kitchen/dining space.” We mostly use this table for storing random things and mail, but it really helps to separate my “bedroom” from the rest of the room.
The “bedroom,” featuring three prints I made a few weeks ago after attending the Home & Garden Show in KC (where I got to see Chip & JoJo Gaines speak! *faint*). I was inspired by a lot of the home decor I saw there, and decided to make these out of scrapbook paper (which I already had), $5 burlap, and $3 frames from Hobby Lobby. I love how they turned out!
Here’s a close-up of the artwork I made. I’ve been toying with the idea of starting an Etsy shop to sell prints like this – what do you think? Should I do it?
I had to include this pic because my firstborn is just being the cutest little poog. 🙂
My side-table decoration of choice: books, sitting on a hat box from Hobs Lobs. Here’s what I’m currently reading! I can’t stick to just one book at a time because I end up getting bored, so I jump around a little. I HIGHLY recommend “Savor” by Shauna Niequist – it’s a great daily devotional full of inspiration and warm fuzzies.
And finally (drumroll, please): THE READING NOOK! I am so excited about this little nook. I just bought this chair on Craigslist for $20, and I’m planning to reupholster it (and maybe paint it? What do you think would look best?). I’ve got Gromit’s little bed so he can snuggle while I read.
And the best part is, I can sit right underneath my wedding bouquet, as well as my bouquet from my cousin’s wedding when I was her maid of honor. Warm fuzzies for sure! In this little basket, I just put some fashion design sketches and some cards I like to look at when I need a pick-me-up. 🙂


And finally, just a couple pics of things I’ve used to decorate the shelves. That gold box is from Target – it contains letters Colson & I wrote to each other and read at our wedding. And these Chang beer bottles remind me of Colson, because it’s his favorite beer of all-time after studying abroad in Thailand!

And that’s it, folks!

Remember all those closets I was mentioning earlier? I will bring Starbucks to the person who can guess how many closets are in our basement. No joke. I will literally show up at your doorstep with a latte.

If you have thoughts about how I could organize those cords (because I have a 1 year-old and want to keep this space safe for her), please comment below! Extra points if it’s a pretty-looking solution! 🙂

ALSO: You might have seen snippets of Gromit’s dog cage, but I tried my hardest not to include it because it’s really ugly. Does anyone have tips on how to incorporate a dog cage into interior decor, or on hiding it away somewhere sneaky? It’s medium-sized, so it’s pretty large and I always feel like it sticks out like a sore thumb.

Are you dealing with some change in your life right now? Are you needing to create some change in your life? Either way, change is good. Just remember that. 🙂

Happy Tuesday, friends.


2 thoughts on “Basement Makeover!

  1. Super cute set-up. Loved catching up through your commentary. Change is always happening, and it’s nice when we physically can see changes by our own doing.

    Those over the bed frames are darling. Definitely would sell great on etsy. I swear that is the niche for homemade quality goods.

    Love how you have your bouqet out and displayed from your wedding. Always great to have those constant reminders from moments in life.

    For hiding the crate, I have seen a lot of designs of placing kennels under tables when not in use.

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    1. Thanks Laura! I’ll start searching for a place to stick his kennel. Maybe in one of these many closets… haha. 🙂 I totally agree – I love having little things out to remind me of my happiest memories. It’s incredibly effective! Thanks for reading. 🙂


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