Absorbing half of a two-car garage (the family only keeps one car) and renovating the entire below-grade basement, Lisa designed a fresh, clean-lined, multipurpose space to meet the young family’s needs.
“Seri definitely didn’t want a typical recreation room vibe,” adds Lisa, continuing, “We compartmentalized the floor plan to create different open and closed niches, and then decorated them all in a sleek contemporary style, with a fun casual feel.”
FLOOR TILE Volcano (Bianco) www.nemotile.com STOOLS Tolix-style barstools custom-painted in BM 2071-30 (Mystical Grape) www.etsy.com LIGHT FIXTURES Tom Dixon Beat Light Tall www.ylighting.com SHELVING custom-made in Black Walnut www.abacainteriors.com
KID TABLE AND CHAIRS www.ikea.com HALF WALL PAINT Chalkboard Paint (308), Black, BM; CEILING WOOD FINISH Woodhaven Ceiling Planks in Ash> www.armstrong.com
photography by Raquel Langworthy
text by charlotte safavi
Seri and her husband have two small children. She needed a place for them to play and stash their toys, as well as a designated storage space for her burgeoning business props. The couple also wanted to have overnight guest quarters.
“We simply shopped the home for unused square footage,” says Lisa, forgoing the notion of a costly addition. “By thinking creatively, we came up with a whole new floor by simply looking beneath the existing house.”
FLOOR TILE Volcano (Nero) www.nemotile.com SUBWAY TILE Metro (Ultra-white) www.nemotile.com CEILING PAINT BM 2120-10 (Jet Black) VANITY Early 20th century mercantile vanity with white Carrera top www.rh.com GLASS CHEST Pharmacy Bath Tall Cabinet in black www.rh.com SCONCES Edison caged single sconce in gunmetal www.rh.com
SIDE TABLE Waldorf Side Table www.westelm.com CHAIR Cleo chair www.grandinroad.com BED homeowners BEDDINGPeyton duvet cover and shams www.pbteen.com CARPET Frontier www.surya.com PENDANTS Candlestick www.cb2.com PAINT (throughout) BM Super White (PM-1) MIRROR Vintage PILLOW zebra www.dwell.com
CHEST Wearstler for Worlds Away (trade only) FLOORING Northern White Oak in Mystic Taupe www.armstrong.com PAIR OF LAMPS ON CHEST Vintage
CARPETS Lappljung Ruta and stripe Stockholm www.ikea.com YELLOW COFFEE TABLE Urban Green www.allmodern.com KID CHAIR AND GREEN TABLE www.ikea.com
In the old basement, there’s now a kids’ playroom; an open kitchen and wet bar, where the adults like to hang out; and a full bathroom and dedicated guestroom.
“For economy, we used limited materials (ceramic wall and floor tiles; wood floor and ceiling finishes) and a very basic palette,” says Lisa, who primarily worked with white, black and grey.
SOFA Comfort Square Arm Slipcovered sofa bed www.potterybarn.com ART www.surfaceview.com LIZARD PILLOW www.calypsostbarth.com RUG vintage COFFEE TABLE vintage Moroccan tea table WICKER CHAIR www.ikea.com PARSON'S DESK www.westelm.com CORKBOARD Emily and Merritt Scallop memo board www.pbteen.com GOLD SIDE TABLE Martini table www.westelm.com
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The result is a user-friendly, multifunctional space, with great storage, that has added more than 1000 square feet to the house—all without the hassle or expense of new construction.