When I started blogging, fall festivities were in high swing and it seems like every other day I was coming up with some seasonal crafty that was just screaming to be shared. Then, we transitioned to the beloved Christmas festivities … yet again, one seasonal post after another. Now, here I sit with just a few short weeks left at the Heathcliff house and I’m knee deep in boxes only to realize I haven’t shared a darn thing as far as decor goes around these parts! Oh lawzie… better get crackin!
My name is B, and I’m a serial redecorator. I just love it. Fabrics, special vignettes, pillows (so many pillows), furniture, art … you name it, I could spend days just pouring over pinterest and my stack of fave mags designing things in my head. Years ago, I taught myself how to sew panel drapes and pillows just so I can save a little money by DIY (so I can replace them more often!). And, while I’m giddy to do “it all again” in the new house, I must confess this house has been a labor of love and really helped me define “my style”.
When we built the Heathcliff house, one of our wildest dreams was to finish the terrace level one day and have a versatile area for friends to gather, sports to be watched and fun to be had. Dear Hubs served as general contractor for the build out and he and I designed every aspect of the cabinets we wanted, the layout … you name it.
With that, let’s take a tour of our terrace level rec room.
This room is actually a combo of two rooms and is a real open space. On one end of the space, we have a living room setup complete with built in cabinets and a projector screen (that’s the big open area between the cabinets). The furniture has lived many former lives but with a good coat of black paint, it all looks very cohesive in the space. The other side of the room serves as a bar area and serves as a congregation area for larger gatherings. Oh yeah …and there’s a MASSIVE tv there too, perfect for watching two games at once! Ballard Designs to the rescue with the perfect floating bar table and serving cart to give some depth to the space. Come to think of it, that may be the ONLY piece of furniture I actually even bought for this room!
When we designed this space, I knew I wanted thick heavy trim and black cabinets throughout. We went with a very neutral pallet of khaki and black as the base and accented with yellow and red throughout. Since Dear Hubs and I met at our alma mater, Georgia Tech, where he played football and I was a recruiting hostess; it was a no brainer that we would carry the sports theme through this space. Plus, it gave me a good way to centralize the years worth of GT decor and memories I have collected!
Some of my most prized GT collectibles include Dear Hubs old jerseys, signed game balls, a piece of the upright from a big win again UVA. I saved all of the programs from when we were affiliated with the football program and framed them in the hallway as well. Other accents like recent tennis championship “silver” and a few fun finds from my travels round out the space. I brought that red drum home from China as a gift for Lil B last year and the moment I laid eyes on it at a market knew I had to bring it home!
The bar area is full of every beer and wine glass imaginable. We like to party? Or at least that’s my excuse for so much glassware! I made a complete set of monogram M glasses with polka dots the moment we finished the basement. I just love that I have these on the ready when the party strikes! I added a few accents of yellow and white plates and bowls that I’ve collected through the years.
To carry out the game theme, I have touches of colorful whimsy here and there. And, for the most part, most of the decor was collected either on travels here and there or found on a budget. The apothecary jars are filled with playing cards, poker chips and monopoly hotels. We had the cards and chips on hand, and I found the game pieces on ebay (much more effective than buying 200 copies of the game just for hotels!). The red frame is a great accent and was simply sprayed with candy apple red spray paint. On one of our first trips together, we bought that marble checker set in Mexico … I’m certain we had no clue it would end up as a decorative accent when we procured it! The little radio flyer and the numbered votives were found at Target (along with the yellow and white pillows in the previous picture). I found the vintage looking BINGO spinner at Five Below for $3 I think … what a find! And the lanterns are from Pottery Barn and Southern Living but were items I had on hand in different spaces prior.
When we finished our screened porch a few years back, we find that we do most of our entertaining out back around the fire pit or porch. One of the nice blessings of being in the south is the good amount of time we can spend outdoors most months of the year. But, that said, I do look for an excuse to go give the terrace rec room a workout from time to time. Now that Lil B is a bit older, we host family movie nights down here and make fun memories … just the four of us (Colby dog too!) snuggled on the couch watching movies and eating popcorn.
We have tons to do at the new Stanford house … but after watching Cars last weekend for our latest installment of family movie night, I just know Dear Hubs is already itching to put back on his General Contractor hat and create the magic again there!
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