Project lower level part 1

Hi there, hope your week is off to a great start… crazy that we are already in the first week of August!

As some of you know we have been working (off and on for a while) on the “lower level” aka basement. It is a very large space with many rooms, it literally feels like a separate house:)  You might have first read about this project on this post (click here). Truth is, my husband and I were at odds about this project.  While it is really an incredible space, with ten foot ceilings and an abundance of windows/doors, it really does not at all feel like a “basement”. However, I was the more practical one and just didn’t feel finishing it was so necessary as the kids have flocked the nest:) However my husband had different ideas.

So….slowly we did start the lower level beginning with one room, the movie room. To my husbands credit, we use this room all the time (especially him as he is a movie fanatic). It came out beautiful with the rich navy walls, huge 15 foot wide super comfy sectional and of course the enormous screen doesn’t hurt:) Then we moved onto the “big room” and started by putting in this fabulous light colored tile that looks like wood-


Then one thing led to the next, and we decided to finish the gym, which as of last week just got the mirrors put in and it’s at last looking like a real gym, now we just need to use it. OK full disclosure I did do 20 minutes on the treadmill a few days ago while watching Bravo and must admit it felt good to be exercising again:)

Finally we decided to tackle the “big room” which had just the flooring, we originally planned out the space that we always envisioned as a large room to host a party in, we wanted it to have a “Napa vibe” with soft colored woods, linen type furniture and envisioned a big bar and ample seating, with a TV or two. As formal as upstairs is we wanted this to feel more elegantly casual. My husband even had the vision to build a fireplace down there (and we kept the mantle from original house and used it down there). Smart man.

Slowly we worked on that room too, had the bar built, beams put in, had it painted and then at last  having just put furniture in a few weeks ago, it made me realize what a truly amazing idea it was, and all thanks to my husband:)


I seriously could be so happy living down there and calling it Tina’s apartment. It is such a great space, certainly does not feel like a basement with the french doors and many windows, it is flooded with daylight during the day and really is just an incredible space. No wonder he’s talking about wanting to host a party…it’s an amazing space for a party (or Tina’s pied a terre).


Now keep in mind, this is still a work in progress, we have art to still put on the walls and I used some of my beautiful patio pillows just to have something on the sofas for now (and they don’t look half bad)! Still styling the bar, and tweaking accessories here and there etc…but this gives you the idea…..

Took the best pictures I could with my camera (still not great at getting the lighting right) but learning!



So what started as this-


Turned into this-


Come on in and take a look around…..


The bar and dining area on one end


LOVE this cocktail table


This huge 3 part print of equestrian prints is fabulous about 5 feet tall..really dramatic

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How great are these navy linen chairs that flank the fireplace?


Love the detailing on the dining table (has a limed oak finish)

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Antique brass faucet from Perrin and Rowe


Isn’t the marble pretty? (Arabescato)


Our cabinet guy did a fabulous job on our bar



And you know how much I love antiqued mirror which we did on the panels behind the bar

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On the other end is a pair of beautiful Belgian linen sofas (Safavieh) with a huge chestDSC_0029 DSC_0027

Filled this big unit with a bunch of blue and whitesDSC_0018

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Flooring- A porcelain meant to look like wood from

All furniture and rugs from

Cabinetry is custom

Pillows on sofa from Studio Tullia

Marble on bar is Arabescato

Antique brass faucet from Perrin and Rowe

Hurricanes and all blue and white porcelains from The Enchanted Home Shop

Paint color was Benjamin Moore (have to get back to you on color) or email me

All lighting from Visual Comfort, Thomas O Brien line


So there you have my new apartment, lower level/entertaining space. I must admit I absolutely love it, it is so light and airy, inviting and so comfortable.  I have to give my husband credit for having the vision and push to make us  do it….it is really a fabulous space and I cannot wait to put it to good use!

For part 2 I will share the gym and movie room and eventually will get around to the bathrooms (well they do have a toilet so technically they are almost done:) I just ordered the vanities so sooner than later. Thank you for stopping in, wishing you a wonderful day.