I’ve been sharing snippets of our basement bedroom on Instagram, as it has been a fast & fun project for me. I really haven’t given this bedroom much thought since moving in. I’m pretty sure it has only seen three separate overnight house guests. Regardless, while Emmett is pushing forward on the entryway, I decided to tackle this sad looking space. Our maroon guest room proved to be a fun creative outlet for me, so I figured I’d repeat the process and knock another big project off the list! Today, I wanted to share the design plan with you. This room may be tiny and located in a basement, but I’m working to pack personality, warmth, and character into the space. Like the last bedroom I shared, I’d also like to use items we already have and tackle this bedroom on a budget. My goal is to create a cozy & inviting room or overflow bedroom (our nieces & nephews often end up sleeping down here) for friends & family who visit. Click through to check out the before images, my design plan, and the pretty new rug I landed on…
To quickly recap, we have four guest bedrooms in our home. Two are finished: the maroon guest room and the marine colored room. The basement bedroom will be the third guest room we cross off the list, then we’ll have one more to tackle upstairs.
Like every other bedroom in our house, this one also had corner shelving! My first demo project was to remove those, and you have no idea how much joy that always brings me. I’m sad to say… I think I might even miss taking a sledge hammer to these. Not to worry though, we’ve got one bedroom left.
Despite the low ceilings, this room has a large egress window that allows quite a bit of natural light to flood into the space. While I’m thankful for the light, this space can physically feel cold. My goal is to add warmth with textiles, an updated window treatment, new bedding, and a super soft rug.
Eventually, we’ll replace the carpet throughout the entire basement with LVP or something that is water resistant, but we’ll do the entire lower level simultaneously… so it won’t happen for this project. Instead, I’ll layer the rug over the carpet for the time being.
As for the doors and millwork, we’ll be replacing the interior door, but to save money and add softness- my plan is to keep the existing closet doors. However, we’ll hide them behind wall-to-wall drapery panels… much like we did in the basement living room. This will make the room feel more intimate, cozy, and will save us some money.
I thrifted the vintage furniture in this room shortly after moving into our home and I still really love it. Being a smaller space, it fits well and meets our needs. My short-term plan is this…
- Demo corner shelving
- Sand & repair drywall
- Paint walls & millwork
- Add a reeded glass window treatment
- Install a fabric Roman shade
- Install wall-to-wall drapery panels
- Replace the interior door & hardware
- Install textiles & layer rugs
- Hang art & style bedroom
Take a quick peek at my design plan… most of it should look familiar. I’ll properly link everything once the room is finished.
I’m really going hard on the textiles in this room because I want it to exude warmth & texture for a cozy look. Being in a basement, it automatically feels cold. Joanna Gaines of Magnolia Home generously mailed me a gorgeous rug from her new Loloi collection. It’s super soft underfoot, and the best part? It’s made from recycled materials, is water resistant, and it’s washable! If our basement ever floods- like it did when we were in France a few years ago, I can always toss it directly into the washing machine. Here’s to hoping no more pipes burst while we’re away. It would also be ideal for families with kids and pets, thanks to the washability factor.
Click directly on the rugs below to be redirected to the source, they’re all clickable… and these are all machine washable!
My rug is from the Sinclair collection and the exact design I landed on is the SIN-01 Khaki/Tobacco. I think our guests (even the littlest ones) will appreciate the soft rug being the first surface their feet touch upon entering & exiting the bed. Here are my top picks from the new Magnolia x Loloi Collection… Jo always selects the best patterns- perfect for layering & mixing. For now it will layer well on our carpet, but someday it will also look nice atop LVP once we update the flooring. Here’s a closer look…
I’m hoping to have this room finished by the end of the month, but we’ll see! As always, I’m currently waiting on artwork. It’s at the framer, but as soon as it’s finished- I’ll be ready to style this room and photograph it for you. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised just how far it has come. Check back on Wednesday for the reeded glass window tutorial! For now, I’ve got to go see our friends off. Laurie Anne and her husband are headed to their next destination and Emmett & I will be de-winterizing our camper this week in preparation for our own big trip. All good things to come. As always, thanks for being here and for your encouragement!