Hmy friends! I have a fun article for you today, a little glimpse of an area of our house that we don’t show very often!
Here’s the backstory if you’re new here or need a refresher :). A year ago our daughter Courtney moved out of her Seattle apartment and moved into our lower floor. She has been living alone for years, but we were delighted that she came to stay with us as long as she wanted!
It was supposed to be a relatively short-term situation, but we weren’t sure when she moved in, we were weeks away from the first ‘stay-at-home order’ for Covid here in Seattle in 2020. In short, she has been living with us for almost a year now (along with his brother who also ended up at home after sending students home last spring). It was a blessing for us to be together in 2020, but now that we are starting a new year, she is ready to go!
I’ll let her tell you the story of her little apartment and the rest for her!
Good morning all! Courtney here. Glad to be here today to show you the cozy little basement I have lived in for a year! Getting out of my first apartment was bittersweet for me – I loved living there but knew I would be happy if I took the time to save and prepare for my next adventure (what it was going to be, I didn’t know how to the time !).
Obviously, I had no idea we were going to have the crazy year we had in 2020 (it certainly wasn’t an adventure neither of us expected to continue, ha!). I am extremely grateful for the way this timing worked. I had just moved here just as the pandemic started. I couldn’t believe how blessed I was to be safe at home here with my family instead of being alone in my apartment.
With all the changes in the world, some of our basement apartment design ideas have also been adapted! We originally considered turning the basement laundry room into a kitchen that I would use while living here. But when my brother came home from college, we decided it wasn’t necessary and decided to have our family meals together upstairs. Once again, this quality time together has been such an unexpected blessing for which I am very grateful.
We still gave the basement bathroom a simple refresh this summer and loved the result! If you missed that, you can see the makeover here.
I’ll show you more space!
If you remember when my parents originally bought this house the basement was basically a huge carpeted room with a white brick fireplace. We had a wall built to create a separate office and install new floors. My little living room here with the daybed was where my mom’s desk was (you can see it here).
The paint color here is Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore. It’s a pretty pale gray with just a hint of blue!
I’ve had this daybed for years – it was my bed when I lived in a tiny bedroom in my sister Kylee’s house (visit this tiny bedroom here), and it served as a couch in my old one studio (you can take this tour here).
I have it here, but it looks like it’s no longer in stock. This one is similar, or this one with a trundle bed.
One of my favorite parts of this basement is its natural light! It’s certainly not a dreary lower level – it’s pretty cheerful with the sun setting even during those darker Seattle days. We added white plantation shutters a few years ago here, which add beautiful architectural details and privacy.
These fun curtains also add to the cheery feel of the basement. My mother brought them here several years ago – they were in the navy office in her old home. We love them here!
Now head to the adjacent space, where my bed and closets are!
This cabinet has been in this room since we moved in here. We kept linens there, but when I moved in I started using it as a closet. It was a natural wood that I recently painted with this Bergère milk paint. I love how it went! I’ll be sharing the before and after and more on this soon in another post.
I already had a narrow PAX wardrobe, and to add more storage space I bought a new double PAX wardrobe to add next to it when I moved in. These have the Bergsbo doors.
Here’s a peek inside! I love that you can customize the interior of these cabinets to suit the storage you need. I chose several shelves, a soft-close drawer, and these hanging bars. If you get a deeper PAX cabinet, you can choose a horizontal hanger bar instead of the bars I have here. I wasn’t sure if it would work for hanging clothes, but it ended up being perfect storage and so useful.
Note … these closets are usually a lot fuller with clothes than these photos (more on why later in this article!).
I love the “kind of built-in look” they give this space.
I ordered these handles separately in the 10.5 inch size. They are a bit expensive especially if you need more than one, but really beautiful and of good quality! Here are some similar ones on Amazon, I cannot guarantee the quality but their price is much lower.
One of the “design challenges” of this space was the mirrored wall at the back of the room. We have lots of ideas for covering it up, but my temporary fix when I moved in was to hang a tapestry on it. And that’s how it stayed. 🙂 It’s certainly not perfect, but much better than the wall full of mirrors! I have the tapestry here.
The blue door was made of wood when I moved in and I brightened it up by painting it Airway by Benjamin Moore.
The mat here is the washable one from Ruggable. We love this, this is definitely a great rug option to consider if you have pets or kids! We will soon be receiving a Ruggable treadmill for our kitchen.
I have spent a lot of time on this daybed this year, ha! It is my area of relaxation in the evening and also sometimes my “ homework ”.
The narrow little shelf near the daybed is called the LACK wall shelf from Ikea. I’ve had it for years!
Ok folks, this is the tour! I loved making this space my cozy little home (when I’m not hanging out with my family upstairs!). The extra time I spent here with my family last year was really special.
Time has passed this year, and now I’m about to head to my next adventure. 🙂
In the next few weeks, I will be moving to a lovely waterfront town in Bellingham, Washington! I have a brand new apartment which I am delighted to move into. It’s a 500 square foot bedroom, so my small space design skills will continue to be honed ha! But it’s very cute and I will definitely be sharing the empty tour with you here soon!
You can also follow me on Instagram where I’ve already shown glimpses of my new apartment in Stories, and I’ll continue to document the move and share updates! Thanks for following!