A basement renovation, from the ground down


Judy and Jerry Turcott of Fairfax are giving their basement furniture to their daughter to take to college. They want a fresh start for the space, with extra seating for guests and room for their sons to play Wii. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)
September 11, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Judy and Jerry Turcott of Fairfax are giving their basement furniture to their daughter to take to college. They want a fresh start for the space, with extra seating for guests and room for their sons to play Wii.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Katie Moore chooses multiuse pieces, including a new sleeper sofa for guests and a soft color palette to create a cozy, relaxing basement.Moore, of Olios Design (202-412-6255, www.olisodesign.com), is based in Alexandria.

Large pieces of furniture, such as a new sleeper sofa, separate living and working spaces in an open floor plan.

Table and floor lamps add necessary task lighting while keeping the vibe cozy.

Remove the fireplace mantel and hang an accent mirror above it for a modern feel.

Jerry and Judy Turcott of Fairfax. (Leah L. Jones/For The Washington Post)

Keep the existing wall color and carpet, which will pair well with the new furniture for a calm, relaxed color palette.

A desk chair can be pulled over as additionalseating when entertaining.

Keep accessories, such as wall art, minimal for an uncluttered look.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Kenton queen sleeper sofa in Sage ($1,299, www.macys.com);

Tong TV stand in Dark Walnut ($311) and artisan coffee table in Macintosh Oak ($247), both from www.homedecorators.com; Sofia accent table ($229, www.crateandbarrel.com); Hudson upholstered accent chair in Gray/Citron ($160, www.target.com).

Accessories: Norah curtains ($60 per 50-by-84-inch panel, www.crateandbarrel.com); Buster floor lamp in chrome finish ($350, www.roomandboard.com); Pjatteryd artwork ($40 for set of three) and Virserum gold frame ($10 each), both from www.ikea.com; metal sunburst mirror in gold ($35, www.target.com); Hydra adjustable task lamp in oil-rubbed bronze ($129, www.homedecorators.com).

SPLURGE . . .

Emory chair ($1,395, www.mgbwhome.com).

Ludlow desk ($599, www.crateandbarrel.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Ansley Trinity Stone club chair ($280, www.overstock.com).

Leksvik desk in black ($149, www.ikea.com).

Submit your Kid’s Room Contest photos.  We’re accepting contest submissions until Sept. 16. Visit washingtonpost.com/kidsroomcontest, where you can read the rules, submit photos, take a look at submissions so far and get decorating advice.

See past room makeovers by local designers at washingtonpost.com/housecalls .

Tell us about your design challenge.

Send photos, room dimensions and contact information to makeover@washpost.com.

Margaret Ely is a digital editor for Lifestyle. Previously, she was an intern for the Post’s Metro section.
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