House Calls: Make room for music and play


Perfecta Baffer wants to get the most out of the basement of her District home. With young kids and a husband who plays music, Baffer needs space for drums, a sofa and toys — and, if possible, a home office. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
June 26, 2013
THE CHALLENGE

Perfecta Baffer wants to get the most out of the basement of her District home. With young kids and a husband who plays music, Baffer needs space for drums, a sofa and toys — and, if possible, a home office.

THE SOLUTION

Designer Quintece Hill-Mattauszek checked all the boxes on the Baffers’ challenging wish list, while giving the basement a casual elegance.

Hill-Mattauszek, of Studio Q Designs (301-728-2343, www.quintecehill.wix.com/studio-q-designs), is based in Alexandria.

Use the entrance hallway (not shown) for a new desk and floating shelves, which offer additional storage.

The Baffers plan to replace the carpeting with tile. Adding an area rug will help define the seating and play area.

A fabric ottoman is great for families with small kids, with the soft surface providing seating and no sharp corners.

Painting the wood paneling a neutral white, such as Benjamin Moore’s Atrium White, brightens the entire basement.

New window treatments help dress up the room and hide the fact that it’s below ground level.

Storage cabinets from Ikea can be customized to store the Baffers’ toys. The designer suggests using wire pullout baskets.

SHOPPING GUIDE

Furniture: Shutter desk in weathered oak ($499), Keys side table in distressed cream ($139) and Brickell nested tables ($279), all from www.homedecorators.com; Mercer green club chair ($600, www.lowes.com); Davis armless loveseat in Darius Mink fabric ($1,099, www.crateandbarrel.com); Pax wardrobe system in white (price varies by combination, www.ikea.com).

Accessories: Hip Dove pillow ($91 , www.bellacor.com ); coral lamp ($125) and embossed garden stool ($120), both from www.pier1.com ; Moroccan Dhurrie rug in green and ivory ($328) and Riley & Wave floor pillow ($76 for set of two), both from www.overstock.com ; Ficus pumila topiary ($41, www.homedecorators.com ); Weekend table lamp ($422, www.lightingdirect.com ); metal bicycle decor set ($45, www.worldmarket.com ); Pistachio stripe curtains ($45 for 50-by-84-inch panel, www.halfpricedrapes.com ) .

SPLURGE . . .

Octagonal mirror ($5,140, www.niermannweeks.com).

Pintucked coffee table ($899, www.wisteria.com).

. . . OR SAVE

Gunnar mirror ($183, www.homedecorators.com).

Rubbed medium brown wood ottoman ($288, www.overstock.com).

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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