This week marks the beginning of football season, so we asked designer Christopher Boutlier to turn this dated basement into a modern and sophisticated man cave — no neon signs or beer steins allowed.


Boutlier suggests removing the carpet and polishing the concrete to give the space an industrial feel. By creating a display wall for collectibles and hanging photos by local photographer Sean Smith, he transforms the room into an intimate yet masculine lounge for friends to hang out.

Boutlier (202-255-2721) is based in the District.

Concrete is low-maintenance. Chips, cracks and stains will make it look bolder over time.

Use paint to refresh the dated wood paneling. The color is Abingdon Putty by Benjamin Moore.

The leather butterfly chair is a grown-up version of a college classic. Stash it in the corner for extra guests.

Glass bottles, sailboats and footballs give nods to boyhood. Display them on cabinet shelves for a more grown-up look.

Bring in color through the rug and throw pillows. This way, the room is not overwhelmed by brown furniture.

Mix materials and shapes. Pair an edgy wooden side table with a mid-century ceramic lamp.


Furniture: Bel-Air coffee table ($599, www.crateandbarrel.com); Holden sofa with right-arm chaise in camel ($2,998, www.roomandboard.com); Samsung 60-inch LED TV ($1,799, www.bestbuy.com); Parsons tower in chocolate (no longer available, www.westelm.com).

Lighting: Polygon floor lamp ($299, www.cb2.com); Camilla table lamp ($199, www.crateandbarrel.com).

Accessories: Madeira end table ($199, www.zgallerie.com), Kantha quilted pillows ($19 each), recycled glass jugs ($19-$29), Source Oryx side table ($249) and metal-wrapped wood tray ($89), all from www.westelm.com.


Line media console 70 ($2,305, www.dwr.com).

Paulistano armchair in leather ($1,550, www.dwr.com).

River Weave rug by Armadillo and Co. ($2,565, www.archermodern.com).

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Farrow media console ($599, www.crateandbarrel.com).

1938 Butterfly chair ($399, www.cb2.com).

Benoni rug in cinnamon ($479 for 9-by-12 feet, www.westelm.com).

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Wanted: Photos of kids’ rooms for a House Calls makeover. Send photos, dimensions, ages and contact information to makeover@washpost.com