I have mentioned that Christmas Eve is spent at our home. It is not uncommon to have close to 50 people over the house, celebrating with family and friends. The lower level (aka the basement) was not completely finished. It still isn’t actually, but I was hoping that we could finish the fireplace so that we could have a fire and hang down there at some point that night.
This is what the fireplace looked like since we moved in last January. We started to have fires in it around Thanksgiving. The kids love it and it is unbelievably cozy down there. The lower level is nothing like the other floors. The fabrics are darker and the walls are a soft Grey Owl paint by BM. It is definitely out of my comfort zone of my go-to interior style, but it allows for the kids to do what they will down there and me to be chill about it. The mix of vintage, farmhouse and mid-century style is what makes the entire home cohesive throughout each floor.
My dad and the Mr. worked on the fireplace for a total of 5 days, a few hours here and there. It was a gradual visual progression, but was awesome to slowly see the vision come to life.
The project had to go in stages so that the cement would harden and the rocks would stay in place.
We love the finished look. It really makes the room come together.
Originally we had a desk in the corner, but have used it hardly ever since we moved in. I dismantled it and now the corner is open. Much less cluttered. It was the perfect spot for our tree.
The kids like to make crafts and play down there, so we moved in our table and chairs that we use for the warmer months outside.
The gallery shelves got a make over as well. I edited some of the images and have sleeker frames that I got on sale at Michaels that I will replace with some of the darker wood frames.
But the best part is that fireplace! The tree is coming down today, and the space will return to normal.