Monday, June 26, 2017

The Cottage: Our Fun Family Basement!

We've been living in our cottage for just ten days now, and the final load of boxes arrived this weekend. We are mostly unpacked at this point, but still trying to figure out where everything should go. Pictures and artwork still need to be hung on the walls, and curtains and other decor items need to be updated. We are taking our time and just going slow, enjoying the process and the summer at the same time.

Our oldest son, Luke, is keeping most of his belongings in the storage areas until he moves in to his own place next month. In the meantime, it's feeling just a tad bit cramped as we try to find new systems to store everything. The pantry needs more shelves, the laundry room needs better organization, and my husband needs to move all of his clothes out of my too small walk-in closet.


Today, I thought I'd show you the basement that is coming together quite nicely!

When we made a list of the spaces we'd need in our downsize house, my husband really wanted a basement movie area. We knew that it would have to be a space that met all of our needs. When you downsize, you have to make certain that there are no wasted spaces. In our last house, the basement never got enough use. Perhaps we just didn't like spending time down there.

This basement feels as if it was custom made just for us!

There's even a small kitchenette where we can sit and eat while playing games and watching movies!

I've officially dubbed this space "the coffee bar"!

The basement also has a full bathroom, a huge bedroom with walk-in closet (Sam's dream teen space!), and the craft room. I promise, more photos of that room to come.

I wish all my cafe friends could come over! I'd make you all lattes, we would throw on a chick flick or the Hallmark channel, and we could craft the entire day away! It's such a fun space, and we are constantly splitting our time between the main level and the walkout basement. I walk down every morning because, hello!, that's where the coffee is!

A fun, colorful space for my fun, colorful family.

Thanks for visiting the cafe today!


  1. What a wonderful space! I know you are going to enjoy it. Can't wait to see your craft room! M.L.

  2. Lovely space! What a great coffee bar. I'd come over in a heartbeat to craft! Love seeing your pictures.

  3. Ooh, a craft day in such a nice space - yep, I'd join in for a craft day, especially with lattes included! Your basement is perfect! I have enjoyed watching the pictures of you turning houses into homes.