Sunday, September 16, 2012

I'm Taking Over The Basement....Gallery Style

In keeping with my belief, that our homes should serve us, rather than the other way around.....I'm making some changes. 

Spurred on, by all your positive comments regarding  yesterday's post I'm taking over....I mean really taking over the whole downstairs.....gallery style
Here is the TV area that nobody ever sits in. 

Our needs change as our families grow. When we first moved into this house about 12 years ago, our two daughters still lived with us....now it's just my husband and I. 

We prefer sitting upstairs, where's it's brighter and warmer, even though there is gas fireplace down here. These open concept houses can be a pain to heat in our cold Canadian Winters.  

Besides, my husband turned one of the rooms on the main floor into his man cave and the TV up there is bigger....that says it all doesn't it..... I mean men and their TVs. 
Here sits a lonely pool table that gets used a few times a year for an actual game of pool. 

Oh, and we did eat Christmas dinner down here last year....that works really well.

I use the pool table on a regular basis for laying out large projects etc. but the problem with pool tables is that they take up so much space, in order to actually play pool. Did I mention I've already taken over the two downstairs bedrooms??

I even set up a kids corner down here for my little grandchildren...but they are still to young to play down here alone. Some switching of rooms is going to happen....I think.

I thought I would start by taking over the wall space....that won't bother those rare pool players



The whole gallery type design wall is so addictive. 

Thinking it would be nice to make a large black one, I bought some black felt instead of batting and it seems to work quite well. 

Plus the felt was half price....I just can't resist a good bargain.
 
 

The fabric doesn't stick quite as well to the felt, as it does to the batting I usually use, but the black is just so striking.

It will be a great place to display finished quilt as well....but they will have to be pinned in order to stay up.

Projects look so different on a black background.

Maybe I'll make that one panel bigger....no sense wasting any wall space.

My next step will be to remove some of the bulky furniture, from the seating area and bring down my computer desk....then the majority of the toys can go up to the room where my computer is now. 

I hope some of that makes sense. I get tired just thinking about this, but I've been mulling over the idea for some time. I'll keep you posted if I actually get at it.


22 comments:

  1. Good for you! You paid for the space so you should be getting maximum benefit from it.

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  2. Do it, quick!!! Before you change your mind!!!

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    1. I think you're right....I better not talk myself out of it.

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  3. I think it is a great idea! Go for it! Guests in your home will love to see what you are up to on your latest project. Plus, it really does look like artwork on the walls!

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  4. I love the black felt. I might have to copy that!!!

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  5. wow, the black is quite striking!

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  6. I have also recently taken over our basement. Same story...the kids are grown, husband has the mancave/tv thing for himself.
    Love the idea of the black felt for the design wall. It looks awesome!

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    1. Those man caves work really well for keeping those guys occupied....so handy when we want to take over the rest of the house. So glad I'm no the only one.

      I'm really happy with the black design wall, thanks.

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  7. Yay! I'm glad you're making your space suit your needs! :)

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  8. Ah, the rearranging fits, I know them so well. I agree that the house must meet the needs of the residents. So smart of you. I have heard that some people put a flat covering over the pool table. Have you already done that?

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  9. I got here by blog hopping today - looking for some inspiration. I need to stop here and read. I've spent the past while taking over rooms as well. I am adding you to my list of favourites. I really am inspired this morning and will be back to visit. Thank you Marianne!

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    1. So glad you stopped by Sheila and I'm glad it was helpful.

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  10. Congrats for making the decision! Here's to the process of making the space work for you. Interesting to see the black felt design/display wall.

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  11. oh I think the quilts on the black design wall would enhance any pool room activities; much better than the toys! I can't keep up with your room changes, but two things I can definitely implement: making the space work for the inhabitants, and the design walls as art gallery! Especially the black. My block of the month quilt on craftsy has a black background, and I'm loving how the colors POP! So glad to see your post this morning!

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    1. Thanks Maureen, I can't keep up with my own room changes, but I am loving the black design wall.

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  12. Your work is so superior that I think you should totally take over the basement and keep it just for you! Maybe a top or cover for the pool table (or better yet, sell it!). You deserve a great studio for your art!

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  13. Your quilts are so striking. Such works of art, I'm always inspired. I think what you're doing is a great idea. I've temporarily taken over my son's room while he's away in college. Put up the two folding banquet tables that I bolt together for large cutting and basting. Barely room to walk around them but it's just down the hall from my studios and beats cleaning the wood floor every time I need a big surface.

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  14. So proud of you!! Quilts rule...

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  15. Mmmmmm. We outgrew our house but moved into the granny flat we had built for my Mum. Our daughter and her husband and three sons live in the family home now. I have an outside shed for all my 'stuff' and I love it! The granny flat is a one bedroomed cottage...and even though it is small I still have a shed overflow problem!! Poor old Muttley is long suffering...42 years worth of it...so he knows things will never change.

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  16. Those projects look so lovely on the black, great idea.

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  17. fantastic idea! my kids are still too young to consider taking over 'their' spaces. But it'll happen one day! I am patient.

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