New Year, New Space: Nautical Basement Oasis

One of my very first clients, Yvonne, referred me to her twin sister Yvette many years ago. Yvette contacted me one day some 7 or so years back asking if I would be able to help her with her home in Maryland.

At that time I had never designed a home outside of Texas, and knew that this would be a big challenge for me. I am so glad that I took on her project, though, because not only did it allow me to come up with systems to efficiently handle projects anywhere in the United States, I also gained a wonderful lifelong client and friend.

We worked through her home, transforming a couple of rooms at a time. She would email us photos and measurements of the rooms, and we would use our CAD software to create floor plans and 3-D renderings of each space. Actually,  we completed four rooms for her before I even stepped foot in her home. I finally made the trip a couple of years ago to fine tune some of the accessory staging, and then I just visited this past December to help her install all of the Christmas decorations she purchased from us earlier in the year. She currently has four Christmas trees in her house, and I have a feeling that by next year there will be five since we have not yet designed a tree for our most recent project; the basement.

Okay…so I digress. The point of this post is to talk about Yvette’s basement. We were to the point where the main areas of her home looked fantastic, but this actually brought even more attention to the fact that her basement was a useless mess. It was driving her crazy that after parking her car in her garage, she had to walk through the dingy basement to get to the rest of her beautiful home.

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Working hand-in-hand with Maryland-based remodeling company Case, we opened up multiple walls and totally reconfigured the downstairs space. We were able to create a nice (separate) laundry room, 3/4 bath, small kitchenette and comfortable media area with a gorgeous custom Kravet sectional that opens up into a bed to further transform this space
into a nice guest retreat for visitors. Yvette requested an East Coast feel that was more on the masculine side. We accomplished this with rich textures and neutral elements paired with navy blue and off-white.

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Yvette’s sister, Yvonne, and her lovely family got to visit Yvette for Christmas shortly after this transformation, and the basement was definitely one of the family’s favorite places to hang out. If you want to see even more photos of this space, check out the full gallery on our website!


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