One week down, only five more to go! Last week I left you with some rather depressing befores and this week I’d like to show you the initial plan for Micah’s mancave and cave it feels like at the moment and some of the items that will get us there. I’ll also update you on the work done so far. Not the shortest post I’ve ever written, that’s for sure, but it’s a quick six weeks and I hate to leave anything out.
Esthetically speaking, there were two things that came to mind when I started concepting this space: carpet and moulding. In a room with bad bones these two elements have the power to overcome the unfortunate. Now, I am not usually a fan of wall-to-wall carpet give me hardwoods all day but a basement media room is different. You want cozy, sound absorbing surroundings and carpet is the obvious choice. But not any plain carpet would do. Keeping your eyes entertained underfoot could help distract from the low ceilings. I knew a pattern was the way to go.
This Karastan Woolston Plaid was the clear winner. It’s graphic and masculine, traditional yet fresh and a great neutral ground in the Stone Manor colorway. The fact that it’s 100% wool means it will clean up like a champ when someone gets a little excited watching the Royals and knocks over their drink.
Now to the walls. With not a window or architectural interest in site one could feel defeated. Or one could create interest. I’m choosing to do the latter. This is where micah says “you mean you’re choosing for me to do it.” My traditionalist heart longs for some moulding. Instead of the classic layout like our dining room, we’ll do floor to ceiling panels to create length on the walls and use this simple screen mould from Metrie for a more modern, clean look.
After a lot of thought like, a lot I’ve decided to go with Farrow & Ball’s Elephants Breath for the walls, trim and ceiling. I initially envisioned the space to have glossy, chocolate walls, but the more I contemplated, the more difficult that seemed in a windowless basement. I love our black dining room, but the big bay window and doorway to the west-facing kitchen keep that space from feeling like a black hole. This is a completely different situation, and while it would be perfect for watching movies, I don’t know that it would be enjoyable to entertain in (never mind trying to photograph it). The grey is warm and will be a beautiful backdrop to everything going in the space.
After addressing the bones we started looking into the two things we needed most to have a media room we thankfully already have the TV. My obvious thought was seating and Micah’s obvious thought was a sound system. Ha. So I set out to find the sectional, and he set out to find the speakers. When it comes to sectionals I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted: comfortable, modern, low to again trick the eye with the ceilings and rich looking – preferably leather. The Garner from Arhaus checked all of those boxes, and because we have another sofa of theirs I knew the quality would be exceptional so important when you’re buying something you lounge on. I may not be getting chocolate walls, but this luxe, chocolate sofa more than makes up for that.
Speakers. The thought made me cringe. I mean, not exactly an esthetic dream, but it’s his space, not mine, right? So I was completely and pleasantly surprised when he showed me what he wanted. The Klipsch theater system is sleek, minimal and that pop of copper is really great, something I’ll be highlighting in the space. Here’s a mock up of some of the elements I’ve shared with you today.
Since showing you the befores Micah’s been busy.
Last week he ripped down the ceiling, and roughed in the electrical for the can lights, wall lights and speakers.
When I was picking the sectional I realized that it probably wouldn’t fit down the stairs. It’s a really narrow landing and where some might have chosen something different, I saw it as an opportunity. The room is pretty small and feels very closed in, so I convinced Micah it’s always like pulling teeth to take out the door and widen the opening quite a bit. I knew that this would allow us to get the sectional down there, but it would also visually help the space. And it definitely has. The room already feels more open.
Micah wanted to soundproof the ceiling from the get go, and opening the door up made his case even greater. After running the electrical he insulated the ceiling and re-sheetrocked. Yesterday our favorite drywall guy showed up to tape it all and will be making everything smooth and pretty by the weekend. We’ll get the moulding and trim and be adding interest in time for the next post fingers crossed!
In case you missed week one, you can find that here.
Be sure to check out the other participants updates, and thank you again to Linda for including me!