A Family Friendly Basement Bar Design

Basement Kitchenette

Drumroll please…. Monday I unveiled the design for the moody and dark entertainment room. Today, I present you it’s opposite, the white and bright kitchenette, and sometime bar, or as we call it “the light room.”   To see the vision for the bar at-a-glance click here. We plan for this space to serve as a kitchenette during the day for quick snacks and drinks, and as a bar for special occasions. I can just picture E’s little feet dangling off a bar stool. This daydream melts my mommy heart already. To balance the darkness of the entertainment room, which we are painting floor-to-ceiling in dark gray, we are painting this room straight up white. I mean really white! Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Simply… Read More

A Dark Entertainment Room

Remember how I mentioned last week  I came up with a design for the basement that would fulfill both Daren and I’s wishes? A compromise, if you will, of dark and light. Today I will be unveiling the riskiest room. If you’re in a rush, you can see a quick run down here. The main theme in the basement is contrast. We have done this before. The majority of our home has a balance of white and dark. However, our upstairs overwhelming favors the bright. This time we’re flipping it. We plan to paint an entire room dark gray…including the ceiling! Is this a design risk? Probably, but here is how I think we can make it work. The above… Read More

Freestyle Friday

Thank goodness it’s Friday! First of all, I had no idea what to expect when Pretty Domesticated launched Sunday, but you have all blown us away with your support. Thank you to anyone who has taken the time to connect with us on the site or via social media, or who has subscribed to our newsletter. Don’t hesitate to let us know what you would like to see more or less of in the comments or by contacting us here. Now let me introduce Freestyle Friday, a weekly post that will highlight things that I wanted to share, but that didn’t warrant their own post or that are a little off topic. Let’s kick of the weekend, shall we. West Elm’s Sofa Sale is… Read More

Basements Matter

If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, you may be aware that we are working on designing and finishing our basement. We are beyond excited about this project and have been pinning like crazy in anticipation for months. Shameless plug… follow us on Pinterest here. We have big plans for this space, as in it will be chalk-full of decorative details and we intend for it to serve a wide variety of purposes. Pretty much, I plan to do everything other than sleep down there in the long, cold winter months. It may even end up being the nicest floor in our house, which my father thinks is crazy. And maybe you do too. Here’s the thing, my view… Read More