Cozy Basement Family Room From Sarah Sees Potential
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, Sarah transformed this once cramped and dated basement into a modern, multi-purpose family room. Rustic, functional decor in sleek blue and gray hues perfectly complements the home's original, wood-burning stone fireplace. For easy entertaining, Sarah added extra storage, plenty of seating and mounted a large flat-screen TV above the mantel.
This functional entry serves as a mudroom, complete with built-in seating for putting on shoes and built-in shelves and cabinetry for added storage. Rustic tile floors are durable and appropriate to the cottage setting. White trim, including a white-painted plank ceiling, is crisp and bright against pale blue walls, creating a cheery space that reflects light and feels airy and open.
This laundry room is elegantly toned in neutral colors and tile backsplash. The expansive beige cabinetry provides plenty of storage space, while the beautiful stone countertops provide ample workspace.
The Lakeshore Designs team gave this mudroom a crisp, tailored feel while still making it ultra-functional. Baskets inside high cubbies conceal loose items such as gloves, while drawers keep footwear and other gear hidden away. Even coats and bags hanging from the hooks won't look untidy, thanks to the clean backdrop. Throw pillows and a cheery rug make the space feel polished.
Swimming Pool and Cottage Storage Shed With Natural Rock Wall and Decorative Grass Checked Floor
Squares of grass are set between concrete tiles to create a textural checked pattern in front of this cottage storage shed. The natural rock exterior of the shed extends out on the privacy wall encompassing the swimming pool. Flowering plants and shrubs create a planted border hugging the wall adding soft natural color and texture.
Install simple cup hooks to store your lovely teacups, instead of stacking them. Hooks not only keep delicate china out of harm’s way, but they are an easy way to add another dimension to your kitchen decor. In this butler’s pantry in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques," the hooks allow you to see the decorative details inside each cup that would have otherwise been hidden.
A perfect spot between outdoors and in, this mudroom provides a bright place to put on and remove shoes (which can be stashed in the drawers below) and hang a hat, coat or towel. The slate floor hides dirt well and is easy to clean — perfect for the inevitable messes.
Although most mudrooms are linear, this one by Anthony James Construction makes great use of an odd corner near the entrances to the home's garage and backyard. A wraparound bench seat features ample storage underneath, while hooks stand ready for purses, jackets, backpacks and more. The 1970s Dutch door adds a nostalgic top note.
The stained gray cabinets give the HGTV Dream Home 2010 laundry room a rustic personality by using a beadboard-style door to blend with the accessories of the room. The bright red washer and drawer add a punch of color and panache to the room's otherwise dusky tones.