Onto the next floor, but we are heading down, not up. This lovely house has the second living area in the basement. Down the stairs we go…
Down to More Excitement
These art installations were both inspired from this house. When I first saw the house online, I had several creative visions. It is strange to say, but I knew I wanted to create both of these pieces. The first is the tapestry I knit. These were several squares knit one by one, like a quilt. They were then all knit together as I knit the back. Each square puffed out as I knit it, so I stuffed them to give dimension. I followed their lead. The second installation are tree slices with the rings painted on them. As Matt’s birthday approached I went searching for something for him. I found an artist on Etsy that was making these. I fell in love. It was exactly what I wanted. It complemented the circles of the tapestry perfectly and I could use the same colors. However, the price was not so perfect. But I knew I could make them. No problem. So, I worked feverishly in the evenings after the boys were in bed to complete them. When Matt made it back to Chicago for his birthday they were done. I could not wait to put them up. It turned out better than I ever dreamed.
Okay, now we can go down. The house has a walkout basement, with almost as many gorgeous full floor to sealing windows as we have upstairs. There is even a separate outside door and porch down there. Right now we have that door with an interior key lock. I am not risking a curious child exploring in the middle of the night. It is unlikely that would happen since there has been some adjusting to not being on the same floor with us, but as they start to feel more comfortable I can anticipate the sneaking outside adventures. The main room is our game room. Ziggy has a permanent place in the back.
They Have the Run of This Floor
In preparation of moving we asked the boys if they wanted to room 2 and 2 or all together. Matt and I were hoping the answer would be all together, but we wanted them to feel like they were creating their space. They decided they would like to all be together. Perfect. We had a room PLENTY big enough for 2 sets of bunk beds, Perry was ready for the big bed, and we would have extra space for all their stuff. They asked for a red room. I was not about to paint the entire room red. However, it is their room and I wanted to give them most of the control. The compromise was a red wall and red bunk beds.
Four Bunks For Four Boys
Another perk to the boys choosing to all be together… the big bedroom was right next to the second laundry room. The BIG laundry. The laundry room where I could insist they put their clothes right after taking them off. This is the one room in the house that will be my project. It is original 1970’s vinyl, old cabinets from the old kitchen, the cat den, but does include my very new and perfect washer and dryer. The original (and I mean original harvest gold 1978 washer and dryer) set was left in the room. I used them once and the dryer burned out. I continued to use the washer and load the wet clothes up to the dryer in our bedroom for weeks. Last week we finally went shopping for the perfect set and found it at the last store. My beautiful washer and dryer are calling me to make-over this room.
A Little Love Needed
Out the laundry room and down the hallway. This hallway is our gallery. We have it set up with all our favorite memories and lots of pictures of my family, so my boys can at least remember seeing their faces in photos since they can’t in person.
The Galley Gallery
At the end of the hall you hit the door to the only bathroom downstairs. Not as nice of a set up for guests as the last house, but this is the perfect bathroom for the boys. Matt and I fell in love with the 4 little drawers under the sinks, one for each of our guys.
Four Drawers, Can It Get More Perfect
The boys choosing to room together meant that we could utilize this bedroom as a study or playroom. Or as it now has lovingly been dubbed, The Lego Room…
A Place to Work
The lego creations are not the only reason we call this room The Lego Room. The closet is a lego builders wonderland…
The Lego Center
Finally, we come to the end of this part of the tour with the place you are welcome to stay, if ever in Idaho, the guest room.
Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest