Peonies & Prosecco at Home: Downstairs Design Inspiration

Since moving into our house, our downstairs has been used mainly as a storage or staging area for donations, home improvement projects, off-season wardrobe items, etc. It’s so frustrating to have all of this extra living space that goes largely unused, especially since every bit counts in our small townhouse! When we moved in, Ted picked out a Restoration Hardware leather couch and last year I treated myself to the Bernhardt Salon Collection Desk that I’d had my eye on since spotting it in Elle Decor a few years ago. In theory, this should be one of the most functional spaces in our home from a workspace to a place to relax and watch tv (especially since we opted not to have an tv in our main living room). By nature, a partially underground finished basement isn’t the most inviting, but we do have two windows that allow partial daylight and a wood-burning fireplace that can be quite cozy in the winter. I’ve been driving myself crazy trying to figure out how to finish the space to make us want to spend time downstairs using key pieces we already have in place (desk, chair, blue accent chairs, rug). I think adding a few decorative accents like gold étagères to house books and trinkets as well as hanging a mirror to reflect light and floral arrangements for a few pops of color might be a step in the right direction. I’m stuck on window treatments as I do think they would warm up the space, but am thinking about something more minimal like roman shades instead of flowing drapes. How would you accent this space?

herringbone throw ice blue

Lulu & Georgia Throw

ginger jar

Ginger Jar

pottery barn teen maison bookshelf

Maison Bookcase

royal blue chair

Royal Blue Arm Chair


Bernhardt Salon Desk

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