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I’ve got another peek into my home for you all today – this time it’s the bar area downstairs.

When we decided to finish our lower level, we wanted it to be rustic and masculine – pretty much the opposite of our light and bright spaces upstairs.

I’m so happy with how it turned out! The beams and columns are my favorite thing about it.

My husband gets a ton of credit for this section of the house. He picked out all the tile, the stonework, and the granite, in addition to the barstools. Plus, he fixed a complicated design flaw in the original plan, allowing a better flow and more usable space. Didn’t he do a great job?

lower level bar area

See those miniature doors in between the stairs and the bar? That’s what we call the Dug Out. Tucked under our staircase, it’s the perfect spot for little ones to play, and with baskets galore, they can store tons of toys (which means they’re not all over the basement!).

lower level fireplace

The fireplace (the stone is slate) is a work in progress. The baseball pictured here was caught by my 7 year old at a Saint’s game last summer. I love the shadow box with Ed’s keepsakes from Game 2 of the 2005 World Series, but we really need something bigger to fill this space.

chunky mantleI am super happy, however, with my mantle. It’s heavy and thick, just as I envisioned my upstairs one to be – and as you can see here, it simply is not.

slate flooringThe slate tile (in a versaille pattern) ties in nicely with this space.

beams and cornicesMost of our basement budget went toward wood – and I think it was totally worth it. All the extra finishes made a huge difference.

We use this room a ton, and are so glad we finished it off. It might just be my favorite spot in our house!

What’s your favorite place to spend your time at home?


    1. The paint color is Wilmington Tan by Benjamin Moore, and yes – it’s the same upstairs. Supposedly, it’s one of the most popular colors used by designers because its one of the most truly neutral. Whatever the case, we love it!:)

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