Cozy Basement Family Room Reveal

I have partnered with Raymour & Flanigan and received product in exchange for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% my own.

Hi Friends! Today is like the best day ever!  You know why?  Because I get to share with you my cozy basement reveal!  If you are new here, you can catch up here where I shared the history of our basement and all about how I am lucky enough to have partnered with Raymour and Flanigan on this makeover.

For our basement we chose the Artemis II 3-pc Microfiber Sectional in Gypsy Vintage.  It’s the most beautiful gray color, with tanish-brown undertones, perfect for my fellow neutral loving friends!

Our hope for this new family room space was that we would all be able to hibernate down here in the winter months, binge watch some Netflix series and gather around to play board games or a good round of charades.  Also to have a space for my older kids to gather with their friends.

With all of that in mind, we were sure to choose a sofa that would be easy to clean and on top of that—we made sure to take advantage of Raymour and Flanigan’s 5-year Platinum Protection plan which provides cleaning, protection and repair service–with 4 kids, we couldn’t have signed up for that faster!

This makeover was majorly needed so I thank Raymour & Flanigan for their help in getting this started!

Unfortunately I dropped my camera recently so my lens is a little messed up, but I did my best photographing this space in very low light, so please bare with me as several of the pics are in different lighting 🙂

Okay, I know I’ve yapped enough . . . let’s get on with more of the pretty!

But first, I’ve gotta share a before pic:


When the sofa was delivered-just 3-days after our Raymour & Flanigan date night, my husband had it placed in the living room because we weren’t quite ready for it in the basement.  But the minute my husband and son brought it down . . . it was instantly more cozy down there.  It’s like it was meant for our basement.  Like perfection!


Since this was another budget friendly update, rather than painting the whole basement, we just bought some paint samples and touched up the existing neutral paint color and I shopped the house for most of my decor items.

The DIY shelves were a great way to fill up a long wall, and I love that I can easily add or take away any decor as I feel necessary (and I’m pretty sure I went a little overboard with accessories because I was so excited, but I will definitely fine tune it as I go)  I will be sharing a tutorial for these shelves very soon, so be on the lookout for that if you are interested.

I grabbed some baskets and bins to store toys, extra blankets books and games, And brought a few live plants down from upstairs ***hoping*** they won’t die. fingers crossed

The TV was placed on a thrifted console that my husband painted for me, and works perfectly to house extra pillows and a basket of magazines and blankets.

You all know I love a gallery wall, so I added another behind the TV like in the upstairs living room, but this time more structured and less sporadic.

This gallery wall is made up of inexpensive 16×20 format frames, and a $3 poster I bought at the craft store that I cut up and “matted,” I’ll be sharing that tutorial soon as well.

I really love the mix of metals and neutrals in this space, the natural wood tones with white and cream, along with the grays —it’s just really soothing to me.  These tables were originally bought to go in our upstairs living room, but when I brought them home, I new they would look beautiful with my new sectional, and they really set the tone for the entire space.

Although the Artemis II sectional came with 3 nice -sized pillows,  I decided to go with a different color scheme and used different pillow covers for them instead.One of my favorite ways to accessorize is to use textured throws and mixing fun pillows.  This velvet and gold foiled pillow from Whitney J Decor adds a bit of glam to the space.

You’ll probably recognize some of the other pillow covers from elsewhere in my home becasue I tend to keep a similar color pallet throughout–which makes your home more cohesive, and allows for swapping things out from one room to the next.

The kids have really enjoyed this sofa so far, and have made themselves right at home on it.  It’s got nice cushions which are on the firmer side, but not too firm for comfortable vegging out, and the material is so soft!

Although the space is small, having an “L” shaped sectional still allows for lots of space for playing cars, lounging on the floor, or pillow forts.

I usually avoid our basement like the plague, due to it’s lack of natural lighting,
but we are truly in love with this space now.   I love coming down to get cozy with my family!

Thank you so much for stopping by friends,  I hope you enjoyed my reveal!

Until next time!


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  1. Jamala Wallace
    December 16, 2016 / 6:01 am

    Oh wow,wow,wow,wow,wow!!! You really transformed this space. It's amazing how the sofa made the room appear to be larger. Adding the wall shelving was on point- being able to showcase all your goodies and yet have it stylish was a win-win. I clearly see how your family is going to love hanging out down there.. and btw.. you have the most beautiful children.. I see how you have a warm loving home. God bless..

    • Carli A
      December 16, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      Thank you so much Jamal, I really appreciate your kind, encouraging words! xo

  2. Tracey
    December 16, 2016 / 11:05 am

    I love the shelves; I'm looking forward to your tutorial for them

    • Carli A
      December 16, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      Thank you Tracey!!! Please be sure to check back next week 🙂

  3. Jessica
    December 16, 2016 / 12:49 pm

    Carli! It's so beautiful! You did an amazing job and I can't wait for the shelving tutorial. So great!

    • Carli A
      December 16, 2016 / 10:47 pm

      Awww, thank you Jessica! I just love it now, so much!

  4. Brandi
    December 16, 2016 / 3:46 pm

    Such a beautiful space for your family!! So fun to see your children enjoying their new space.

    • Carli A
      December 16, 2016 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you Brandi, I can't believe how long I underestimated this space!

  5. Live Pretty on a Penny
    December 16, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    You did an AMAZING job Carli!! I absolutely love it. I hope you don't mind if I steal the shelf idea for somewhere in my house. Not sure yet, but somewhere:) But again, great job. Gorgeous!

    • Carli A
      December 16, 2016 / 10:48 pm

      Yay!!! Thank you Erin!!!!!!!!!! yes, Maybe you can put some shelves in your basement!

  6. Liah Anderson
    December 17, 2016 / 5:53 am

    This is really pretty Carli, you never disappoint! Fabulous work!! Every inch is decorated and accessorized so well. You rocked it again!

    • Carli A
      December 20, 2016 / 2:30 am

      Liah you are too kind! Thank you so much my friend! xo

  7. Nicole Patterson
    December 18, 2016 / 12:09 am

    Carli this is absolutely gorgeous!!!! I I've everything about your basement ! The furniture, the shelving … I can't choose !! Great job !!

    • Carli A
      December 20, 2016 / 2:31 am

      Thank you Nicole!!!!! It's so weird how the sectional and the shelving made the space seem bigger! we just love it sooo much!

  8. Kate
    December 20, 2016 / 5:15 am

    This is the third time I've come back to look at this post. You just did such a great job with this room. I can't get over how good it looks and I love that you proved how fabulous a space can look even though it's not a ginormous room with cathedral ceilings. Love love love it.

    • Carli A
      December 21, 2016 / 2:04 am

      Oh wow, that is so sweet of you to say Kate! I think the fact that it is such a tiny space it definitely discouraged me from really trying something like this sooner! I really appreciate your sweet, sweet words!

  9. Penelope Guzman
    December 21, 2016 / 2:10 am

    It really is perfection ♥︎

  10. Tanida West
    January 3, 2017 / 2:43 am

    I love it…Looks amazing!

  11. Whitney Jones
    January 4, 2017 / 5:45 am

    Your basement is EVERYTHING, Carli! I wish there was a Ray & Flannigan near me, because I'm seriously crushing on your sectional. I'm over here stumped on how quickly you pulled this together!

  12. Anonymous
    January 7, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Love love love this space! Where did you get those lovely metal and wood tables and what color paint is on your walls?

    • Carli A
      January 12, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      Thank you so much! the metal tables are from Homegoods and the wall color is Valspar Churchill Hotel Ecru

  13. Anonymous
    June 21, 2017 / 2:41 am

    Where did you get the rug?

    • Carli A
      October 15, 2017 / 12:28 pm

      Hello, The rug is from Target, I've listed the affiliate link below.

  14. Anonymous
    September 3, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    I Love this room. I just bought the same sectional and was searching the internet for inspiration on area rugs to pair with it. Where did you find your area rug? Thanks!

  15. Ana
    June 18, 2020 / 12:50 pm

    Wow! This turned out beautiful! So glad i took a look.

    • madebycarli
      June 19, 2020 / 7:39 pm

      Thank you!!!

  16. Courtney
    April 9, 2023 / 10:54 pm

    What color are the walls? Room looks gorgeous!

  17. November 21, 2023 / 7:54 am

    So cool!

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