Once upon a time, I began sharing updates of our basement makeover on the blog. My first post described what I wanted to change about the space and included before photos. Then I wrote about choosing paint colors.
My third post was supposed to be about rearranging the furniture already in the basement to make room for a few new kid-friendly pieces from The Land of Nod. Before I could write it up, however, the project hit a roadblock: the interior decorator helping me with the project bowed out unexpectedly.
Overwhelmed with the remaining tasks at hand, plus exhausted and feeling slightly ill because I was also newly pregnant, I put the basement makeover on the back burner. I just didn’t have it in me to choose storage, décor, and artwork, in addition to a few remaining pieces of furniture.
But after a few weeks, the half-finished basement began to really bother me. Determined to finish it properly, I reached out to The Land of Nod for help. Did you know they offer complimentary room design plans?
In addition to recommending baskets, boxes, and pillows from their collection, Danielle from Nod also suggested I hang a large Instagram or photo collage over the couch. She sent links to a few online shops that create these types of prints, but I already knew that I wanted to work with Minted. Their Heart Snapshot Mix Photo Art would be perfect for the space.
It took a couple of hours to choose and edit 30 photos for the collage, but the effort was well worth it. I love how the square-shaped art print looks between the two rectangular basement windows – and how interested Levi is to examine all of the individual photos within the heart design. It’s a snapshot of his life so far, as it includes photos from my maternity session with Levi through this past fall.
Of course, this means that we’ll have to add another photo collage in a year or two featuring the new baby!
The one thing I had a hard time choosing when ordering the art print was the frame color. Originally, I was leaning towards white, but as you can see, I went with a simple black frame. I figured that the colorful basement could use a little bit of black to create a grounding effect.
I still need to add a few organizational bins, baskets, and boxes, plus hang artwork on the remaining walls, before I can share the official “after” photos of our basement makeover. With Levi’s big boy room and the baby’s nursery both needing to be redecorated, I’m a bit antsy to finally wash my hands of this project!
Though I have to wonder… Is a room ever really finished?
(photos by Hooton Images for Bunny & Dolly)